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Sep 2, 2012 04:23 PM

Steel cut oats without milk

Can anyone tell me out to cook steel cut oats with water only, no milk?

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  1. Just follow the directions on the can. Use a larger pot than you think you need, and don't cover it; they tend to foam up and boil over.

    1. Just mix oats and water, bring to a boil stirring often, reduce heat, and cook till tender. I usually start with a 2:1 water to grain ratio (volume), but add water if it gets too thick (ending up with more like 3:1). I also think it needs salt.

      I don't think there's a significant difference between cooking with water and milk. Water is norm for me, though I may add some cream toward the end to add some richness.

      1. I like to make mine with some apple cider mixed with the water (about 50/50) or if I only have apple juice then more like 75/25 or even all apple juice. Yummy!

        Otherwise, like the other posters have said it's about the same.

        1. Milk??? We never use milk in the recipe, so it even hit me as strange that milk is some folks' option. We do overnight steel cut oats in the crock pot. We read somewhere of turning the crock pot into a type of double boiler by putting an oven-safe bowl in the crock pot, and surrounding the bowl with water. Someone thought there might be a risk of something cracking, so we follow their hint of wadding up some small pieces of aluminum foil under the bowl or putting a small saucer under the bowl. Nothing has cracked yet/ not worried about it.

          Overnight Crockpot Steel Cut Oats

          Before you go to bed...

          The water in the crockpot should come up to a little more than halfway up the outside of the bowl. Bowl should be able to hold 4 cups of liquid. Make sure the lid still fits on the crockpot. Measure out one cup of steel cup of oats. Pour that into the inner bowl. Now, add 4 cups of water to the inner bowl; stir it in. Maybe yes, maybe no, for a little salt. Put the lid onto the crockpot, set the unit on low (I learned to check that its on 'low' and not 'warm!') Go to bed, and the next morning, its perfect! In the morning, you can stir in a little milk or some dried fruit or raisins or some thawed out frozen blueberries or brown sugar or nothing!

          We do this 1- 2x a month. We have also done overnight stone-ground grits with same success.

          Florida Hound

          5 Replies
          1. re: Florida Hound

            IMO, the slow cooker is the only way to cook steel cut oats. Perfection every time, and they reheat like a dream :)

            1. re: CanadaGirl

              I like covering them with boiling water then in the morn I fork stir add more hot water to cover and cook at a low temp .

              1. re: CanadaGirl

                +1 on that, it makes it very creamy so you don't need milk. I do add butter though, so healthwise it's worse.

              2. re: Florida Hound

                I detest my crockpot but this intrigues me...

                When it gets a bit cooler I am definitely going to try this.


              3. 3:1 water, low heat -- simmer about 25 minutes...add cold milk or buttermilk at service