Why preppers store oats, sprout oats and grow them!
"He who controls the food, controls the world." Henry A. Kissinger
Kissinger summed it up nicely, when he said, "He who controls the food, controls the
world!" This is the main reason why preppers store food, particularly grain. Is the U.S.
Government in on this knowledge? Do they subsidize grain production to help ensure
control the world's food? Maybe. Or perhaps they best understand the importance of
grains. After all, grains, including bread, cereal, rice and pasta are the largest portion of
the USDA food pyramid!
For these reasons and more, preppers store oats, sprout and grow them. Get your
bucket of oats now while they are still available.
Seven Good Reasons Preppers Store Oats
Reason #1: Oats store well. Long-lasting and versatile, oats are an ideal prepper food
for long term storage. Pioneers took oats with them along the Oregon Trail for this
very reason. They took half a bushel of oats!
There are two kinds of oats preppers should stock (though technically there are four
- Quick oats. Quick oats are processed (steamed and flattened), but they are still a
whole grain. The benefit of Quick Oats in your preps is they will take less fuel to
cook. The drawback is that this processing shortens the storage lifespan. They
are ideal for breakfast as oatmeal. "If you see oats on the label of a food
product, you are getting a whole grain," according to the Bringham Young
University Wellness site.
- Rolled oats. Steel-cut rolled oats are highly nutritious because they have the
entire oat kernal. According to Brigham Young University, this life-sustaining
nutrition can last upwards of 30 years if stored properly.
The lesson here is to store both varieties. In a disaster scenario, start with the quick
oats, and then move towards to the rolled oats in your deep larder.
Reason #2: Oats are highly nutritious!
- Oats are high in fiber. Oats have the most soluble fiber of any grain. Diabetics
know to increase their oat intake, and so should you. Foods high in fiber will
provide a satisfying feeling of fullness at mealtime.
- Oats are high in protein. Oats have more protein than wheat or rice, so it easily
beats some popular prepper staples. Oat has the highest protein levels of any
grain. Any food that is high in protein will also make you feel fuller longer, which
makes it even more of a reason to stock up on oats.
- Oats help lower blood sugars. Storing oats is a wise thing, but here's more food
for thought: stay away from those convenient packs of oatmeal, particularly if
you're a diabetic! Sure, they're easy to store and prepare, but unfortunately,
they container refined sugars and the manufacturers take out the nutritional
fiber! Besides beet sugar or cane sugar, the prepackaged oatmeal packets
include corn syrup, dextrose, lactose and fructose. That certainly is not a healthy
choice for people with diabetes! It's much better to cook oatmeal from bulk.
Reason #4: Oats can extend your meal and help you feel fuller.
Because oats are high in fiber and because they are high in protein, you will feel fuller
longer having eaten them. For these reasons, oats have been used to extend meals
and thicken soups and stews.
- Oats are Meal extender: People extended meals during the Great Depression
with oats. A clever mother could stretch hamburger meat by adding two cups
oatmeal to hamburger along with some grated onions and an egg. Eventually,
this favorite meal became known as meatloaf.
- Oats help diabetics. Oatmeal in particular is ideal for people with Type 2
Diabetes (adult onset). Not only does it help diabetics feel fuller longer, it
prevents spikes in blood sugar. It's the soluble fiber in oats, which slows the
absorption of glucose. Adding almonds, pecans or walnuts to oatmeal can help
provide the necessary protein to stabilize the blood sugars even more.
Reason #5: Oats can help preppers fight “food fatigue.” Adding oats to your pantry
will add a variety of meal ideas because you can toast oats, grind them into flour, bake
them, sprout them, make a porridge, and make oat milk!
- Oats can be ground into flour! Grind oat into flour to coat fish, poultry or pork or
to bake breads, muffins and cookies.
- Oats can be made into a milk: To make oat milk, blend oats into milk. It’s fast,
easy and cheap to make oat milk!
- Oats can be sprouted! Sprout whole oats for phytonutrition for your family and
for your chicken! Be sure to get whole oats that have not been husked. Pictured
right are the handy pantry sprouting oats, which are organic. The hull of the oat
must be there to sprout oats. Pictured lower right is a seed sprouter, which is
another ideal prep to own.
- Sprout oats for your family.
- Sprout oats for chicken feed (fodder). Feeding sprouted grain to your chicken is a
cheap way to get them green feed. Oats are the third most popular grain to
sprout for chickens. Green feed is called fodder. Fodder supplies nutrients that
are easier for your chickens to absorb. Sprouted oats is a cheap and easy feed
for your girls, and it's easy to do.
- More ways to enjoy oatmeal variety:
- Banana, peaches berries or apples (for apples add cinnamon)
- Chopped nuts or nuts and coconut (add vanilla)
- Poached egg, soy sauce and green onion
- Chia seeds work well with oatmeal!
- Bake whole oats into breads, muffins and cookies for added texture.
- Toast oats with honey for granola or granola energy bars.
Reason #7: An oatmeal bath can sooth Chicken Pox. Place two cups quick oats in a
nylon stocking and place under the faucet, then swirl in the warm water. Patient should
soak for 15-20 minutes in the bath to relieve itching.
Oats are a sturdy crop, consider growing them. Harvested in the Fall, oats can grow in
temperate regions and withstand poor soil conditions, making them an ideal crop for
preppers to consider. Preppers should hoard oats and consider growing them or at
least sprouting oats. Above left, the Certified Organic Whole Oat Grain is perfect for
grinding into flour for oat bread, sprouting, food storage, animal feed and more.
Making sense of the different kinds of oats
There are basically four kinds of oats (steel cut, regular, rolled and thick oats) to hoard
and there are many different ways to describe these oats.
- Thick Oats (oat groats). Thick oats are the least processed. Also sometimes called
"groats," thick oats include the cereal germ, the bran and the endosperm and
are uncut. Groats are a type of thick oat, but there are many varieties. Groats
are the hulled grains of cereals, including not only oats, but also wheat, barley or
rye. Oat groats are thick and hard to chew. They require soaking overnight to
make into a porridge.
- Steel Cut Oats: Also sometimes called Irish oats, steel cut oats are a whole grain
oat (they also include the cereal germ, the bran and the endosperm). These
minimally processed whole "oat groats" have been cut by steel into small pieces.
In other words, they are sliced. Minimal processing means they maintain the
nutrients from the whole grain, including selenium, thiamine, phosphorous, and
manganese. They're also a rich source of soluble fiber, protein, and vitamins.
They are ideal for muffins, cookies and breads.
- Rolled Oats: Rolled oats are processed to enhance cooking.
- Regular rolled oats. Rolled are the entire oat kernel, like the other oats (and still
include the cereal germ, the bran, and the endosperm), but rolled oats have
been flattened under heavy rollers, steamed and lightly toasted for convenience.
Rolled oats are the main ingredient in oatmeal, granola or muesli cereals.
- Quick oats are rolled oats that have been cut further for the convenience of even
- Instant Oats are also rolled oats, but have been cut even smaller than quick
oats, so you just add hot water. Sugars and flavorings enhance the convenience
Oatmeal takes water and fuel to cook.
While oats and oatmeal has many health benefits, the downside of oatmeal is the fuel
and it requires lots water to make. For your oats food storage, consider two ways to
- To prepare oatmeal from steel cut oats, you'll need to store adequate water.
Making porridge requires 4 cups of water for every one cup of oatmeal.
- A tip for preparing is to soak the oatmeal over night, so that it takes just 9-12
minutes to boil (instead of a half an hour). When you soak oats overnight in cold
water to make a cereal – you don’t necessarily need hot water!
So now you know! It's no wonder preppers stock so much grain! It's the reason oats
and oatmeal is #14 on the prepper list of the 37 foods to hoard before crisis.
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