Is there a significant difference between rolled oats and steel cut oat?

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    Sep 11, 2013 6:09 AM GMT
    Is there a significant difference between rolled oats and steell cut oat?
    Which do you eat?
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    Sep 11, 2013 6:12 AM GMT
    huge difference, steel cut takes too long to cook
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    Sep 11, 2013 6:16 AM GMT
    If found this really nifty Internet tool called Google. I used it to come across this:

    http://coachlevi.com/nutrition/rolled-oats-steel-cut-oats-difference/
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    Sep 11, 2013 6:21 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidIf found this really nifty Internet tool called Google. I used it to come across this:

    http://coachlevi.com/nutrition/rolled-oats-steel-cut-oats-difference/


    ironic he posted this since 99% of his answers come from google.icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Sep 11, 2013 6:22 AM GMT
    I make a pot of steel cut at night and dish it into bowls for the week. It takes 25 minutes. The texture is far better than rolled oats.
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    Sep 11, 2013 7:51 AM GMT
    The "3 minutes" in the following is misleading since the natural release means to let the pressure cooker's pressure go down on its own as it cools down, i.e., not opening the pressure release valve. The natural release takes about 15 minutes before you can open the pressure cooker. So that 15 minutes of the natural release time is essentially part of the cooking time/process.

    It's much easier with an electric pressure cooker; just set its timer and walk away. It keeps it hot after it's finished cooking.

    http://www.pressurecookingonline.com/pressure-cooking-steel-cut-oats-in-just-3-minutes/
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    Sep 11, 2013 8:58 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidIf found this really nifty Internet tool called Google. I used it to come across this:

    http://coachlevi.com/nutrition/rolled-oats-steel-cut-oats-difference/



    And like a lot a stuff on the Internet it's a filler article. It basically has no hard information about the topic other than what one can read from the product box. Steel cut is better nutritionally like milk from a cow is better than milk from a carton in the grocery store.
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    Sep 11, 2013 4:16 PM GMT
    JimiB saidIs there a significant difference between rolled oats and steell cut oat?
    Which do you eat?

    Rolled oats are oat grains that have been squashed and flattened between steel rollers.

    Steel cut oats are oat grains that have been chopped. Not being flattened they take longer to cook.

    Quick cooking oats are even flatter and sort of chopped; smaller than rolled.

    Oat groats are the whole oat grain.

    You can soak steel cut oats and oat groats overnight in their cooking liquid in the fridge and shorten the cooking time.
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    Sep 11, 2013 4:21 PM GMT
    Steel cut oats also make better savory dishes, such as pilafs, than do rolled oats. Not every oatmeal has to be sweet; try making it with a chicken stock base, some veggies, and an animal protein if you want to see what else oats can do.
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    Sep 11, 2013 4:41 PM GMT
    Steel cut do take longer to cook, but if you put them on the stove first thing when you roll out of bed, they're ready by the time you've got the rest of the morning squared away and are ready to eat.

    I bought a bag of "fast cooking steel cut" oats from Bob's Red Mill at Costco. I haven't seen it anywhere else. Basically, they are chopped up finer than regular Steel Cut oats. In truth, I'd guess that they're screenings or waste from the regular process. I haven't seen them anywhere else. They cook in about the same time as rolled oats. The taste and texture is somewhere in between.

    Anyone who grew up on a farm will instantly recognize rolled oats as animal feed.
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    Sep 11, 2013 5:02 PM GMT
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    mindgarden saidSteel cut do take longer to cook, but if you put them on the stove first thing when you roll out of bed, they're ready by the time you've got the rest of the morning squared away and are ready to eat.

    I bought a bag of "fast cooking steel cut" oats from Bob's Red Mill at Costco. I haven't seen it anywhere else. Basically, they are chopped up finer than regular Steel Cut oats. In truth, I'd guess that they're screenings or waste from the regular process. I haven't seen them anywhere else. They cook in about the same time as rolled oats. The taste and texture is somewhere in between.

    Anyone who grew up on a farm will instantly recognize rolled oats as animal feed.
    Have you seem them anywhere else?


    Did I mention that Costco also has great deals on enormous packages of coffee beans?
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    Sep 11, 2013 5:04 PM GMT
    Actually, Alpha13, the article says that the two are nutritionally equivalent.

    As long as you don't hve to have our food at video game speed and know how to use a double boiler, steel cut oats are no trouble at all. Believe me, double boiler technology is not hard to master. For those of us who like things like bulgur and brown rice, steel cut oats are a pleasant taste and texture.

    Whichever your preference, oatmeal is good stuff. Of course, it is good for breakfast, but it makes for a great additive in meatloaf and is GOOD COOKIES!
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    Sep 11, 2013 5:08 PM GMT
    Lord_Trollileo said
    mindgarden saidSteel cut do take longer to cook, but if you put them on the stove first thing when you roll out of bed, they're ready by the time you've got the rest of the morning squared away and are ready to eat.

    I bought a bag of "fast cooking steel cut" oats from Bob's Red Mill at Costco. I haven't seen it anywhere else. Basically, they are chopped up finer than regular Steel Cut oats. In truth, I'd guess that they're screenings or waste from the regular process. I haven't seen them anywhere else. They cook in about the same time as rolled oats. The taste and texture is somewhere in between.

    Anyone who grew up on a farm will instantly recognize rolled oats as animal feed.
    Have you seem them anywhere else?

    Amazon. Bob's online.
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    Sep 11, 2013 5:11 PM GMT
    I'm not convinced about the advantages of steel-cut over rolled, either in terms of taste or nutrition. I'm always willing to learn, but given the much higher cost in the US of steel-cut, I haven't seen the argument made for a reasonable advantage.

    One thing I won't eat, however, is instant oatmeal. Everything I've read, which my doctor confirms, is that instant doesn't have the cholesterol-reducing benefits of regular oats. And that's something I need.

    Younger guys without cholesterol concerns might enjoy instant oats, but they're a waste of time for me.
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    Sep 11, 2013 5:22 PM GMT
    Can you even buy "instant" oatmeal without 50% sugar added? The taste is sickening.
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    Sep 11, 2013 5:31 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidCan you even buy "instant" oatmeal without 50% sugar added? The taste is sickening.


    Yes. Just look for the packets marked plain or you can do your own by putting regular rolled oats in a blender or food processor for a few pulses until they are ground finer.

    I don't like the sugar either and used to take the plain packets to work. I always thought the portions were too small so I took two, added boiling water and also one of those plastic cups of unsweetened applesauce and some cinnamon. Zap! Cinnamon apple oatmeal without being stickygicky sweet.
  • Kwokpot

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    Sep 11, 2013 5:52 PM GMT
    I for one don't prefer Steel Cut to Rolled Oats. I'm not sure why so many people want to dis traditional rolled oatmeal - I LIKE the the creamy, mushy texture. Asian Congee (Rice Porridge) has a similar texture.

    People LOVE, LOVE to jump on some Lemming bandwagon about the superiority of certain things. I haven't READ anywhere that states Steel cut is nutritionally better, it wouldn't make logical sense.

    Eating Steel Cut oats reminds me of Grape Nut Cereal, I just don't really care for it.

    I have rolled oatmeal EVERY morning (Aldi has GREAT prices on their Oatmeal). I have the old fashioned style which are larger flakes. I used to make it with skim Milk, but now use Almond Milk to avoid some stomach issues. I add fresh Blueberries, sliced Almonds, dried Cranberries to it, with just a touch of honey to sweeten it a bit.
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    Sep 11, 2013 6:15 PM GMT
    No... there's no nutritional difference. It's just a matter of taste. Oats are rolled to make them more digestible. That's why they do it to animal feed.
    By definition, food that is less-digested has more "fiber," so there's that, for people who like 'em.
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    Sep 11, 2013 6:38 PM GMT
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    Sep 11, 2013 6:46 PM GMT
    Not any appreciable difference between rolled and steel cut, according to what I've heard from my doc. So with either one - I don't even cook it - I just mix it with applesauce, stir it together and eat it that way. No milk or sugar needed. This is delicious this way.
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    Sep 11, 2013 6:59 PM GMT
    Well, rolled or steel-cut, I'm glad to hear that guys here are paying attention to their diets. Not too many Lucky Charms eaters, I presume.
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    Sep 11, 2013 7:05 PM GMT
    Art, I hope you guys have found out by now that oatmeal with a handful of frozen blueberries and a pat of butter is one of those things you can actually eat your fill of and enjoy guilt free. Helluva breakfast and it really is nice to have a good sized bowl with my coffee. Prissy serving sizes suck!
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    Sep 11, 2013 8:23 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidWell, rolled or steel-cut, I'm glad to hear that guys here are paying attention to their diets. Not too many Lucky Charms eaters, I presume.



    I do eat Count Chocula sometimes for a snack
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    Sep 11, 2013 8:26 PM GMT
    somersault saidhuge difference, steel cut takes too long to cook


    Use a pressure cooker.

    Put a bit of water into the pressure cooker. Put the oats into a glass dish, add water, and insert the glass dish into the pressure cooker. Then, cook for 1/2 to 2/3 the time you would cook at atmospheric pressure, starting the timing when the pressure cooker gets up to pressure. The oats will not boil over unless perhaps you release the pressure too quickly. You can eat directly from the glass dish, so you've also saved on the number of things to wash.

    This method also works well for cooking rice quickly.
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    Sep 11, 2013 8:27 PM GMT
    I like steel cut oats for the texture. It has a better mouth feel to me.

    I also make my oats in the rice cooker in the morning. Just put them in, press the button, go do my yoga, and they are done after I've done my 15 minutes.

    Put cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom in it, with a little honey and milk. Yum.