but i don't eat grains/wheat!

What if I don't eat wheat/grains?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints states, "for longer-term needs, and where permitted, gradually build a supply of food that will last a long time and that you can use to stay alive, such as wheat, white rice, and beans." So, the main purpose of this longer-term storage is to help us "stay alive."

A lot of people get hung up on the fact that they don't really use wheat or oats or whatever. If you don't already use these whole grains that store well, I recommend that you acquire the grains and then work on cooking with and incorporating these foods into your diet. And remember that "grains" doesn't necessarily mean wheat.

Ideally, you already utilize grains which are recommended for long-term storage in your diet and would already be able to use and rotate through your grains fairly quickly. If you do already use certain grains in your diet and cooking, choose those grains for your longer-term storage. But if you don't typically eat or cook with grain, at least you have the food stored to enable you to "stay alive".

Because whole grains are hard on digestive systems, it is also important to help your family tummies get used to those grains. I definitely DON'T recommend buying grains, storing them for 30 years and never using them. If you need to, set a goal and learn how to use these grains. Whole grains are not only good for your longer-term storage, but they are also good for your body.


Jenn said...

If gluten is a problem, I run a blog and a yahoo group to address these issues... glutenfreefoodstorage.blogspot.com and the yahoo group is called LDSAllergies.

Wendy said...

Thanks Jenn -- and thank you for the link to your blog. I've written a *very* brief post on allergies to be posted later this week.

Sara said...

I think a great way to get used to whole wheat is learning to make some yummy favorites....banana cake,cookies, hot cakes etc, with half white and half wheat. gradually wean out the white flour and use all wheat. The flavor is amazing!

Cracked wheat cereal is another wonderful way to have a high fiber low sugar diet, and get used to whole wheat.

Wendy said...

Thanks Sara. I think it would be hard to turn down cookies - no matter how much wheat is in them!