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How to Make Steel Cut Oats

• 14 August 2011

Buying grains, cereals, nuts and dried fruit in the bulk section means savings and if you're operating on a budget of some sort (or are simply limited in space and don't want bulky containers in your cupboards) then this aisle is a great resource.  I'll never forget the time I purchased 27 cents of curry powder at a co-op in Cambridge, MA when my husband was in graduate school.  When you're operating on a $40/week food budget the bulk section becomes your best friend :)  Anyway, back to how to make steel cut favorite hearty and healthy breakfast.  You've most likely spotted them in the bulk section if you've ever perused that aisle.  But you may wonder how you're supposed to cook them since there are obviously no instructions included.  Here's how:

1. Using a liquid measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into a medium saucepan.

2. Drop a pinch of coarse sea salt into the water and bring to a boil.

3. Pour in 1 cup of steel cut oats.  Reduce heat to medium.

4. Simmer uncovered, stirring often, for about 20 minutes.

5. Turn off heat and place a lid on the saucepan.  Allow steel cut oats to sit for 5 minutes.

6. Add a dollop of brown sugar, blueberries, pecans or strawberries + pistachios like I did here--this is my favorite combination in the Summer.   

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  1. I make them in the crockpot and we have them for dinner. My boys started mixing in crumbled sausage patties for a treat!

  2. We bake ours. 1.5 hours at 300*. I cup oats, 1 cup milk, 3 cups water. Lately I've been tossing in fresh fruit from our co-op which has been heavenly!

  3. I will definitely try it. It looks yummy and very healthy. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. I can never get enough of steel cut oats.

    I love the idea of strawberries and pistachios! I always have the two on hand but never thought to pair them with breakfast!


  5. I really needed this- thank you! However, I have a question. Can you make a big patch and reheat in the morning or does that get gluey? I love the idea (and health benefits) but know that 20 minutes won't happen come school time!

  6. Girlfrog, yes you can make these ahead. That's exactly what I do because you're right...the 20 minute prep just doesn't happen in the a.m.

  7. If you make this ahead of time, what's the best way to re-heat? This is all new to me! Thanks!


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