Learn where to buy Einkorn wheat berries in bulk and how to store and rotate your supply for short term pantry use. You will always have enough Einkorn on hand for all your baking needs!
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What is Einkorn Wheat?
Einkorn wheat has been around for hundreds of thousands of years. It is the only wheat that has never been hybridized, which means it is still in its original form. This makes Einkorn easier to digest, and many people have found that even if they have gluten sensitivities they may be able to eat Einkorn wheat. It is full of vitamins, minerals and protein that modern day wheat is lacking. I feel so much better feeding my family bread and other baked goods made with Einkorn. A wonderful bonus to baking with Einkorn is that it’s not as dense as modern day whole wheat, so your baked goods will turn out lighter. Read here for 10 fast facts about Einkorn.
Why Should I Buy Einkorn Wheat Berries in Bulk?
I buy Einkorn wheat berries in bulk because they aren’t readily available in our local area. Most local grocery stores and health food stores don’t have Einkorn wheat because it is relatively rare compared to other types of wheat. Buying in bulk means you will have a nice supply of Einkorn in your pantry for all your baking needs.
Where do I Buy Einkorn Wheat Berries in Bulk?
I purchase my Einkorn wheat berries from Jovial Foods. They sell their wheat berries in 10-pound amounts. You will get two 5-pound bags in your order. They have free shipping on all orders over $25 which means you get free shipping when you order 10 pounds. I would recommend buying 20 pounds as that is the limit, and they experience shortages at times.
Another online store that sells Einkorn wheat berries is MockMill. This is the company that I purchased my grain mill from. They sell Einkorn and several other types of grain. Their Einkorn berries come in 5-pound and 50-pound bags. I would love to order 50 pounds of berries at a time! However, their shipping is weight-based, and wheat berries are heavy. The cost for shipping can end up being almost as much as the price of the grain itself!
How Do I Store Einkorn Wheat Berries in My Pantry?
Supplies You Will Need
Instructions for Short Term Storage
I have two 5-gallon food grade buckets in my pantry just for my Einkorn wheat berries. Each bucket will hold 20 pounds of Einkorn. When I run out of Einkorn in one bucket, I order 20 more pounds and use the wheat in the second bucket. When the new Einkorn berries arrive, I refill the first bucket. This way, I am rotating through my wheat before it goes bad, and I always have plenty on hand.
The Jovial Foods website states that you should only open as much wheat as you can use in 60 days. You should keep the rest of the wheat sealed in the bags they were shipped in. If you keep them in their bags, they will stay fresh until their expiration dates. If you would like to extend the wheat longer, you can store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Why Don’t You Store Einkorn Wheat Berries for the Long Term?
I love Einkorn wheat, but I’m not going to store it for longer term storage because it is much more expensive than other types of wheat. I can build up a one year supply of more modern varieties of wheat a whole lot faster because they cost less. If we were in an emergency situation, I would be okay using one of these less-healthy alternatives.
However, if you can’t tolerate other types of wheat or you want to make the investment in storing Einkorn wheat for your long term storage, you can buy the same 5 gallon food grade buckets I suggest for short term storage. Additionally, you will need to purchase 5 gallon mylar bags, 2000cc oxygen absorber packets, and a vacuum sealer or heat sealer. The ReadyWise website gives step-by-step instructions on how to store your grains properly for the long-term.
How Do I Turn Einkorn Wheat Berries into Flour for Baking?
There are several high quality grain mills on the market. I recently purchased the MockMill 200 Stone Grain Mill. So far I’ve only used it to grind Einkorn wheat and hard red wheat, and it has worked really well. I have it on the finest setting, and the flour turns out really nice for baking.
Another grain mill on the market is the NutriMill. I haven’t used one of these, but I know it’s very popular. One advantage that the Nutrimill seems to have over the MockMill is that, from what I have researched, it can be used to mill popcorn seeds. The MockMill cannot do this without potential damage to the mill.
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