Learn all about where to buy wheat berries and other bulk grains so you can mill your own flour right at home.
I absolutely love purchasing grains in bulk and have been milling my own flour for over 12 years now.
Not only is this a great way to save money, but you are also getting a fresher, more quality product compared to flour that has been sitting on the store shelf for months and months.
I started with a Nutrimill flour mill and then recently switched over to the Mockmill. You can see a comparison between these two mills here.
So today, I wanted to share with you where to buy wheat berries (and other bulk grains), the benefits, how to store them for short term and long term storage, and how to store fresh flour.
There truly is a grain revolution going on and I love serving my family healthy fresh grain products to help fill their bellies.
Benefits Of Buying Wheat Berries:
Store for a long time. It is best to use wheat berries within 3 years, but properly stored wheat can last decades.
Healthier. Grains lose their nutritional value pretty quickly after milling. And since flour at the store needs to be able to sit on the shelves for long periods of time, the healthy parts of the grain are removed during processing. So by milling them yourself, you not only get super fresh flour it also contains more nutrients.
Can be cheaper. I find this especially true for organic grains and more specialty grains.
Preparedness: Since grains can store for a long time, you can easily store a lot of grains for your food storage. It is a great way to build up a pantry.
Variety: You may be able to find a greater variety of wheat berries like spelt, einkorn, etc, than you may be able to find in already ground flour.
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Does Costco sell wheat berries?
Currently Costco doesn’t sell wheat berries (this also may be local Costco specific). Some stores do offer a really great deal on organic flour though.
Is buying wheat berries cheaper than flour?
Buying wheat berries in bulk can be cheaper than flour. I find this particularly true with organic grains.
Where to buy wheat berries?
There are multiple places online and local that you can find wheat berries to purchase.
Great variety of grains and specialty wheat berries, but shipping isn’t free and can actually be pretty expensive. You can get 5% off here.
Probably one of my favorite places to shop all things bulk food! Wheat berries are no exception. Not only do they offer a great variety of grains, but they have the cheapest price and free shipping.
The only caveat is that you have to pick it up at a drop site. The day and time is already coordinated and you’ll have to pick it up at that time. Sometimes, the drop coordinator is able to hold items if you cannot make a drop. This will have to be communicated with each individual person.
Country Life Natural Foods
I’ve purchased through Country Life Organics many times. You can get free shipping on all orders over $99. Currently, hard white wheat is $1.24 per pound for a 25 pound bag.
Jovial currently only sells einkorn wheat berries for $33.99 for a 10 pound bag. Free shipping for all orders over $99. This comes out to be slightly cheaper than purchasing flour.
Surprisingly, but also not really that surprising…. Amazon offers wheat berries in bulk. Their prices are slightly more expensive than some other places, but most of the brands I saw did offer free shipping.
Local Natural Grocery Stores
While ordering online can be a great and convenient option, I love shopping locally whenever possible. Sometimes local grocery stores offer a great bulk section where you can buy bulk grains from a bin or even ask them and they may be able to order larger quantities at a great price.
Another place I’ve had great success has been from local Amish stores. We used to have ond about 30 minutes away, and twice a year I would head over to purchase many bulk items like raw honey, grains, and raw butter.
My Favorite Grains To Purchase:
Soft White Wheat – Good for cookies, cakes, muffins, and quick breads. It is a little softer and has less gluten than hard wheat.
Hard White Wheat – This type of wheat is good for breads. It is due to a greater amount of gluten giving bread more structure.
Einkorn – This is my go to for a recipe that I’m not going to ferment. Einkorn flour is one of the oldest heirloom varieties of wheat and it contains less gluten than a more modern wheat. This makes it much easier to digest, so it is typically what I use for quicker recipes. Find my einkorn recipes here.
Spelt – Another heirloom wheat that I’ve been loving lately. Check out the most delicious spelt sourdough bread here.
Kamut – Is non-hybridized, non-GMO flour that is grown organically and full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Oats – A breakfast staple that I also love to buy in bulk. It can be really really inexpensive when purchasing in bulk. The cheapest I’ve found is at Azure standard. A 50 pound bag of organic rolled oats comes out to $1.17 per pound.
Popcorn: Not only do we use this to make popcorn, but I have also mill it to make cornmeal to make homemade cornbread.
Rye: Rich in fiber, lower on the glycemic index, and less gluten than regular flour, rye is a great choice for bread making.
How To Store Bulk Grains
Depending on how long it will take you to go through the grains or if you are wanting to have it as part of your bulk emergency food storage will change how you store the grains.
Short term storage: If storing for up to 6 months, wheat berries can just be stored in a glass container, or plastic bucket with a tight lid preferably in a cool (40-60 degrees F) dark place out of direct sunlight.
I like to keep them in 5 gallon buckets with a gamma lid (these lids are much easier to open than the lids that 5 gallon buckets come with). This is airtight and will keep them fresh for a long time.
Long term storage: If you are wanting to keep them fresh for a long period of time, think 30 years, then I would suggest adding five 300cc oxygen absorbers to your 5 gallon bucket. They can also be stored in mylar bags. Add one 300 cc oxygen absorber per gallon mylar bag.
Oxygen absorbers help keep the environment in an unfavorable condition for any bugs. You can also freeze the grain for a 3-5 days and then thaw to kill bugs. Some suggest doing this another time 30 days later to kill any bugs in a later cycle.
Storing Freshly Milled Flour:
Once wheat berries have been milled into flour, the flour only stays fresh for up to a week. This is because when milling at home the bran, germ, and endosperm are still intact and contain oils which will go rancid fairly quickly.
Keep fresh flour in a container (preferably glass or plastic) at room temperature for about 3 days, in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
A good indicator if the flour is still good is by smell. If it smells off then toss it.