Many people enjoy a warm bowl of oatmeal on winter mornings, but others eat oatmeal on a regular basis in order to get more heart healthy fiber in their diets. While instant oatmeal is okay to eat if you are in a hurry, you can also select from rolled oats or steel cut oats to make your bowl of oatmeal from. Both types of oats take longer to cook than instant oatmeal.
Steel cut oats are made from the oat groat, which is the whole oat minus the outside hull. Steel cut oats, also called Irish oats, are oat groats that have been cut in two to three pieces with steel blades, giving the oats their name. While it is easy to cut steel cut oats, it does take some time.
Cooking Steel Cut Oats
While steel cut oats can take up to half an hour to make, you can cut that time by pre-boiling them and letting them soak overnight. Doing this will allow you to make them quickly in the morning before you head off to work. The way to do this is to bring the oats to a quick boil, for approximately one minute, then turn them off, cover the pot and allow it to cool. Set the pot in the refrigerator overnight and in the morning, you can heat them up for your breakfast.
Another way to cook the oats is to make them the same morning that you want to eat them. The ratio of water to oats should be one cup of steel cut oats to three or four cups of water. The less water you use, the thicker the oatmeal will be, whereas the more water used, the silkier the porridge will turn out. By the way, porridge and oatmeal is the same thing.
The first step in cooking steel cut oats is to bring the water to a boil in your pan, then add the oats. Once the oats are added, you can turn down the heat so that they simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes. It will take them that long to get tender and to begin to make a porridge.
Steel cut oats can be quickly made in the microwave for a hot morning breakfast. Add a fourth of a cup of oats to three-quarters of cup in a microwaveable two-quart bowl. Cook on high for five minutes, stir and cook for another three minutes.