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Old 11-07-2019, 10:34 PM
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My username doesn't refer to my location, but rather my age (and digestion). We have eight , forty pound storage buckets of wheat berries, about 22 years old (30 year shelf life) that we can no longer use for food because of allergies. Can you tell me if there might be a market for these? We live in Kitsap County, Washington State. I don't think anyone would pay for the shipping of these so would likely be limited by driving distance. We aren't ready for the "home" yet but we do need to downsize one more time before anything like that happens.
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I would post them on craiglist. Maybe on the bulletin board at the local gun / sporting goods places. Get a new free email to screen the buyers with. good luck
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Have a source for local eggs? Maybe you can trade.
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No sane person will pay $$ for 22 Y/O wheat berries.

I've had 100s of lbs of wheat offered to me free and accepted - to get the metal barrel it was stored in. The wheat went to a local farmer as feed...

You might be able to trade as suggested, with someone with hogs or chickens - as animal feed.

Perhaps you know a young family just getting started that use a gift. Without a mill, not much you can do with it past sprouting...
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if you put it up cheap enough you might find a taker on Facebook buy, sell, trade in your area. My wife on occasion sees stuff on there that appears to be preppers rotating their canned goods or downsizing and we have bought a few things through it. We did buy for current usage though and not to store.
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Allergies bite!

I WAS going to tell you to put a cup of wheat berries in a blender and add the cracked wheat to home made bread, but, yeah.......

Anyways, 320 pounds of cracked wheat used up one cup at a time would probably last a century or two. I do think that Craig's list or offering them in barter would be a good idea.
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Lots of people keep chickens
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No prepper will buy that old of wheat for food storage.

Maybe you can trade it to a small farmer for eggs, pork or what ever they raise.

1 Bushel of wheat is worth 5.16 dollars and there is 60lbs per bushel. You have 5.33 bushels. So less than 25 dollars in value if I was to try and estimate its worth.
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OK, seven replies in less than 24 hours! Thanks, everyone, for the info - and reality check.

We bought these 40 pound buckets from Emergency Essentials around 1997 for Y2K. I am a retired IT guy and I knew how real the problems were. After spending many millions of dollars the big outfits managed to dodge the bullet. Emergency Essentials now sells these buckets for $60. We also have large tins of canned veggies and such. Some already had to be tossed because of bulging. We also have an electric grain mill and a hand mill for power outages. We thought we might include those for someone who would take the lot.

We really were prepared in our former home. Much more rural, lake water, diesel generator, 3k inverter with a set of forklift batteries for storage, wood stove, and so on. We were rural but now are just outside the city limits of our largest city because driving so far for doctor appointments is no longer desirable. We have three Naval bases in this county and, other than some who have horses, there aren't many farmers here. It looks like the best suggestion for us is Craigslist. Thanks for the suggestion to use a throwaway email to trade there!
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I wouldn't feel too bad, you had 22 years of food insurance for what a buck a month.

I hate throwing out food. That's just a little worse than spray and pray with ammo.
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If you get no interest maybe donate?? Just a thought
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If noone ends up taking them, possibly homeless shelter/charity can benefit from it?
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OK, seven replies in less than 24 hours! Thanks, everyone, for the info - and reality check.

We bought these 40 pound buckets from Emergency Essentials around 1997 for Y2K. I am a retired IT guy and I knew how real the problems were. After spending many millions of dollars the big outfits managed to dodge the bullet. Emergency Essentials now sells these buckets for $60. We also have large tins of canned veggies and such. Some already had to be tossed because of bulging. We also have an electric grain mill and a hand mill for power outages. We thought we might include those for someone who would take the lot.

We really were prepared in our former home. Much more rural, lake water, diesel generator, 3k inverter with a set of forklift batteries for storage, wood stove, and so on. We were rural but now are just outside the city limits of our largest city because driving so far for doctor appointments is no longer desirable. We have three Naval bases in this county and, other than some who have horses, there aren't many farmers here. It looks like the best suggestion for us is Craigslist. Thanks for the suggestion to use a throwaway email to trade there!
I would hang on to the grinders, They can be used to grind other things(rice, corn, rye, barley, nuts, masa, charcoal, beans and so on)
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Charities won't take anything without an expiration date and they wouldn't know what to do with long term storage foods.
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I would hang on to the grinders, They can be used to grind other things(rice, corn, rye, barley, nuts, masa, charcoal, beans and so on)
Alternatively, OP could list the grinders at a fair price. Include must take all the wheat berries...

Could be a decent deal for a family just starting out, depending on the price.
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Trade them to a farmer for animal feed to get some fresh meat next year.

Regardless of the price you originally paid for puny buckets, wheat is a standard commodity. If it were fresh you only have about $25 worth of commodity. The massive upcharge you paid was for merely the convenience of packaging and inability to easily use the commodity system.

Look at it this way. You may buy a fancy gold bracelet for your wife that you paid a lot for craftsmanship, maker prestige, and corporate pampering, but the pawn shop is just going to weigh/grade and pay for just the gold content. The thousand you bought it for might net you $90 in plain gold weight.

You face the same problem here. Those convenient buckets from EE is what you mostly paid for, not the $20 of wheat in them. But the $20 of old wheat is the only thing of value left. Back then you could have done the grunt work to go find a wheat farmer, bought a truck bed full of wheat for cheap, and done the sealing in mylar yourself. You would not have paid anything remotely like you paid for the EE buckets. You basically paid most of the money for convenience, not product. No one is going to pay you for the intangibles on old product.

Barter with a farmer because you get a better return on barter. Wheat for eggs and the occasional old stewing hen is a good trade.
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First open up a bucket and see if the wheat is good, no weevils. Make some bread. I don't see why you couldn't sell them on Craigslist, add some pictures, ask $30, prepare to open one to show, take $20, the buckets alone are worth some bucks.
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Many people are afraid of food that is more than a year or two old. Wheat has been found in caves in stone jars that was 1000's of years old and still sprouted.

If you want to get rid of your grinder, include the wheat with it as a condition of the sale.
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First open up a bucket and see if the wheat is good, no weevils. Make some bread.
You must not have read or understood the post. Someone in the family is now allergic to it. It makes them sick. What part of that don't you get?

And some people are so sensitive to it that even opening the bucket and smelling it can make some people sick.

I just happen to be 1 of them and for me, it causes, muscle pain, headaches, depression and if I keep eating after all that I get diarreah. It also raises my blood sugar and blood pressure. So no. I have been tested for Celiac disease but don't test positive but there is something out there called Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. Google it!! Some people have come close to dying before finding out about it.

Make some bread my ass.

Better yet, here's the link, there are literally thousands of links out there for it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-ce...en_sensitivity
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Wheat has been found in caves in stone jars that was 1000's of years old and still sprouted.
No, it has not.

You now make yet another victim of the Victorian Era hoax called Egyptomania.

Farmers in England were falling for that scam in the late 1800's and people still keep falling for it unto today.

Temperature, oxidation, moisture, and sunlight exposure will all affect the viability of a grain or seed.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault stores seed at 0F in 4ply mylar with specialty pharmaceutical packs that absorb both oxygen and moisture. Every factor must be controlled to get what they hope to be hundreds of years of viability.
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