Oatmeal is one of the best dry-goods that anyone can include in their stockpiles. Not only does it serve as a fast and easy meal, but oatmeal also provides us with a number of important benefits both in and out of the kitchen as well. Here are a few examples of why you definitely want to double or triple up the amount of oatmeal that you are storing for a rainy day.
Oatmeal can be used as a filler ingredient that can help you to stretch resources as you prepare some of your favorite meals. For example, you can use oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs when making meatballs or meatloaf. You can add oatmeal to cookie or bread recipes to cut back on flour consumption, and it can also be a great way to fortify stews and soups. Oatmeal is also more-nutritious than flour or cornstarch, and it also converts into slow-burning carbs. At the end of the day, you can be eating meals that make you feel fuller, provide you with more energy and help you to conserve food at the same time.
Oatmeal baths have been used for centuries as a way to soothe and heal a variety of skin problems ranging from poison ivy and blisters to dry and cracked skin. You can also use it as a paste to soothe minor burns or to protect cuts and scrapes. You can also combine oatmeal with a variety of soap recipes in order to enhance exfoliation and remove dirt and grime from the skin more-efficiently.
You can also mix equal parts of ground oatmeal with baking soda in order to create a no-rinse shampoo. All you need to do is rub a generous amount into your hair, let it sit for a minute or so, and comb it out. The oatmeal will help to absorb moisture, sweat or grease, and it can also reduce itching and dandruff by moistening and nourishing the scalp.
You can also apply similar treatments to your pets, and this is a great option to have on hand if water supplies are scarce and you need to conserve resources.
Placing a handful of oatmeal inside of a pouch or satchel is a great way to absorb odor and moisture. Hang the pouches in closets, place them in drawers or put one in your bug out bag. Stick a small pouch in your shoes or boots overnight, and chances are that they will smell better in the morning. You can also fill a pouch with heated oatmeal and use it as an improvised heating pad for soothing sore muscles, headaches or to warm hands and feet.
These are just a few examples of dozens of ways that we can put oatmeal to practical use. Consider it the duct tape of food products, and re-think its importance in your emergency stockpile. This is definitely one item that you want to have a good supply of during a crisis.