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Hard Red Wheat, Organic, Superpail

SKU: XK893
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$141.90 - $147.76
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Description

Organic Hard Red Spring Wheat, 43 lbs.

Our grain sources are telling us they can’t quote pricing for future shipments now, because they expect costs to rise. We do NOT source grain from either Ukraine or Russia, but those two countries produce a huge portion of the world’s wheat and other small grains, and grain pricing is global. A UN-brokered deal has allowed some Ukrainian grain to move this summer, but only in relatively token amounts that are having little effect on the worldwide food shortage and rising food prices. Many types of grain have already been harder than usual to source in the U.S. In addition, new-crop production costs are up sharply, led by skyrocketing fertilizer costs, and those increased costs are not yet factored into retail pricing. Between the geopolitical outlook and soaring inflation, we expect grain prices to continue to rise in the months ahead, and scarcity is likely to increase. We’ll be surprised if today’s food prices don’t soon look like bargains.

Our hard red spring wheat berries are certified organic and 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 kernels are reddish-brown in color.

Ideal for baking: Our grain is triple-cleaned. It's also been tested, in the most meaningful way possible—by baking bread with it. You can depend on hard red wheat 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 red wheat berries are sproutable. Sprouting results may vary.

  • “When I started making home ground wheat bread, I had no idea where to buy wheat. An internet search popped up Pleasant Hill Grains, but little did I know then that I had hit the baking jackpot. I am now able to turn out gorgeous whole wheat loaves that get rave reviews!”

    – Janice W., WA

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 spring wheat is certified organic and non-GMO, and comes in six-gallon buckets (or pails... another name for the same container.) The net (contents) weight of the grain is 43 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 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.) 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!

Super-cleaned

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

Non-GMO

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.

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 organic hard red spring wheat. Red wheat is so named because of the color of its bran, which has a reddish hue. Spring wheat is planted in the spring and harvested in late fall/early winter. 

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 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!

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.

Grain shipping zones

Non-GMO Project verifiedThe grain on this page is Non-GMO Project verified.

The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building the non-GMO food supply, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. The Non-GMO Project is North America’s most trusted third party verification for non-GMO food and products.

Ingredients

Organic hard red wheat berries.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 c. (46g)
Servings Per Container:
n/a
Amount per serving
Calories 150
Calories from Fat 5
   % Daily
Total Fat .5g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 0g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2%
Iron 8%

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Specs

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GlutenYes
Allergen StatementProcessed in a facility that handles nuts, seeds, soy, and dairy.
CertificationsUSDA Organic
Diameter12.5"
Height17"
Product Weight (lbs.)43 lb.
Net Weight40 lb.
OriginUSA

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