Friday, March 5, 2010
Oatmeal is good. And, it is good for you. Plain and simple.
Steel cut oats, the oat groat cut into chunky pieces, have been processed less than rolled oats. Rolled oats are flakes that have undergone steaming, rolling, and toasting. This process leaves them lacking in taste, texture, and natural health benefits.
Steel cut oatmeal is the way to go. This grain is full of vitamin B, calcium, and fiber.
And, boy oh boy, does it taste good!
Steel cut oatmeal does take longer to prepare than rolled oats. I am going to share with you two ways to prepare the oats, one being a time saving trick.
1. Regular Method
~In a sauce pan add one tablespoon of butter and melt.
~Add in one cup of milk.
~Add in three cups of water.
~Add in one cup of steel cut oats.
Cook, stirring often, for about 40 minutes.
Tip: Stay near the kitchen. These oats have a tendency to boil over easily! It is good to use a much bigger pot than what you think you will need!
Our family adds the following to our steel cut oats: Flax Seed, Wheat Germ, Bit of Brown sugar or Maple Syrup to sweeten it up, Raisins, Bananas, and Walnuts. But you can add whatever you like!
2. Quick Cook Method
If you do not have forty minutes in the morning to cook oatmeal consider the quick cook method.
~ Add 6 cups of water into a big pot.
~ Add one cup of steel cut oats.
~ Boil rapidly for TWO minutes.
~Remove from heat, let cool, do NOT drain.
~Store overnight in the fridge.
~ Come morning cook for 10 minutes on the stove.
Once we tried steel cut oats we were sold and will never go back to rolled oats. We purchase our steel cut oats in bulk and eat this breakfast several mornings a week. I have read about preparing steel cut oats in a pot in the oven. I am looking forward to trying this. Please share if you have any good ideas for steel cut oats!