How To Make Oatmeal

HOW TO COOK OATMEAL
Once you understand the basics, making oatmeal will become second nature.

First, you need to know that there are 4 different kinds of oats; Steel cut oats, Rolled oats, Quick oats and instant oats.

  • Steel cut oats are oat groats that are coarsely cut. They resemble cracked wheat and take the longest to cook.
  • Old fashioned rolled oats are oat groats that are steamed and then flattened. They can take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to fully cook.
  • Quick oats are oat groats that are steamed, flattened and cut. Because they are rolled thinner than rolled oats and are cut, they cook fast-  about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Instant oats are made from oat groats that are steamed, flattened, cut, precooked and dried. They can be cooked by just adding very hot water.

The type of oats you decide to use depends on what texture you want. Each kind of oat provides a different texture when cooked. For example, instant and quick oats tend to have a smooth texture, rolled oats have more character and steel cut oats lend to a more chewy texture. The texture will also be determined by how much water is added to the oats when cooking and the length of  time the oats are cooked. You may need to experiment a little until you find the type of oats and the method of cooking that will give you a texture you like. I personally like to cook old fashioned rolled oats about 10-15 minutes with a little more water and salt than is instructed. My mom, on the other hand, likes a very chewy oatmeal and cooks old fashioned rolled oats with less water and no salt. To all, their own… So here’s how to make oatmeal using the different varieties of oats:

 

STEEL CUT OATS RECIPE
Steel Cut Oats lend a taste and texture closer to cracked wheat. Cooking steel cut oats is easy and when cooked the right way, it will make a delicious breakfast.

Steel Cut Oatmeal
1 c. steel cut oats
3 c. water
1/8 tsp. salt
Bring water and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in steel cut oats. Cook, stirring occasionally, 20-25 minutes, or until done.

Toasted Steel Cut Oatmeal
1 Tbsp. butter
1 c. steel cut oats
3 c. water
In a small saucepan, boil water. In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Add steel cut oats and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir boiling water into oats and reduce heat. Simmer mixture 20-25 minutes, or until done.

 

OLD FASHIONED OATMEAL (rolled oats)
Cook old fashioned oats on the stove top or in the microwave. If you decide to cook the oatmeal on the stove top, you can choose whether you want it to have a creamy or chewy texture. But microwaving is the fastest, most convenient way to make oatmeal. Just be sure to use a large enough bowl to microwave it in or the oatmeal will boil over.

Old Fashioned Rolled Oats Directions
STOVE TOP:  (serves 2)
1 c. old fashioned rolled oats
1¾ c. water
1/8 tsp. salt
Creamy- In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil, over medium heat. Cook 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Chewy- In a medium saucepan, combine water and salt. Bring to a boil: stir in oats. Reduce heat: and cook 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

MICROWAVE: (serves 1)
½ c. old fashioned rolled oats
1 c. water
Pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Microwave 2 1/2 -3 minutes. Stir.

 

QUICK OATS
Cook quick cooking oats on the stove or in the microwave. If you decide to cook the oatmeal on the stove, you can choose whether you want it to have a creamy or chewy texture. But microwaving is the fastest, most convenient way to make oatmeal. Just be sure to use a large enough bowl to microwave it in or the oatmeal will boil over.

Quick Oats Directions
STOVE TOP:  (serves 2)
1 c. quick oats
1¾ c. water
1/8 tsp. salt
Creamy- In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil, over medium heat. Cook 1-2 minutes, stirring
occasionally.
Chewy- In a medium saucepan, combine water and salt. Bring to a boil: stir in oats. Reduce heat: and cook 1 1/2-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

MICROWAVE: (serves 1)
½ c. quick oats
1 c. water
Pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Microwave 1-2 minutes. Stir.

 

INSTANT OATS
Instant oatmeal is found packaged in the little flavored packets at the grocery store. The ratio of water to oats differs depending on the type of packet being used. For best results, follow instructions on packet.

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