Oatmeal is a cereal product of oat grains usually cooked as porridge. It is also used in other dishes. It is can also be found in baked goods like cookies, meatloaves, and bread. It can also be used as a thickening ingredient for soup and stew. The term “oatmeal” may also refer to other oat products that differ in the development and processing.
Types of Oatmeal
- Oat groats are oat grains cleaned, toasted, hulled, and cleaned again to be fit for human consumption. The cooking time is longer than other oat products.
- Rolled oats/Old-fashioned oats are oat groats cooked by steaming and then pressed with rollers and dried. It can be cooked in about 15 minutes.
- Quick–cooking oats are rolled oats that have been rolled thinner and cut into smaller pieces. The cooking time for this is about 5 minutes.
- Instant oatmeal consists of quick cooking oats that were cooked and dried again. These can be cooked by simply adding hot water. It is currently in a number of flavors.
- Oatmeal flour is made of ground oat groats.
- Steel Cut Oats are unrolled oats cut into smaller pieces.
- Oat bran is the outer layer of oat grains.
How to Cook Old Fashioned Oatmeal
You’ll need water, rolled oats or quick cooking oats, ½ tsp. salt, milk, raisins (optional), and brown sugar.
Instructions for Cooking
- Pour 3 cups of water per 1 cup of oats in a pot.
- Add salt and bring it to a boil.
- Stir in the oats once the water starts boiling.
- Bring to a boil again, stirring until it is thick.
- Reduce the heat and simmer. The cooking time is 10 minutes for Quick cooking oats and 15-20 minutes for rolled oats. Stir the pot occassionally to keep the oats from sticking.
- Serve hot. You can add milk, brown sugar, and raisins for taste.
Tips in Cooking and Storing Oatmeal
- To produce a really nice nutty tang, oats can be toasted in a pan and cooked in water afterwards. You may also soak the oats overnight for added texture and flavor.
- Instead of raisins and sugar, try using other dried fruits and nuts, maple syrup, honey, etc.
- Do not use instant oatmeal for recipes asking for rolled or quick-cooking oats. Instant oatmeal is already pre-cooked and it has a different consistency.
- Store oatmeal in an airtight container.