Start the Day Off Right with Oatmeal!

Shiloh Farms Organic Rolled Oats

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it can be a challenge to find time in the mornings to make something that is both filling and nourishing. To help make sure that you start each day off right, we’re sharing a few interesting spins on an all-time breakfast favorite – oatmeal!

The oatmeal with which you are probably most familiar is old-fashioned, or rolled, oats. Shiloh Farms Organic Rolled Oats have a mild, nutty flavor and are ready in just 10 minutes. Plus, they are packed with nutrition, providing 40 grams of whole grain, 6 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fiber per serving!

Shiloh Farms Steel Cut Oats have a hearty, chewy texture that make them a great and filling food to kick-start your day. They offer even more fiber (5 grams) and whole grains (43 grams) per serving, but take longer to cook, which can be difficult first thing in the morning. To save time and keep things moving, we have a few tips to reduce the cook time for this delicious hot cereal:

  • Sleep Tight: Soak the steel cut oats overnight. Before going to bed, boil 4 cups of water in a pot, turn off the heat and add 1 cup of oats. Cover the pot and leave to sit overnight. In the morning, reheat the oats over a low heat for 9-12 minutes.
  • Pre-Toast: Place the steel cut oats in a preheated 300°F oven for approximately 20 minutes. Let cool and place the oats in a tightly covered container and store in a cool place. When you are ready to prepare your meal, the toasted oats will cook in half the time.
  • Cut Corners: Place the oats, raw or pre-toasted, in a food processor. A few turns of the metal blade will break up the grains and reduce the cooking time by at least 5 minutes.
  • Be Prepared: One trick is to prepare five days’ worth of steel cut oats in advance. This can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator and used as needed. To reheat, just add a serving of cooked oats and a little liquid to a pan, cover, and cook on low heat for 5 minutes.

So what do you do once you have your oats cooked? While filling and nourishing, a plain bowl of oatmeal can be a little bland. However, it is a great base for layering other flavors and textures, so get creative! Here are a few our favorite oatmeal mix-ins that  keep things interesting and ensure that no two bowls are exactly alike:

Stir together and enjoy!

Shiloh Farms Oatmeal with Sour Red Cherries & Pistachios

National Farmer’s Day & An Old Time Threshing

Wheat Stalks

October 12th is National Farmer’s Day, a day to honor farmers, the hard work that they do, and the important role they have played in our nation’s history. Beth, our Customer Service Rep and resident Shiloh Farms expert, lives on a working farm that has been in her family for over 200 years. In recognition of Farmer’s Day, she reflects on her life growing up on the farm and documents a recent wheat threshing:

“I grew up, and still live, on our family farm. I have wonderful memories of baling hay, picking rocks from the field, being chased by our red rooster, and bottle feeding calves and lambs. My dad used all the modern farm equipment, but always had an old John Deere tractor or two sitting around. Over the years, collecting old tractors somehow turned into collecting old farm equipment – threshing machines, hay balers, wagons, and other implements associated with harvesting wheat.

Now, each year, there is an ‘Old Time Threshing’ on my farm. Threshing is the process of loosening the edible grain from the inedible chaff that surrounds it. My dad’s threshing involves old threshing machines (that I think resemble dinosaurs), a steam engine with an earsplitting whistle, lots of belts connecting the machinery, and plenty of manpower:

Old Time Threshing - Getting Setup

A beautiful day for an Old Time Threshing in Lancaster County, PA! Before the threshing begins, all of the machinery is set up in the proper places.

Antique Threshers
(l) This is an Ellis-Keystone “Champion” Threshing Machine produce in Pottstown, PA sometime between 1900 & 1930. This is the type of machine typically owned by smaller farmers. The wheat stalks are hand fed into this machine. (r) The Huber Threshing Machine from the 1940’s (and the one that I think most resembles a dinosaur!) This machine is run by a steam engine.
Threshing Wheat

(l) Wheat stalks are fed into the machine at one end. The grain is collected at the side of the machine. (r) The waste straw empties at the other end of the machine, waiting to be baled.

Baling Hay

After the threshing, the waste straw is baled and used for livestock bedding. The baler being used here is an Ohio Baler. The straw is loaded onto the machine and then an arm comes down to help push the straw into a bale. The bales are then tied with wire.

The Finished Product - Wheat Berries & Straw

The results of a hard days work! (l) These wheat berries will be sold to a local feed mill. (r) The straw bales will be used as bedding for the livestock.

Our ‘Old Time Threshing’ is a great ‘play time’ for all the local farmers, young and old – both those who remember harvesting the grain this way and those who are just interested in keeping the history of farming alive.

Gluten Free options for Whole Grains Month + Save 30%!

Celebrate Whole Grains Month with Gluten Free options from Shiloh Farms!

In case you haven’t heard, September is Whole Grains Month! During this time of highlighting everything whole grain, you are sure to notice a lot of attention being placed on wheat-based products and recipes. While we at Shiloh Farms are known for (and love!) our sprouted whole-wheat products, but we understand that a lot of this hullabaloo might make those with gluten sensitivity feel excluded from the festivities. But never fear – there are plenty of Gluten Free whole grain options out there if you just know where to look!

From our PureLiving Sprouted Flours to several of our Heirloom Grains, almost 40% of Shiloh Farms whole grain items are either Certified Gluten Free or have been processed in our dedicated Gluten Free facility. We make every effort to clearly communicate the level of testing and care taken so that you can make an informed purchasing decision.

So, don’t miss out on the party! During this season of celebration, remember that everyone, gluten free or not, can enjoy the many healthy benefits of whole grains!

Don’t forget: Each week, we’re taking 30% Off a selection of our whole grain products!

Among this week’s featured items:
Organic Sprouted 5 Grain Bread
PureLiving Sprouted Sorghum Flour*

Organic Heirloom Canahua* • Organic Kasha*
Organic California Wild Rice*
Domestic Teff Flour* •  Ivory Teff Grain*
PureLiving Sprouted Quinoa Flour*

Organic Sprouted Whole Wheat Pretzels

Find these and other Whole Grain Month Specials here; browse our entire selection of whole grain items here.

*Item is either Certified Gluten Free or has been processed in our Dedicated Gluten Free facility. Please visit the product page for full information.