food storage: oats

Oats in the prepper's pantry

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Reasons preppers store oats
...and why you should make oats part of your food storage!

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

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

Good Reasons to Stockpile Oats
When it comes to food storage, preppers are often quick to stockpile rice and beans
and yet oats continue to go under appreciated!

Adding oats to the prepper's pantry will add a variety of meal ideas for your family or
group. You can toast oats, grind them into flour, bake them, sprout them, boil them,
and also make oat milk! There are so many reasons to love oats, and to make them
part of your food storage, but let's start with the price...

Reason #1: Oats are cheap and easy.
Oats are pretty inexpensive, considering it's such a compact and nutritious food. Like
rice, a little bit goes a long way. Oat groats are the cheapest. They are whole oats
with the husk removed. Above, left, are rolled oats by Augason Farms. You get ten
pounds of food delivered to your door for around $24. That's 107 servings of a 1/2
cup each or about .22 cents a serving.

Oats are cheap and they are easy to prepare. Just add hot water and a little
flavoring and you have a meal. Seriously, you can add hot water directly to steel cut
oats for a tasty meal without boiling them into porridge! It's that easy.

Reason #2: Oats store really well.
Amazing and true: the Augason Farms Rolled Oats bucket, pictured top left, is good
for 30-years in your food storage! Long-lasting and versatile, oats are an ideal
prepper food for long term storage.
Pioneers took oats along the Oregon Trail for this
very reason. Provision instructions suggested bringing half a bushel of oats per
person.

While taking a bushel of oats isn't practical for a bugout bag, you'll find steel cut oats,
by Legacy Essentials packed in sturdy mylar. In mylar alone they will last 15 years
and even longer if you seal them properly into a 5-gallon food grade bucket with
oxygen absorbers.

Reason #3: Oats can cook quickly.
While you can spend a lot of time preparing some kinds of oats, you'll find steel cut
oats cook very quickly. Steel-cut oats are whole oats (groats) that have been cut into
smaller pieces. The starches release quickly in hot water and give you a relatively
creamy texture.

To make a quick bowl of steel cut oats, just add hot water directly to the oats and
stir your oats with a spoon directly in the bowl. It's nutty flavored warm breakfast
cereal. Adding coconut flakes and almond flour can enhance the flavor and add a
satisfying texture. For sweetness drizzle in maple syrup and top with blueberries or
strawberries (even the freeze dried kind), and breakfast is served!

Quick cooking rolled oats are completely natural and not pre-cooked like instant oats.
They are rolled thinner than regular oats to help make them faster to cook. Less
processed than instant oats, rolled oats are best for baking, which is reason #5 to
stockpile more oats in the prepper's pantry.

Reason #4: Oats are clean eating.
Perhaps the best reason to stock oats is that oats are clean eating (and gluten-free,
to boot)!

In the "Ingredients 101: oats" video below, Dani, from Clean & Delicious, will give you
a lesson on clean eating and share with you the four kinds of oats:
  1. oat groats (least processed);
  2. steel cut oats;
  3. rolled oats (typical oatmeal);
  4. instant oats (the fastest cooking of the oats, it's like the "instant rice" of oats).























Reason #5: Oats add variety in your baked goods.
Baking with oats will adds lots of variety to your food storage because you can bake
rolled oats into breads, muffins and cookies or top them for added texture.  When
combined with wheat or other gluten-containing flours, you can make leavened
bread. Choose quick rolled oats for most of your baking needs.

  • What are rolled oats? Rolled oats are the most expensive of the four kinds of
    oats to store, but they are also the most convenient. That's because they
    endure a bit of processing to make them easier for you to cook. 'Steamed,
    rolled out, steamed again and then toasted. This extra processing makes them
    ideal for baking.




































Reason #6: Rolled oats can be ground into flour.
While you can buy oat flour, its much more satisfying to grind oat yourself, and it will
taste better, too, because it's fresher. The bonus is that when you store whole oats
they will last longer than oats you store as flour. That's because oxygen is one of the
destroyers of food storage. Flour has more surface area to expose to oxygen, but
keeping oats in a whole form expose less of your food to oxygen and it won't
degrade as fast.

Think of oats the way you do hard wheat! You can grind oats to make gluten free
breads and even
oat flour pizza crust. To grind all kinds of grains, many preppers
depend on their sturdy and dependable Wondermill. (For an inexpensive off-grid way
to grind outs, check out the manual grain mill, pictured left.) The Wonder Junior hand
Mill is worth the extra price because it's built to last and is equipped to grind a variety
of grains. It has a burr grinder that works with wet and oily grains, such legumes,
coffee, garbanzos, seeds, nuts, etc. The Wonder Junior makes it a breeze to grind
oats.


























How to grind your oats into flour:
Grind oat flour with your kitchen food processor or a hand grain mill. With your
kitchen food processor, choose the high setting and coarse into powder for a few
seconds. Another option is to process oats on high for several minutes for an extra
fine powder.

Reason #7: Oats can be made into a vegan milk.
Surely you've heard of almond milk, rice milk and others, but many haven't heard of
oat milk. The concept is the same and you make the milk by rinsing and draining, then
soaking steel cut oats, which provide the right amount of starch to make a tasty milk.
After soaking for around 20 minutes, you strain through a nut milk bag, like the one
picture left. From steel cut oats (or oat groats), you can make a delicious vegan milk.
It’s fast, easy and cheap to make oat milk! Here's the
recipe for homemade oat milk.




































Reason #8: Oats can be sprouted and rolled.

  • Sprouting oats. You can sprout whole raw oats, which are the "seeds" and
    use them to make fodder or enjoy them yourself. Whole Oats have the husk
    intact. The hull of the oat must be there to sprout oats, so don't try sprouting
    with processed oats. Be sure to get whole oats that have not been husked.
    Handy Pantry's sprouting oats below are organic.

  • Rolling oats. The versatile hand crank, oat rolling machine pictured below,
    works as an oat roller, cereal flaker and coarse grain grinder and cracker. Until
    you have tasted freshly rolled organic oatmeal, you won't realize how mushy,
    listless and bland oatmeal made from store bought, processed rolled oats
    really is. Oatmeal made from freshly rolled oats is hearty with a phenomenal
    texture somewhere between crunchy and chewy. Can eating oatmeal truly be
    fun? Rest easy knowing you are giving your family an organic whole food
    breakfast powerhouse.



























How to Sprout Oats:
Handy Pantry Sprouting oats will sprout in about three days and then start growing
like crazy, but you must soak them to get started.

  • Rinse oat groats in a sieve or colander.
  • Place your oats in a sprouter, like the one pictured immediate left, or in large
    glass jar well covered with water.
  • Soak for 6-8 hours and the oats will triple in size.
  • Rinse well and drain the water.
  • Set the oats to sprout in a kitchen seed sprouter or jar.
  • Cover the jar with a sprouting lid, screen, paper towel, or cheese cloth.  
  • Let sprout 24 hours or so until the tails just barely start to burst.  
  • Rinse and drain every 6-8 hours, making sure to drain well.
  • When your sprouts are full, they are ready to enjoy in salads, sandwiches and
    omelets. Give a final rinse before eating!

Reason #9: Oats are high in fiber and protein.
Steel cut oats in particular are a rich source of soluble fiber, protein, and vitamins:

  • Fiber. Oats have the most soluble fiber of any grain! Foods high in fiber will
    help relieve constipation, which certainly will help in a crisis situation when
    you'll be eating a few unfamiliar foods.

  • 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.

  • Vitamins. Steel cut oats are really the best of the best when it come to getting
    the most out of a whole grain oat. Steel cut oats maintain all the nutrients from
    the whole grain oat as they are simply whole oat groats that have been cut
    into small pieces. Steel Cut Oats are a rich source of soluble fiber, protein, and
    vitamins, as well as other nutrients like selenium, thiamin, phosphorous, and
    manganese.

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.

Reason #10: Oats are a meat extender.
While you could extend your meats using bulger, quinoa, lentils or Textured
Vegetable Protein (TVP)*, oats are just more familiar and seem to blend in better
with the meat. Here are some ways to use oats to extend hamburger meat:

  • Meatloaf. People extended meals during the Great Depression with oats. It
    became common practice to stretch hamburger meat by adding two cups of
    oatmeal to a pound of hamburger along with some grated onions and an egg.
    Eventually, this favorite meal became known as meatloaf.

  • Tacos and chili. Taco night gets a budget friendly lift when you use quick oats
    or rolled oats with hamburger. You can also cut down on the beans when you
    add oats to your chili. How to do it? Grind the oats into a powder, then add a
    little water to make a paste. Next, blend the oat mixture into the meat as
    you're browning it half way when there's still just a tad bit of pink left in your
    hamburger meat. After you add the chili powder spices, the oats will be
    unrecognizable and your unsuspecting family will be none the wiser. The bonus
    is that oats can extend your taco meal and help you feel fuller.

  • Spaghetti and Lasagna. Using the paste method for tacos and chili described
    above, you can transform your meat spaghetti sauce with oats. Italian
    seasonings and a rich tomato paste also help to disguise your little secret.

  • Soups and stews. Flavors meld in the pot with vegetables, herbs and spices
    and hamburger meat to make oats disappear into your favorite soup and stew
    recipes.


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* Stay away from TVP, unless it's organic, because TVP is made of GMO soy.

Reason #11: You can toast oats into granola.
Toast and toss your oats into a beautiful and delicious home-made granola. Below is
the
very best granola recipe from cookieandkate.com. It's healthy and highly rated.



































Reason #12: Oats promote wellness.
Oats are healthy to eat for a variety of reasons. They also will give you a healthier
outlook as oats have an antidepressant effect.

In addition to helping with diabetes, eating oats can help certain health conditions,
including:
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • heart disease
  • obesity and
  • cancer.

  • Oats help control blood sugars (helps diabetes). Oats can help you control
    your blood sugar, which is why physicians recommend it for their diabetic . 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 #13: 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.

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.

#14: You can feed oats to livestock and pets.
As fodder for your livestock and pets, oats are versatile to help you meet their
dietary needs:

  • You can serve sprouted oats for chicken feed. Feeding sprouted grain to
    your chicken is a cheap way to get "green feed." Oats are the third most
    popular grain to sprout for chickens. Green feed supplies nutrients that are
    easier for your chickens to absorb. Sprouted oats makes for a cheap and easy
    feed. Here's how to sprout oats for your chicken.

  • Cats love sprouted oat grass. Oat grass is very similar to wheat grass and
    cats seem to have a dietary pleasure in partaking of them.

  • Make dog food from oats, too. Famous Doomsday Prepper Consultant,
    Engineer5575, shows you how to make dog food from oats:























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
oats:

Reason #15: Oats are anything but boring!
Now that you've read all the reasons above, it's easy to see that oats are anything
but boring. You may just need a little boost of creativity to see how you can use oats.
Oatmeal isn't boring either...

Ways prepper's keep oatmeal interesting:
  • Add chocolate chips (and use almond milk)!
  • Mix in crunchy peanut butter and chocolate chips.
  • Combine chocolate chips and coconut.
  • Spread an array of chopped apples, walnuts with a dash of cinnamon.
  • Slice dried apricots and mix in slivered almonds.
  • Add freeze dried peaches, blueberries or strawberries.
  • Top with chocolate syrup, toasted coconut and chocolate chips.
  • Chop raw almonds, salted cashews and walnuts.
  • Combine chopped bacon, shredded cheddar cheese and scallions.
  • Chocolate syrup, peanuts, chocolate chips, and whipped cream.
  • Banana, peaches berries or apples (for apples add cinnamon)
  • Crumble chopped nuts or nuts and coconut (add vanilla)
  • Garnish oats with a poached egg, soy sauce and green onion!
  • Chia seeds work well with oatmeal!

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.

Organic oatmeal is best!
Now that you've decided to stockpile oats in your food storage, be careful to pick the
right kind.  The organic kind is the only kind of oats you should stockpile. Organic
oats, like Bob's Redmill, do not have the controversial Glyphosate (a widely used
herbicide that's carcinogenic). If you don't buy organic, then the New York Post warns
you that your
Quaker oatmeal could be killing you.

Happy endings...
An ideal food for so many reasons, oats can help fight "food fatigue." Grinding oats
into flour brings up many possibilities. Oats are nutritious and versatile, inexpensive
and easy to store. 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.

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