Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
Nov 29, 2004 08:11 AM

how to prepare oatmeal?

  • m

what's your favorite method of preparing oatmeal. stovetop or slowcooker or microwave? my attempts have not been too appetizing!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Stovetop very preferably.

    No instant oatmeal: however, quick-cooking (which I usually have on hand for baking), old-fashioned rolled, and steel-cut are all fine.

    I don't like crockpot oatmeal: gets way too gummy rather than genuinely creamy, and loses a lot of desireable characteristics.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Karl S.

      I highly recommend steel-cut, it's better for you than regular oatmeal and I think it's texture is preferable (more chewy, less gummy mush). It takes a while on the stove but it reheats well (make it at night for the morning).

      1. re: D-NY

        I found that if you will soak steel cut over night they cook more quickly in the AM

        1. re: Candy

          The same is true if you toast it. I make a pot of oatmeal about once a week, and store it in a container in the fridge. Slice off a portion in the morning, add a little milk, plus fruit, and microwave. The texture seems fine too. I always feel virtuous after my bowl of oatmeal!

        2. re: D-NY

          How is is better for you than rolled oats. Both regular rolled oats and steel cut are whole-grain (I do realize that some people think steel cut are somehow more whole grain, but they aren't).

          1. re: Karl S.

            Steel cut oats are simply cut oat groats while rolled oats are processed by steaming and then rolling the groats flat, breaking down the cell walls. Rolled oats are quickly digested and can change blood sugar levels faster than steel cut oats, which give your digestive system more of a workload even after cooking and chewing. Quick cook oats are worse because the oats are ground down completely and reshaped. Best of all, though perhaps not palatable to all, are whole oat groats, which gives your jaw a workout and (ahem) may not get entirely digested.

      2. I buy organic regular oats, not quick oats....steel-cut are probably the ultimate way to go but I'm the only one who eats oatmeal in my house and it's not worth it to make a whole crockpot of the stuff, I use 1 cup of water to 1/2 cup of regular oats, add a pinch of salt and some raisins and cinnamon and sometimes toasted chopped walnuts...bring it all to a boil, stirring, then remove from heat, cover and let sit for about 5 or 7 minutes, and it still has some 'chew' to it. Oatmeal will never be exciting for me, but it's healthy and satisfying and holds me through the morning pretty nicely. (Just got my blood work back from annual check cholesterol 150)

        1. k
          k. gerstenberger

          Steel cut is nutritionally superior, with no penalty for flavor. The less processed the better. The steel cut keeps me full longer - slow release of nutritive value I'm guessing.

          Ratios of oats to water determine thickness of finished product. Maybe a big "duh"? I prefer 1:3 for steel cut, and 1:1 for rolled. Both these ratios yield a thick product.

          Measure water, lightly salt, and bring to a boil. Whisk in the oats. Reduce heat to avoid boil over. Stir frequently, once a minute for the first 5 to 10 minutes. Reduce to a minimal simmer. The steel cut will rather suddenly form a thick bottom layer, which will progress to a welded blob in short order if you don't keep it moving. Avoiding the weld increases your enjoyment. If you're pressed for time use a double boiler, as this reduces the working time needed to stir. Hanging out in the kitchen while you make coffee, chop some nuts, cut some fruit, grind some flax, and read the headlines is no big deal, so I find the stirring to be easy.

          1 Reply
          1. re: k. gerstenberger

            While steel-cut oats are less processed, they are not any more whole grain than regular rolled oats. It's merely a texture preference, not a nutritional issue. I love both, and find them equally easy to make.

          2. I actually prefer microwaving.

            I like a chewier oat and I've found that those I prepare on the stove are too mushy and creamy. I usually use about 1/2 cup of organic rolled oats from Trader Joe's, cover with water by about 1/4", and then microwave for about 2 minutes. I usually add brown sugar or maple syrup or I cover the cooked oatmeal with sliced bananas and dark brown sugar and broil till the sugar is melted and almost black in spots.

            1. Hi everyone- I did not post this message!!! The tips are good, as I do like oatmeal, but I have emailed the moderators, as I do not like it that anyone can post under my name!!!!!

              2 Replies
              1. re: macca

                my mistake and no offense intended! are we both paul fans?i'll choose a new name!btw...about that oatmeal?????

                1. re: ex-macca

                  No problem-- It just surprised me. Welcome to the board. My name comes from the beginning of my last name- ( hint- I'm Irish descent), and is the nickname I had in school. :}