When you are buying wheat you will notice that you have the choice between Red Wheat and White Wheat. What’s a girl to do?? Okay, so here is the low down…Red wheat yields bread that tastes like wheat bread. White wheat bread tastes more like white bread, has a milder flavor. Many people like to buy both and mix them! So, that’s what I have done. I buy both kinds. If you want to read more about the red vs. white, here is a great site.
Besides dehydrated and freeze dried, you’ve got just normal food you buy at the stores. The freeze dried and dehydrated you want for long term storage. But, you also need short term storage (chili, mac and cheese, cereal, ramen, soups, etc) that you stock up on when its on sale and you actually eat this stuff! You rotate it. Meaning, you buy it, store it with your food storage, but also eat it. You then replenish it with newer items. You do this because it doesn’t store as long. So for example, in my basement I have a couple long storage bins filled with cereal boxes. When I buy more cereal at the store, it goes immediately in those boxes (because they are the newest). I then bring upstairs to eat some of the boxes that were already in there. It’s called rotating, dude. I don’t feel the need to make use of my rice, dried beans, wheat, sugar, etc. because they will store for many, many years AND it’s a lot of hard labor carrying those heavy mothers downstairs. Your short term storage will be great for immediately after a disaster has happened and you are not in the mood to pull out the wheat grinder because you are too busy stepping on the glass of your broken tv, looking for your kids, and propping up the roof with boards. It will also be great for the days you just don’t want to seriously cook, we all have those. And, frankly…sometimes mac and cheese just tastes really good.
Another great source of information is food storage web sites. A few that I like: