Grains are a good source of fiber and nutrients, so be sure to enjoy a variety every day. Opt for whole grains or whole grain flours for more fiber.
Grain storage: Most whole grains can be kept in an airtight container in a cool dark place for years without becoming rancid. It can also be kept in the refrigerator or freezer if you have the space (but who does?). Bread can be kept at room temperature for a short amount of time, but you can keep it in the freezer for longer storage. It thaws very quickly and can be toasted straight from the freezer.
Flour storage: Whole grain flours can be kept in the refrigerator for 6 months or freezer for 12 months. They can also be kept at room temperature in an airtight container until the best before date.
Grains and Flours to Keep in your Pantry:
- Rolled oats
- Steel cut oats
- Brown rice (long or short-grain)
- Basmati Rice
- Whole wheat pasta
- Whole wheat or sprouted grain bread
- Whole wheat tortillas and pitas
- Popcorn kernels*
- Whole Wheat Flour
- Spelt Flour
- Oat flour
- Gluten-Free flours if needed (usually lower in fiber)
*Try making popcorn at home using a popcorn maker or a stove-top recipe. This way, you can control the amount of fat and salt that’s added, making it a great healthier treat!