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Guide to Oats

Guide to Oats

 

 

What are oats and how they are processed?

All oats start as oat groats.  These are the whole, unbroken grains. Before they can be processed into any other kind of oat, they are roasted at a very low temperature.  This gives oats the nutty flavor.  There are three main kinds of oats.

 

What’s the Difference Between Steel-Cut, Rolled, and Instant Oats?

The three main types of oats are steel-cut, rolled oats and instant oats.  The main difference between steel-cut, rolled, and instant oats is how much the oat groat has been processed. The processing also changes the texture and cooking time.

 

What’s the Difference Between Steel-Cut, Rolled, and Instant Oats?

 

What are steel-cut oats?

These variety of oats are also known as Irish or Scottish oats.  These are processed by chopping the whole oat groat into many pieces.  They are not rolled.  This takes the longest to cook and can be very chewy in texture.

 

What’s the Difference Between Steel-Cut, Rolled, and Instant Oats?

 

What are rolled oats?

These are also known as old fashioned or whole oats.  They look flat and look like mini discs with mild texture.  While processing, the whole grains of oats are steamed first to make them soft and then pressed to flatten them out.  These cook faster than steel-cut oats, absorb more liquid and hold their shape.

 

What’s the Difference Between Steel-Cut, Rolled, and Instant Oats?

 

What are instant oats?

These are also called Quick Oats.  These are the most processed of the three kinds.  Instant oats are pre-cooked and dried.  They are then rolled and pressed mildly.  They cook very quickly and are very mushy when cooked.

 

Oats Recipe(s)
  1. Warm Breakfast Oatmeal
  2. After School Cake Slice
  3. Granola Bars
  4. Cookies
  5. Muffins

 

 

 

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