11 reasons to make oats part of your food storage

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Eleven reasons to make oats part of your food storage

"He who controls the food, controls the world." Henry A. Kissinger

There are 11 reasons to make oats part of your food storage! Stock up now on
rolled oats and groats while this important food is still available.

Oats make it to #14 on the happy prepper list of foods to store and for good reason!
Nutritious and versatile, inexpensive and easy to store, even non-preppers are
making oats part of their pantry:

  • Diabetics know to increase their oat intake, because it helps them control their
    blood sugars.

  • Some people with Celiac's disease tolerate oats despite the gluten, because
    it's different from wheat gluten.

For these reasons and more, preppers store oats, bake and cook with them, sprout
and grow them; and use them medicinally. Get your bucket of oats now while they
are still available.

Eleven Good Reasons to Stockpile Oats
Back in 2013 when we first wrote this article, our list of reasons to store oats
numbered seven, but since then we've upped the number of reason to eleven! It's
such a versatile food storage item to own, and here are the reasons why...

Reason #1: Oats are cheap.
Many preppers think only in terms of rice and beans for their food storage, as an
inexpensive survival food staple, but oats are about as inexpensive as rice and
beans, and taste better for breakfast. Oats are cheap.

  • Augason Farms Rolled Oats Bucket. Left, you'll get 10-lbs of rolled oats,
    packed for long term storage in a 4-gallon bucket for around $25 with shipping.
    The manufacturer calculates 107 servings.  That works out to about  .23 cents
    a serving!

  • Legacy Farms Steel Cut Oats. Left, Steel Cut Oats by Legacy Farms are
    packed in mylar and last only around 15 years, put them in a mylar bucket and
    increase your odds.  You get only 4-lbs. of oats from Legacy for around the
    same price as 10-lbs of quick oats by Augason farms, but these flavorful oats
    have an important distinction: they are non-GMO! They are more nutritious as
    well because they are the entire oat kernel. Beware that steel cut oats take
    longer to prepare than rolled oats.

Reason #2: 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 #3: Oats are high in fiber.
Fiber is high on the list of nutritive value that fiber has. Oats have the most soluble
fiber of any grain! Foods high in fiber will help relieve constipation.

Reason #4 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 #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 help control blood sugars (helps diabetes).
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

Reason #7 Oats are healthy.
In addition to helping with diabetes and eating oats can help certain health
conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity
and even
cancer. What's more, you can have a healthier outlook: oats have an
antidepressant effect.

Reason #8 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.

  • Add texture to foods. Bake whole oats into breads, muffins and cookies for
    added texture.

  • Thickens soups and stews. You can grind oats to help you thicken stews and

  • 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!

  • Toast oats with honey for granola or granola energy bars.

Oats are not boring!

Ten ways prepper's keep oatmeal interesting:

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.

Reason #9: Oats can help you soothe skin.
Oats contain anti-inflammatory properties, which is why women around the world
have used oats as part of their beauty regimen. There are many ways to use oats to
soothe and heal your skin:

  • An oatmeal bath can soothe 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.

Reason #10: Oats are a sturdy crop.

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.

Reason #11: Oats can supplement your pet food or livestock feed.
Since oats are cheap (as mentioned in our first reason to stockpile oat), it makes an
ideal animal feed. Livestock are routinely fed oats also for its nutritional value and
long term storage. In short, the same reasons you'd stock oats for yourself, is the
same reason you'd store it as feed for your animals.

Here's a
recipe for making homemade dog food with oats from a prepper you may
know (Engineer775 from Practical Preppers) using long term food storage, including

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. Groats are the hulled kernels of
    various cereal grains, including oat

  • 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

  • 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!

There are 11 reasons to make oats part of your food storage, 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.

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 grains.

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 are the largest portion of the USDA food

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