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.
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.