How to Store Oatmeal..(McCann's steel cut) (??)
My can of McCann's oatmeal (regular, not instant) is almost full and sitting on the counter in my kitchen. I will not be using it until the fall.
Should I store it in the original can? Take out and freeze in a zip-loc bag? Refrigerate?
I do not need ways to use it up..just want to know how to store for the cooler weather. I checked their website but came up empty..
I have a FoodSaver, and a variety of their vacuum canisters. It's a PIA to store things I use regularly in them because you have to re-vacuum them each time, but they are ideal for long-term storage of stuff like your oatmeal. I also use them for some of the variety flours I have (like rye), that I may use only once in a while.
McCann's usually comes in a metal can, not plastic. Given that, if I was to freeze it, I would probably drop the entire can into a zip lock bag, to protect the can from moisture.
Personally, I wouldn't necessarily freeze it- it would depend on what the normal temp & humidity is in the OP's kitchen. Freezing grains can be good if bugs are a problem in your area, but the typical McCann's can is going to prevent that. Freezers are cold, but they are not dry...and grains do better if kept dry. Because steel cut oats are broken/cut oat groats, there is a slight risk of the natural oil within becoming rancid with time, but nearly all oat groats are heat treated to help prevent this before being sold- or made into steel cut oats or rolled oats. I'd leave the oats in their original can, storing them in a cool, dry area of your pantry.
Thanks everyone! I should have mentioned that they are in the metal can. Bugs are not a huge problem, but maybe I should put the can in a zip-loc and store the bagged can in the cabinet. ??
I don't have a vaccum device, by the way.
I just went through my cabinets and looked up several of the grains I found there. For example, millet does not keep very long, so I tossed it, never having used it is 2 years anyway! Also made bulgur last night and it did not smell fresh, so also tossed the rest.
Trying to clean up and clear out!
Hi There Erica,
I am with McCann's and am glad to see you're enjoying our steel cut oats! The best way to store steel cuts is in an airtight container in the freezer. Hope this helps.
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