Trying Out Steel Cut Oatmeal
A month ago we made a switch from morning cereal to oatmeal. You’ve probably seen the commercials of those people saying their cholesterol went down so many points after eating oatmeal every morning for a month. We thought, it couldn’t hurt to give it a try. Anyways, I was never really much of a cold cereal person so this was pretty easy for me.
After plowing through a container of quick cook oats, we decided to try out these Steel Cut Oats that everyone seems to be talking about. This style of oatmeal is less processed (not rolled out like the traditional and quick cook style), the oat is just cut into several pieces – leaving a much more textured oatmeal.
Here it is right out of the package. You can see that it looks much harder than the rolled oats. Because of this it takes a little while longer to cook.
Basically what I do is look at the package instructions to see the oatmeal to water or milk ratio. I put in half the liquid with all of the oatmeal into a large bowl (use a big one so it doesn’t overflow while in the microwave). I microwave this for about 1.5 minutes. Usually all of the liquid gets absorbed after this, so I add a little more liquid in and let it sit for about 10 minutes to get soft. After that I add the remaining liquid and microwave again for about 1.5 minutes. When it comes out if it needs a little extra milk I just top it off and stir it in until it reaches a nice creamy consistency.
The picture below was taken while the oatmeal was resting after the first round in the microwave. The picture at the top was taken after the final time in the microwave. You can see that the top one is a bit creamier after the second zap in the micro.
We usually add dried blueberries or cranberries for some sweetness instead of plain sugar or other sweetener.
The verdict? My husband wasn’t a huge fan of it, he thought it was a little too chewy. I on the other hand liked the change of pace from the regular rolled oats. Basically if you like a little more bite and texture to your oatmeal, you’ll probably enjoy this steel cut version of oatmeal. And if the double round of microwaving doesn’t appeal to you, I’ve read about others who simply leave it in the slow cooker overnight and have perfect oatmeal in the morning!