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  • david kaplan Jan 17, 2006 07:59 PM
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I love oatmeal cooked slowly from whole oats. Does it work well in a rice cooker instead of the stovetop? What is the right ratio of oats to water? Thanks.

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    Professor Salt

    I tried it with my mini rice cooker and made a huge mess. Even though I played it safe and used a small amount of oats & liquid, it foamed up and out of the vents and spilled oat goo all over everything. You'll need tons of headroom in your cooker.

    I also found the grains were still rather hard, and some stuck to the bottom of the pot. Overall, I wouldn't recommend it. I suspect steel cut oats need more gentle heat than white rice. If your rice cooker has advanced features to cook at a lower, gentler heat, it might work, but my cooker lacks the bells and whistles.

    FYI, I used the same ratio I'd use in a saucepot: 1 part steel cut oats to 4 parts liquid.

    Link: http://professorsalt.com

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    1. re: Professor Salt

      I've had the same experience. Oats need too much stirring. It's much easier to use the method that's often posted on this board:

      toast oats, add boiling water, cook until boiling again, put on a tight lid, turn off stove, go to sleep. Heat up gently the next morning, and you'll be good to go.

    2. Saw a recipe for oatmeal in a crockpot recently, forget where. That might be a better bet.

      1. I use a Rival mini crockpot bought at Target--for $9.99 (I think it's a quart or quart.5). I've used it many times to cook steel cut oats. Put it on at night, hot oatmeal in the morning. It seems to carmelize around the sides of the ceramic pot from the heat, but that's okay with me.

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        1. re: Runningmom52

          what measurements do you use of oats to water, please?

          1. re: toodie jane

            Alton Brown has a recipe for crockpot oatmeal that calls for 1 cup of steel-cut oats to 4 cups water (and a half cup of cream). I haven't made it, but it's on my "try this" list - just as soon as I remember to buy steel-cut oats.

            Anne

            Link: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

        2. I cook them in my Zojirushi all the time - use McCanns (sp?) 1 1/4 cup oats to 3 cups water

          they always turn out great!

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          1. re: LynnP

            What size of rice cooker do you have? To cook 1 1/4 cups of oats do you need a 10 cup machine so it doesn't overflow? (I am presently debating between a 5 & a 10 cup machine)

            1. re: bjarmstr

              I often make steel-cut McCann's oats with a 1:4 oats:water ratio (plus cinnamon) in my 10-cup rice cooker. They come out great every time. But, the next pot of rice always tastes a little like oatmeal and cinnamon, because it does bubble up a little into the vents and lid.

              1. re: bjarmstr

                Zoj has a line of fuzzy cookers that can do lots of stuff besides just rice.

                http://www.zojirushi.com/ourproducts/...

            2. I have a panasonic fuzzy logic rice cooker that is awesome for steel cut oats. It even has a timer, so I can put the ingredients in at night, set the timer, and it will be ready to go at the time I designate. It's awesome.

              If you have a fuzzy logic rice cooker like mine (I got it at Williams Sonoma a couple years ago), here are the the instructions:

              1. Using the measuring cup for the rice, add 1/2 a cup of oats and 1 cup of water
              2. Set the menu to Brown Rice
              3. Set the timer for the time you want the oats to START cooking (the cooking takes 40 minutes, so account for that when setting your timer).

              Voila! Perfect, chewy, delicious steel cut oats. I haven't tried cooking them with anything else in there (dried fruit, etc.) but when you cook them this way (without any extra stuff) the oats come out perfect.

              The cooker I have is a 5 cup cooker. If you try to mess with the proportion, or change the amount, you'll get a horrible mess, but the 1/2 cup to 1 cup ratio works perfectly for two normal sized servings or one GIANT serving.

              I once tried to double the recipe, and piping hot oatmeal shot out of the top of the cooker all over my kitchen cabinets. It was not the best thing to wake up to.

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              1. re: dulcimeria

                My smart rice cooker -- a Sanyo, about four years old now -- makes great steel-cut oats. I use the same 2-to-1 water ratio plus a little more. The cooker has a porridge setting, which produces similar results to the brown rice setting without making a mess. I generally make 1 and 1/2 cups of oats at a time (3 cups plus a couple of ounces of water), which yields six large servings ... a week of oatmeal in an hour or less. They freeze very well (4 minutes plus on high in the microwave) and taste delicious with a few slivers of butter shavings and a very light drizzle of real maple syrup.

                1. re: misohungrychewlow

                  never thought of freezing oatmeal....what a great idea!

                  1. re: misohungrychewlow

                    I'm a big eater so to update ... I usually make 1 1/2 cups of McCann's steel-cut oats with about 3 1/2 cups of water and a tiny shake of salt. This yields three hearty portions of oatmeal so eat one, the remainder of which can be refrigerated or frozen. Either way, it's best to drip a little water over it before re-heating. You want it to steam a bit before you remove it from the microwave and shave butter and drizzle maple syrup over it. As almost always, less is more. Not too much and you have a nutritious, delicious and deeply satisfying breakfast. Go ahead and have a banana if you like, or some blueberries (but not in the oatmeal -- my preference). A cup of good coffee on the side works well, too, and a little orange juice.

                2. We have a very small simple rice cooker at work and I make oatmeal in it often. I use quick cook steel cut oats (either McCann's or Coach's) and they do fine. I think our little office cooker is only 3 cups. They never makes a mess. Actually, grits make a worse mess than the oatmeal. Yesterday a coworker made regular steel cut oats in it (or tried, lol) and we ended up having to take the lid off and kept adding water to keep it from bubbling over.

                  1. Our Aroma rice cooker makes excellent steel cut oats.....does your rice cooker have a porridge setting? If so the proportions/timing/settings for oatmeal should be the same as for "congee" or porridge.

                    If you have an older rice cooker that does not have a congee or porridge setting, you might have some difficulty as many of them only have one heat/cooking setting which is too hot and too fast for good oatmeal/congee

                    1. When I tried oats in my rice cooker it boiled over and made a huge mess!

                      What I generally do is let them soak overnight and then cook them in the morning. 1/3 cup steel cut oats to 1 cup water. Soak overnight. Dump oats and soaking water in a pot and cook for about 12 minutes.

                      Alghouth I might try the method described in this thread of: "toast oats, add boiling water, cook until boiling again, put on a tight lid, turn off stove, go to sleep. Heat up gently the next morning, and you'll be good to go." Sounds even easier!

                      1. I have a cheap 10 cup rice cooker from Target. I don't think it has fuzzy logic and only has a "cook" setting. I do rolled oats in ours all the time. I get organic long cooking rolled oats from our food coop. I use the proportions on a long cooking rolled oats container. Suggestions I saw online were to rub butter on the bottom of the pan before adding ingredients. I tried that once it does seem to help with browning to the bottom. I usually add oats in the labeled water/oats proportion then add a chopped apple and 1-2 tbsp of brown sugar and a bit of nutmeg. Leftovers go into the fridge for later days. I will get a small amount of oats in the vent but the vent pops out and cleans easily on mine.

                        1. I get best result with porridge mode. Usually do 4:1 or 5:1 water to steel cut oats. If you accidentally put it on another mode, it can explode, which is no fun to clean up, or can even break the rice cooker. I've done it in 3.5 and 5.5 cup size rice cookers; usually I make one (Japanese) cup of oats.