September is Whole Grains Month

What makes grains great? From cereals, granola, brown rice and pasta to breads, muffins, pancakes and more, real whole grains nourish us with fiber, vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids and protein. Grains, you might say, are a nearly perfect food. We invite you to celebrate the greatness of grains with us throughout the month of September.  Each week we will spotlight a different grain and share a few recipes to try. We will offer special sales and discounts on the featured grain and some of our favorite tools used in the recipes.

Week 1: Oats
Week 2: Ezekiel Mix
Week 3: Kamut (Khorasan Wheat)

Week 4: Sorghum and Amaranth

Don’t miss the special “Great Grains” cooking class on Thursday September 22. See the details (below) under classes and events.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and be sure to check your Bread Becker emails throughout the month.

September is also Preparedness Month

Grains are the perfect storable food. So what better way to celebrate the greatness of grains than to equip ourselves in the realm of disaster preparedness and food storage? To culminate our month of whole grain and preparedness focus we are excited to offer our first 2 Day Preparedness Seminar on October 7-8, 2016 to be held right here at Bread Beckers. You won’t want to miss this. Meals will be included. See the details (below) under classes and events

Hotel information: Comfort Inn and Hampton Inn on Parkway 575 are the closest hotels to The Bread Beckers. Reserve early as available is limited for these dates.

 

GRAIN OF THE WEEK – Sept 5 – 11, 2016

OATS

Historically oats have been regarded as a medicinal food, used as a healing agent, moisturizer for skin, and a good cough reliever. Until the 19th century, oats were used primarily for animal feed, with only the people of Scotland and Ireland enjoying oats as food. Today oats are a popular “people food” for their great taste, versatility and outstanding nutritional value.

Oats are particularly high in the amino acid, glutamine, which has been shown to promote healing in the gastrointestinal tract and to boost immune function. Oats provide important healthy fats as well as lecithin which can help balance cholesterol levels. Like barley, oats provide the very unique beta-glucan fiber. Beta-glucans seem to slow digestion, and give a feeling of fullness, perhaps contributing to oats’ “stick to your ribs” reputation.

Oats are generally thought to be gluten free but to avoid contamination with gluten containing grains, those with sensitivities should look for oats that are processed in a dedicated gluten-free facility.

Unique among the most common commercially processed grains, oats rarely have the bran and germ removed, making them a readily available whole-grain option. Oats are sold as groats, steel-cut oats, rolled oats and quick cooking oats. All oats for human consumption, even groats, go through a steam stabilization process to prevent rapid spoilage, once the hull is removed. Oats, however, unlike most other grains are still not suitable for long term storage. In an airtight container, stored in a cool place, oats have a shelf life of about 1 year. Packaging smaller quantities in a vacuum-sealed container that can be used more quickly after opening is more suitable for long term storage.

SPECIAL PRICING THIS WEEK

Code Description Retail Sale
05680 Oat Groats 42lbs. 6 gal. Bckt. $42.40 $38.16
05683 Oat Groats in 2 lb. Baggie $4.04 $3.35
05682 Oat Groats 7lbs. 1 gal. Pail $16.67 $11.50
05800 Oats Rolled 23lbs. 6 gal. Bckt. $30.77 $27.69
05803 Oats Rolled in 2 lb. Baggie $5.36 $4.44
05802 Oats Rolled 4lbs. 1 gal. Pail $13.25 $9.14
05710 Oat Groats ORGANIC 42lbs. 6 gal. Bckt. $63.39 $57.05
05713 Oat Groats ORGANIC in 2 lb. Baggie $5.96 $4.94
05712 Oat Groats ORGANIC 7lbs. 1 gal. Pail $23.39 $16.13
05820 Oats Rolled ORGANIC 23lbs. 6 gal. Bckt. $42.72 $38.44
05823 Oats Rolled ORGANIC in 2 lb. Baggie $7.24 $6.00
05822 Oats Rolled ORGANIC 4lbs. 1 gal. Pail $17.01 $11.73
09291 ORGANIC Dried Cranberries w/Org App Juice 7oz. $6.08 $5.47
09292 ORGANIC Dried Cranberries w/Org App Juice 12oz. $10.26 $9.23
09149 Adagio Rooibos Vanilla Chai Bulk Tea 16oz. bag $19.99 $17.99
08925 Adagio Rooibos Vanilla Chai Bulk Tea 2oz. $3.99 $3.59
91202 Flake Mill for the Ankarsrum etc $159.95 IN
STORE

Recipe

Oatmeal is a perfect warm and comforting breakfast (or anytime) cereal. It is versatile and so easy to make.

Rolled oats do not necessarily need to be cooked. You can simply heat the liquids and pour over the rolled oats, cover and let sit about 15 minutes. A thermos container or insulated coffee mug works very well. But for the creamiest textured oatmeal using part milk/part water, simmer covered on a low heat for 10-15 minutes or longer. A simmer mat is the perfect tool to prevent scorching. And if you have an Ankarsrum Assistent, the Flake Mill attachment will quickly and easily turn your oat groats into freshly rolled oats. The taste is beyond compare.

Basic Creamy Oatmeal

-¾ cups rolled oats (or ½ cups oat groats rolled using the Ankarsrum Flake – Mill to make ¾ cup rolled oats)
– 2 cups water (or 1 cup water plus 1 cup of milk)
– 2 Tablespoons sucanat or honey granules or other natural sweetener
– ½ teaspoon cinnamon
– Dash of pure vanilla extract
– Pinch of salt

Heat water and milk. Stir in oats, sweetener of choice, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Simmer on very low heat 10-15 minutes.

Delicious additions:

Cranberry Almond Oatmeal – add ¼ cup dried cranberries and ¼ cup sliced almond with other ingredients. A dash of almond extract may be added as well.

Banana Walnut Oatmeal – add 1 medium banana, sliced and ¼ cup chopped walnuts with
other ingredients.

Chai Tea Oatmeal – substitute 1 cup of brewed and strained chai tea for the water called for in the recipe.