A homesteader prides themselves on having a well-stocked pantry and when you're making almost all your items from scratch and grinding your own flour, you need to know where to buy grains in bulk and which ones are the most versatile. I've been grinding my own flour and stocking grains in bulk for almost 10 years now and am sharing my favorite sources with you today.
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Knowing where to buy grains in bulk is especially helpful if you are looking to:
- build up your food storage
- if you are looking to grind your own flour. Or you are getting a home flour mill, and
- you are looking for places to get your own grain to get your own flour.
This has been one question that has come up so often, so I thought it would be super helpful all in one place!
I have several different sources on where I buy my wheat berries and grains in bulk depending on the type of grain.
I do like to buy locally when I can, but I have to be honest that price does become a consideration for me as well and try to buy when the price is right sometimes though I can’t find specific items in bulk locally as well.
Where to Buy Whole Grains in Bulk
When I am purchasing my grains in bulk, I usually buy them in 25 – 50lb bags. You can get smaller quantities and I would recommend this if it's a grain you're new to before investing in a larger size.
For help on deciding which types of grains are best for what, my Best Flour for Baking- Home Baker’s Flour Guide 101 is extremely helpful.
I purchase the wheat berries and the grains I know I use a lot of in bulk.
Where to Buy Wheat Grain
- Amazon. If you are an amazon prime member, they have a local granary from my area that is available on Amazon. They are non-GMO project verified. 100% non-radiated, certified kosher, but they are not organic. They have pretty good prices. Here's the Palouse brand that is based out of Palouse, Washington for Hard White Wheat
- Azure Standard. If organic is important to you like it is me, you'll definitely want to check out this option for your organic whole grains. They are an online co-op where you can get a lot of items in bulk. Simply pop in your zip code to see where they deliver in your area. They use what they call your drop zone where everything is delivered in one area in your location. They offer once a month drop-offs, so you have to plan ahead. You can find out if you have a drop zone in your area but going to their website and researching your zip code. You may even want to consider being a drop zone for your area and community. They have it where you can get it in ounces, 5lbs, 25lbs, and up. I’ll be getting my first order from them, and I’ll be getting my spelt organic wheat berries or grains. Update: I'm very happy with my first order, the prices were amazing (the best I've ever paid for Spelt berries). I plan on getting most of my wheat berries from them from here on out.
- If you live in my area, Skagit County in Washington State, Fair Haven Flour. They have an organic flour mill, and you can also buy local flour and wheat berries. They have several locations in the Pacific Northwest.
Grains I Purchase in Bulk
Hard White Wheat
First on my list is the hard white wheat. Hard white wheat is what I use and grind up for all of my bread baking. I use this as well for the majority of my sourdough for things like sandwich bread, artisan loaves, french bread, etc. I do like to purchase my wheat whenever possible in organic standards.
In the past, I have used my local co-op, and they would let me purchase large bags. I could call them and order ahead of time, and I would get a 10% discount, but I know unless you live within an hour of where my co-op is, it’s not going to serve you very well. I have a couple of online options, and honestly, I have been doing more online purchasing of bulk items.
For price and organic, I recommend Azurestandard. If you don't care about organic, Palouse is a local farm and has excellent prices from their website.
Snag my favorite Honey Whole Wheat Bread Recipe made with fresh-milled hard white wheat grains.
The berry I buy in bulk or grain is spelt. Spelt is an ancient grain, and it works wonderfully as pastry flour. This is what I use when I am doing cookies or muffins or cakes or those delicate baked goods. I got my most recent bag of Spelt from Azurestandard.
Spelt has a lower gluten content than most grains and is my preferred go-to as my home-milled pastry flour, it's less expensive than Einkorn and you don't have to adapt your recipes as much as you do for Einkorn. But no worries, Einkorn does have it's place in my kitchen.
Einkorn is another ancient grain, and I love Einkorn. It has so many great things health-wise, but it is typically more expensive than Spelt.
With Einkorn, I use the same as I would with pastry flour but also for bread baking and sourdough.
Many people that have a lot of gut problems or digestive problems or leaving gut or gluten sensitivities (all these still contain gluten) find they can consume Einkorn better. I get my Einkorn wheat berries from Einkorn.com They are from a family farm in Idaho.
Want more on Einkorn? Read my Ancient Grain Einkorn- Health and Baking Guide here
I do stock other organic grains that I grind into flour, like brown rice, buckwheat, and oats. Those are primarily the ones I use as flour types. Because I don’t use them as frequently, I don’t buy them in bulk amounts.
I usually get those at a local co-op the natural food section at Fred Myers or Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats at Costco. That’s a great deal there. I don’t usually order those online because I am not using those in large amounts.
How to Turn Grains into Flour
You're going to need some way to grind them up into flour (though you can cook wheat berries like oatmeal into hot cereal or people will add them to soups).
But if you're wanting flour from your grains, you need a home grain mill. My favorite (and I've tried three different mills over the decade I've been milling) my favorite hands down is the Mockmill. If you use this link you'll get an additional 5% off your purchase (it shows up automatically when you add it to the cart).
Find out why I like it so much here Grinding Flour and Beyond- The Homesteader’s Guide to a Home Mill
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