Creamy Oatmeal Recipe from Food Storage

May 1, 2012 by

On our recent trip to the LDS Cannery in Miami, Florida, we brought back all the ingredients for Creamy Oatmeal, including regular rolled oats and powdered milk. The home storage center was out of sugar that day, but pretend with me that we used sugar from a #10 can too.  Because I love my breakfasts sweet, I also added some delicious apple slices to my breakfast, made from dehydrated apples.  Here’s the recipe I followed:

Creamy Oatmeal from Food Storage

  •  4 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups uncooked oats [regular oats, not quick oats]
  • 1 tablespoon powdered milk
  • tablespoon sugar
Bring water and salt to a boil. Stir in oats and reduce heat. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Increase or decrease water for thinner or thicker oatmeal. Add powdered milk and sugar and stir well. Makes 4 cups cereal.

 The recipe is from the Family Home Storage Basic Recipes handout we were given at the Cannery. And it means “basic” recipes indeed, like white rice with sugar.  I have several “older” recipe books which should prove informative for basic staples from food storage – I’ll keep you posted as I find ones that work. It’ll be fun – it’s like learning to cook all over again, going to base staples instead of boxes that end in “Helper”, my usual go-to meals!

Stack of Number 10 Cans from LDS Cannery in Miami

Loot from our visit to the LDS Home Storage Center!

Apple Slices Dehydrated in Number 10 Can from LDS Cannery

I started with the dried apples because they take 20 minutes of soaking to reconstitute (though trust me, they are DELICIOUS right out of the can). You can click on the photo to expand and read the full ingredients, nutritional contents and instructions. Basically, soak in hot water for 15 minutes. Yum!

Opening a Number 10 Can of Dried Apples

If you've never opened a #10 can before, it's a looooong way around. Oh, and a tip! Open them up-side-down - the bottom "lid" is thinner than the top, and opens easier. Imagine if you opened #10 cans all day long - you might be able to get more life out of your can opener if you always opened the easier side first. Fun sidenote: They make a real satisfying *POP* sound when opened (because the oxygen absorber sucks all the air out).

Dried Apples from LDS Home Storage

The freshly opened can of apples. Yum yum yum.

One Cup Dried Apples Ready To Soak

The instructions call for 1 cup of dried apples to 1/2 or 3/4 cup of hot water. One cup is just about right for 2 cups of dried oatmeal (4 servings).

Soaking Dehydrated Apples for Oatmeal

And in goes the hot water..


Regular Rolled Oats in Number 10 Can from LDS Cannery

While the apples soak, I opened the can of rolled oats. Regular needs to cook for 5 minutes, while Quick Oats are only for 1 minute. If you were low on cooking fuel, you'd want to use Quick Oats.

Inside Regular Oats Number 10 Can from LDS Cannery

When you first open a can from the LDS Home Storage Center, on top you'll find the oxygen packet used to preserve the food for it's long 25-30 year shelf life. Just toss it, and you're good to go.

Two Cups Uncooked Dried Oats for Oatmeal

The recipe calls for 2 cups of uncooked regular oats.

Creamy Oatmeal Cooking on the Stove from LDS Recipe

Cooking oats on the stove, with a dash of sugar, salt and powdered milk. I know, I cheated and used a stove. Next time, fire and mess tins!

Nonfat Dry Milk in Number 10 Can from LDS Cannery

I'm such a multi-tasker... while the oats were cooking, I thought I'd make a glass of powdered milk to go with breakfast.

Powered Milk Can Contents from Mormon Home Storage Center

Inside the can of powered milk. So white, so pretty. So tasty.

Quart Jar of Cold Water

The recipe calls for a quart of water... how many cups go into a quart always gets me confused, so I figured, why not use an actual quart jar? And yes, I totally cheated and put ice in to make it cold faster. Warm milk has a place in my heart, but lukewarm tap-water milk? Ehh.. no. Not while the power is still on and the icemaker still works!

Quart Jar of Messy Powered Milk

Sooo... I left some room at the top for the powered milk and so I could mix the 3/4 cup of powered milk with the water. But apparently not enough room. Note to self - add more water AFTER mixing next time. Messy. But oh-so-tasty! LDS powdered milk isn't instant milk like you'd find in a regular grocery store, it's REAL powdered milk. Think of it like 2% milk is to non-fat milk. It's so much thicker and richer than instant powdered milk. If you've only ever known instant, you'll be in for a very pleasant surprise.

Delicious Glass of Powdered Milk

Did you know that in addition to making a delicious and familiar drink, powdered milk (the non-instant kind) can also be used to make cheese, sour cream, cream cheese and other dairy products?

Rehydrated Apples from LDS Cannery

Back to the apples! Look, they're drained of the excess water and ready to be eaten as-is or added to another dish. Like oatmeal.

Ready To Eat Creamy Oatmeal Closup with Apple Slices from LDS Recipe

And voila! All my favorite things mixed together, with a good dose of local honey on top for even MORE sweetness. It was absolutely delicious. Though possibly a bit too sweet (my bad!). Think of all the other things you might have in your food storage that you could add to oatmeal - nuts, raises, berries. Meat. 🙂 Yum!

Half a Quart of Powered Milk

I have to confess.. I'm quite fond of powdered milk. Really fond of it. I drank the entire quart with breakfast.

This was my first meal made (almost) completely out of food storage items from the LDS Cannery. It took about 15 minutes from start to finish, was a definite success in my book.  I had enough leftovers for the next morning too, and I think it actually tasted even better the next day.  Of course, I’d long since polished off the milk… luckily, I bought a nice big #10 can’s worth. It ought to last until our next visit to the Cannery in early June.  Good stuff, the lot of it.


  1. Rori Christensen

    Yum! I deeply enjoy oatmeal and could easily justify purchasing 10 #10 cans of oats.

  2. GeniusBoy

    Thanks for the closeups. I’m not much of an oatmeal fan, but I might have to get the wife and kids to try some. It would be a good staple in the pantry, that’s for sure.

  3. Juno

    Try using pipping hot boiling water to rehydrate the apples faster.

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