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Prepper Oats
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 varieties):  

  • 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 kernel. 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 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.

Reason #3: 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.

Reason #4: Oats help lower blood sugars.
Oats can help you control your blood sugar, which is why physicians recommend it for
their diabetic patients. 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.

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! In addition to sugars, 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 #5: 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.

Reason #6: Oats are versatile.
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 also 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 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.
  • Here's how to sprout oats for your chicken.

  • More ways to enjoy oatmeal variety:
  • For oatmeal, serve with:
  • 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
    faster cooking.

  • 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
    further.

Beware: 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
cook them:

  • 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.


Ten ways to make prepper's oatmeal less boring:

1. Add chocolate chips (and use almond milk)!
2. Mix in some crunchy peanut butter and chocolate chips.
3. Combine chocolate chips and coconut.
4. Mix in chopped apples, walnuts and sprinkle cinnamon.
5. Chop dried apricots and mix in slivered almonds.
6. Add freeze dried peaches, blueberries or strawberries.
7. Top with chocolate syrup, toasted coconut and chocolate chips.
8. Chop raw almonds, salted cashews and walnuts.
9. Combine chopped bacon, shredded cheddar cheese and scallions.
10. Chocolate syrup, peanuts, chocolate chips, and whipped cream.

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