Wednesday, March 9, 2011

How Do I Use It? Oats Part III: Cooking

When it comes to oats, cooking is relatively simple. You may not even need too, depending on what you are making. I'm going to assume (correct me if I'm wrong) you know how to cook instant oats (the ones that come in the packets) and focus on old-fashioned and quick oats.
First we are going to focus on using them for oatmeal:
  • Old-fashioned: The first thing to remember is a 2-1 ratio of liquid to oats. To cook boil liquid (milk or water) and a dash of salt. Stir in oats. Cook for 5 minute over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Quick Oats: The only difference for quick oat is you only cook for 1 minute instead of 5.
When it comes to baking Quick and Old-Fashioned can be used interchangeably. Some people prefer to toast the oats before use, but you don't have to. It's really a personal preference.

If using steel-cut oats, remember it will take longer to cook them.

Cooking with oats is so versatile, and simple!
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