Sunday, September 9, 2007

the real deal in Oatmeal

this morning I took the time (about 40 min at least) to cook some real oatmeal, that is
McCann's Irish Oatmeal steel cut oats. I thought this kind of minimally processed oatmeal would be better, but not so much better that is worth the time and effort. I must say that it is totally worth the time and effort. The texture and taste cannot really be compared to the rolled oats that I have been buying. John even said " I could eat these". John has been eating the rolled oats, quick cook variety for about 6 months now, but he eats them like bad tasting medicine that has been an ordeal, not pleasurable at all. So for him to say anything positive is high praise.
He has been eating oatmeal for the fiber, I finally convinced him that he needed more fiber and he has felt better. But at his regular medical checkup, his triglycerides had dropped so much that we discussed that there was perhaps some error in the lab report, but the drop in his triglyceride level has coincided with the oatmeal consumption.

Other methods I may try:
cook them in a crockpot overnight. I got the idea and recipe from Alton Brown on his Food Network show, "Good Eats." One cup of steel-cut oats is combined with a cup each of dried cranberries and dried figs, 4 cups of water and 1/2 cup of half-and- half in a crockpot to cook overnight.
the McCanns website also says:

Quick Soak Method
One of the quickest and easiest ways to prepare McCann's Steel Cut Oats is to soak the oats overnight. Before going to bed, boil four cups of water in a pot, add one cup of oatmeal. Stir until all the liquid has been absorbed. Turn off the heat, cover the pot and leave overnight. The next morning, bring oats to a brisk boil and cook until they are just tender and serve.

1 comment:

Maryanne said...

Alton Brown's crock pot method for Oatmeal prep is FANTASTIC. I have a buddy here in CLT that makes oatmeal that way and sometimes I'm lucky enough to be blessed with a serving of his oatmealy goodness. Add some dried fruit and such to the mix and its HEAVEN in a bowl. Not to mention one of the best toppings for cold ice cream EVAH!