Why you should store oats and grow them
Here's food for thought: "He who controls the food, controls the world." Henry A.
Kissinger summed it up nicely, when he said this and it is the main reason why
preppers store food, particularly grain. And it's no wonder! Grains, including bread,
cereal, rice and pasta are the largest portion of the USDA food pyramid.
Your emergency preparedness plans may depend on your storage of oats, much as the
pioneers depended on oats on their 2000-mile journey along the oregon trail. Oats are
ideal for food storage because oats store well and are high in protein and fiber. Oats
and oatmeal are #14 on the prepper list of the 37 foods to hoard before crisis.
Seven Good Reasons to Store Oats
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.
- 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.
2. 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.
3. Oats are high in fiber. This provides preppers with a means to a satisfying
feeling of fullness at mealtime. "If you see oats on the label of a food product,
you are getting a whole grain," according to the Bringham Young University
4. Oats help lower blood sugars. Oats have the most soluble fiber of any grain.
Diabetics know to increase their oat intake, and so should you.
5. Oats can help preppers fight “food fatigue” adding a variety of meal ideas:
- Soak oats overnight in cold water to make a cereal – you don’t necessarily
need hot water!
- Blend oats into milk. It’s fast, easy and cheap. Learn more http:
- Sprout whole oats for phytonutrition.
- Grind oat into flour to coat fish, poultry or pork or to bake breads, muffins
- 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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.
- 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).
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
Prepper food storage requires shelf stable, nutritious options and oats fill the bill.
Stock up now on oats while this important food is still available!
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