So in my journey to make sure that I had enough food stockpiled to feed my family for over a year, I bought freeze-dried foods and plenty of things that I put into mylar bags myself, such as: beans, rice, dried corn, potato flakes, etc.
And then I also found the LDS store and bought numerous #10 cans of long-term storage food from them, such as carrot slices, apple slices, pasta, oats, and also WHEAT.
Now the wheat can also be used for more than just making bread. It may possibly be used to grow more wheat (I’ve yet to test that out), and you can also ‘sprout’ it for an emergency food that’s chalked full of nutrients.
But the main reason I bought wheat was because I wanted to add even more variety to my food stocks. I think a LOT of preppers are going to get bored really fast with their beans and rice. Now I am also really learning how to garden so that I have even more variety and a renewable food source, but let’s stick to this topic of how you can make bread off-grid.
So after I did quite a bit of research, I found that the best bang for your buck for a good grain mill (to mill down the wheat into flour) was the Wondermill Jr. Deluxe grain mill.
Now I had checked out cheaper grain mills, but I saw too many people complain that they fell apart.
And I also checked out the ‘King Daddy’ of grain mills, which is called the Country Living grain mill.
But the Country Living mill is just too darned expensive for what my paycheck provides. If I remember right, to get all the bells and whistles that I wanted, it would have cost me around $800.00.
So after researching it and finding how everybody seemed to say it was solid and would last me for years, I purchased the Wondermill Jr. Deluxe. And with all of its bells and whistles, I think it cost me around $200 to $250.00.
But with this Wondermill Jr. Deluxe, I can hand-crank wheat into flour, dried corn to make cornbread, and coffee beans. And during the ‘normal’ times that we’re in right now, I also mill down peanuts into peanut butter.
But this Wondermill Jr Deluxe should last the rest of my life and be something that I can pass down to my children and also probably down to my grandchildren. This thing just seems solid.
So to see a video on the Wondermill Jr Deluxe and how it works, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P879sKuFRQ&t=14s
So here’s the recipe:
1. Grind/mill down about enough wheat to make 4 ½ cups of flour.
4 cups of the flour will be for the bread dough;
And ½ cup of flour will be to powder your hands and sprinkle on the countertop when you go to form the dough
2. Now once you get your flour made, mix in ¼ teaspoon of dry active yeast and 1 teaspoon of salt in the flour and mix it together (*note: in the near future I’ll be learning how to make my own yeast)
3. Now mix in 1 ¾ cups of warm water into the flour and mix it until the dough is no longer sticking to the sides of the mixing bowl.
4. Now this is slow-rising recipe where you don’t have to knead the bread. Just cover it with a towel or something and put it into a dark place for the next 12 hours to let it slowly rise (I always put mine into a kitchen cabinet overnight).
5. Now after it’s set for about 12 hours, now I’ll ‘knock it down’ and form it into a loaf and let it sit for about a ½ hour longer while I pre-heat my Dutch oven.
6. Now I’ll put my dutch oven into my fire pit to pre-heat for about a half-hour. If I’m going to cook bread, I’ll always start a fire in my outdoor fire pit earlier in the day so I’ll have some hot coals to cook the bread with.
7. Now I’ll put the dough into the dutch oven; and then put the lid on it; and then put some hot coals on top of the lid so that it cooks evenly.
8. Now it should take about 45 minutes to cook. But I like to check on it about every 20 minutes.
And you can easily tell when it’s cooked thoroughly because it will make a ‘hollow sounding thump’ when you flick the top of the loaf with your finger.
9. And then once it’s done, remove the bread from your Dutch oven and let it cool down for an hour before slicing it.
And that’s it!
And to see a video of this easy off-grid bread being made, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqDIjlYeeio&index=1&t=84s&list=PLa2nLSRBPkgwivQQGuSpIWFRZoUHDahft
Just a fair warning though: this will make your yard smell like a bakery! If SHTF does happen, you’ll definitely have to take into consideration that this may draw every nearby hungry person to your place.