Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Why I Store A Variety of Whole Grains

 photo source:  Nick Saltmarsh
For most of us wheat is the backbone of our food storage. It is plentiful, relatively inexpensive, and familiar.   Yet there are many reasons why storing a variety of whole grains might be a better idea.   Here is why I have decided to store a variety of whole grains including wheat. 

4 Reasons I Store a Variety of Grains In My Food Storage


1.  Ease of Cooking
photo source: orphanjones

Wheat is a little bit labor intensive to prepare.  Generally it is ground to flour and then made into bread.  All of which require a lot of energy and effort.  Other grains can be cooked quickly with little water and no specialized equipment.
Quinoa cooks a lot like rice. All you need is hot water and 15 minutes. 
Amaranth can be popped (like pop corn) and ready to eat in under 5 minutes.
Millet takes 20 minutes to cook. 


2.  Health Benefits
Photo source:  Pink Sherbet Photography
The health benefits of eating whole grains is well documented including:
·         stroke risk reduced 30-36%
·         type 2 diabetes risk reduced 21-30%
·         heart disease risk reduced 25-28%
·         better weight maintenance
Other benefits indicated by recent studies include:
·         reduced risk of asthma
·         healthier carotid arteries
·         reduction of inflammatory disease risk
·         lower risk of colorectal cancer
·         healthier blood pressure levels
·         less gum disease and tooth loss


3.  I’d rather eat a variety than the same thing every day.


I cannot imagine a diet of whole wheat and little else for two months let along a whole year.  Yet for many people whole wheat is the only grain they are storing.   Now don’t get me wrong I love homemade bread and I do store whole wheat,  but I like to eat a variety of things, so I am storing a variety of whole grains.    By storing a variety of whole grains I get the same long storage life but I get to eat a variety of foods.

Which Would You Rather Eat?

Da
Storing Wheat Only
Storing A variety of Whole Grains
Monday
Whole Wheat Bread
Whole Wheat Bread
Tuesday
Whole Wheat pancakes
Quinoa Pilaf
Wednesday
Whole Wheat biscuits
Amaranth  flat bread
Thursday
Whole Wheat rolls
Creamy Millet Polenta
Friday
Whole Wheat tortillas
Rice Flour Cookies
Saturday
Whole Wheat Bread
Whole Wheat Bread
Sunday
Whole Wheat Bread
Fluffy Quinoa

Hopefully you have stored vegetables, fruits, and proteins to go with your whole grains.   Even so whole grains make up the bulk of the calories in any food storage plan.  

4.  Different grains have a different nutritional profiles
  

Da
Calories/serving
Protein
Fat
   Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Calcium
Iron
Amaranth
Serving Size:  .33 cups
190
7 g
3.5 g
0%
4%
8%
20%
Corn Meal
Serving size .25 cups
150
3 g
0
4%
0%
0%
0%
Oat Groat
350
12 g
2.5 g
0%
0%
2%
15%
Pearled Barley
Serving Size .25 Cups
160
5 g
1 g
0
0
0
8%
Quinoa
Serving size .33 cups
60
2 g
1 g
0
0
1%
4%
Rice Flour
Serving Size 3 Tbsp
100
0
0
0
0
0
2%
Spelt
70
2
0
2%
90%
0
8%
Millett
Serving Size .25 cups
190
6
2
0
0
0
8%
Hard Red Wheat
170
6 g
0.5 g
0
0
0
0
Hard White Winter Wheat
170
6 g
.5 g
0
0
0
0
*Source www.shelfreliance.com

What whole grains are you storing?

2 comments:

Misty said...

Okay, I know I just left a comment on another post, but I have to leave one here too. This is a FANTASTIC post. One of the biggest things I wish I'd known about food storage a few years ago is that GRAINS AREN'T SCARY! Well done!

Anonymous said...

What a great post! I didn't really consider storing a variety of grains like these. Thanks so much for your work of putting this info together!

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