Thursday, April 23, 2015


Continuing on with our study of grains, we learned about oats. We prepared three different types of oats: steel-cut oats, old fashioned oats, and quick oats. Our group was in charge of the old-fashioned oats. Then we taste-tested. 

Old Fashioned Oats (1 serving)

- Medium-sized sauce pan
- Wooden spoon
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of Old Fashioned Oats
- Pinch of salt (optional)
- Stove-top

1. Put the water (and the salt, if desired) into the pan and boil. 

2. Once the water has boiled, reduce to medium heat and add the oats. 

3. Cook the oats for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. After 5 minutes, remove from heat and serve in 2-3 minutes. 

5. Enjoy the oatmeal! Add brown sugar, fruit, cinnamon or raisins for extra flavor, if desired. 

This is a picture of all three different oats that we cooked. They all had a very similar taste, which was fairly bland because we didn't add any toppings. However, the textures were very different. The quick oats had smaller chunks, and it was a little smoother. The old fashioned oats were a lot bigger and had more of a rubbery texture. Also, there was less moisture in the old fashioned oats. The steel cut oats also had a rubbery texture, but the pieces were a little smaller and harder. 

After trying all three, I think my favorite one was the quick oats, simply because I liked the texture. 
If I were to make this again, I would try adding salt to the water or add fruit to the oats to see if that would enhance the flavor. 

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