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Steel Cut Oats

steel cut oats

Cooking Steel Cut Oats vs. Rolled

Here is everything about steel cut oats: what they are, how to cook them, their advantages and health benefits, and tips for quickly cooking this type of oats (also called pinhead oats) vs rolled oats.

What Are Steel Cut Oats?

If you're fond of oatmeal, you'll fall in love with the steel cut varieties. They have a nutty taste and chewy texture that many people find appealing. This traditional way of preparing oats was developed by the Irish and is as simple as it sounds.

Whole oat groats (grains) are chopped into two or three pieces by a steel blade. What's left are broken, pointy, bits that are packaged as steel cut or pinhead oats. Their chewiness comes from the bran layer of the oat grain that is left relatively intact compared to oatmeal. However, this also means they take longer to cook, but most people think they are worth the wait. Below are tips on how to speed things up.

Cooking Steel Cut Oats

  • Basic How to Cook Instructions
  • Bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add 1 cup of oats that have been steel cut. Bring to another boil. Stir and reduce heat to simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1 cup of milk. Continue to cook until all the liquid has been absorbed (8-10 minutes), and stir once or twice. Remove from heat and let stand for 2 minutes. Leftovers will store in the fridge up to 3 days. To reheat, add a little milk and heat on high in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving for an additional minute. To add flavoring to this hot cereal, mix in dried fruit, nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, or milk.

    Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats Recipes

  • Roasting
  • To decrease the cook time several minutes, toast the oats before boiling them. This also adds a nice nutty flavor to the oatmeal. You can toast the oats in the oven or in a saucepan with a bit of oil prior to boiling them.
  • Rice Cooker Method
  • Combine 1/2 cup oats and 1 cup water in a a rice cooker. They are done in 15-20 minutes with out any worries (boiling, stirring, etc.). Makes 2 servings.
  • Soaking Overnight
  • Combine 1 cup oats with two cups water, in a bowl, and leave in the fridge overnight. The next morning, drain the water, cover the oats with milk and heat in the microwave on high for five minutes. Add your favorite toppings and you're good to go.
  • Advantages and Health Benefits
  • Here you will find information about the health benefits and advantages of eating oatmeal or any other form of oats.
  • Where to Buy
  • Find out where to buy these and other specialty oat products...


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