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    Steel Cut Oats-buying in bulk?

    For you steel cut oats fans, can anyone suggest where I can buy in bulk (online is ok)? I've been buying Bob's Red Mill brand for awhile now, but my local store only stocks 24 oz bags, which last only about a week or so. Time to stock up for winter...

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    Why don't you just order a 25 lb bag directly from Bob's Red Mill? I don't know what the shipping will cost, but it may still be quite a bit cheaper than buying the 24 oz bags. Or call them and see if there is anyone in your area that stocks the large bags.

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    Think carefully about how you plan to store grain products bought in bulk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CastIron
    Think carefully about how you plan to store grain products bought in bulk.
    Good point. Oats may be visited by grain moths. One way to prevent this is to store it in deep-freeze for a while and, then, keeping it in an airtight container.

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    What is different about 'steel cut' oats?

    Are they superior to 'regular' oats?

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    I used to eat oatmeal and thought it was the best thing for breakfast. But now I wonder if this is true. I now take flaxseed because it not only has the fiber but also the Omega 3 oil. Anyone done a comparison between Oats and Flaxseed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgrady11
    What is different about 'steel cut' oats?

    Are they superior to 'regular' oats?

    From what I understand is that SCO are minimally processed, just enough so humans can digest them. Since there is less processing there are more nutrients left in the oats because they have not been stripped away.

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    Storing in the freezer works really well! I put the oats in large freezer bags, usually double-bagged to preserve freshness and avoid freezer burn and they last a long time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgrady11
    What is different about 'steel cut' oats?

    Are they superior to 'regular' oats?
    I am assuming that by "regular" you mean rolled oats. The steel cut oats have a nice nutty flavor and chewy texture. After trying them for the first time a year ago, I only use the rolled oats for cookies, meatloaf and other baked goods. Hot steel cut oats with a touch of honey and a touch of cream are my favorite winter breakfast food.

    They do take longer to cook compared to steel cut oats, usually about 15 to 20 minutes. I know that some people cook them in a crockpot, start them in the evening, and have perfectly cooked oats in the morning.

    I don't know if there is a significant difference in terms of nutritional content. They are not processed (just cracked whole grain oats).

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    From what I understand is that SCO are minimally processed, just enough so humans can digest them. Since there is less processing there are more nutrients left in the oats because they have not been stripped away.
    And they taste a whole heck of a lot better. It is like the difference between grape juice and champagne.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowandsteady
    And they taste a whole heck of a lot better. It is like the difference between grape juice and champagne.
    +1. Thanks for the input. I was wondering about storage for larger amounts, freezing sounds like the answer.

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    Steel cut oats

    Irish Oatmeal or Steel Cut Oats taste better than Quick or Regular Pressed oats. Much better for the digestive track than all other breakfast cereals. Also keeps mid-meal hunger away. 25 lb bags are fine, no bugs in any of mine. Nowadays I get mine in a market that has bulk grains, nuts, rice etc-etc. $.59 a pound. On sale occasionally at $.49. signed, Hillseeker on a Hillseeker.

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