The first thing that we need to all remember is that there are many types of oats and each type has a different method to making a bowl of oatmeal.
Oatmeal is one of the most popular and well-known breakfasts around the world and dietitians and nutritionists are always recommending that you add it to your daily diet because of the balance of nutrients and fibre that is good for your body. It’s also got a perfect boost of power and whether you’re using the oats for breakfast or to make another version of oats is totally up to you, but let us help you figure out how to make each of them and how to go about using them better as well.
Old Fashioned Rolled Oats: The oats are rolled, then flattened with large rollers into flakes. On a stove top, it takes about five minutes to make.
Quick Oats: The oats are cut into pieces and rolled thinner so that they cook faster, almost a minute as compared to five minutes on the stove.
Steel Cut Oats: Also known as Irish oats, this is cut into several pieces and steamed, but not rolled. When cooked, they are chewier than the regular oats and takes much longer to cook.
Oatmeal With Rolled Oats
In a saucepan, boil 31/4 cups of water with a little salt. Then add 2 cups of rolled oats and stir it all together. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for a few minutes while you stir occasionally. Take the pan off the fire and cover, then set it aside for a few minutes just to let it finish cooking and so that the oats can absorb any remaining liquid. You can also use milk instead of water if you want your oats to have a creamy texture.
Oatmeal With Quick Oats
Again, boil 31/4 cups of water with a little salt. Then stir in the quick cooking oats and reduce the heat and simmer. But this time you only have to let it stay on the fire for a minute before you take it off, cover it and let it stand for less than a minute and then serve it. Again, you can switch water for milk and the method will still work. Or you can just add the oats, water and salt together at the start and it will get creamier.
Oatmeal With Steel Cut Oats
Use a large saucepan for this one and add 4 cups of water and some salt. Add in about 1-2 cups of oats and cover it to let it simmer for 25-30 minutes. If the oats are not tender and the liquid is not completely absorbed, then let it simmer for a little longer.
You can top off our oatmeal with almost anything from nuts to honey and beyond. Go crazy with your toppings and flavours and try just about anything you fancy!