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Ask Tess: What do I do with all of these wheat berries?

A reader asks about why there is such an emphasis on wheat in a prepper’s pantry.


Why such an emphasis on huge quantities of wheat. I wouldn’t even know what to do with it. I thought the basic goal was to store what you eat and eat what you store. I have NEVER used raw wheat in my life …

Beginner Prepper


Wheat is one of those healthy, multipurpose preps that can help sustain us during long term emergencies. They are also a true whole grain. A cup of cooked wheat berries has about 300 calories and is packed with fiber, protein, and iron. Tasty sprouts are loaded with vitamin E, a cell-protecting antioxidant, and magnesium, which is good for healthy bones and muscles.

They can be used as a breakfast cereal, ground into flour, used to make bread, added to soups, cooked and added to salads or sprouted for a healthy snack and even sweetened for desserts.

In my opinion, having a supply of wheat berries in an extended emergency will enrich your SHTF diet with essential calories and vitamins rich. They will help you withstand the increased physical demands of surviving a long term disaster, as well as keep you healthy. To see how many wheat berries your family will need to check out our online food calculator.

Hope this helps!

Tess Pennington

This article was originally published at Ready Nutrition™ on August 8th, 2013