Worth the Wheat

April 19, 2010

What is nutritious, versatile, affordable, and stores great? Why, it’s wheat!

We are continuing our preparedness journey by stopping at a few very important landmarks. One important stop will be the wonderful world of wheat! This amazing grain is a staple of food storage enthusiasts for many reasons.

Wheat has been a part of the human diet since before written history! It is the principle food of most of the world’s inhabitants. Wheat in its whole grain form contains an impressive list of vitamins and minerals. It is also a significant source of fiber and protein. Wheat contains complex carbohydrates, which makes it filling and an excellent source of energy.

There are several types of wheat, but the most common grown in the U.S. are red and white wheat. Varieties include hard red spring, hard red winter, hard white , soft white, and durum. Which one you choose depends on what you will use it for. Hard red wheat is hard in texture, red in color, and is excellent for making hearty whole wheat loaves of bread or as a red meat substitute. Hard red winter wheat is also the most common wheat available. Hard white winter wheat is more delicate in flavor and can be used to make lighter breads, rolls, and scones. This lighter wheat can be used as a white meat substitute.

Surprised to find out that wheat a can be used as a meat substitute? Well, you’ll be happy to know that there are countless books and websites devoted to all the amazing things that can be made from wheat. As a matter of fact, I recently ran across a recipe for whole wheat brownies, now that’s something I can’t wait to try! Don’t forget that a coarsely ground wheat, or "cracked wheat," makes a nutritious breakfast cereal too.

Wanting to stretch your food storage dollar? Think wheat! This simple grain is very affordable and with all the things you can make with it, you’ll be fortifying your diet and saving money by using it regularly. In addition to being an affordable commodity, whole wheat has an excellent shelf life. Brigham Young University recently conducted a study of wheat that had been stored for 32 years. The University found 97% was acceptable for emergency situations. That sounds like a great track record to me!

After learning so many interesting things about this invaluable grain, I can’t wait to try out a few new ideas for my own family. Hopefully, this has renewed your interest in wheat and all the wonderful things you can do with it. As you can see, wheat is well worth it!

-Angie Sullivan

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