Steel cut oats - rancid?
Made steel cut oats for the first time. Used the overnight method -- brought water to a boil, turned off heat, added oats. This morning, added some milk and cooked for another 10 minutes or so. Added sugar -- and found the oats had a off flavor. I'd almost say they tasted slightly rancid -- like oil smells when it's too old. Is this possible? I checked the package (it was brand new and the plastic was sealed) and it hasn't expired. I've been eating/cooking Quaker oats for years and never noticed this taste/smell. Did I get a bad batch or do steel cut oats always smell this way?
You left half cooked oats out overnight? They probably went bad. I don't know what steel cut oats you are using but it only takes 20 minutes not sure why it would take overnight. Try making them the normal way before throwing them out.
I used a brand new package of McCann's brand. The short-cut instructions said to half cook them this way and them leave them, covered, overnight. Now that I'm checking the box again, even the raw oats smell a little rancid.
I'm going to toss the box and go back to my Quaker Oaks -- never had a problem with them, just that I heard so much about steel-cut and wanted to taste what all the fuss was about! Thanks for your responses....
Steel-cut oats are definitely far superior to rolled ones- don't know your brand but if it tastes off before the expiration date, try another brand. Maybe one that doesn't come in plastic? McCann's is a good one; check the best-by date stamped on the bottom of each can though.
It's true that they can be poorly cared for by the time they reach us, but I'd give 'em another try before you give up altogether on real oats. I do agree with the advice to buy somewhere that they have a high turnover.
For the shortcut method, soak them overnight in COLD water, then heat them in the morning. You can't let any warm food sit overnight and expect it to be good the next day. Except pie or
other very sweet stuff.
One other good trick- you can toast the oats in a dry pan before cooking for a wonderful taste boost.