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Today we're shipping orders for in-stock items placed September 2. Despite higher order volume, our amazing shipping team continues to ship orders quickly. Recently we opened an additional shipping line that’s reducing processing time, and we've hired 15 new team members in the past 90 days! If you need to contact us, EMAIL is better than phone and if you have questions about your order please check our FAQ page before contacting us. Our phone volume is so high that it’s literally impossible for us to answer calls live now, or return calls quickly. The Hampton showroom is temporarily closed. We greatly appreciate your business as we do our very best to serve you!

Hard Red Wheat

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Hard Red Winter Wheat Berries, 36 lbs.

Our conventional/non-organic hard red winter wheat is ideal for bread making. Breads made with hard red and hard white wheats will be very similar; the main difference is that red wheat produces a fuller, heartier flavor, and the bread will have a slightly darker color. Red wheat berries are reddish-brown in color.

Our bulk wheat is triple-cleaned. It's also been tested, in the most meaningful way possible: By baking bread with it. You can depend on wheat berries from Pleasant Hill Grain to make bread and other baked goods that rise well, taste wonderful, and are packed with wholesome, natural nutrition! For those who may want to sprout some, our hard red wheat is sproutable. Sprouting results may vary.

  • “Excellent quality! I just started grinding my own flour so I haven't had much experience but I thought that this grinds nicely, makes great tasting bread and pancakes. Very happy with this purchase.”

    – Sarah P., FL

Beat oxidation

In whole-grain foods, the plant's cellular walls protect nutrients from oxidation. The process of oxidation begins to occur as soon as grain is ground, exposing the cell's contents to oxygen in the air. Flour that is several days (or more) old, has been exposed to oxygen that inevitably diminishes its nutritional value. The way to get full nutrition from whole grain foods is to mill them when you need them, right in your kitchen. Modern high-speed grain mills make it fast and easy to enjoy the freshest, best tasting and most nutritious food imaginable!

Convenient & safe storage

Our hard red wheat comes in five-gallon buckets (or pails... another name for the same container). The net (contents) weight of the grain is 36 lbs. When you store grain at home, it needs to be protected in a couple of ways. First, it needs to be protected from a variety of little critters who'd like to get to it before you do. Weevils, for example. And isn't this interesting: Chances are you've never seen weevils in the white bread or crackers you bought from the store. That's because weevils put no stock in media campaigns from white-flour milling conglomerates; rather, they know what's good for them, and they'd come after your grain from miles around if you let them. And mice have good nutritional judgment, too. Not that there's ever been a mouse in your house, but if there was... you wouldn't want it having access to your grain. Secondly, grain needs to be kept dry. The grain we sell is all dried to a very low moisture level that's optimal for storage and baking and guarantees that you get the most grain for your money. You need to protect your grain from picking up excessive additional moisture, which can be drawn from the atmosphere. The buckets our grain comes in provide full protection against storage risks. They have airtight gasket-sealed lids, Mylar liners, and oxygen absorber packets that remove the oxygen from the air in the bucket after we put the lid on. The O2 absorbers leave an atmosphere of nitrogen in the bucket, because air consists almost entirely of oxygen and nitrogen. (The oxygen absorber packets themselves are completely food-safe, being made of powdered iron and salt, which are kept separate from the product itself.) Our buckets safely lock out pests, and biological processes are put "on hold" in the Mylar protected, oxygen-free nitrogen atmosphere, so your grain enjoys complete peace and quiet until you want to use it. Note: If you don't already have a bucket lid removal tool, they make lid removal easy (see lower section of this Web page). Super Pail packaging is the "gold standard," the ultimate protection for your grain!

  • “Exactly as described, fast shipping, a quality product. It grinds well, good flavor, no complaints at all.”

    – Jeffrey T., CO


All of our grain is triple-cleaned (also called "triple washed") to ensure purity and protect your grain mill from any foreign objects. (Grain that isn't sufficiently cleaned may contain small stones that will damage or destroy a grain mill... not to mention that you don't want such things in your food!)

Shelf Life

Our hard red wheat has a shelf life of 10+ years when unopened and stored in a cool, dark, dry environment.


All of Pleasant Hill Grain's whole grain products are natural (non-GMO). This applies equally to both the Organic and the Conventional (Non-Organic) grain. Also, PHG does not sell any grains, beans, lentils, pulses or seeds sourced from China.

Uses & History

Red wheat (triticum aestivum) is a gluten-containing grain that’s very similar to white wheat, but has a more robust, nutty flavor. To sweeten the slightly bitter taste of red wheat, honey may be used in a bread recipe. There are three different kinds of red wheat: hard red winter wheat, hard red spring wheat, and soft red winter wheat. The wheat for sale on this page is hard red winter wheat. Red wheat is so named because of the color of its bran, which has a reddish hue.

Red wheat is a hybrid grain, which means that older varieties of wheat with qualities such as disease resistance, weather tolerance, and high protein content, were crossed to produce a crop that has all the best qualities for bread baking and high yields. Red wheat was originally introduced to the Great Plains in the 1870s by immigrants from Russia. Today, the majority of wheat grown worldwide is hard red wheat.

Hard wheat has a higher protein content than soft wheat, and more protein translates to stronger gluten development in baked goods. This means that hard wheat is the best variety of wheat for making bread, pasta and pizza dough with. Soft wheat is ideal for cookies and pastries.

Hard winter wheat’s protein content ranges between 10-12%. Hard winter wheat grows predominately in the southwestern and mid-western prairie states whereas hard spring wheat will grow best in the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Montana.

Hard red wheat can be ground into flour, flaked (rolled), or cooked and eaten as a side dish similar to rice. Red wheat is high in iron, protein, and fiber. It’s a versatile, delicious, and nutritious choice for everyday baking!

To cook hard red wheat, it’s best to soak the grain overnight. Soaking the grain will ease digestion, make the grain’s nutrients easier to absorb, and shorten the cooking time. To cook, add the whole or cracked, pre-soaked red wheat berries to boiling water (2.5 parts water to 1 part grain) for 45 minutes to an hour. The cooked wheat can be used to make grain salads, or to put into casseroles or soups.

If you’re transitioning from white bread to whole wheat bread, we recommend you begin baking with half white flour and half whole wheat flour, and increasing the percentage of whole wheat flour over time. This should make the adjustment easier, especially for children. If you’re unsure whether red or white wheat would be better, we suggest getting a sample of each to find out which you enjoy the flavor of better. Grain samples can be purchased here.

Additional Options

Pleasant Hill Grain offers over thirty kinds of whole grain products. None of our grains, seeds, legumes, or pulses are sourced from China. Wondering which grains are gluten free? Check out our list of grains that are inherently gluten free.

Our foods category offers many selections of baking ingredients, delicious dried fruits and vegetables, long-term storable foods, canned meat, fish and poultry, sweeteners and more.

As a whole grains shopper you may also be interested in hand crank and electric grain mills and grain flakers as well as heavy duty Bosch mixers, Ankarsrum (formerly Electrolux) mixersHäussler spiral dough mixers and Famag spiral dough mixers!

Gamma Seal lids are remarkably practical two-part gadgets that transform standard plastic buckets into rugged, gasketed, resealable storage containers that are both air-tight and water-tight.


Exceptional Value of Bulk Grain

It's well known that basic natural foods tend to be lower in cost and much higher in nutrition than processed commercial choices, but we were still a little shocked when we compared the cost of a staple like whole grain wheat, to items on the shelves at a local grocery store. Our grain comes packaged 45 lbs. to a bucket, so we're reporting each cost here, for that same net weight. The cost of living index in Nebraska is comparatively low, so processed foods like the examples shown here are priced even higher in most areas. We came away from this exercise with a heightened appreciation for the low cost and exceptional value of quality basic foods like whole grain wheat!
45 lbs. of Wheaties™ cereal $248
45 lbs. of Capt'n Crunch™ cereal $219
45 lbs. of Nacho Cheese Doritos™ $259
45 lbs. of Maxwell House™ coffee $193
45 lbs. of 9 Lives™ (the cat food!) $98

Shipping Zones

Please note: The shipping zones below are for the 48 contiguous states. For shipment to AK/HI, please call (866) 467-6123 or email us for a cost quote. 

Identify your shipping zone (1 or 2), then select that zone from the drop-down menu near the top of this page.

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Hard red wheat berries.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/2 c. (100g)
Servings Per Container:
Amount per serving
Calories 326
Calories from Fat 13
   % Daily
Total Fat 1.5g 2%
Saturated Fat >1g 1%
Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 73g 24%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 0g
Protein 13g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 3%
Iron 25%

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Select product option(s) from the drop-down menu at top of page to see item-specific specifications here.

Gluten Yes
Allergen Statement Packaged in a plant that handles milk, wheat, eggs, soy, and tree nut products.
Diameter 13.4"
Height 17.6"
Product Weight (lbs.) 38 lb.
Net Weight 36 lb.
Origin USA


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Shipping is included in product price, by zone. Please see the zone table on the Description tab.



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  • Be Prepared for Royal Treatment
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    This hard red winter wheat is packaged beautifully in a bucket with an air tight, hammered lid seal and inside the bucket, is encased within a vacuum pack. This keeps out humidity, bugs, and household dust and safely protects the grain until it is ready to be used. I highly recommend purchasing the E-Z Lift tool to help remove the shipping lid unless you are under 70, strong, and handy with a flat headed screwdriver. Once the lid has been removed, it could be reused, but is no longer air tight. It seemed a good idea for me to also purchase one of the air tight, easy on and easy off replacement lids that were offered. All the items arrived today, and I successfully removed the shipping lid, unsealed the inner wrappings, sifted the grain through my fingers with joy, closed the package up, and fit on the new Gamma Seal replacement lid. Just two things left to do: grind the grain and bake the bread. I can't tell you how it is going to taste yet, but I have always been a firm believer that the care and attention involved in creating a beautiful package heralds a wonderful product.
    20 out of 20 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
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    I have only used this once so far, but I was impressed first of all by the packaging, and then when I opened it, I can honestly say I have never seen such clean wheat. When I baked bread, my wheat bread was actually soft. Usually I only eat bread for sandwiches the day it was baked or the next, and then it is for toast, croutons or bread crumbs. This bread was still good for sandwiches 3-4 days later. You have a new customer! I am so glad I found you. Thanks so much.
    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • Repeat purchase of hard red wheat
    By on - Verified Buyer
    Wheat was very good. Great taste and works good in bread. Only issue is that I Found some small stones -smaller then the wheat berries- in the wheat kernels
    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.  Did you?
  • A Pleasant Surprise
    By on - Verified Buyer
    I called to place my first order with Pleasant Hill Grain. The lady who took my order was helpful and answered all my questions. Within a matter of days, the order for one bucket of wheat came. When I opened it, I discovered it had been sealed in a huge Mylar bag and had several oxy-packs in it. First time I've ever gotten grain so well cared for. I felt certain that my grain was well cared for. For a disabled elderly lady, this kind of service is important. I will definitely purchase more in the future. Thanks, Pleasant Hill.
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  • Great.
    By on - Verified Buyer
    Good wheat, packaging and delivery service.
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  • Excellent As Always
    By on - Verified Buyer
    I was not able to buy the organic hard red wheat this season because of the mycotoxin infestation, so I ordered this conventional non-GMO instead. It may not be organic, but it is still tasty, and mostly, it is CLEAN. As a home miller, I know how important it is to get clean grain -- without little stones and husks -- and Pleasant Hill always supplies this. I have never found such high-quality grain anywhere else.
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  • A Bucket of Goodness!
    By on - Verified Buyer
    This is a wonderful product -- something that our family will use up, grinding into our own flour, making our own bread and whole-wheat bread items that will keep us going through thick and thin! We feel very grateful to have this in our pantry. This bucket of Hard Red Wheat arrived safely and soundly. The wheat is in a 5-gal bucket, air tight -- label says that unopened it will last 25 years if kept in right temperature, etc... Then, once opened, the label suggests using it within one year to ensure freshness. We couldn't have asked for more! Excellent Product and Service from Pleasant Hill Grain! THANK YOU!!!
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  • Impressed
    By on - Verified Buyer
    This is my first bread with freshly ground flour... tasty! I like the way you package it too.
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  • Good quality wheat
    By on - Verified Buyer
    Love the wheat..very fresh..and delivery was right on time... will order again.
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  • Love this grain!
    By on - Verified Buyer
    This is a grain that makes a full-flavored, easy to grind flour. It's full of protein & fiber, and makes a wonderful loaf of bread. I've made pastas and pastry dough too, and each one is great tasting & healthy.
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