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steel cut oatmeal- a question

scapes Nov 5, 2013 11:42 AM

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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    Bashful3 Nov 5, 2013 12:12 PM

    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
      rainey Nov 5, 2013 06:37 PM

      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.

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      LorenzoGA Nov 5, 2013 12:04 PM

      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.

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        LaureltQ Nov 5, 2013 11:53 AM

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

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          Ttrockwood Nov 5, 2013 06:32 PM

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

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          uman Nov 5, 2013 11:48 AM

          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.

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