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Cooking steel cut oats well

topic posted Wed, November 15, 2006 - 1:51 PM by  Josh
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Hey folks,

So the way I've been trying to cook steel cut oats... according to the package directions... bring water to boil, put in oats and stir. Let boil for a few minutes until they "thicken", turn the heat down and let them simmer for 25 minutes or so, uncovered, stirring.

The amount of water they indicate is clearly not enough... I've tried putting more, in doses and at the beginning, and the oats still always seem to stick (and sometimes burn) to the bottom of the pan.

Anyone having any more success?
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Josh
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  • Re: Cooking steel cut oats well

    Wed, November 15, 2006 - 9:37 PM
    Using a heavy pan, I bring the oats and water (1 to 4 ratio) to a rolling boil for 10 minutes and then remove the pan from the heat. Let it cool for 20 or 30 minutes. This also works for whole oats and many other grains. Some harder seeds, such as wild rice, may require boiling for 30 minutes.
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    Wed, November 15, 2006 - 9:53 PM
    Microwave it. It'll be done in 2 minutes and it's great! You may have to stop and stir the bowl to keep the oatmeal from rolling over the sides.
    It is also good to throw in other grains/fibers/nuts for more texture, chew and crunch. I wish I could say I thought of it myself, but I got the idea out of a Cooking Light magazine about 5 years ago.
    How's that for fast and easy?
  • Re: Cooking steel cut oats well

    Thu, November 16, 2006 - 10:18 AM
    The laziest way: Buy pre-cooked Steel-Cut oatmeal from Trader Joe's. 2 servings for $1.59, frozen in single-serve cryo bags. DELISH!
    • Re: Cooking steel cut oats well

      Thu, November 16, 2006 - 4:34 PM
      Also at TJ's - multi grain hot cereal. in the same kind of cardboard tube that quaker oatmeal comes in, and it is fast and GOOD! Only have to simmer it for a minute or 2, then let sit for 5 minutes, and it was chewy, flavorful and hearty.
  • Re: Cooking steel cut oats well

    Thu, November 16, 2006 - 5:09 PM
    A SUPER easy way of cooking them is throwing 1cup oats, 4 cups water (or a water/cream or water/soymilk mixture) and a cup of your favorite dried fruit (I use cranberries) in a Crock pot on low the night before (8 hrs). When you wake up you'll have hot yummy fruity happiness waiting for you. I got this recipe from Good Eats, though it calls for figs, which get all mushy and nasty in the crock.
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      Fri, November 17, 2006 - 10:21 AM
      you can also soak the steelcut oats in some water overnight so they're plenty saturated to cook. this is supposedly how grains were eaten by earlier peoples.
  • Re: Cooking steel cut oats well

    Fri, November 17, 2006 - 11:10 PM
    I have been eating steel cut oats most mornings, and though the water does absorb quickly, causing the oats to stick to the pot when I am not paying enough attention(which is quickly remedied with some soaking in soapy water), I have some tasty suggestions! I like to add a little vanilla extract, and then serve with butter, dried cranberries, brown sugar, and a dash of nutmeg. Mmmm!
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      Mon, November 20, 2006 - 10:27 PM
      I toast my steel cut oats with butter for about 10 minutes on med. heat before adding boiling water( 1/2 cup oats, 1 TB butter). It makes it nice and nutty. I add 1 1/2 cups boiling water and some salt and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about a 1/2 hour, adding 1/4 cup soymilk after about 20 minutes. I've been adding dried figs and mangos, walnuts and some maple syrup lately:)
      • Re: Cooking steel cut oats well

        Thu, November 23, 2006 - 11:14 AM
        Allison! That sounds divine!

        Has anyone tried steel cut oats in a rice cooker? I've tried lots of different grains that turned out wonderfully... lentils, quinoa, but what about steel cut oats? And if so what would be the water to oats ratio?
        • Re: Cooking steel cut oats well

          Thu, November 23, 2006 - 6:29 PM
          yes, I have tried oats in a rice cooker. You don't want to. the glueyness of the oats is totally different than rice, and they WILL boil over, big time, leaving a HUGE mess down the sides of the rice cooker, and across the counter
  • Re: Cooking steel cut oats well

    Thu, January 29, 2009 - 6:26 PM
    Hey Josh,

    I LOVE steel cut oats. I rarely, if ever, follow the directions for them. I just keep adding water towards the end until the desired consistency & texture. I always start off with double the water to oats. (at least) I cook them on a medium heat and stir constantly so the burning doesn't happen.

    Then I like to mix in some fresh pecans, dried blueberries and whatever else I have hangin around. YUM
    • Re: Cooking steel cut oats well

      Thu, January 29, 2009 - 8:00 PM
      crockpot!

      I often cook cereals or sticky rice in a crockpot and set it up on a heavy duty lamp timer so that it cuts on right be fore I wake up, so the cereal is nice and hot and I don't have to actually think about cooking when I get up.
      • Re: Cooking steel cut oats well

        Sun, February 1, 2009 - 9:47 AM
        My fave steel-cut oat recipe: Soak 1 cup oats and 4 cups milk of your choice (cow, soy, rice, nut, etc) overnight, covered, in med-sized bowl. Transfer to medium saucepan, add 1/2 tsp salt and 2 cinnamon sticks or 1/2 tsp cinnamon and cook on stovetop over med-high heat to bring to a boil. Lower heat and maintain a gentle simmer and cook, uncovered, stirring frequently until oats are softened and most of liquid is absorbed and becomes thick, about 10 minutes. Stir in 1 tsp vanilla extract, 3 TBSP brown sugar (and if you choose, 1 cup dried fruit of your choice) and simmer 3-5 more minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks and either serve right away or...the leftovers can be transferred to a resealable container, cooled and covered and stored in the fridge for up to a week reheated as needed. Superduper yummy!!
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    Sun, February 1, 2009 - 5:56 PM
    Mine always seem to have enough water, but cook far faster than the 30 or so minutes, more like 10-15...wassup with that? They are so good and my wee ones really like them!
    • Re: Cooking steel cut oats well

      Sun, February 1, 2009 - 6:57 PM
      I dunno... maybe you have a faster cooking version b/c no brand of traditional 'steel cut' oats have ever cooked in 15 minutes for me. Even regular thick cut oats take bout 20..if not longer.

      Someone mentioned her recipe w/ any sort of Milk, Cinnamon Sticks & some other Yummies.. I think I'll try soaking the oats as mentioned.. that sounds good to me & something which might cut down a bit on cooking time.
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        Re: Cooking steel cut oats well

        Mon, February 2, 2009 - 11:19 AM
        Note to Self: STEEL-CUT, NOT ROLLED, oats in the slow cooker. I am living proof that even good cooks can do terrible things to innocent food. It took me soaking the pot twice plus 20 minutes of scrubbing to get the Brown Crust that was Once Oatmeal off.

        Live and learn :-)
        • Re: Cooking steel cut oats well

          Tue, August 21, 2012 - 4:00 PM
          I think I might just be weird. I soak my steel cut oats when I think of it. Overnight in a bunch of water. I rinse through a strainer in am and simmer in a bunch of water til chewy. Then the weird part, I rinse the sticky stuff ?soluble fiber maybe? Off and package the oats in single serving bags and freeze. Tasty with milk and brown sugar or tossed with yogurt. Is there anyone else like me?
  • Re: Cooking steel cut oats well

    Tue, November 20, 2012 - 11:13 AM
    i don't cook my oats totally ,i leave the digesting work to my stomach ,it gives it something to do then ,use kettle water and add smaller amount of oats and then microwave and add more oats after if its too watery,leave it stand for a while if you want to to cook more,i just eat it half cooked though
  • Re: Cooking steel cut oats well

    Tue, November 20, 2012 - 11:16 AM
    ..i also eat oats uncooked with in a whey protein shake,they don't have to be cooked,i think cooking em lowers the nutrition in em and i think that's right ,i bulk up easily cooking oats than if i drink em raw
    • Re: Cooking steel cut oats well

      Wed, March 20, 2013 - 4:25 AM
      Some people might find digesting raw oats is more difficult than digesting cooked oats.
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        Wed, March 20, 2013 - 4:36 AM
        it does take some time and with small amounts first to slowly larger portions to allow your body to become accustomed to it.
        • Re: Cooking steel cut oats well

          Wed, March 20, 2013 - 9:59 AM
          cooked steel cut oats are the same as the slimy gluten like slick stuff.

          They are flaky however if a person is accustomed to the instant texture of

          oats simply soak the oats in cool water until absorbed then follow the suggested

          guidelines . When newly introducing foods to children , the slimy is easier to chew for those who haven't

          grown in all of their milk teeth.

          so the soaking is mostly for burgers where the oats are going to hold the staples together.
          • Re: Cooking steel cut oats well

            Wed, March 20, 2013 - 10:32 AM
            Stellar, have you experience with "raw oats"?
            I was just reading about some one using "raw oats" or fresh oats for a drink, but didn't have info on how to make it....
            It sounded interesting...

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