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Help!? --storing and using grain

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I just finally finished storing Wheat and Oats in mylar bags/5gal.buckets.

I bought 50lb bags of both from a local feed store. Both were whole grain and I even called the mfg. to make sure no chemicals were used and that they were good for human consumption. The mfg.s assured me they were chemical free and good for human consumption. They also could be sprouted if need be.

So I loaded them into buckets from Home Depot, which were Type 2 HDPE food grade incidentally, w/ lids for $2.78 each. I only needed 5 for this beginning round.

I put in two 1500cc oxy. aborbers, one in the bottom and the other at the top. Then sealed the mylars with a hot clothes iron while holding the bags over a strip of metal and ironing across to form a seal.

I got this method from the this board and the youtube videos.

But now what? Could ya'll answer some dumb questions since I'm new at this and some other threads recently touched a little bit on this, but not from this perspective.

1) Can oats be eaten while in whole grain form or must it be boiled or in what other ways can it be transformed to be eaten? --it don't look like Quaker Oats!?? lol --why not?
2) What is rolling oats mean? how is it done?
2) What are some ways Wheat can be eaten and used?
3) Do I need a grinder? If so, can somebody recommend a decent one at a reasonable price? Preferably hand powered?
4) What other grains, flakes or whatever would be a good staple product to store long term?

Thanks for any help.
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I really love Alton Brown... he's like the "Bill Nye the Science Guy" of cooking. He doesn't just tell you the how to's, but the "why it is made such a way" as well.

Anyway, back to my point... if you go to YouTube, search for "Alton Brown Oats". In this episode of Good Eats, he explains and shows you the differences between the kinds of oats. Groats were already explained :) Steel cut oats are just that -- the groats get chopped up into smaller bits. Rolled oats are steel cut oats that are stamped flat. "Instant" or "Quick" oats are rolled oats that were partially cooked, then dried again before packaging.

I've loved oatmeal since I was a baby (my mother will go on and on about it). But after watching Alton's show, my DH and I decided to try the steel cut oats Alton's way [saute 1 c oats to 2 Tbsp butter - add 4 c liquid, either 4 c boiling water or 3 c water/ 1 c almond milk or buttermilk is how we like them. Cover, reduce heat to lowest and cook without opening for 30 minutes. I like to add cinnamon and homemade vanilla, sometimes maple syrup if I have it, before covering] Anyway, we will never ever go back to flat oats, yuck. LOL. We're spoiled on it, I guess. And the natural sugar in the oats is still there, so you really don't need to add sugar afterwards unless you like really sweet oatmeal.

I'm so glad to read that info about the oats though... I must have some seed stuck away somewhere for WSHTF, because I will miss oats too much, heh.

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