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We can also ship bulk Bronze Chief wheat berries directly to you. Visit our store to have your order shipped.
What is Bronze Chief Hard Red Spring Wheat Good For?
Hard red spring wheat is the quintessential grain of classic whole wheat bread; full flavored, wheaty and deep-colored. Hard red spring wheat is high in gluten, a protein that stretches to trap the air bubbles given off by yeast within the bread dough, so it is best suited for making yeast-leavened or sourdough breads.
Bronze Chief hard red spring wheat is comparable to hard red winter wheat, however the winter wheat is preferred by many for growing wheat grass. We also noticed that the Bronze Chief hard red spring wheat berries are a little larger than the hard red winter wheat berries.
About our Bronze Chief Hard Red Spring Wheat
The hard red spring wheat we offer is non-GMO and either certified chemical free (which is similar to organic) or certified organic. (You can read about the difference between certified chemical free and certified organic grains on our wheat faq’s page.)
Bronze Chief hard red spring wheat is available in 50 pound bags of whole grain wheat or as pre-milled flour, or in 45 pound sealed plastic food grade pails. Sealed pails will keep your grains fresh for a minimum of five years as long as the seal is unbroken. Once opened, pails of wheat must be stored in a cool, dry place and used within a year or so.
Buying Grains in Sealed Pails
The pre-sealed pails of grain are sealed with oxygen absorbers inside. The grain inside will stay fresh for 6-8 years, and possibly quite a bit longer. Some people report storing the pails for 20 years or more. Of course, the pails must remain unopened to keep them that long. Once you open your pail of grain, you should use it up within a year or so and keep it cool and dry.
Wheat that has been packaged in sealed pails will still sprout. However, the viability of the seed decreases with age, so the longer you store it, the lower the sprouting rate will be.
In our experiments, bread made with Bronze Chief hard red spring wheat rose nice and high and stayed soft for several days. Here is a photo we took of breads we made with three different types of grain, Prairie Gold hard white wheat, spelt, and Bronze Chief hard red spring wheat. Our daughter made a video of the experiment below. Take a look – it’s pretty helpful!
Our daughter’s bread experiment video: