Storing fresh bulk wheat berries is really an easy feat, they store very easily without too much fuss. Palouse Brand Wheat Berries can have a long shelf life when stored correctly in an air-tight container in a cool, dry location like a pantry. Our four varieties of wheat berries range in protein levels from 9%-14% and include all parts of the wheat berry including the outer layer or bran which if left intact helps the wheat maintain a long shelf life. This is why our fresh stone ground flours have a shorter shelf life as the wheat berry has been broken down and the outer bran is no longer protecting the grain.
Over the years we often get questions from our customers on storing Palouse Brand Wheat Berries. There are some methods raised in conversation that we do not recommend, such as freezing your wheat berries. This is not a reliable long-term storage option as it can increase the moisture levels in the wheat, causing spoiling. We have also been asked about adding oxygen absorbers to your wheat storage. This is also not a reliable storage solution as oxygen absorbers run the risk of producing bacteria in the grain. Like we said, wheat berries store easily without any extra fuss. We'll highlight some of the best ways we have found to store wheat berries so they stay fresh for years to come.
Types of Wheat Berry Storage
Glass jars, like Mason Jars, are a great option as they not only keep moisture out but they also protect your wheat berries by creating an air-tight seal and oxygen barrier. These are both incredibly important factors in storing wheat long term. Glass jars are also obviously plastic-free. They do however have some drawbacks. They are fragile and cannot protect your wheat berries from light pollution, though if you are storing jars in a closed off pantry, light pollution is less of a concern. While they look beautiful all filled up, if you are wanting to store large quantities or bulk wheat berries, glass jars are better used as a quick grab solution while also having a larger bulk storage option like our next storage solution.
Air-Tight Plastic Buckets
5-gallon buckets are a quick, easy and efficient way to store your bulk wheat berries. We recommend using a gamma lid with your bucket to ensure a tight seal. Gamma lids are so much more user friendly than normal bucket lids, they unscrew easily for simple access, and create an air-tight seal that will protect your wheat berries from moisture and unwanted pests. The best thing about 5-gallon buckets is they are easy to come by, cost effective and can help to securely store your wheat berries for decades. In addition, you can also add a Mylar bag inside your bucket as an added protection, though a 5-gallon bucket alone will help your wheat berries last for 20+ years. You can also find food-grade buckets that will be less cost effective but just as efficient in storing your wheat berries for many years.