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Old 11-08-08, 08:51 AM
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I cook my oats ahead of time (OVERLAP with dishes or something). I cook off a huge pot that will last me all week and store it in the fridge. 2 mins in the zapper and I'm good to go. Creamy, filling, and not with the mouth feel that I'm eating barnyard fodder.
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Originally Posted by ottsville View Post
I pulled this from another site's discussion of cooking oats:

Wrong. As has already been said. Have you ever looked at the ingredients?
Yes I have and cheerios are mostly reformed oats. How is this wrong?
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You didn't say it was MOSTLY oats in your first post. You said it was JUST processed oats, which it is clearly not. It is processed oats with multiple added sugars, added salts, an emuslifying/foaming agent(TPP), and vitamin and mineral supplements. That's a little different from my bowl of JUST oats.
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Thanks for the nutrition tips
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Old 11-09-08, 09:10 PM
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Just an update.

I tried the steel cut oatmeal with splenda and cinnemon this morning and it was GOOD!

So, I made a big pot tonight and divided it into serving containers to reheat during the week.

I'll let you all know how it is tomorrow morning.

Thanks for all the info!!!

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Old 11-10-08, 07:54 PM
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Well, just in case anyone is still following this or is interested, I tried the reheated oatmeal this morning.

It was........ "ok".

Not as good as fresh, but sure stuck with me a long time. I think we may be on to something.

Thanks to Artimus for the suggestion.
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Old 11-10-08, 08:13 PM
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Did you store it in the fridge or the freezer?

I just ask because I have seen Trader Joes selling frozen cooked steel cut oatmeal, and I was curious as to whether there was a difference, and haven't gotten motivated to try it myself. I might be more likely to make up a big batch of steel cut if I can freeze some of it.

(I won't try the TJ's stuff because it's sweetened, which I don't like.)
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Old 11-10-08, 08:33 PM
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Cyclist Alex Wetmore uses a fuzzy logic rice cooker for steel cut oats. Check it out at:

http://blogs.phred.org/blogs/alex_we...-not-bike.aspx
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Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
Did you store it in the fridge or the freezer?

I just ask because I have seen Trader Joes selling frozen cooked steel cut oatmeal, and I was curious as to whether there was a difference, and haven't gotten motivated to try it myself. I might be more likely to make up a big batch of steel cut if I can freeze some of it.

(I won't try the TJ's stuff because it's sweetened, which I don't like.)
Actually, I just cooked a weeks worth and stuck it in the fridge. Not sure what it'd be like in the freezer. Probably OK though if it was cool when it went in.

I'm thinking about some kind of fruit next week for a bit more "excitement".

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Old 11-10-08, 10:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Goldrush View Post
Cyclist Alex Wetmore uses a fuzzy logic rice cooker for steel cut oats. Check it out at:

http://blogs.phred.org/blogs/alex_we...-not-bike.aspx
That's a neat idea. I wonder about the clean up though.

Anybody else notice you could almost resurface roads with dried crusty oatmeal?
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Originally Posted by navajo View Post
I'm thinking about some kind of fruit next week for a bit more "excitement".
Nice! I like to use frozen berries (blueberries or raspberries), quick and easy, and they just heat up with the oatmeal.
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I think the biggest difference between the two would be the Total Dietary Fiber content. Oats are known as a good source of soluble fiber, but cheerios aren't far off. I found this from peertrainer.com's website; "Old Fashioned Oats (Safeway brand) has 8 grams of fiber (4 soluble and 4 insoluble) per cup of cereal, and Cheerios, despite its banner proclaiming “the Soluble Fiber in Cheerios Can Reduce Your Cholesterol” has only 3 grams of dietary fiber/cup (1 gram from soluble fiber and the rest insoluble fiber)."

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And with oats you can wear one of these while you ride:

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And with oats you can wear one of these while you ride:

Now THAT'S FUNNY!

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Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
Nice! I like to use frozen berries (blueberries or raspberries), quick and easy, and they just heat up with the oatmeal.

Excellent suggestion! I'll see if I can get some frozen blueberries this week.


Thanks to everyone for the help!

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Old 11-11-08, 06:47 PM
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Originally Posted by SeanMA View Post
I think the biggest difference between the two would be the Total Dietary Fiber content. Oats are known as a good source of insoluble fiber, but cheerios aren't far off. I found this from peertrainer.com's website; "Old Fashioned Oats (Safeway brand) has 8 grams of fiber (4 soluble and 4 insoluble) per cup of cereal, and Cheerios, despite its banner proclaiming “the Soluble Fiber in Cheerios Can Reduce Your Cholesterol” has only 3 grams of dietary fiber/cup (1 gram from soluble fiber and the rest insoluble fiber)."
Good info.

I have noticed during this week that the oatmeal definitely stays with me longer than cheerios. Although i have to profess that I don't really LIKE the oatmeal yet (texture and taste) but I am working on that.
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Originally Posted by ottsville View Post
You didn't say it was MOSTLY oats in your first post. You said it was JUST processed oats, which it is clearly not. It is processed oats with multiple added sugars, added salts, an emuslifying/foaming agent(TPP), and vitamin and mineral supplements. That's a little different from my bowl of JUST oats.
Statistically, it's still 95% "whole grain oats". Do the math on the label.
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Statistically, it's still 95% "whole grain oats". Do the math on the label.
Pretty much everything in the store starts out 95% real food before adding the chemicals and processing
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I honestly love this...
Pour 1/4 cup of raw quick oats over a bowl of cheerios (cold). Stir it up with the milk, let it sit just a minute or so. It's great!!!
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Well, I have to say that the frozen blueberries made it a LOT more tastey! Good suggestion!

I am going to try the rolled oats next week and see if they are any different. Would I cook the berries at the same time or just add them after it is cooked?

Thanks for all the info/suggestions so far!

Also, etothepii, that sounds pretty good too. I gotta say, I like the taste of the steel cut oats raw, they are just hard to chew! Might try that with the rolled oats.
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Originally Posted by navajo View Post
I am going to try the rolled oats next week and see if they are any different. Would I cook the berries at the same time or just add them after it is cooked?
Either way...I usually throw them in after it is cooked and maybe put it back in the microwave for 30 seconds.
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Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
Either way...I usually throw them in after it is cooked and maybe put it back in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Gotcha! THANKS, MSINCREDIBLE!
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This week it is the tub of Red River cereal in the fridge. This stuff looks like crushed bird seed! Another great rib sticker as well. And last but not least the dreaded "LUMPY CREAM OF WHEAT". I've never been able to figure out, why Mom was not able to make this without the lumps. Right, I forgot.......She didn't eat it!!! The simple secret is to use a small whisk, and then switch to a silicone spatula; perfect everytime!!!
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Originally Posted by artimus View Post
This week it is the tub of Red River cereal in the fridge. This stuff looks like crushed bird seed! Another great rib sticker as well. And last but not least the dreaded "LUMPY CREAM OF WHEAT". I've never been able to figure out, why Mom was not able to make this without the lumps. Right, I forgot.......She didn't eat it!!! The simple secret is to use a small whisk, and then switch to a silicone spatula; perfect everytime!!!

Never heard of the Red River cereal. Does it make you want to sit in a tree and poop on statues?
I, too, like me some Cream of Wheat but my downfall is I REALLY like it with butter and sugar! MMMMMM!

I'm sticking with the rolled oats with Splenda, a dash of cinnemon and some blueberries. So far, so good!
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I cook steel cut oats in the microwave all the time. I've never had a big sticky mess.

I use a 2 quart microwave safe Pyrex measuring bowl. I think the steep sides of my bowl aid the cooking process. Add 4 cups of water and 1 cup of steel cut oats (I use McCann's oats) to the bowl and stick it in the microwave on high for 10 minutes. Keep an eye on the bowl after about 5 minutes. When the mixture starts to boil, take the bowl out of the microwave and give it a good stir. This would probably be a good time to add any dried fruit to the mix. Put the bowl back in the microwave for 20 to 25 minutes on a power setting of 40 percent. As the oven power cycles on and off the water will boil up and then settle back down.

Go take a shower and get ready for the day. When you come back, your oats will be cooked. Stir in a bit of salt if you like. Do not add salt to oatmeal until AFTER it has finished cooking. Add whatever else you like to put in/on your oats and it's done. You now have 2 or 3 servings of oatmeal. Freeze or refrigerate the leftovers.

I realize this method takes just as long as the stove top method. At least you don't have to stand there and stir the pot with my microwave method. Adjust the recipe to make more or fewer servings. You may need to experiment with the power setting on your microwave.
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