Wheat: What You May Not Know
Wheat is a plant commonly grown, cultivated, and used to create hundreds of different food products. It’s not particular to one specific region. People in countries around the world use wheat in different ways as a critical component to a filling and healthy part of their diet.
While you may know a bit about it, including some of the foods where it’s used, there are many other details about it that you might not know. If you’re interested in learning a bit more, check out these exciting details on the plant! In case you missed this post, Bread Making Just Got Easier
Wheat Grinders I have Used And Recommend:
NutriMill Classic High-Speed Grain/Flour Mill
KoMo Classic Wheat Grinder (This is my Favorite)
Hand Wheat Grinder: GrainMaker® Grain Mill Model No.116 (I saved money for two years to buy this one)
How I Store My Hard White Wheat
I only buy wheat from Lehi Mills because they “clean” the wheat six times compared to normal outlets that clean their wheat two times. My wheat grinders are very expensive and I can’t risk putting inexpensive wheat from outlets I don’t trust through my units.
I have seen cheaper wheat with tiny rocks intermingled, the savings is not worth it to me. I’m lucky I live in Utah and that I can buy it in Lehi, Utah where they are headquartered. But, I also buy it from Costco when they have one of their roadshows. I just replace the white lids with Red Gamma Lids so they are easier to access, as shown in the picture below.
- Hard White Wheat: This is the only kind I buy. It makes soft and fluffly bread. It is lighter in color and has a moderate protein content.
- Hard Red Wheat: This is what i was raised on, I called the loaves bricks. The hard red wheat has a stronger flavor, heavier bread texture, and has a higher protein content.
- Soft White Wheat: This wheat is designed mainly for pastries, it makes the pastry flaky and light. This wheat is shorter and more plump and works great for making cakes, cookies, sweet breads, and muffins. It has more starch, less gluten, and lower protein content compared to hard white wheat.
Uses for Wheat
You can find wheat in dozens of the products you regularly consume in a year. It’s a staple ingredient used to prepare common foods, including bread, pasta, cereals, and pastries. Not all of these food products contain wheat, but many of them do.
Most don’t realize that there are several species of wheat, and some are better to use during the process of creating these different foods.
When you’re shopping at the supermarket, it’s common to come across foods that say “whole-wheat” on the packaging. This is what the wheat “berries” look like in my buckets.
How and Where It Grows
It grows in many places around the world. It’s found in several states throughout America, including Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. While you can find it in the United States, it’s also growing in other places, such as China, India, Ukraine, and Russia.
These are only a handful of places that currently grow wheat to use in hundreds of different products.
Growing wheat is a time-consuming task that takes both patience and effort. Farmers need to plant dozens of seeds to get the wheat to grow successfully. The plants require weed-free space with access to plenty of water, especially after the germination process.
If you’re growing wheat, it’s essential to set a watering schedule to keep the plant from drying out. If it’s not getting enough water, it won’t grow. It typically takes several months to see the wheat grow until several wheat heads start to appear.
Skilled farmers know what to expect of this process and put effort into keeping the wheat plants in the best condition until it’s finally time to harvest the wheat and sell it or use it. Red Gamma Lids
The Benefits of This Grain
Those consuming wheat can reap many benefits. It’s an excellent source of fiber. It can aid with digestion and reduce constipation. Those who regularly experience constipation should consider adding more wheat to their diets.
By doing so, they can regulate their bowels and avoid the pain, bloating, and discomfort associated with constipation.
While it’s great to use as a source of fiber to ease symptoms of constipation, wheat has other benefits to offer that are equally important. It contains both vitamins and minerals that are naturally good for your health.
As a result, it can strengthen bones, potentially lower cholesterol, and improve heart health. It’s the reason many health food products contain some wheat.
Those who struggle with chronic inflammation from different conditions, such as arthritis, can benefit from consuming wheat. Studies show wheat helps reduce inflammation.
It can also lower an individual’s risk of ending up with type-2 diabetes. Because type-2 diabetes is preventable, it’s essential to consume foods that can keep you healthy and help you avoid ending up with such a severe medical condition.
Does Wheat Cause Weight Gain?
There is a misconception surrounding wheat that people tend to believe, which is that it causes weight gain. However, this isn’t true. People assume that wheat can lead to weight gain, but too much of anything can cause this problem.
Your diet should consist of various healthy foods, including wheat products, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. If you’re consuming a well-balanced diet, you won’t need to worry about experiencing any unwanted weight gain from wheat.
Why Is There a Debate Surrounding Wheat?
Some people don’t know what to do when it comes to wheat because some health experts recommend it and others don’t. Wheat isn’t bad for you. Consuming it won’t harm you. However, it’s important to talk with your primary care physician about consuming it beforehand if you have gluten sensitivities.
While it’s not for everyone, many people consume wheat and reap its benefits with no problem. Adding a bit of wheat to your diet won’t cause harm, unless you have a sensitivity to it.
As you already know, some benefits come along with consuming wheat. If you want to lower the risk of suffering from serious medical conditions, including high blood pressure and heart attack, adding wheat to your diet isn’t a bad thing.
Just make sure that you’re not overdoing it by adding too much wheat to your diet. An overload of wheat could end up causing digestive issues for you instead of solving any digestive problems you’ve had over the past few years.
Is Wheat Bread Better Than Regular White Bread?
You may have noticed that there are different types of bread available in the grocery store. If you never knew the difference between traditional white bread and wheat bread, it’s the nutritional value. Regular bread contains enriched flour.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer much in the nutrition department. While people often use it to make sandwiches, French toast, and other meals, it’s better to switch from traditional white bread to whole-wheat bread if your goal is to provide the best nutrition for your family.
There is some additional nutritional value with whole-wheat bread, making sandwiches, pasta dishes, and other meals a lot healthier for you. Be sure and look at the contents of the so-called whole wheat bread, it may have a “caramel color” added to give the appearance that it is wheat and it is far from it.
Wheat is an Excellent Plant Worth Consuming
You know that wheat products exist, but you may not have known all this valuable information about the plant and how it gets used in different foods. It’s a necessary ingredient when making loaves of bread, baked goods, and even different kinds of pasta.
If you’re at the grocery store and you’re shopping for these items, consider getting products that say “whole-wheat” on them instead of the traditional options. When you choose these options with wheat, you’re selecting food products that offer more nutritional value.
You’re also choosing foods that can improve your overall health while protecting you in the fight against different health conditions that can negatively impact you.
- 6 Cups Warm Water
- 2/3 Cup Olive Oil
- 1 Cup Honey
- 2 Tablespoons Dough Enhancer
- 2 Tablespoons Wheat Gluten
- 2 Tablespoons Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Dry Instant Milk
- 2 Tablespoons Saf Instant Yeast
- 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 14-15 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
Start adding the ingredients in the order shown above with one exception into your mixing bowl…start with 7 cups of flour and slowly add more flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. I use a Bosch Mixer. I grew up making bread without a mixer..it can be done by hand. I grew up letting my bread rise twice so I still do that. Old habits are hard to break! I mix it for 10 minutes in my Bosch. Cover with greased plastic wrap until it doubles in size. Punch down and form dough into eight one-pound loaves or less if your bread pans are larger. I let the dough rise one more time with greased plastic wrap. Bake the bread at 350 degrees for 27-30 minutes. If your pans are larger you will bake your bread longer. You will love making whole wheat bread, I promise!!
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup or so of honey
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
- 1/2 tablespoon SAF instant yeast
- 1/2 tablespoon dough enhancer
- 1/2 tablespoon wheat gluten
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3-1/2 to 4 cups whole wheat flour
Start adding the ingredients in the order shown above with one exception into your mixing bowl…start with 2 cups of flour and slowly add more flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. I use a Bosch Mixer. I grew up making bread without a mixer. It can be done by hand. I grew up letting my bread rise twice so I still do that. Old habits are hard to break!
I mix it for 10 minutes in my Bosch. Cover with greased plastic wrap until it doubles in size. Punch down and form dough into two one-pound loaves. I let the dough rise one more time with greased plastic wrap. Bake the bread at 350 degrees for 27-30 minutes. If your pans are larger you will bake your bread longer. You will love making whole wheat bread, I promise!!
- 1 pound ground beef, cooked or 1-1/2 cups freeze-dried hamburger
- 3/4 cup chopped onion or 1/2 cup freeze-dried onion
- 1 garlic clove minced or 1 tablespoon dehydrated garlic
- 2 cups cooked whole wheat (see instructions below)
- 6 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 5 cups beef broth
- one- 6 ounce can tomato paste
Combine the ingredients in your slow cooker, cook on low for 6-8 hours, this will depend on your slow cooker size and temperature.
Here is how I make cooked whole wheat: 1 cup washed whole wheat berries, 3 cups water, 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional, place all the ingredients in a slow cooker on low at night for 9-10 hours (UPDATED-I have a new Crock Pot and it cooks faster) and you will have cooked wheat in the morning. Please note I got an email from another person named Linda and she mentioned the following: I cooked wheat for the first time in a slow cooker last night. I used exactly the amounts that you suggested. It was too crunchy. I figure that I will need to cook only 8 or 10 hours and/or add more water. Me: I am thinking everyone must check their own slow cookers for the cooking times because some may cook faster or hotter. Drain the excess water and use it in recipes like you would rice or quinoa. Store in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can also eat it with milk and honey!
Let me know if you make whole wheat bread or use wheat in other ways, I would love to hear. It’s all about cooking from scratch and teaching skills to our kids and grandkids. Some people tend to be afraid to make bread at home. The recipes listed above are what I call my “no-fail bread” recipes. Give them a try, you’ll be so glad you did! May God Bless this world, Linda
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11 thoughts on “Wheat: What You May Not Know”
Do you have other ways to cook wheat berries other than bread? I’d love to know them.
And how long will the berries last?
Hi Deborah, thank you for the 5 stars! Wheat berries will last forever, how long, I have zero proof to confirm my thoughts. I have looked and not one states it’s at least 30+years. Now I live in the desert so I do not have humid issues and I store my wheat inside. Thanks for reminding me about other recipes. I have a wheat chili recipe. I grew up eating wheat cereal cooked overnight in the oven. Now we can use a slow cooker. I need to fix those recipe cards on this post: https://www.foodstoragemoms.com/3-frugal-chili-recipes/ I wrote this back in 2015 I think. Linda
Being gluten free, we don’t eat wheat or products containing it – there are SO many! That being said, for folks who do consume wheat I sure hope they’re stocking up! With droughts & all kinds of other reasons, shortages & price increases will only worsen. We’re stocking up on other grains like oats, rice, quinoa, grits etc. Hopefully people are paying close attention to the supply chain!
Hi Amy, I agree, I REALLY hope people are aware of what’s going on because they must stock up. Keep stocking, Linda
Hello. I’ve been getting FSM for a few years now and your info is priceless. I would like to like to know what wheat grinders you do use as I am going back to it was when I was a little girl (sewing, making food from scratch, knitting/crocheting, canning, etc). I know you said they are very expensive but a valuable tool such as that is a worthy investment. Thank you,
Hi Vanessa, thank you for your kind words, you are so nice. I will list these in my post, thank you for the reminder. My first wheat grinder (after years of hand grinding wheat) was a NutriMill, it is a great machine. Okay, I just added the ones I recommend on the post. I used the NutriMill for about 15 years, I think. Then WonderMill sent me one to write about. It’s a good one. The one I use now is the Komo Classic, Pleasant Hill Grain sent me one to write about and it’s by far my favorite electric one. I also saved money to buy the best hand crank one out there, The GrainMaker hand crank. They now have a cheaper one that I would have bought. They are strong machines. Buy right the first time, some of these can be used with a solar generator. People buy the hand crank then never use it because it is brutal arm power to grind wheat. Yes, we need both, electric if you are serious about making wheat bread. Then get a hand crank for emergencies. I grind the wheat for a few hours once a month and store it in heavy-duty bags with 14-15 cups of wheat flour for my whole wheat bread recipe in the freezer. Have fun, you will never look back, homemade whole wheat bread is the best! Linda
Thank you very much for your prompt response! I know you are excited for me; I am too but nervous, lol. I am building my “toolshed” up for these things. I just a sewing machine that I think I’m going to get soon!
Nevertheless, onward and upward with this! Thanks again. God bless!
Hi Vanessa, I love to sew, I grew up sewing. My dream was to one day own a Bernina sewing machine. I had a Singer for years, great machines, then a Baby Lock, it was nice. Then my mom died and left me a little money, she always wanted a Bernina! I went and bought a Bernina with the money and have never looked back. Every time I sew on it, I know my mom is in heaven looking down and smiling that I got the sewing machine she always wanted. I will never part with that one. She died in 2006. It’s 15 years old and still going strong! My daughter bought a Janome for about $300.00 for her daughter (a new machine) because her daughter was taking sewing classes. I looked at the Janome, and it’s all metal, sturdy, and a work machine. Have fun sewing! Linda
I’ve got a chicken tractor I pull around the back yard. Last winter I noticed a green patch. I let it grow and just mowed around it. It was wheat like I thought. I harvested it with a sickle and tossed in in the coop and let the girls scratch it out.
What I found interesting was how easily this stuff grows on ground that ain’t garden ready. I guess the girls scratched it in then fertilized it just right.
Hi Matt, free feed for the chickens is awesome. I love that they fertilized it in and have wheat forever now, right?? Linda
You know I’m not sure if it’ll come back. Guess we will see