Pounds of Flour or Wheat for Preparedness Bread

Yesterday we polled our audience to discover how many loaves of bread are consumed every week in their household. Based on the results we can work out a few things for survival & preparedness.

1. How much flour storage to make your own bread
2. How much wheat storage to make your own bread

From those who responded to our poll question, the majority go through 1 loaf (or less) of bread each week.

1. up to 1.0 loaf (64%)
2. 1.5 loaves (19%)
3. 2.0 loaves (8%)
4. 2.5 loaves (5%)
5. 3+ loaves (4%)

The following data (pounds of flour) is simply based on the polling results and is not necessarily a recommendation. It just puts it in perspective for your own given household consumption as it is today. In actuality I would store MORE for my own preparedness than my current consumption rate.

Pounds of Flour Storage For Homemade Bread

To maintain your current consumption of bread during a time when you’re drawing on your deep pantry food storage:

The following are the approximate amounts of FLOUR you will need to store:

3 Months Flour Storage

(loaves per week)
1.0 = 12 pounds of flour
1.5 = 18 pounds of flour
2.0 = 23 pounds of flour
2.5 = 29 pounds of flour
3 = 35 pounds of flour

1 Year Flour Storage

(loaves per week)
1.0 = 51 pounds of flour
1.5 = 76 pounds of flour
2.0 = 101 pounds of flour
2.5 = 127 pounds of flour
3 = 152 pounds of flour

Pounds of Wheat Berries Storage For DIY Bread

If you mill your own flour, to maintain your current consumption of bread during a time when you’re drawing on your deep pantry food storage:

The following are the approximate amounts of WHEAT BERRIES you will need to store:

3 Months Wheat Berries Storage

(loaves per week)
1.0 = 12 pounds of wheat berries
1.5 = 19 pounds of wheat berries
2.0 = 25 pounds of wheat berries
2.5 = 31 pounds of wheat berries
3 = 37 pounds of wheat berries

1 Year Wheat Berries Storage

(loaves per week)
1.0 = 54 pounds or 1.6 (5 gallon buckets)
1.5 = 81 pounds or 2.5 (5 gallon buckets)
2.0 = 108 pounds or 3.3 (5 gallon buckets)
2.5 = 135 pounds or 4.1 (5 gallon buckets)
3 = 162 pounds or 4.9 (5 gallon buckets)

Note: The reason why some preppers choose wheat berries for their storage rather than flour that’s already milled is due to shelf life. Wheat berries can easily store for 20+ years (and longer!) if stored properly. Once wheat is milled into flour, rule of thumb is you’re looking at about 1 year (more or less) for optimum results.

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Weights & Measures

The following are my measured quantities:

5.2 ounces flour per cup
6.65 ounces wheat berries per cup

3 cups flour for typical homemade bread loaf
2.5 cups wheat berries mill to approx. 3 cups flour

15.6 ounces flour per loaf
16.6 ounces wheat berries per loaf

33 lbs wheat berries 5 gallon bucket
79 cups wheat berries in 5 gallon bucket

25 to 32 loaves of bread per 5 gallon bucket (depending on loaf)

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