Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Using Your Food Storage - Bulgar Wheat

The number one question people have regarding long-term food storage is "what do I do with it?"

This is bulgar wheat

Bulgar is one of the earliest forms of processed wheat. It originates from the Middle East and is still used prevalently over there. 

Bulgar wheat is made by soaking, cooking, drying then crushing wheat kernels into small pieces. It is not cracked wheat. That is something else. 

Bulgar looks kind of like couscous but has the same nutritive value as whole wheat. 

It has 151 calories, 0g of fat, 34g of carbs, 8g of fiber and 6 grams of protein in every cup. It is also rich in B-vitamins, phosphorous, maganese, iron and calcium as well as a good source of folic acid which is essential for women to have while pregnant.

Bulgar is a perfect long-term food storage item due to its high nutritional benefits and easy storage and preparation. Since it is already precooked, bulgur can be cooked like rice or soaked in water and eaten cold making it an easy food to eat if you are without power. 

One of the biggest problems people have with their food storage is not knowing what to do with it once they need it. They buy a big bucket of wheat and hope they will never need it or plan to figure out what to do with it when the time comes. That is a big mistake.

In an emergency situation, stress is already going to be high and it would only add to it trying to figure out how to make dinner for your family with unknown ingredients. Also, if you start now, you can add your food storage items to foods you already eat to incorporate them smoothly into your diet. Some people especially children find it hard on their systems to start eating a lot of whole grains if they aren't used to it. So unlike other grains in your food storage, bulgar is easier to digest because it is already precooked. It also resists mold contamination and insect attacks as well as does not absorb radiation.

Bulgar wheat is nutty tasting and extremely versatile. It is usually used like rice or pasta but can be used in breads, salads, casseroles, stew, desserts or served as a side dish. It is also great as a meat extender or meat substitute in vegetarian dishes.




Today I used it in my Sloppy Joes.

I just made my regular Sloppy Joe recipe but put in an equal amount of ground beef to cooked bulgar. It turned out awesome. This is one of my favorite things. And in fact I was kind of in a hurry so I just dumped in a bottle of my canned ground beef so I didn't even have to worry about chopping onions or cooking and draining the ground beef first. It was super fast.







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