Thursday, January 13, 2011


My wheat stored in Mylar bags (foil pouches)

Many people consider wheat the most basic of food storage items. It is easy to store and has high nutritional value. Wheat provides protein and is an excellent source of dietary fibre, vitamin B, phosphorous, and iron. It is also versatile and can be prepared in a variety of ways.

Selection of Storage Wheat

In Australia, you can purchase many varieties of wheat. There is:-

Durum Wheat: Used for making semolina flour in pasta

Australian Hard Wheat: Used for bread making

Australian Soft Wheat: Used for cakes and pastries

There are also red and white varieties.

Store only grade-one wheat. This means no less than 60 pounds per bushel. Protein content should be 12% or better. Before eating the wheat, clean it and remove all foreign materials.

It is important to make sure that the moisture content of the wheat is 10% or less. Wheat draws moisture, so take precautions to protect it from exposure to high humidity and high temperatures.

A good way to test wheat after it has been stored for many years is to either see if it will sprout in a lid with some damp cotton balls. If it sprouts, it is still good.

Be aware of allergies and anyone who may have coeliac disease in your family, as they cannot have wheat.

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