Steel-cut oats, or Irish oats: Groats that have been chopped into small pieces. They have a firmer texture than rolled oats. Steel-cut oats have a mild flavor & a starchy texture; and can be substituted for rice in pilaf or risotto or used as a delicious topping for salads
Rolled oats, or old-fashioned oats: Commonly called oatmeal These are oat groats that are steamed and flattened with huge rollers so that they cook quicker, in about 5 to 15 minutes. They are a great binder for meat loaf and can be used in stuffing for chicken or turkey.
Quick oats: These are groats that have been cut into several pieces before being steamed and rolled into thinner flakes, thus reducing the cooking time to 3-5 minutes. While they cook quicker, any oat aficionado will tell you that they lack the hearty texture and nutty flavor of the less-processed varieties.
Instant oats: These are made by chopping groats into tiny pieces, precooking them, drying them, then smashing them with a big roller. They need only be mixed with a hot liquid. They usually have flavorings and salt added. All of this processing removes all traces of the original texture and rich flavor of the groats.
Oat flour: Oat flour is made from groats that have been ground into a powder, and contains no gluten so it does not rise like wheat flour. It can also be made at home by grinding rolled oats into a powder in a blender. It has a delicate texture that will produce moist & tender baked goods.
Note: If purchasing in the bulk section, make sure that the bins containing the oats are covered, free from debris, and that the store has a good product turnover to ensure its freshness. Smelling the oats will tell you if they are fresh. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place where they will keep for approximately two months.
I dig oat bran on a winter morning
Very informative :-)
Great photo and poem … grinning at Glynn’s remark.
I think Glynn is in a Friday mood…
love me some weeds.
and they make fab no-bake cookies too.
thanks for the research…
“Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks” is a favorite (Irish) cartoon-type shows around here. We have some of the BBC series on DVD. One is entitled “Donkeys into Racehorses” and it depicts the humorous attempt of using oats to help Finnegan the donkey get his speed on.
the breakfast of famous Finnegan!
Oat, oat, oat your boat
gently down the stream….
sounds like you’re on an oat float
I can vouch that I eat a lot of oats.
me too…lately, in the form of home-made granola.
Just yesterday I was telling my husband I think oatmeal is a magic food. Just eating it makes me feel good and healthy. And I ate a big bowl of oatmeal and felt very full, but it’s such a “good” full unlike the uncomfortable full I feel when I eat some other things.
i agree, it makes for a good kind of full.