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How to store grains at home

Updated on June 12, 2011


Foods such as wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, popcorn or any products made from these foods are considered grains. Grains has low in fat and contain no cholesterol. Also it is low in sodium. Grains contain 5 and 10 grams of protein per cup and has more fiber, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, zinc, copper, and iron content. Grains has two types incuding refined grains and whole grains. whole grains is better than refined grains because of fiber, vitamins and minerals. For example a slice of white bread has 66 calories and contains 0.6 grams of fiber. Slice of whole wheat bread has 69 calories and 1.9 grams of fiber. Below you will find some of the different types of grains and how to store grains at home.


1. Barley: Barley is a brown and high protein grain boasting many helath benefits. It can reduce blood cholesterol levels and blood glucose levels. Types of barley include hulled, hulless and pearled barley. Pearled barley is processed, and unhulled barley is a whole grain. It contains more vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  It is best to store barley in a tighly covered glass container. Always keep in a cool  and dry place.Store barley in a tightly covered glass container in a cool, dry place. You can store barley in the refrigerator or freezer during periods of warmer weather. Barley can have a shell life for 1 year if properly stored. You can add barley in soups, casseroles, and hot cereals.


2. Buckwheat : Buckwheat can be served alternative to rice and is available throughout the year. It helps to lower blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol. Place buckwheat in an airtight container and store these grains in a cool and dry place at home. Buckhweat should be tightly wrapped for freezer or refrigerator storage. Buckwheat should be tighly covered to reduce the possiblity of grain absorbing moisture from the freezer compartment. The shell life of buckwheat is 6 months or longer if properly stored. Buckwheat is used in casserols, kichadi


 3. Corn: Corn also known as maize and grows in warm weather and matures in late summer.  Corn can be stored in a plastic or glass sealed containers and is best for whole corn kernels and popcorn. keep in a cool and dry place. Dried corn kernels and popcorn can last for years if properly stored. Corn can be eaten whole or ground into cornmeal.


 4. Millet: Millet is a small yellow grain and is widely grown around the world for food and fodder. It grows about 15 feet tall. You can store millet in sealed containers of either plastic or glass. The grain should be tighly covered for freezer storage. The shell life of millet is 6 months. Millet has nutty flavor and can be used in salads and pasta.


 5. Rice: Rice comes in many different varieties and popular worldwide. It is best to store in a tighly covered glass or food safe plastic containers. You can use food-safe oxygen absorbers to preserve rice quality, and protect from insect infestation. The shelf life of uncooked white rice is one and half to 2 years. Brown rice contains more vitamins and minerals than white rice. Brown rice should not be stored for long periods of time since it is and oily grain and may go rancid. Rice is high in starch and fiber and low in sodium.


6. Quinoa: Quinoa is a small, disk-shaped seed and it is a light flavor and texture. Quinoa is a great source of protein and can be used in salads, stews, and soups. You can also use as a substitute for rice.

How to harvest and store corn:


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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Nice information on how to store grains.


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