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Steel-cut oats in Montreal?

carswell Oct 24, 2009 06:56 AM

Perfect for a raw day like today.

Finished off my can of McCann's Original Steel-Cut Irish Oatmeal last spring and haven't had any luck in finding another in Côte-des-Neiges or at a few other stores I've checked (most notably PA).

Any suggestions of where to look? Who has the best prices?

What about competing brands? Has anyone tried President's Choice Blue Menu 100% Whole Grain Steel Cut Oats? To be honest, I'm a little leery: while the Country Choice Organic Irish-Style Steel-Cut Oats I found at ExoFruits are about half the price of McCann's, they're also about half as good.

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    Claudine_d RE: carswell Oct 24, 2009 06:59 AM

    Les douceurs at Atwater Market had them about a month ago.

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      eat2much RE: Claudine_d Oct 24, 2009 07:19 AM

      Les Douceurs always has several varieties and formats of McCann's.

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        carswell RE: Claudine_d Oct 24, 2009 07:54 AM

        Should have guessed. Don't imagine they -- or Le Maître Boucher on Monkland, where my last can came from -- will win on price. But thanks. While I'm not often in that part of town, I'll keep them in mind if a closer source doesn't turn up.

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          PadmeSkywalker RE: carswell Oct 24, 2009 11:27 AM

          My loblaws has steel cut oats from the Bob's Red Mill brand. It is with the bio stuff and comes in a bag.

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            carswell RE: PadmeSkywalker Oct 24, 2009 02:48 PM

            Have you tried them? Can you say how they compare with McCann's?

            Gotta say that if I'd had only the Country Choice oats -- made from US oats, like Bob's Red Mill -- to go by, I'd never had understood what the fuss was about.

      2. Chocolatine RE: carswell Oct 24, 2009 11:45 AM

        pretty sure I've seen it at the IGA on Cote St-Luc, with the other oat products about 1-2 months ago. The price stopped me... i think it was around 18$ a can? I'll check on my next visit. Guess it's worth it's price from what you're saying.

        By the way, what's 'PA'?

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          kpzoo RE: Chocolatine Oct 24, 2009 11:47 AM

          >By the way, what's 'PA'?

          Supermarché PA

          PA du Parc
          5029 du Parc
          Montreal, Québec

          PA du Fort
          1420 du Fort
          Montreal, Québec

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            Chocolatine RE: kpzoo Oct 24, 2009 02:20 PM

            thanks kpzoo :)

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            carswell RE: Chocolatine Oct 24, 2009 02:45 PM

            «i think it was around 18$ a can»

            Whoa! My last can cost me something like $10-12.

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              Plateaumaman RE: carswell Oct 24, 2009 07:15 PM

              Saw steel cut oats at Vieille Europe recently .. can't remember what brand though. Something dark blue ...

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                eat2much RE: carswell Oct 25, 2009 01:06 PM

                At Les Douceurs the can is $8.99

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                  carswell RE: eat2much Oct 25, 2009 02:23 PM

                  Ha! Thanks for checking. Just in from a bike ride out to Lachine and back. Stopped by the Atwater Market on my way home and bought a 1-lb can. Yep, $8.99. That's more like it. Will see about picking up a couple other brands and doing a taste-off.

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                  Chocolatine RE: carswell Oct 26, 2009 06:10 PM

                  I stopped by the CSL IGA today; no can on the shelf, but a carton of 1 lb of McCann's Original steel-cut oatmeal was under 5$ (there was also a quick cooking version for the same price). Less fancy packaging than the can, but looks like the same product. based on their web site: http://www.mccanns.ie/p_SteelCut.html

                  Perhaps the more expensive can I saw a while back was the larger format (1lb 12 oz)... if my memory is right :)

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                    carswell RE: Chocolatine Oct 26, 2009 09:02 PM

                    Thanks for checking.

                    Just looked at the $8.99 can I bought yesterday and saw that I'd misread the label. It is, in fact, 1 lb 12 oz (28 oz). So, ounce for ounce, hardly more expensive than the box. Maybe the larger volume compensates for the higher cost of the container.

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                bigfellow RE: carswell Oct 25, 2009 03:23 AM

                I used to live on McCann's, but they are just too expensive for what you get. Now I just go to my local health food store and buy steel cut oats from the bulk bins. Much less expensive and it's the same product. Better packaging on the McCanns though.

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                  celfie RE: bigfellow Oct 25, 2009 07:25 AM

                  i detect little difference between the mccanns and presidents choice

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                    eatwell RE: celfie Oct 25, 2009 01:17 PM

                    My daughter very much likes Presidents choice.

                2. The Chowhound Team RE: carswell Oct 25, 2009 02:33 PM

                  We've moved a question regarding the qualities of steel-cut oats vs. other types of oats to a new thread on the General Chowhounding Topics board:


                  Feel free to add to the discussion there.

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                    Katchowhound RE: carswell Oct 25, 2009 03:33 PM

                    Funnily enough, I found McCann's at the Latina grocery on St-Viateur -

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