Wheat is an ideal emergency storage item, but turning it into bread is a long and difficult process. Almost all bread recipes require other ingredients that do not store well, such as oil and yeast. You also need an oven. Cracked wheat cereal is an exception. It can be done in less than 20 minutes. This recipe makes four 4 oz. servings.

Attach the grinder to a sturdy table. Place a small piece of cardboard under the foot of the grinder to prevent damage to the table.

Grind just enough wheat to last a week or so into a coarse flour. It should take less than a minute to grind a cup of wheat.

Bring 1 1/2 cup of water and the salt to a boil in a small saucepan. Quickly stir in the cracked wheat, and continue to stir to prevent lumps.

Reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover the pan, and stir the cereal occasionally for about 15 minutes.


One 4-oz. serving provides approximately 76 calories, 3 g protein, 16 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 10 mcg folate, 1 mg iron and 76 mg sodium.

The cereal can be served with milk, sugar and any kind of fruit.