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Our way of doing bulk grains has changed since we relocated the shop because we just don’t have the same space capacity.

Right now we’re only doing monthly orders to United for folks who can pick up only. If you wish to be included in those emailed notifications, please let us know.


Some stock dry goods, such as grain, #10 cans of Country Cream milk, etc. and the reasons are as varied as the families.

For some, the reasons are “personal” -
* a job they might lose,
* a tighter than usual budget.

Having pails of grain in a back room assures they’ll eat, whether or not they have a job or a certain level of income. This can be especially important for those who are at risk of corporate lay-offs, or those whose salaries are "commission only" where paychecks vary from month to month.

Others watch the news of government bailouts, massive debt, and believe this may be the start of many difficult years for our country. They are preparing to survive something that may be akin to the Great Depression and I sure hope they’re wrong.

At any rate, if you feel the need to store food, here’s a little insight into storing grains long-term.

The first foods that go into your pantry need to be the first foods to be used up!

Storing foods long-term really only works well if you -

1.) Eat what you store

2.) Constantly replace that which you’ve eaten

If you stocked a lot of food and you realize you won’t be using it before it’s shelf-life expires, consider donating it while it’s still got time on it and get a tax deduction while feeding someone less fortunate!

As I understand it, certain grains have a longer shelf life than others.

Oats and brown rice do not have a long shelf life. Seems a college extension service once told me white rice had a two year shelf life and brown rice had a one year shelf life.

I must be honest, we’ve had rice in our home longer than that, but on these items, you may want to order approximately what you would use in 6 months to a year and freeze them if you are concerned they might go bad before you can use them.

If you’re storing grain for longer periods of time, (*i.e. several years), I would suggest ordering "wheat" grains. Their hard outer shell offers greater protection, hence a longer lifespan. Consider wheat, spelt, and kamut.

I’d also suggest ordering them in a pre-packed pail which comes with an oxygen absorber or a #10 can. The lack of oxygen not only helps preserve the grain, but also helps keep bugs from hatching out and surviving.

Dried beans also have a good, long shelf life. I’ve heard the older dried beans get, the longer you may need to soak and cook them, and the more crunch they might have but their nutrition lasts a long time.

We also carry a wider variety of grains and beans from another supplier.

Many of those "new" to us go through the same litany of questions so I asked Wheat Montana to answer them to be certain I was giving out accurate answers. Here are my questions and their answers.

1.) Does HARD wheat store better and longer – more years – than SOFT wheat?

"No, the key to storing any grain is to keep it cool and dry at a stable temperature."

2.) Does hard RED wheat store better than hard WHITE wheat, such as Prairie Gold?

"No, the variety of wheat doesn’t matter, see above answer."

3.) Does hard red WINTER store better and longer than hard red SPRING?

"No, the only difference between winter and spring is that spring has a higher protein level, typically by 1 to 2 percent."

4.) Is hard RED wheat more nutritious than hard WHITE wheat?

"No, nutritionally they are almost identical. The flavor profile differs in that the White is milder, sweeter, and lighter in texture."

5.) Is HARD wheat more nutritious than SOFT wheat?

"It depends on what you’re looking for nutritionally. The fiber, fat, carbs, sugar, are almost identical, the only difference is the protein level. Hard wheat has a higher protein of about 2 percent."

Nothing on this website is intended to diagnose, prescribe or treat medical conditions. Mill and eat at your own risk. Thank you for understanding! :O)