Long-term Wheat Storage
Uncle Rico supports wheat storage! You can either live in a wheat field, which is a great way to perfect your football skills at the same time or you can learn wheat storage!
You should have already completed “Step #1- Calculate your Food Storage.” If not, then please just click on the step#1 link. I recommend you download the Free Guide to Survival Food Storage Calculator to make this whole process easy.
Step #2 Overview
The first category in is “Grains” and the first food group is “Wheat.” So we will begin our food storage journey today by finding out how much wheat your family needs and where you can buy the highest quality wheat at the lowest price.
#1. Open up the Food Storage Calculator using Microsoft Excel or Openoffice Calc
#2. Next enter the number of Adult and children.
SURVIVAL BLOG TIP: We counted our children as adults in our family food storage calculation, because the kids will be grown before you know it. Then we have enough food for our entire family as adults. For example: if you have 2 adults and 2 children, just enter 4 adults instead.
#3. Then enter the number of months of food storage you want to calculate
#4 Press enter to calculate
We will use the example of 1 Adult. 1 Adult needs 150 pounds of wheat for a 12 month or 1 year supply. Each #10 can holds 5.8 pounds of wheat, so we need 26 cans (150/5.8=25.86) or 5 boxes (4.33 boxes will be filled, the 5th box will be partly full).
You have 2 options for Long-Term Wheat Storage:
1. Buy the wheat already canned.
2. Can the wheat yourself or DIY (cheapest)
OPTION 1: Buy the wheat already canned.
The cheapest place to buy wheat already canned is the LDS Cannery. You can buy Red or White wheat by the individual #10 can or in a box of 6- #10 cans. When you buy a box of 6-#10 wheat cans you get all this included:
- 6- #10 cans of wheat
- 6- oxygen absorbers
- 2 plastic lids to reseal you cans after you have opened them
- 1- durable cardboard box that holds 6 cans
- Wheat Labeled Durable Cardboard Box. (This is really handy because you an immediately identify what is in the box. When you have many boxes of #10 cans of food storage, these labeled boxes make it easy to organize.)
- Information/Nutrition Labels (I would recommend you place a label on the outside of the box and on each can. Check out this image below as an example of what labels look like and the exact information on a white wheat label.)
After canning all of our food storage at home I would recommend you just buy your white or red wheat from the LDS Cannery because it is saves you time, it saves you money and quality is awesome! You can check out the pricing guide below to compare your total cost to buy your wheat storage already canned.
Pricing Guide for Already Canned Wheat Food Storage:
LDS CANNERY: $5.00 per can x 26 cans (5.8 pounds per can) = $130.00 (buy at cannery)
5 cases (30 total cans – 6 cans per case) x $30.00 = $150.00 (buy online- you can only buy per case not individual can online)
BUY LDS CANNERY White Wheat BUY LDS CANNERY Red Wheat
Emergency Essentials: $7.75 per can (bulk discount over 6 cans) x 26 = 201.50
Shelf Reliance: $6.63 x 30 cans (only 5.0 pounds per can)= 198.90
Honeyville Grains: $9.45 x 30 cans (about 5 pounds) = 283.50
Augason Farms: $7.80 x 38 (4 pounds per can) = 296.40
OPTION 2: Can the wheat yourself or DIY
The cheapest place to buy and can your wheat is the LDS Cannery. You can either can the wheat at the LDS Cannery or you can rent the Canner Machine (for free) to can at your home. You must buy the wheat, #10 cans, #10 can metal lids, oxygen absorbers, oxygen absorbers bag clip, product labels and cardboard boxes. We purchased all of these supplies from the LDS Cannery and rented the Canning Machine to can at our home. After canning all of our food storage at home I would recommend you can as much of it at the LDS Cannery as possible. They have several canning stations setup and they make canning fast, safe, sanitary and easy.
DIY at LDS CANNERY: $3.50 per can x 26 cans (5.8 pounds per can) = $91.00
WHEAT STORAGE (FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the best wheat food storage container for 30 years of wheat storage?
We recommend sealed #10 metal cans with oxygen absorbers. Six cans will fit in 1 cardboard box, this makes it really easy to move and organize your food storage.
What kinds of wheat should I store?
Hard Red and Hard White Wheat. My neighbor who is an avid bread baker prefers the taste of Red, but I can’t tell the difference in taste. My family did about 75% white and 25% red, just to add some variation to our wheat storage.
How much wheat should I have of each kind?
That is up to you.
How many years will wheat store?
30 years in a properly sealed container at the proper temperature (60 degrees is ideal).
How much wheat do I need?
You will find the answer in the wheat row of the calculator. Here at the GuidetoSurvivalBlog.com we will use the example of 1 Adult for all of our calculations.