Oatmeal is one of the healthiest foods around. It’s rich in soluble fiber, and has been proven to help lower cholesterol. It’s also inexpensive and keeps well, making it a good choice for long-tern food storage.
Instant vs. Regular Instant oatmeal is just regular oatmeal that’s been broken up so it will cook faster. All grains store better and longer if they’re kept intact, so regular oatmeal is best for food storage. If you want instant oatmeal, just put regular oatmeal in the blender and pulse it a few times.
Where to buy. You can buy oatmeal in small quantities at the grocery store, but it’s much less expensive to buy in bulk.
What to do with it. Oatmeal itself is a very versatile baking ingredient. Use it in Granola, cookies, muffins, crisps and cobblers or meatballs and meatloaf. You can also make oat flour by grinding regular oatmeal in the blender (just pulse until it’s very fine). Oat flour can be substituted for part of the regular flour in almost any recipe that does not require high levels of gluten. For example, oat flour would not have enough gluten to make bread. Oat flour has all the health benefits of regular oatmeal. Plus, it’s an ideal ingredient for low-sugar, low-fat treats. Because it’s slightly sweet, you can cut back on sugar in a recipe. And because oat flour holds moisture, you can cut back on the fat in a recipe.
Oatmeal Packets – Try these packets instead of the instant oatmeal you buy at the store.
- 4 cups un-powdered quick oats
- 1 cup powdered oats - (Blend 1 cup of oats in the blender until powdery)
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 Cup brown sugar
- Optional: dried apple pieces, raisins, dried apricots, cinnamon, or any dried fruit that is broken into small pieces.
- ¼ cup un-powdered quick oats
- 1 Tbsp powdered oats
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- Measure ingredients into individual ziplock baggies.
- Pour one packet of oatmeal mixture into a bowl, add ¼ c. water or milk and heat in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or on the stove in a pan until thickened.
- Stir and add additional milk or sugar, if desired. (My kids like to add jelly and sometimes peanut butter.)