It seems impossible that another year is drawing to a close. There are so many wonderful things we have to be thankful for during this season. During the last year, we have encouraged all of you to prepare every needful thing; to ensure that you are increasing or maintaining your food storage, are preparing for emergency situations and have some financial resources.
If you haven’t already taken the time to make sure that “All is safely gathered in” so that you and your family are prepared for whatever comes in the future and are wise stewards over all He has given us, please take the opportunity.
We love this time of year and the many reminders we have of our Savior, His birth, His life of example and the joyous gifts that He offers to each of his daughters. Please take some quiet time during the Christmas season to reflect on the birth and life of the Savior. Try to understand more fully the wondrous gifts he bestows on us daily. Celebrate this joyous season with your family and help your children understand and feel the miracle of the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Our love and prayers go out to each of you during this season. May you feel the love of the Savior surrounding and protecting you daily.
Love, Shannon, Lori, Sammy, & Jan
How Stuff Works
The bran of the oat grain is the outer layer of the oat kernel, where much of the fiber and many of the nutrients reside. Whole oats (rolled or steel-cut) contain the bran along with the rest of the oat kernel. Oat bran contains the same nutrients and fiber found in whole oats but they are more concentrated. So eating whole oats will give you the same benefits of oat bran, you'll just need to eat more of it to get the same effect.
Cooking time and texture are the only differences among the varieties. Steel-cut oats, sometimes called Scotch oats or Irish oats, are whole oats sliced into thick, elongated pieces. They have a chewy texture and take about 20 minutes to cook.
Rolled oats are steamed and flattened between steel rollers, so they take about five minutes to cook and are easier to chew than steel-cut oats.
Quick oats are cut into smaller pieces before being rolled, so they cook very quickly, in about a minute.
Instant oats are precooked and pressed so thin it takes only boiling water to "reconstitute" them. Generally, they have a lot of added sodium; the flavored versions also have added sugar. Try the different varieties to see which flavor and texture you like better.
Store oats in a dark, dry location in a well-sealed container. Regular and quick-cooking rolled oats have been stored up to 28 years in sealed containers.
Both oat bran and oats (rolled or quick) can be used in baking. Oats alone don't contain enough gluten to make bread, but you can modify your recipes to include half the grain as oats. To make oat flour, pulverize rolled oats in a grinder until they have the same consistency as flour.