how much flour to make bread

Trying to figure out how much flour to buy for making “x” loaves of bread?

During this time of pandemic many people are making homemade bread. Why? To minimize having to go grocery store shopping and unnecessary exposure. As a result people are buying flour to make bread at home (it’s easy to make homemade bread).

I’m republishing this information given the current events of today:

I polled our audience to discover how many loaves of bread they consume each week in their household. Based on the results we can work out a few things for 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 the majority go through 1 loaf of bread each week.

1.0 loaf (64%)
1.5 loaves (19%)
2.0 loaves (8%)
2.5 loaves (5%)
3+ loaves (4%)

Pounds of Flour To Make Bread

To maintain consumption of bread during a time when using flour you’ve purchased:

The following is the approximate amounts of FLOUR you will need to buy:

Numbers are rounded up:

3 months flour storage to make bread at home

1 loaf per week = 12 pounds of flour (3) 5-pound bags
2 loaves per week = 23 pounds of flour (5) 5-pound bags
3 loaves per week = 35 pounds of flour (7) 5-pound bags

1 year flour storage to make bread at home

1 loaf per week = 51 pounds of flour (10) 5-pound bags
2 loaves per week = 101 pounds of flour (20) 5-pound bags
3 loaves per week = 152 pounds of flour (30) 5-pound bags

How many loaves of bread will 5 pounds of flour make?

  • about 5 loaves

How many pounds of flour in a loaf of bread?

  • about 1 pound

Pounds of Wheat Berries 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:

3 Months Wheat Berries Storage to make homemade bread

(loaves per week = lbs of wheat)
1 = 12 pounds of wheat berries
2 = 25 pounds of wheat berries
3 = 37 pounds of wheat berries

1 Year Wheat Berries Storage to make homemade bread

(loaves per week = lbs of wheat)
1 = 54 pounds (1.6) 5-gallon buckets
2 = 108 pounds (3.3) 5-gallon buckets
3 = 162 pounds (4.9) 5-gallon buckets

Note: The reason some preppers choose wheat berries for their storage rather than flour 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.

Hard White Wheat Berries (24-pound bag)

My electric flour mill:
NutriMill Classic

My hand grain mill:
Country Living Mill

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)

[ Read: An Electric Flour Mill For Your Own Homemade Breads ]

Bread Machine (on amzn)