How to Store Grains for the Long Term

While paleo dieters will argue that you shouldn’t consume grains because it’s not good enough for the digestive system to adapt, grains are still something that you should always consider having. People have been eating this for hundreds of years, and in many cases, they’re even found millennia ago.  So, they’re not as bad as people make them out to be.

They’re good for you especially during emergencies, and if you’re thinking about storing grains in a food pantry, or even just for a moment, you may want to look into different ways to do this.  You should select the grains with the longest shelf life first, storing them properly. Brown rice and barley are usually the best ones to avoid, since they actually can go bad very fast.  usually, 4-6 months is the average lifespan, so if you feel you’re going to use it, then you may want to get it. Otherwise, go for a different type o grain.

Soft grains are usually the best to start with. This includes quinoa, hulled oats, and also rye.  You should try to get this, and you can even make them last up to two decades if you do this correctly.

Buckwheat, flax, corn, and mullet wand wheat are usually considered the hard grains.  You can get about a decade of shelf life out of these bad boys too, but, if you do have a good setup for this, it can last up to 30 years, or much longer in many cases too. Definitely worth checking out.

Now, how do you store these? Well, buying a sack and tossing it into your pantry isn’t the best way to store this. You should get a food-grade bucket, a vacuum sealer or a health sealer, some 5-gallon storage bags, and also some oxygen absorbers.  You should consider buying these in bulk, and make sure that you get the food grade buckets. Mylar is the best source of material, since this is something that’s often found in many local restaurants, or you can even just buy these online. You’ll need some buckets from your hardware store too, if you don’t want to spend the money, just make sure they’re food grade.

First, you want to find some good places to store this, making sure it doesn’t get higher than 68 degrees in that area. Put the Mylar bag on that, and fill it with grain. Add an oxygen absorbing pack, and have that seal the air out of the bag, and seal it out with a heat sealer.

From there, you trim any of the excess off the top area of your mylar bag, and from there, seal the lid on this with a mallet made of rubber.

This is the best way to do it, but if you’re struggling with this, consider practicing on this with a dummy package before you get the real thing, and you should make sure to avoid overly exposing the absorbing packs to air, since it decreases the effectiveness, and you can even put another oxygen absorber in the bucket too for best results.