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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.
Listen in below to the full podcast, Episode #239 Where to Buy Grains in Bulk of the Pioneering Today Podcast, where we don’t just inspire you, but give you the clear steps to create the homegrown garden, pantry, kitchen, and life you want for your family and homestead.
Knowing where to buy grains in bulk is especially helpful if you are looking to:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Resources from Episode #239
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Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.