Creamy Oatmeal Recipe from Food Storage
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
- 1 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!
Loot from our visit to the LDS Home Storage Center!
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!
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).
The freshly opened can of apples. Yum yum yum.
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).
And in goes the hot water..
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.
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.
The recipe calls for 2 cups of uncooked regular oats.
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!
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.
Inside the can of powered milk. So white, so pretty. So tasty.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.