Cooking Steel Cut Oats
Cooking with grains in your kitchen doesn’t have to be hard, and cooking steal cut oats can help you to find new and interesting recipes to expand your repertoire. Steel cut oats are simply oats that have been cut into smaller pieces by steel blades rather than having been rolled and crushed. This gives them a similar look and texture to rice, and the cooking time tends to be similar, around 20 minutes. They will give your food a chewier consistency, and a nutty flavor similar to woodland mushrooms.
The usual answer to what are whole grains best for is their impact on your health. Cooking steal cut oats will help you to lower your glycemic index. The glycemic index measures how carbohydrate rich foods affect your blood sugar levels. Foods that score highly on the index will give you a big blood sugar surge as the carbohydrates are broken down quickly. Steel cut oats score lower than most foods, as well as rolled oats, meaning that they release their energy much more slowly, which makes them ideal for a large breakfast that will keep you going till lunch. This slow release can also help to reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and strokes.
How To Use Steel Cut Oats
You may be wondering what are steel cut oats used for and whether they are worth the extra cooking time compared to rolled oats. Both questions can be answered by looking at some simple ideas for cooking steal cut oat quickly and efficiently:
STEEL CUT OAT DESSERT
Cooking steel cut oat recipes tend to take the form of oatmeal or flapjacks. However, for a little twist, try this healthy desert:
1. Bring the water to the boil over a high heat. Add the steel cut oats and salt and mix well.
2. After a minute, reduce the heat to medium low, and simmer the mixture for half an hour. Keep stirring to avoid sticking the oats to the pan, and don’t be afraid to add more water if it seems to be getting dry. This is one of the dangers of cooking steal cut oats.
3. The mixture will start to become quite thick at this point, so add the milk and a teaspoon of the vanilla extract. Cook for an extra 10 minutes
4. To get the bruleed effect, put the mixture into small ramekins and cover with your choice of toppings and brown sugar. Either use a brulee torch, or if you don’t own one, grill them under the highest possible heat for a couple of minutes.
So you see cooking steel cut oats can be a delicious desert not just a meal. Remember if your planning on cooking steel cut oats soak all night to make the cooking time shorter.