In continuing with the grains, Oats are the next we are going to discuss. Oats are gaining notice in the healthy food movement because they are high in nutrients and are easy to store. They come as whole grains called groats or milled as rolled oats. Groats are said to be quite tasty, although they require a long cooking time. Sometimes, groats are loosely cracked and used in breakfast cereal. Rolled oats play a starring role on the table as oatmeal, although they are also used to add texture to bread, cookies, and other baked goods. Year Supply of Grains
We will be talking about rolled oats as they are the most common. Rolled oats come two ways, either regular oats or quick rolled oats. Regular oats retain their nutritional value and flavor better, bur take longer to cook. Quick oats are faster to cook but their do not retain their nutritional value and flavor as long as regular oats.
If unopened their maintain a shelf life of about 8 years. You can also place them in airtight plastic containers and they will last about 1 year.
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Ways to use your oats
Breakfast cereal, cookies and other goodies, instead of bread crumbs in meatloaf, or you can make your own bread.
Depending on the different grains that you will be storing. You can add more of one grain that your family likes and subtract some from one less used by your family. In the cold winter mornings we used to have oatmeal for breakfast and as the kids waited out in the snow for the bus they were warmed from the inside out. Also oatmeal is known to be a great food for diabetics as it helps to regulate blood sugars because of its macronutrient, vitamin and mineral makeup and can help lower cholesterol also.