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Basic Cooking Instructions for Steel Cut Oats


Bring water and salt to a boil. Add oats, reduce heat, and cook 10-20 minutes (depending on how chewy you like your cereal). Stir occasionally. Cover and remove from heat and let stand a few minutes. Makes 3 cups of cereal.
Basic Cooking Instructions for Steel Cut Oats



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julie January 2, 2012
Kristi January 31, 2012
Cooked in the crockpot is especially easy and ready when you wake up. Tweaked the recipe a little. Added 1/2 cup milk & 1/2 cup brown sugar. Turned it on low just before bed. Perfect in the morning with a quick stir.
GigPatty February 7, 2012
Love these Steal Cut Oats. I cook in crock pot and add all sorts of ingredients..apples, dried fruit, nuts, you name it...I have a tropical recipie that has dried tropical fruit, and coconut and coconut milk! can also add pumpkin!! use your imagination!
Carol February 9, 2013
About how long does it take to cook in the crock pot? Using the crock pot sounds like a great idea. I'll need to try using the crock pot during the day to experiment with the time. I think I'm going to love this. It will be great to vary the fruit.
Bob's Red Mill February 13, 2013
Unfortunately, preparing Steel Cut Oats in a slow cooker is not a preparation we have tested at this time. Please continue to check back with us for updated cooking instructions. We will be adding these instructions as soon as possible.
krustybaguette April 4, 2013
When I want my SCO ready in the AM I cook it for 5 minutes or so on the stovetop, then cover the pan and leave it on the stovetop. It finishes cooking with the residual heat in the heating element and the pan itself. Use a Stainless pan with heavy plate on the bottom.Nuke to reheat
paul May 13, 2013
heard so many good things but i have a silly question. For one serving would it be 1/4 steel cut oats 1 cup water (or milk)?
Bob's Red Mill May 14, 2013
Our Steel Cut Oats use a ratio of 1 part oats to 3 parts water. To prepare a single serving, cook 1/4-cup oats in 3/4-cup water. Enjoy!
Meredith May 29, 2013
What is considered a "serving size" of the COOKED steel cut oats?
Bob's Red Mill May 30, 2013
Dry grain cereals typically double in size when prepared. 1/4-cup of dry steel cut oats will absorb liquid and equal 1/2 - 2/3 cup prepared cereal.
Scott July 5, 2013
Easy method:
Boil water in a covered pot, add oats, simmer uncovered for 5 min, turn heat off, cover and let rest at room temp overnight. In the morning add a little milk and heat.

The single serving measurements are:
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of steel cut oatmeal
Rhonda November 19, 2013
Are there microwave directions? I'm on a very tight schedule in the morning and don't have time to wait for these to cook on the stove.
Bob's Red Mill November 21, 2013
We do have microwave directions for our Steel Cut Oats. You will find this recipe by searching Ingredients: Steel Cut Oats. The recipe name is "Steel Cut Oats Microwave Instructions." Keep in mind that Steel Cut Oats have the tendency to boil over when microwaved.
carlene Gordon January 11, 2014
How long can you keep in the refrigerator. I'd Like to cook enough for a couple of days
Bob's Red Mill January 14, 2014
You may keep cooked Steel Cut Oats in the refrigerator up to 7 days. Keep in mind that you may need to add additional water when reheating.
holly January 19, 2014
Rhonda it freezes really good. I make a batch for the week and freeze It and just reheat in the microwave.
Cheryl February 14, 2014
I microwave them all the time in a deep casserole. Then I move them to the refrigerator. I take out a serving and either microwave them as is, then add milk or eat them cold with milk. Sometimes I just grab a spoonful and go!
toni March 1, 2014
Love this.
I cook enough to last at least four days. So healthy and anyone. Add handfuls of raw trail mix, really helps. Raisins also help because they add moisture. Cinnamon at the end is great!
Kathy April 15, 2014
My husband makes the SCO as directed, But then he 'modifies' it. Instead of using sugars or fruits he adds garlic, onions, green peppers and ham while it is cooking. He adds hot sauce when he eats his and I add sunflower seeds!
It is so yummy! It is worth a try!
Kristen April 26, 2014
I love to cook a big batch on the weekend and store them in 1 cup containers and bring them to work for breakfast. No messy microwave! Great with brown sugar or maple syrup.
Carol April 30, 2014
I love the steel cut oats. I was wondering if soaking them overnight would reduce the cooking time. If so, what proportions should I use? I generally make a double batch with refrigerated filtered water and the cooking time is at least half an hour or more!
Bob's Red Mill May 1, 2014
Our Steel Cut Oats can be soaked overnight to reduce cooking time. We do not currently have a recipe regarding how to do this, but you may be interested in trying Scott's method (listed above).
sam August 6, 2014
just another recipe idea for you what i do with these is i put 1/2 cup of oats with 1 and 1/4 cups of water into the blender and leave over night (unblended) then in the morning add a skinned apple a pinch of cinnamon and some raspberries and blend for 2 mins then just head and enjoy

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