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Oats from feed store good for milling?

 
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Hey all,

I have been curious for some time now about oats from the feed store. They are 100% oats packaged as horse feed and priced rather inexpensively when compared to processed oats such as steel cut or rolled oats but my only qualm is that they are coated in mineral oil. Will that affect the edibility of these oats and also, would I be able to mill these into flour or roll them?

Thanks for any wisdom!
 
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Don't know about oats, but wheat for human consumption gets tested for naturally occuring fungal(?) toxins.
 
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so having fed animals for a few years. I have often seen animal poop in with the grain i feed. It has mostly been a goat pellet or deer looking pellet.
This was in Organic Chicken Scratch with has barley wheat/corn in it.

So i think it is up to you if you want to eat it......


I think human food is treated differently. Hence the price.
Another thing to consider is the age of the oats. They might be 5 years old. Old stock.
 
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jordan barton wrote:so having fed animals for a few years. I have often seen animal poop in with the grain i feed. It has mostly been a goat pellet or deer looking pellet.
This was in Organic Chicken Scratch with has barley wheat/corn in it.

So i think it is up to you if you want to eat it......


I think human food is treated differently. Hence the price.
Another thing to consider is the age of the oats. They might be 5 years old. Old stock.



Hmmm, very good considerations. Also,  I never considered fungal toxins.
 
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No, I would never go with feed store grains for human consumption, regulations are different and not worth it. You can get cheaper Organic or whole oats, or  even whole  grains to mill yourself in bulk from Amish store if you live near or online bulk. It will be a savings over store bought and healthier then animal feed which could have things in not allowed food grade or even toxins and fungals as previously mentioned.  There is the co op option as well if near you. I get in 25 pound bags. Best to store in 5 gallon food grade buckets. I have used for bread, oatmeal and homemade granola.
 
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