Saturday, 17 March 2012

What are these OATS everyone talks about....


I hope you have a day full of fun and excitement!!!! 

So today I was thinking about reviewing different types of OATS. Many of the bloggers I follow regularly photograph their breakfast oats. I just wanted to see what the different types are and how to cook them. So here goes, from the
Steel-cut: Also called Irish or Scottish oats, these oats are closest to their original grain form. They consist of the entire oat kernel which has been sliced once or twice into smaller pieces to help them cook.   It can take anywhere from 15-60 minutes to prepare steel cut oats. A bowl of steel cut oats has a chewy, nutty texture and is highly nutritious.
Rolled oats: These are also known as “old fashioned” oats. To get rolled oats, whole oats are toasted, hulled, steamed and then flattened with giant rollers. Muesli and granola are usually made with rolled oats. Rolled oats take about 15-20 minutes to cook.
Quick cooking oats:  These are similar to rolled oats, but they have been cut before being steamed and flattened. This helps them cook quicker. They are also good to use in baked goods such as quick breads and muffins.
Instant:  These are the kind you usually find in the flavoured packets that have added salt and sugar. To make instant oats, the oats are cut, pre-cooked, dried, steamed and then flattened. The many steps used to create instant oats is why they cook so quickly. However, because the oats go through so many processing steps most of their nutrition has been lost.

Anyhow I'm off for a workout before spending the day with my hubby and my dad!!! Enjoy the weekend... b/c they sure go by too FAST!!

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