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Jan 25, 2014 07:03 PM

Oy- he ruined the pot

DH accidentally bought steel cut oats and is currently trying to figure out how to cook them, any way. I tell him to make a batch for a week in a crockpot, but he's resisting. Do you all have a best recipe for this?

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  1. four parts water to one part oats, cook on stove top for 30 minutes over low heat.

    1. soaking them overnight will reduce the cooking time.

      1. Do you mean, he might ruin the pot? and not that it's already ruined?

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        1. re: coll

          I haven't seen it since. I should go looking for it. It's one of those old brown glass pots I can't think of the name of, Corning, maybe. It was sticking like mad, though, and he was in the next room watching TV.

          1. re: EWSflash

            Hmmm. Maybe it broke, that does happen occasionally. If so, I can see hiding the evidence ;-)

        2. Cook them in a crock pot, It's so easy and you don't have to worry about stirring/burning. Four parts water to one part oats with a pinch of salt. They can be stored, refrigerated and re-heated in the microwave. Cleanup is easy too, just soak the crock pot in hot soapy water for a couple of hours.

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          1. re: zackly

            I do love that answer! Is overnight too long for it?

            1. re: EWSflash

              I do them all the time in the crockpot. 1 cup steel cut oats, 4 cups water on low for 8 or 9 hours (overnight is fine.) I coat the inside of the crockpot with a little coconut oil or butter to help with the sticking.

              1. re: EWSflash

                I think overnight is too long, if you have a contemporary rather than old-school crock pot that puts out higher heat, but it depends on what texture you prefer. I do 5 hours on low. A light coating of oil (or oil spray) on the crock makes cleanup easy.

              2. re: zackly

                Gee, just wondering, does everybody not know about Reynolds Slow Cooker LIners? About 50 cents apiece at Walmart or your grocery store. No worries about cleanup -- remove, toss, swipe the crock pot with a sponge, and you're done!

                1. re: Red Oakley

                  Because they don't exist in my part of the world?

                    1. re: GutGrease

                      Which doesn't ship a whole lot of stuff to my part of the world.

                  1. re: Red Oakley

                    You really don't need slow cooker liners @ fifty cents apiece and more plastic in landfills for oatmeal. Modern dish detergents have ingredients that loosen food from surfaces. Just let the crock soak for several hours and it will be easy to clean.

                2. ATK has a soak/cook method that cuts the active cook time. They use various add-ins, but the basic method can be used for plain steel cut oats. It's basically bring a 3 to 1 ratio of liquid to oats to a boil, cover, and let them soak overnight. The next morning, add another unit of liquid and simmer just 10 minutes.

                  Here's a video:


                  I usually just use a 4 to 1 ratio of liquid (usually just water), and simmer for 30 minutes.