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steel cut oatmeal- a question

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I am new to cooking, and baking, with steel cut oatmeal. Can I use steel cut oatmeal interchangeably with "old fashioned" oatmeal?

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  1. I don't think so. The cooking time on steel cut is about 20-30 minutes with greater water to oats ratio.( It think about 4:1)
    Regular old fashioned takes about 5 minutes with a 1:1 water to oats ratio.

    1. It would never hydrate in time. Best to use SC oats for normal noshing, and rolled oats for baking!

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      1. re: LaureltQ

        Exactly. I made granola with some pricey steel cut oats and nearly broke a tooth!

      2. If you were to take a look at some steel-cut oats and some "old fashioned" oats, you'd see that they are totally different things. Use what the recipe calls for.

        1. There is a third kind of oatmeal you might find interesting:
          Mc Cann's Irish Oatmeal. Divine eating when microwaved
          for exactly 2 minutes. Hydrates quickly. After the great
          oatmeal wars between me and hubby, finally an oatmeal we both like.

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          1. re: Bashful3

            Careful! McCann's makes several kinds of oats from steel-cut to rolled to instant. Each will behave differently.

            Plus they make fine oats but then so do lots of other companies at a fraction of the cost of McCann's.