It is national preparedness month and the perfect time to keep working on building up your food storage. There are case lot sales (again) here in Utah (as well as Montana, Nevada, Idaho & Wyoming) at Smiths, Harmons, and Reams. At Harmons this week they have a 50 lb. bag of oats on sale for $22.99. This is a great deal for oats and the best time to stock up on your year supply. For a year supply of oats, each person needs at least 20 lbs. per person. These will last for 5-7 years (if not longer), so buy as much as have room to store ;)
Now..what to do with all of the oats in your storage? Here is one of my new favorite recipes for a delicious fall breakfast. It will warm your soul and send your kids off to school with full bellies and happy hearts!
6 c. regular or quick oats
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. applesauce
4 T. butter, melted
2 c. milk (or use 2 c. water + 1/3 c. dry powdered milk)
2 t. salt
2 t. vanilla
1 t. cinnamon
In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients together and pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until the center of the oatmeal seems firm and cooked. Serve oatmeal warm with milk, fresh berries and oatmeal crumble (optional).
Besides, oats, wheat is another important whole grain to keep well stocked in your food storage. I updated the pictures from my favorite whole wheat bread recipe. If you haven't tried this recipe yet, don't hesitate! It turns out delicious, moist and soft every time ;)