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Oats
Why you should store 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. Maybe they just 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 should store oats and grow them.

Seven Good Reasons to Store Oats

Reason #1: Oats store well.
Long-lasting and versatile, oats are an ideal prepper
food for long term storage. There are two kinds of oats preppers should stock (though
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 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 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.  The hull of the oat must be there to
sprout oats. Right, is a seed sprouter, which is an 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.

Reason #5: Oats can help preppers fight “food fatigue.” Adding oats to your pantry
will add a variety of meal ideas:
  • For oatmeal, serve with:
  • Banana, peaches berries or apples (for apples add cinnamon)
  • Chopped nuts or nuts and coconut (add vanilla)
  • Poached egg, soy souace and green onion
  • Chia seeds work well with oatmeal!
  • Soak oats overnight in cold water to make a cereal – you don’t necessarily need
    hot water!
  • Oatmilk: Blend oats into milk. It’s fast, easy and cheap to make oat milk!
  • Grind oat into flour to coat fish, poultry or pork or to bake breads, muffins and
    cookies
  • Bake whole oats into breads, muffins and cookies for added texture.
  • Toast oats with honey for granola or granola energy bars.
  • Thickens soups and stews.

Reason #6: 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).

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, thiamin, 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 kernal, 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.

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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