Monday, September 17, 2012
I did something I thought I'd never do again. Have you ever cooked steel cut oats? At sea level they cook in 15 minutes. Up here, it takes 20 to 25 minutes. I thought I'd cook up a huge batch for my week's breakfasts in my new (ish) Better Homes and Gardens deep sided 3 qt skillet. It was sort of late at night, maybe 3 a.m. so was hungry but near ready to go to bed. I put in the water, oats, and covered with the glass lid. I watched it till it started to boil, then turned down the gas to simmer. I went into the bathroom to get my kitchen timer, but when I got in there, I forgot what I was doing, used the facilities, and came back to my puter.
Well, three and a half hrs later, I was really ready for bed! So went into the kitchen to shut the window and turn off the fan. OOPS!!!!! The oats were dry, of course, and I feared I had just ruined my best pan. I scooped the good oats off the top, put the middle oats in the trash, as I figured they would taste of burn. And when I was ready to remove the burnt part, it peeled off the bottom of the pan in one solid piece! I threw it into the trash, then after cleaning my new fry pan, went back to examine it. It was toasted, not burnt. The bottom layers were all stuck together like a slice of bread. Hard as a rock with the moist part on top. I thought this reminds me of a cracker! so I broke off a piece and tasted it. Hummm not too bad! I sprinkled salt all over the moist part so it would stick, and took another bite. WOW! That was the first OAT cracker I had ever eaten. so I set it on the dish drainer and went to bed.
The next morning (errr I mean that afternoon), I went into the kitchen and had another look. I had scrapped the oats away pretty close to the solid part, so it was completely dry and salty. I ate it for breakfast! Ha Ha I loved it. Now how do I track that?
My new pan is one of those with the square bumps in the Teflon, to keep food from sticking. It certainly worked. I would really love to make some more crackers, but I'm not going to burn oats in my pan again, so I don't know how I would do it. Any ideas out there?
BLAST!!!! I just looked at the clock and it's 2 min. past midnight. I wantewd this blog for yesterday. Oh well. Have a great week! Love and hugs, B