This month my focus is on building my 90 day supply of food, with freezer meals!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Information about Oatmeal

If you'd like to read about the types of oats out there, check out the self-reliant sisters link here. Lisa (the gal who runs that blog) is a really amazing gal and keeps up on so much information for it, it's a wonderful resource. Personally, we store almost exclusively quick oats. My kids prefer them and they never notice them in the bread recipes I've tried (which is a big bonus!).

They suggest that you get at least 25 lbs. per adult of oats. They need to be stored in a long term storage container (such as the #10 cans, 5 gallon food-grade buckets, or pouches) and have a shelf life of up to 30 years. we try to use buckets as often as possible, they cost about the same as the #10 cans, but we can re-use them. So it's a one time investment, versus every #10 can we use costing us an additional $1.

We just bucketed 100 lbs. of oatmeal this week, and I was surprised at how much we were really able to store in each bucket. We pushed the food down a bit, to make it hold more & we were able to store 19.5 lbs. per 5 gallon bucket.

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