It’s been a really long time since I’ve tried to do anything with my wheat storage besides grinding it for flour to make bread, and I don’t do that very often these days either… shame on me. So, after posting an article the other day on thermos cooking I came across an older article at FoodStorgaeMadeEasy.net the other day, titled 7 Great Ways to Use Wheat WITHOUT a Wheat Grinder! and I thought I should try to expand on my experience base again.
Today, I attempted the very first item on the list, thermos wheat. A fairly simple idea which I figured even I couldn’t mess up so I tried it. Since this requires a thermos I had to get out my Stanley Classic Vacuum Food Bottle (an must-have prepper item, by the way) and got to work.
Their instructions follow: “Bring 1 c. of wheat kernels, 2 c. water, and 1 t. salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Pour into a heated stainless steel or glass-lined thermos bottle. Secure cap. Place bottle on side. In the morning, pour off any additional water, add butter and honey, and serve hot.”
While I was boiling the wheat, I added some hot water to the thermos to pre-heat it so that less heat is lost overnight. You’re supposed to use boiling water but I was feeling lazy. Anyway, the wheat boiled quickly so I dumped the pre-heating water (wouldn’t do that if it were an emergency, of course) and proceeded to fill the thermos with my boiled wheat. I replaced the cap and let sit overnight.
In the morning (almost 12 hours later) I was anxious to try it. After draining the excess water I filled my bowl and took a quick taste… still warm (not steaming hot) and, as expected, was quite bland. The recipe called for adding honey and butter, which I quickly did… MUCH better!
I also noticed that this was a bit too much for me to consume on my own. Maybe half of this would have been better or I could split it with someone else. That said, this amount of wheat worked out almost perfectly in my larger thermos in that it expanded to fill about 3/4 full.
I learned that in the future:
- I should probably have used boiling water to pre-heat the thermos so that my breakfast was a bit hotter (or consume closer to 8 hours rather than 12).
- This was too much for me (use less wheat) or share with someone else.
- It definitely needed something to sweeten the taste ASAP!
I can’t say I would want to eat it everyday but it’s probably the easiest way to use wheat. The best part is that you can conserve precious fuel reserves by letting the thermos do the bulk of the cooking work. I really need to attempt thermos cooking more often. Here’s a website on Thermos Cooking that may come in handy in the future.