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3/11/11 10:51 A

Thanks! And congratulations - it looks like you have reached your goal!

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3/11/11 7:26 A

I make steel cut oatmeal in the crockpot and freeze in individual servings for the week. I microwave and then add milk and fruit. I've never added extra water.

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3/11/11 12:19 A

same product just another method to skin us for more money.. regular oats has 10grams fiber per 100 grams..

more is not necessary, put a fancy name on a pack gives producers the green light to charge more..

steel cut takes more time to cook.. I say keep it simple and cheap..

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3/10/11 8:35 P

I tried SC but prefer old fashioned oatmeal more....

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3/10/11 8:34 P

I don't live in the USA - what is the difference between steel cut and regular oatmeal?

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3/10/11 8:27 P

I like both steel cut and regular. I also make up a batch and then re-heat a serving in the microwave in the morning. I always add strawberries or blueberries.

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3/10/11 7:13 P

I love the steel cut oats. I usually by the Irish brand when I can find them. They are expensive and take much longer to cook. Due to the cooking time I usually make a large batch. They keep for several days in the fridge. I love the nutty flavor and chewiness. Yummy . . . and VERY filling.

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3/10/11 2:59 P

I add a little milk on top after it is hot to thin it out a bit but I also cook my oats with quinoa and amaranth so it is probably thicker than just steel cut oats alone would be.

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3/10/11 2:14 P

This is a great board! I have had one big question about steel cut oatmeal. Those of you who prepare your oatmeal for the week, do you add water to them when u reheat them ? Is there something I should be doing 2 make sure they don't come out mushy? I have a few slow cooker oatmeal recipes I found I've been wanting to try out. Sorry 4 the long message !! emoticon

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3/10/11 12:13 P

I love steel cut oats! I always get the 'irish oatmeal' it is so good

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3/9/11 9:35 P

I like steel cut oats. They are heartier. They do take a little longer to cook. I usually make a batch and then put it in the frig for the week. I portion out 1/2 cup when I reheat in the microwave.

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3/9/11 5:29 P

Exactly how long does it take to cook steel cut oats? Another question... I buy Quaker Oatmeal that cooks in 5 minutes. I'm assuming it's not steel cut. A serving size is half a cup (40g). My question is, which is it? Half a cup does NOT equal 40 grams! Any thoughts? Anyone else notice this discrepancy?

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3/9/11 4:32 P

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3/9/11 4:31 P

I have been eating the organic oatmeal from President choice Lowblaws..

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3/9/11 2:56 P

I've been eating steel cut for a few years now, I love them and in the past year have added quinoa and amaranth to the mixture for more protein and fiber. I also make a large recipe and portion them into small containers in the fridge then nuke them with some frozen berries. gotta say it is a great way to start the day. Good luck all!

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3/9/11 2:02 P

Good question.... the answer is really about processing. That affects the texture/taste and cooking time of the final product. You would think that something this is processing less would be less expensive - but that is not the case.

Here is a link for the details if you are interested:

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3/9/11 1:46 P

I've just been reading about steel cut oats and how to cook them. I bought the oats a couple weeks ago but I just haven't tried them yet. After reading this post, I'll try this weekend.

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3/9/11 1:41 P

I like the texture of steel cut oats better. I never would have tried them had I not heard people talking on Spark about them, but I'm so glad I did and although the brand I get (Bob's Red Mill) takes longer to cook than regular oatmeal, I think it is so worth it!!

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3/9/11 1:32 P

For those mentioning cook time for steel cut oats. You can buy the quick cooking steel cut oats which cuts the cooking time down to 5 minutes. I buy it in bulk for a great price on amazon and it is organic. As per Jillian Michaels Master Your Metabolism cookbook, she recommends it and says that the nutritional value of the regular and quick cook are the same.

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3/9/11 1:25 P

thanks everyone for the input... even though im not the creator of this thread lol but i think ill buy some tonight!


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3/9/11 9:39 A

I prefer steel cut oats. They do take longer to cook - so I make a big batch and make individual portions to fridge or freeze until I want it.

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3/9/11 8:19 A

I've been eating steel cut and I really like them!

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3/9/11 8:11 A

Yes, the steel cut oats are more filling and, in my opinion, I like them just as much as regular oatmeal.
I usually make a batch the night before since they take longer to make and just reheat in the microwave.
Another one I like is the Irish Oatmeal. More expensive for a smaller box but the taste........oh, incredible.

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3/9/11 7:00 A

Steel cut oatmeal has more texture and seems to be more filling. For those who track fiber, one serving = 4g Dietary Fiber but also 5g of protein. Doesn't seem excessive. I buy mine at Trader Joe's and make it for about 12 a serving.

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3/9/11 6:14 A

Don't know about the fiber, but steel cuts are lower GI. I also prefer the texture of steel cut oatmeal a bit more (more grainy and chewy IMO).

They're a bit more expensive but certainly you should try them once and decide for yourself.

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3/9/11 6:02 A

I've never eaten steel cut oatmeal before but I hear it's very high in fiber content. Any comments/suggestions?

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