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steel cut oats in a slow cooker?

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can anyone tell me how to do this so i can cook my irish oatmeal overnight? never enough time in the morning!

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  1. Alton Brown has a recipe:


    I haven't tried it though.

    1. There are a number of threads on this subject. Opinions differ.


      1. I make it ahead in a big pot, save it in plastic containers and microwave it in the morning. I find it keeps for a week in the refridgerator. Last time I added anise seeds and cardamon seeds with the oats and water and then raisins and candied orange peel after I turned off the heat. I looked forward to it every morning.

        1. You can just soak them over night and then nuke them in the AM. It is simple.

          1. If you have an old slow cooker that runs about 180 degrees on the low setting you can just leave it cooking from bedtime till breakfast. 3 - 3 1/2 cups water to a cup of oatmeal. It seems a little fluffier if you add the salt when done.

            I also have a small, newer cooker that scorches if it cooks too long. I put it on a timer to switch on around 3am and I put an empty tuna can or something under the crock part to keep it away from the heat a bit. This took some trial and error which you may have to undertake for yourself. It will be worth it.

            There was a great thread on seasonings, additions etc a few weeks ago. Health and Strength!

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            1. re: atheorist

              I bought a small slow cooker just to cook the steel cut oats and it burned the first time so I checked this site and ....now I spray it with buttery spray, add the water, salt, oats, and put the clean paper free tuna can upside down on the cooker to raise the crock up and away from the heat. Cooks it perfectly each and every time and clean up is a breeze. I start mine at 10 PM and it's perfect by breakfast time. Thanks for the tuna can hint!! I never would have thought of that! Also I agree with the gal who said the plastic top leaks moisture so you need almost another whole cup of water to cook to the right consistency.

            2. Get everything ready in the slow cooker and turn it on before going to bed. We use the medium setting. In the morning, stir it up and adjust liquids as necessary. We cook the oats in water and add milk before eating depending on how creamy we want it to be. It's absolutely simple.

              1. I throw it into the microwave without presoaking and it takes 4 minutes. You have to use a big bowl for a small portion though, because the water will boil over in the microwave

                1. I add the McCann's oats to water and bring to a boil, wait a second, leave them overnight on the stove top, and reheat in a microwave in the morning. This seems to work ok, just make sure there is enough water as they'll absorb it. Waiting for snow as I make my oatmeal with cream and sugar - can't do that too often.

                  1. My steel cut oats would burn in my slow cooker so I used the slow cooker as bain marie. I put water in the slow cooker, then placed my oats and water and salt in a bowl, set the bowl in the slow cooker half-submerged in the water then left it on low overnight. Perfect. No scorched oatmeal.

                    1. I have a panasonic 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.