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Where To Buy Bulk Organic Grains For Your Stockpile

Where to Buy Bulk Organic Grains for Your Stockpile

The economic climate has a lot of people scrambling to stock up on food right now.  Add to an uncertain job market the food shortage caused by extreme weather conditions across the country, and we could be looking at a perfect storm on the horizon.

Do you read about people’s giant stockpiles of food and wonder, “Where the heck do they find those giant 50 pound bags of grains?”  or “How on earth do they afford that extra food on top of the high cost of their day-to-day groceries?”

My inbox has been flooded lately with people looking for ways to rapidly expand their food storage supplies. I wrote about building a 30-day food supply quickly, but honestly, that article is for absolute beginners with no stockpile whatsoever. If you’re working on building a serious, long-term food supply, it’s going to be a lot more cost effective to purchase bulk quantities of high-quality staples.

A lot of us are looking for reliable sources of organic food. The grocery store is not your best bet. Most of the time, they don’t sell in the quantities we’re seeking, and often the quality is low. I personally use Amazon to build my grain stockpile, because it gives me access to a wide range of vendors, many of whom offer free shipping. Below, I’ll list a few of the items that I personally purchase on a regular basis to add to my pantry.

Here’s why grains should be the focus of your bulk purchases.

One of the mainstays of a prepper’s pantry is grains.

I know, you’re thinking, “Wait, I try to avoid grains as much as possible!”  It may be true that in your everyday life of working 9-5 in an office, then doing some hobby gardening that grains aren’t as vital, but in a long-term situation, grains are the best way to stock up on storable food. They provide more calories that can be stored for a long time than anything else you can put back.

If you have issues with gluten, don’t despair. There are lots of non-gluten grains you can store.  A simple omission of wheat products is the only adjustment you’ll need to make to your stockpile.  You can focus more on corn, oats, and rice.

Here are just a few of the reasons that grains are such a valuable addition to your stockpile:

  • They’re high in carbohydrates. While this might not be desirable in our everyday life right now, in the aftermath of a disaster, you’ll be burning off calories almost as fast as you can consume them.
  • They’re a great way to extend a meal.  How do you feed a family of 4 on what should be one serving of meat? Easy – add it to rice or noodles. It’s an inexpensive way to make the most of pricier ingredients.
  • They store well for long periods of time.  With the exception of brown rice, which has more oils that can go rancid, most grains can last for years if properly stored. They’re the perfect “store it and forget it” food for the pantry.

I strongly recommend organic grains. Yes, they’re more expensive, but they are not doused in pesticides or potentially genetic modified. The high nutritional quality is well-worth the added expense. See it as an investment in health.

How many pounds of grains should you store?

Food storage calculators recommend 300 pounds of grains per person for a one year supply. For a family of four, that is a whopping 1200 pounds of food that you should store if you are trying to build a one year pantry!

That sounds like a really daunting number until you remember that it is divided over many different items.  Most grains can be purchased in very large quantities at a greatly reduced price.  When purchasing in amounts over 20 pounds, your food storage methods become particularly important.  When deciding what storage methods you intend to use, you must ask yourself whether you intend for these goods to be your long term food storage, remaining untouched unless disaster strikes, or whether you intend to rotate them from the pantry to the kitchen, using them and replenishing your pantry as needed.

When purchasing in amounts over 20 pounds, your food storage methods become particularly important.  When deciding what storage methods you intend to use, you must ask yourself whether you intend for these goods to be your long term food storage, remaining untouched unless disaster strikes, or whether you intend to rotate them from the pantry to the kitchen, using them and replenishing your pantry as needed.  Check out this detailed information on food storage methods. Do NOT skimp here. What could be worse than buying all of that food, only to discover it is spoiled or loaded with bugs when you need it the most?

Get good buys by doing your stockpile shopping online.

As I mentioned above, I’ve found that Amazon has a pretty good selection of bulk grains, and many are available in organic varieties. I make a point of ordering at least 20 pounds of a grain each pay period. It’s a nominal amount of money that allows me to build a stockpile of food insurance. Be sure to look for grains with free shipping, though, or the cost could be prohibitive.

When compared with purchasing the same items in smaller quantities at the store, particularly if you opt for the organic, non-GMO varieties, ordering online seems to be the best deal.  Ordering online adds the convenience of delivery right to your door, if you so desire. I used to order directly from a mill when I lived in Canada, but I had to add shipping costs, as well as a hefty minimum purchase. With resellers like Amazon, you can purchase smaller quantities more frequently, which can mesh better with a tight budget.

Some items are better to purchase locally, however.   Pasta, cold cereal, and crackers, to name a few, are generally not the best deals when purchased online, because they can often be found as loss leaders at the grocery store.  For those items, watch the flyers for good sales in your area.

What grains should you store?

Following are some of the most common additions to a prepper’s pantry.

I’ve found that I can usually order these online less expensively than I could purchase them in smaller sizes locally, even with the very best of sales going on. I’ve embedded a link into the products, so simply click on the underlined words to go right to the item.  All of the items below are things that reside in my own pantry, neatly repackaged into long-term storage containers. At the time of posting this article, they all had free shipping.


Please, please don’t buy rice from China.  While it might be dirt cheap, their food standards are low. You do NOT want your stockpile to be made up of food like that.  If you can’t afford organic or eco-farmed (this means there was no use of chemical pesticides but it isn’t certified organic), please buy American-grown rice.

25 pounds of organic brown rice (Lundberg)

25 pounds of eco-farmed white rice


25 pounds of organic whole wheat flour

25 pounds of organic white flour


35 pounds of organic wheat (already in a bucket for long-term storage)

50 pounds of organic winter wheat


25 pounds of organic quinoa

10 pounds of organic red quinoa


25 pounds of organic corn meal

18 pounds of organic grits


25 pounds of organic pearled barley


50 pounds of organic quick-cooking oats

25 pounds of organic steel-cut oats

Bonus: Support American farms!

Nearly all of the recommended products are grown in the USA, with the exception of the quinoa, which is from Bolivia. I was unable to find out where the corn for the grits was grown, but Great River Mill responded to me immediately to let me know that the listed products were all products of American organic farms.

For Canadians:

These products won’t be available to be shipped to Canada.  When I lived in Ontario, my favorite resource was this:

Oak Manor Farms

They did not offer free shipping, but the prices were very reasonable and the quality was fantastic.

By Daisy Luther –

Edit – MFSP

The 5 Rules Of Food Storage

If you’re going to store emergency food for your family (or if you’re already doing this), then you should always keep in mind the 5 basic rules of food storage. They are all equally important, so make sure you don’t miss any one of them. It would be a pity to find your stockpile all wasted, right when you need it the most… just because you missed one crucial detail that could’ve saved your life.

So here’s what you need to double check when you start storing food:

Rule #1: Keep Your Stockpile In A Dry Place

Wherever you may choose to store your food, keep it as far away from humidity as you can. Even the slightest moisture can ruin your whole stockpile, if it hits the wrong items. Some foods (like dried fruits, especially apples) start eliminating a gas that ruins all the foods around it, if you store them altogether (more on that in just a moment)

Rule #2: Set The Right Temperature

The perfect temperature for your food is between 40 and 60 degrees F. Of course, this is the IDEAL temperature and there may be reasons why you won’t be able to keep your stockpile this cool at all times (high electric bills, blackouts). But here’s what you need to do: Try to keep your food in the coolest place in or around your house and try to keep the temperature constant. Variations in temperature may turn your stockpile into “dead food” (lacking in nutrients).

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Rule #3: Store Your Food In A Dark Room (or Cabinet)

Sunlight should stay far away from your stockpile, so make sure your storage room is window-free. Also, don’t use clear plastic containers or glass jars to store your food. Anything that’s light-tight and sealable will work.

Rule #4: Choose a wide variety of items

A lot of people take a ready-made items list off the Internet and buy those foods in bulk. But most of these lists just cover 12-15 foods, usually the most inexpensive ones: mostly grains, canned veggies and beef jerky.

But what you need to do is offer your family a wide variety of foods, and here’s why:

Maybe some of your family members are allergic to certain items. Write down all allergies and avoid any food that may cause them.

You’ll get tired of eating the same thing over and over again. And, what’s more important, you’ll deprive your body from all kinds of vitamins and nutrients other foods have. Don’t let your body go weak, you’ll need all the health and energy in the world, once the crisis strikes.

Rule #5: Store different items separately

When you store a wide range of food items, you’ll most likely notice how certain foods rot faster, spoiling the other ones around as well.

Here’s what you need to do to avoid this:

Keep different foods in different containers, preferably well sealed. These can be plastic bags, sealed containers or large buckets with lids on. Just make sure all items are grouped and categorized, because every food has its own “expiration date”.

Rotate stock. When an item gets close to its expiration date, include it in your meals and replace it with a fresh one. This way, there’s no need to worry the rotten foods will spoil the other ones. But you’ll read more on stock rotation strategies soon, in a brand-new Survival Know-How Giveaway.

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