Friday, February 13, 2015

How to Make Steel Cut Oatmeal

It's hard to get out of my warm snuggly bed this time of year. My husband, who is so wonderful in SO many ways is extremely persnickety about the cost of heating, (sigh). He likes to turn the heat wayyyyyy down at night. So, basically we sleep in a deep freeze:) This is fine when I am sleeping - covered up with a big warm human and lots of covers.

Then, the alarm goes off. Mike is always up before me, so I have to brave the cold alone. I have my slippers and robe strategically placed by the bed, so there is as little skin contact with air as possible before I am sheltered inside my fuzzy wrapper.

First stop is to the thermostat. I get satisfaction from hearing the clicking sound as I click, click, click, click my way up to daytime temps. As I listen to the heat kick in, I head to the kitchen.

All year round, steel cut oatmeal is my favorite breakfast. I love the mornings when I have little more time to make it, but most days its opening the fridge to remove my pre-cooked oats, adding a little water, a quick stir and then into the microwave for a minute. A quick sprinkle of cinnamon is all I need to make it a hearty, nutty, chewy breakfast. A cooked cup will last me until lunch time, or until a crunchy apple tempts me during the morning.

Steel Cut Oatmeal

Steel Cut Oats ROCK! I am not a fan of any other oats, other than 
their appearance in the occasional oatmeal cookie.

I ALWAYS make a double batch. It keeps really well in the fridge all week, giving me a warm welcome to the morning.

Start with 6 cups of water, and bring it to a boil.

Add in 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt and 2 Cups of Steel Cut Oats.


Turn the heat down to medium, until a gentle simmer is all that is happening. No popping or spitting! You may have to go even lower before the oatmeal is done cooking.

 Stir about every 4 or 5 minutes for 20 - 25 minutes. You'll know its done when most of the liquid has been absorbed by the oatmeal. I like to keep mine chewy - so I leave the pot with a 
little liquid in it - this especially helps when 
reheating the oatmeal to keep it 
chewy but still moist.


Just a little sprinkle of cinnamon and its ready to eat. 
Scoop the rest of the 
oatmeal into a container and pop it in the fridge. 

You'll have yummy warm goodness to enjoy every 
cold morning for the week!

Steel Cut Oats

6 Cups Boiling Water
1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
2 Cups Steel Cut Oats
1/4 Tsp Cinnamon for each Serving

Stir the salt and oats into the boiling water. Turn the heat to medium and let simmer gently for about 20 - 25 minutes, or until desired tenderness. Remove from the stove and sprinkle each serving with cinnamon. Place the remaining oats into a container and pop it into the fridge. To eat later, scoop a portion into a bowl, add a Tsp of water and stir. Microwave for about 1 minute, top with cinnamon and enjoy.