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    Posted: March 09 2006 at 4:37pm

of all the preps I have seen everyone post..I have not seen oatmeal on the list..I have amnaged to acquire about 30 packages of the instant oatmeal..but have also gone to the bulk foos store and bought bulk bags of oatmeal...and uses of oatmeal..and what made me think of this is I have to bath the puppy and she has oatmeal shampoo...

oats can be put in water and applied as a paste for wounds or sunburns...

and also vinegar..i only have one jug of that...

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Muskrat -

Same here, have both instant and regular.  If time and cooking fuel are in abundance, original works.  If time or fuel are scarce, instant is quite nice.  I like the 56 pack variety box they sell at costco for $10.

Costco also has buttermilk pancake just-add-water mix, 10 lbs for $4.99 and a 2 pk of 64oz Log Cabin Maple syrup for $5.69.

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Oatmeal was big on my list of preps. Have stored several 6 gal. buckets of oats, and also the instant oatmeal packets. Doesn't take much oatmeal to fill the tummy! All kinds of ways to doctor it up, dehydrated apples, raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup, almonds, etc. Easy on the budget too!

I have also put up alot of instant potatoes, and buckets potato dices. Costco has the best Hormel real bacon. I have vacuum sealed dozens of smaller bags of it to add flavor to scrambled egg powder, add some dehydrated red and green peppers, yum.

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We have lots of instant and regular oatmeal. We also have several boxes of just add water pancake mix. Still need more pancake syrup.

We also have lots of instant potatoes. I just need to get a vacuum sealer to get all this put up properly. It is one of the next things on my list to purchase.

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I too have several of the 56 variety pack instant. I like oatmeal so does my daughter and wife. Real easy comfort food.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote andrew p Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 09 2006 at 5:40pm
One thing I noticed in buying oatmeal is that the old fashioned non instant
kind had a longer shelf life. If you soak it overnight, it cooks just as quick. It
is probably more filling, too.
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Yes I have the instant pancake mix....I really wish I was near a costo...all we have in goomerville here is..and shopping is really tight around here..a No Frills and IGA for groceries...and a Canadian Tire and Home Harware...and Zellers...few independently owned stoes but they are expensive...even the bulk food store is more expensive then the grocery stores...
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My wife recently "raided" the food stores and found a box of oatmeal with a date stamp of 9/98, opened it up, and it was just fine for her oatmeal cookies, an excellent prep item.  Please note, that I freeze all grain products for several days in the freezer before I put them in storage.

In all the 30 plus years that I've been storing food, I've never lost anything to bugs or vermin.  Some of my 20 year old MRE's had seen better days, but they were still edible.
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I was raised on Oat Meal.... love it to this day.  It is in my preps in copious amounts. 

It also makes a great "filler" for ground meats.  Plus I have 50 lbs of oat groats.

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Muskrat your right we can use oatmeal from cookies to meats. I will stock up on more. 
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Oh definatly - oatmeal - a little cinnamon, a little nutmeg, raisens, raw honey or a touch of maple syrup - sliced bananas - yes sireee!!!Wink
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Just put two 42 oz Quaker Oats on the shelf yesterday, I FORGOT to put in the freezer. Thanks for reminding me. OH SO MUCH TO REMEMBER. Just when I think I've covered everything. I'm so thankful for this site and ALL of the questions and answers.
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FYI, shelf life of oatmeal is 4-5 years if stored in airtight containers and treated (oxy absorbers, etc.) to eliminate bugs. 

Also to make your own "instant" oatmeal packets.   Plut 1/2 cup of oats in your blender until powdery.   Then add the following to 10 individual ziplock bags:

1/4 cup unpowdered oats

2 Tb powdered oats

1/8 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar (optional)

Microwave:  Add 2/3 cup water or milk and microwave on high for about 1 1/2 min. & stir

Conventional:  Add 1/2 cup boiling water; cook and stir over heat until thickened.

You can also make homemade granola with: 4 C oats, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 cup any type nuts and/or 1 cup dried fruit if available, 1/4 C canola oil, 1/2 C any type sweetener (sugar, syrup, honey) and 1 tsp vanilla baked at 350 for about 20 min stirring once. 

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Don't forget grits and cornmeal. Masa is very good for flat breads cooked on a griddle over a cook stove too.
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one of my favorite cookies is the no bake cookies that use cocoa and peanut butter with oatmeal.  I am going to buy another 24 pack of oatmeal and quaker oats.
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Quick oats are at the TOP of MY list! Oatmeal kept me from starving on the island as a child :-) They cook in 5 minutes and tast MUCH better than instant. Do the thermos thing if need be. Even longer cooking oats can be done in the thermos overnight.

I'm also starting to expiriment with other grains in the thermos. I have Barley cooking tonight. I did bulger a few days ago and that DEFINATELY worked. I'm hoping brown rice and beans work too.

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