There’s this idea that preparedness means that you have an unlimited water supply, a thousand-acre garden or farm, and guns, paired with unlimited amounts of ammo. This statement simply isn’t true. If you are like me, you don’t just jump in with all-hands-on-deck, but create a balanced semblance of reality to pair with your preparedness – whether that be for financial or personal reasons.
Self-reliance is a lifestyle, not a goal.
Normally, when people start along this journey, they start in a similar place: thinking about the basics. Check out my “Back to the Basics” series, which covers the basics of food, water, protection, first aid, here!
People will typically start with either food, water, or protection, or a coupling of the three. Unless we are a doctor, nurse, or other such, some of the other tiers of self-reliance and preparedness fall by the wayside.
When it comes to food, you usually hear a lot about “beans and rice,” “beans and rice.” I’m here to say, there’s more to life than “beans and rice.” Though I am not the first to bring this up, I will reiterate that our lives are about variety, which is why we have so many different types of food.
In this article, we will talk about the importance of branching out, specifically with oats. Oats add variety to your meals, as well as more overall versatility. These seeds are more commonly known as the common oat. Historically, these little guys have been grown for many reasons, the most notable is as livestock feed.
Planted in the fall or autumn seasons for summer harvest, or the spring for autumn harvest, these guys can be a year-round crop, given the right temperatures. As of 2013, both Canada and the United States were on the Top 10 list for oat producers. Russia, Poland, Finland, Australia, Spain and the United Kingdom were on that list, proving that oats are a durable garden dweller.
Oats are great for many reasons. Check these out!
- Oats can be rolled or crushed into oatmeal, which is great for cookies, cakes, breads, and its namesake, or ground into a fine flour for other baking and cooking purposes. You can eat them cold or hot!
- You can use oats as the main ingredient of a dish, or as a meal extender.
- Culled and mixed with food for livestock to bulk up their meals. Don’t forget the pets! You can feed oats to your dogs and cats also!
- Not only do oats provide ample and nutritious calories, but they are also high in protein, dietary fiber, manganese, good fats, carbohydrates, phosphorus, potassium, and calcium.
- Oats can lower your cholesterol.
- They can be used as a natural fertilizer.
- Oats have a very long shelf life, and are relatively easy to store. It’s just an added bonus that they are on the cheaper side, too! In my area, I can buy common rolled oats for $0.73 per pound. Organic oats are only marginally more expensive, at $0.94 per pound.
- They are easy to cook – especially on the go! You can use warm or cold water to soak the oats and you can eat them when they are to your liking. If you are fine with them being a little crunchy, you can eat them right away!
- Oats are great for baking! They give an awesome added kick to baked goods, adding nutrition and calories!
- Milk! I don’t know what sound oats make, but you don’t need a cow for your milk anymore! Oats can be ground, crunched, soaked, and made into a vegan milk!
- Similar to honey, oats have anti-inflammatory properties. If you’ve made the milk, you can lather some on your skin for a natural moisturizer. Take a bath in it to alleviate the skin of acne or Chicken Pox!
Oats might seem bland, but that just means you haven’t looked at this article on how to spice them up! All in all, oats are an amazing and worth-it stock to add to your food preps.
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