How Much Wheat In A 5 Gallon Bucket – Pounds, Calories, Loaves Of Bread

August 24, 2016, by Ken Jorgustin


Have you ever wondered how much wheat (wheat berries) you can fit in a 5 gallon bucket?

Have you ever wondered how many loaves of bread from a 5 gallon bucket of wheat?

Have you ever wondered how much wheat to store in your long term food storage?

Here are the answers:


How Many Pounds Of Wheat In A 5 Gallon Bucket

Awhile ago when packing a few more 5 gallon buckets with wheat (using a Mylar bag insert with oxygen absorbers and treated with diatomaceous earth), I made a note of how much it weighed for future reference.

The 5 gallon bucket itself weighed 3.2 pounds when empty (with the lid).

The 5 gallon bucket when filled with wheat weighed 36.4 pounds (slightly more or less depending on how full you stuff the bucket).

Therefore the wheat itself weighed 33.2 pounds — call it 33 pounds.



How Many Loaves Of Bread From A 5 Gallon Bucket Of Wheat

We regularly make bread from our wheat berries. It takes about 2.5 to 3 cups of wheat berries to be milled into flour – in order to make one typical loaf of bread depending on the recipe (you end up with slightly more volume of flour after milling the wheat).

One cup of ‘hard-red’ wheat berries weighs 7 ounces (checked on my digital scale). Since 33 pounds of wheat (in a 5 gallon bucket) is the same weight as 528 ounces (there are 16 ounces in one pound), then there are 75 cups of wheat in a 5 gallon bucket (528 / 7).

So, each 5 gallon bucket of wheat will make about 25 loaves of bread.



How Much Wheat To Store For One Year

There are 628 calories in one cup of ‘hard-red’ wheat berries (a bit more or less depending on which online resource you check and the exact wheat variety).

Therefore there is a total of 47,000 calories in a 5 gallon bucket of wheat.

The caloric content of wheat in a typical loaf of bread (3 cups per loaf) is 1884 calories.

Just to put perspective on it, ‘if’ half of your calories came from this wheat bread (not accounting for actual nutritional recommendations – but simply survival calories), let’s say 1000 calories (about half a loaf) – based on a minimal 2000 calories per day, then you’re looking at about 182 loaves of bread in a year.

That’s a bit more than 7 (5 gallon buckets) of wheat, or about 240 pounds.

Of course this will vary widely depending on what and how you eat.

If 25% of your caloric intake came from your wheat bread, then you would need about 120 pounds of wheat, or about 3.5 (5-gallon buckets) of wheat.