Saturday, February 25, 2017

Steel Cut Oatmeal

One of my favorite all-time morning foods is oatmeal. They have a lot of nutritional benefits and are just delicious with minimal modification, e.g. a little cinnamon and milk. 

Recently, and somewhat on a whim, I bought a Costco-sized bag of steel cut oats. I finally found a quiet morning to try them. For those wondering, a steel cut oat is just where the grain is cut/chopped into pieces. This is different from the typical rolled oat where the grains are moistened and flattened. There's really no difference in nutritional value. The steel cut oats, however, require some actual cooking time on the stove. 

I usually prepare my rolled oatmeal in the microwave and get a mush of sorts. The more three dimensional aspect of the steel cut grains require simmering for water penetration and the result is distinctly different. A grittier, more textured oatmeal results. It is something akin to rice and oatmeal mating. 

It was a great change from the rolled oats, but the convenience difference will leave this in the "when I have time" column. 

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