HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >
Are you making a specialty food? Get great advice
TELL US

Cooking Scottish Oatmeal

s
Sarnie Dec 7, 2003 02:35 PM

I followed the instructions on the Red Mill package. 1/4 cup oats, 3/4 cup water put in a 4 cup container and microwaved 4 minutes. First problem it boiled over, even in that large container. I don't own a larger microwavable bowl. Second problem, it turned out gluey with chewy little nobules contained within the glue.

The chewy nobules are fine, but any insights on correcting the other faults?

  1. l
    LBQT Dec 7, 2003 03:03 PM

    If Scottish oats are the same as the Irish steel cut oats I buy (McCann's), they really don't do well in the microwave. They need all the cooking and simmering time to absorb the liquid. You can make a big pot on the weekend, when mornings aren't so hectic, and reheat individual portions in the microwave later in the week (add just a tiny bit of water).

    4 Replies
    1. re: LBQT
      l
      lynn Dec 7, 2003 03:46 PM

      you can also soak them overnight in water, milk or soymilk. they'll cook a lot faster (and won't boil over) because the oats will have absorbed a lot of the liquid.

      1. re: LBQT
        d
        dixieday Dec 7, 2003 07:07 PM

        I would skip the microwave. The ones I have (labelled Pinhead Oats) take about 10-15 minutes of simmering, 1/2 cup of oats to 1 1/2 or 1 3/4 cups water. Stir frequently. Once the oats are thick and tender, I put the lid on and let them steam for a few more minutes. This seems to finish them off without burning the bottom. They may need a little more water to cook thoroughly.

        1. re: LBQT
          d
          dixieday Dec 7, 2003 07:08 PM

          I would skip the microwave. The ones I have (labelled Pinhead Oats) take about 10-15 minutes of simmering, 1/2 cup of oats to 1 1/2 or 1 3/4 cups water. Stir frequently. Once the oats are thick and tender, I put the lid on and let them steam for a few more minutes. This seems to finish them off without burning the bottom. They may need a little more water to cook thoroughly.

          1. re: dixieday
            d
            dixieday Dec 7, 2003 07:10 PM

            that is, I turn off the burner, put on the lid, and let it steam off the heat for a few minutes.

        2. a
          Aaron D Dec 7, 2003 08:22 PM

          I got Bob's Red Mill recently and cooked them on the stove top with milk instead of water after thinking it odd that they only gave directions for the microwave. But on the front of the package are stovetop directions too.

          1 Reply
          1. re: Aaron D
            s
            Sarnie Dec 8, 2003 12:23 PM

            Ohhh, okay. I thought they only gave instructions for the microwave, too. I have those &%$# little moths that multiply in grain products, so I put the oats in a sealed container with only the back panel from the package, since I didn't see anything on the front panel at first glance.

          2. j
            JessicaSophia Dec 8, 2003 09:45 AM

            A while back there was a thread about oatmeal, and Professor Salt posted a recipe for making it in which you brown the oats in a little butter first, then simmer it for a long time in water and milk. I tried it a few weeks ago and made an amazingly toothsome bowl of oatmeal.

            Here's a link:

            Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

            1. j
              josephsm Dec 8, 2003 11:42 AM

              I had high hopes for the attached recipe, which I made with McCann's oats, but I found the result too creamy for my taste. But you can't beat the convenience of dumping the ingredients in the crock pot before bed and waking up to a cooked breakfast.

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

              1. s
                Sarnie Dec 8, 2003 12:24 PM

                Thanks for the help, everyone. I plan on trying 2 or 3 of the methods mentioned, first being the one where you toast the oats first. Sounds yummy.

                Show Hidden Posts