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    Irish Steel Cut Oats, Pain in the...

    Anyone cook with these? I tried them instead of my usual microwave oats...Took forever to cook, didn't taste that great, and took forever to cool down. Why am I posting this?

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    Why are you posting this? Didn't your mom tell you never to discuss politics, religion, or oats in mixed company? [grin]

    Actually, I like an occasional steel-cut oatmeal breakfast for variety's sake. It has a nutty, chewy flavor. Nothing like the more common rolled oats. I've never tried to microwave them though. You're right that they take longer to cook. Stove top for 10-15 minutes.

    To everyone who never has, I say - try 'em, you'll like 'em!

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    Fifteen minutes? Takes me more like half an hour to cook them. The texture is nice, but I think I'm using the rest of my batch in bread instead. I think the texture would work really well there.

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    I eat them everyday. I sometimes make them the night before (just to bubbling) and then it only take a few minutes on the stove in the morning.

    In the morning I add cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger and either a banana or a grated apple. They have more texture than quick oats. And, they hold added flavors better.

    I thought it was a pain the first month, but I just wasn't used to having to cook. Now, I have it down to a system. If I make them fresh in the morning it takes 20 - 30 minutes of cooking. I put them on the stove before my after-exercise shower or, it is just enough time to check my e-mails or have my tea or fruit.

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    the irish cna i bought says to cook for 45 minutes. i eat oatmeal for breakfast almost everyday quaker quickoats. but every once in a while when i have the time i cook the irish steel cut oats. great nutty taste and i just love the gritty texture. like comparing smooth peanut butter to crunchy versue regular oatmeal.

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    The steel cut oats I get at the Atlanta 'farmers' market' cook in the same amount of time as regular rolled oatmeal, about 10min. They are not a whole lot different in texture at that point either. I don't want pablum, if I did I would use quick oats aka
    microwave oatmeal.
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    Go to McCann's website (www.mccanns.ie).

    They have a FAQ page that gives about 4-5 tips on cooking them faster. Some are a pain (toasting the oats before boiling). Me, I like to let them steep overnight and then they are ready in a minute or two in the a.m. If you take this a step farther, you can overnight 4-5 days' of oats and keep them in the refrigerator in a sealed plastic container. Scoop some out and microwave for a minute or two.

    I really try to avoid rolled oats if possible. I like them, but compared to the steel cuts, there's no comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danimal123
    Go to McCann's website (www.mccanns.ie).

    They have a FAQ page that gives about 4-5 tips on cooking them faster. Some are a pain (toasting the oats before boiling). Me, I like to let them steep overnight and then they are ready in a minute or two in the a.m. If you take this a step farther, you can overnight 4-5 days' of oats and keep them in the refrigerator in a sealed plastic container. Scoop some out and microwave for a minute or two.

    I really try to avoid rolled oats if possible. I like them, but compared to the steel cuts, there's no comparison.
    I usually take the half hour that i'll need to make one serving and make enough for the week, store the rest in a plastic container- it may seem alittle knarly to eat the next day when you open the lid of the container but once reheated it tastes great and is quick if you are in a hurry.

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    Never heard of 'em. You guys make them sound interesting. Breakfast has always been a problem with me. I like to eat but most quick morning foods just don't seem to cut it. Making them for a week seems to be the quickest way to go. I usually eat the micro oats but they kinda suck, bagels are are good if fresh, then there's toast and jam(my personal favorite).

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    nothing beats steel-cut oats. They take a bit of time to make, but hey, slow down for a few minutes already!

    I usually throw some raisins in the bottom of my bowl, and then put the cooked oats in, and top it off with a sliced banana. MMMMmmMMMMMmMMMM!!!

    (dang, now I'm hungry)

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    Steel-cut Irish oats for me too. At the end, I add wheat germ, brewer's yeast, raw unfiltered honey, and a heaping tablespoon of Met-Rx protein. Makes me feel like superman.

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    I use 'em for oatmeal cookies. Slowcooker is ok, too. They are a PITA, though.
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    Yes, they can be a pain, but they are sooooooooo good.

    I'm never going back to any other kind of oats.
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    If you use a pressure-cooker, they only take 10-minutes...

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