How to Store Wheat Berries

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

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.

wheat berries cooking

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. 

Comments 7

Palouse Brand on

You do not need nitrogen for long term storage.

sandra on

Do I need nitrogen in my 5 gal. bucket to keep my hard red wheat for any length of time?

Palouse Brand on

We recommend storing in an air-tight container in a cool, dry, and dark place.

Andrew Porter on

Would you recommend using foos savor bags with a vacuum sealer to store my Wheat and Einkorn? Look forward to your suggestion. Andy

Joan Cooper on

Tried sprouting your wheat. 😀😀😀😀 in one day, they sprouted. Tried another kind and nothing happed. You have a great brand. Thank you! Not know how to use these sprouts, if you have some ideas? THANKS

Linda Evans on

Do you know how many 5 gal buckets one would need to store the 25 lbs bag of wheat berries? Thank you

Brooke N on

Good Morning! I have just placed an order for 25 lbs each for two different kinds of wheat berries and a few other beans. I was strongly considering breaking the berries and the beans each down into portions that would be smaller and packaging them in food saver bags, vacuumed sealing and then storing the individual portions, about 2-4lbs per portion, to a 5 gallon bucket. When you have a chance would you mind sharing your thoughts on this storage consideration please?
Thank you so much! I look forward to hearing back when you are available. Thank you for your time and your farming services! It is an amazing thing your doing in such times as these! Food and soil quality aren’t often a part of the discussion at many farms, but I believe they should be a fluent conversation! Well done!! ❤️
Best and warmest regards,
Brooke

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