Irish oatmeal/steel cut oats

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Does anyone eat this? I keep hearing celebrities say it's their breakfast of choice for keeping their weight down.

I tried it for the first time this morning (cooked with water in the microwave for 10 mins) with sliced raw almonds and dried cranberries on top.

It wasn't terrible but it def had that wet cardboard taste.

Other than loading lots of brown sugar on it, how can I make it better?
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i like oats.

here's ihow i usually make it:

I put the oats in a dry pot to get them a toasty flavor. after they brown a bit. i add the water and let it cook wtih a vinalla bean. i then add some milk, honey, and what ever else i like. sometimes some fruits, cinammon, ect. what ever you like in oatmeal i would add. peaches and cream is one of my fav mixes. instead on milk i add cream. oh and i forgot to mention butter. i add butter. and a dash of salt.
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I make it in my crockpot so it's nice and hot in the morning. Add a pinch of salt and make with milk for a creamier texture.
I never ate oats growing up so it's been an acquired taste. I add honey or real maple syrup. Have used brown sugar before. Fruit of your choice.
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Anyway, oats benefit from toasting. So, starting them in butter or oil and letting them toast improves flavor. The other thing is that oats need salt. Unless you're making them savory it's a really small amount, but it still makes a difference.
I prefer cooking oats in water and finishing with cream (or milk, but I do love a splash of cream) rather than cooking them in milk from the beginning. I like the fresh dairy flavor and I find it looks more appealing.
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I make them in the microwave with milk instead of water and then mix in a few spoonfuls of yogurt. It's delicious.
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I tried them, Spidey, and felt the same way even though I normally love oatmeal.
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Originally Posted by Saria
Thank you!

Trying to nuke them at work is not the business! They're still tough and there's this scummy film on top that you have to mix in. Not to mention that gross "communical microwave" smell.

Gotta try that overnight method.

Where's a good commercial source for almond and apple butter?
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Anyway, oats benefit from toasting. So, starting them in butter or oil and letting them toast improves flavor. The other thing is that oats need salt. Unless you're making them savory it's a really small amount, but it still makes a difference.
I prefer cooking oats in water and finishing with cream (or milk, but I do love a splash of cream) rather than cooking them in milk from the beginning. I like the fresh dairy flavor and I find it looks more appealing.
Originally Posted by Saria
So i been doing it right!!! I'm so proud!

I just like the toasted flavor of the oats. taste better and needs less stuff added to give in flavor imo.
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I was wondering how you managed to cook steel cut oats in ten minutes! Even with the microwave I can't imagine they would have been tender and creamy enough.
And yeah, there's usually a bit of scum when you cook them.

You can buy those at any health food store.
Almond butter is just almonds and a push of a button on your food processor (or in my case the coffee grinder), though.
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I tried them, Spidey, and felt the same way even though I normally love oatmeal.
Originally Posted by The New Black

I haven't eaten oatmeal since I was in the single digits, so I don't even know what it's supposed to taste like. But I have been making the instant Quaker Oats crap for my kids for years.

Hmmm, I have to say, even tho it didn't taste like much (on this, my first attempt), it's is keeping me full longer than my usual breakfast of Starbucks iced coffee w/ heavy cream.
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I was wondering how you managed to cook steel cut oats in ten minutes! Even with the microwave I can't imagine they would have been tender and creamy enough.
And yeah, there's usually a bit of scum when you cook them.

You can buy those at any health food store.
Almond butter is just almonds and a push of a button on your food processor (or in my case the coffee grinder), though.
Originally Posted by Saria
Yeah, they were a bit chewy...but that's what the directions on the back said to do (if I chose not to do the stovetop method). But like I said above, to TNB, I haven't eaten oatmeal in about 30 years so I really don't know what I'm aiming at. Just trying to eat healthier.

When I make the instant Quaker Oats for my son, I sometimes put an egg white in it. And that makes that a little creamier.

But almond butter and a drizzle of cream sounds better.
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Last edited by spiderlashes5000; 03-11-2013 at 11:36 AM.
I looove steel cut oats. I cook a double batch, then put in fridge so we can take out what we want each a.m. to warm in microwave. This is how I do it:

2 c. steel-cut oats
3 tbs. butter
2 tbs. flax seed or wheat germ, optional
1 tsp. salt

Toast oats, flax seed/wheat germ in butter until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. Add salt.
Then add all the following ingredients:

5 c. very hot/boiling water (be careful when you add this as it will really steam up - keep hands and face out of the way)
1 c. almond milk
1 c. apple juice
6 tbs. brown sugar
2 tbs. honey
cinnamon
vanilla
a little more salt

Cook, loosely covered, at a simmer for about 25 min. or until oats are done and are your desired consistency. Mine are still pretty loose when I’m finished, but I take them off the heat and let them sit for a while, and they thicken up.
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I love oatmeal and cook either in the crockpot or the fab method that Saria posted.
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Every morning I have oatmeal with dried cranberries.

Steel cut oats are good. Definitely have to cook before you even think about a microwave. Instant oatmeal is evil.

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I like to use steel cut oats for swiss oatmeal. Basically, you cook the oats for 8-10 minutes (not supposed to be tender), let cool, then combine with equal parts milk and greek yoghurt (you can add honey and cinnamon at this point). Place in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, take it out and add whatever toppings you like. I like to add apples, sliced almonds, and dried cranberries.

This is a delicious, very filling cold cereal and a nice alternative to hot oatmeal!
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Last edited by Layali; 03-11-2013 at 07:42 PM.
I cook steel cut oats overnight in the crockpot using a bain marie method. It's significantly easier to clean the glass jar than to soak/scrub the crock. Try it! I highly recommend it with the honey or agave and almond butter. Here's the link:
http://food52.com/recipes/3062-overn...d-butter-honey
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I like to use steel cut oats for swiss oatmeal. Basically, you cook the oats for 8-10 minutes (not supposed to be tender), let cool, then combine with equal parts milk and greek yoghurt (you can add honey and cinnamon at this point). Place in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, take it out and add whatever toppings you like. I like to add apples, sliced almonds, and dried cranberries.

This is a delicious, very filling cold cereal and a nice alternative to hot oatmeal!
Originally Posted by Layali
Very interesting. Need to try this.
I like to use steel cut oats for swiss oatmeal. Basically, you cook the oats for 8-10 minutes (not supposed to be tender), let cool, then combine with equal parts milk and greek yoghurt (you can add honey and cinnamon at this point). Place in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, take it out and add whatever toppings you like. I like to add apples, sliced almonds, and dried cranberries.

This is a delicious, very filling cold cereal and a nice alternative to hot oatmeal!
Originally Posted by Layali
I like it that way too. The recipe I found to make it this way was called Bircher Muesli. But I only make it this way in the summer.

Link to where I first found a recipe for it. She used regular oats.

http://www.wearenotmartha.com/2012/02/bircher-muesli/
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Last edited by xcptnl; 03-12-2013 at 05:03 AM.
Spidey, Panera Bread (do you have one near you?) sells SC oats now. Maybe you could try them there first. Then if you decide to make them at home, you'll have a better idea of the taste and texture they should be.
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