Steel Cut Oatmeal. And even as Bossy types this, she knows at least two people (hi mom, hi dad) are shaking their heads in disbelief and, you’re right, Bossy only loves steel-cut oatmeal because of its benefits. It’s not a traditional kind of love.
Because, let’s face it — what Bossy really loves is Cream of Wheat made runny with whole milk and a lump of butter and sugar. Or regular Quaker Oats prepared the same way, not a nutrient in it, basically.
But, you know, Steel Cut Oatmeal. It’s got all those, what? Fibers? Bossy is struggling here. And Bossy does sort of enjoy the slow-cook aspect, and how the finished product sports those chewy bits and other crunchy fleshy (cough tasteless) bits.
Bossy tries not to junk-up the benefits of this stuff with brown sugar or something yummy because, truly? What would be the point exactly? So she doesn’t add anything except maybe a few strawberries.
Madness saysMarch 25, 2009 at 8:24 am
Ugh .. I feel your pain Bossy. I just made a list of Heart Healthy Foods (Hi Bossys dad the cardiologist!! Trying to avoid YOU at all costs .. no offense).
I am not looking forward to a new life of oatmeal minus the butter and whole milk.
Incidentally I read strawberries are heart healty! and uh.. Flaxseed??
Alwyn saysMarch 25, 2009 at 8:44 am
I just got all excited for a sec when I saw that can, because I LOVE me some Irish oatmeal! I put agave nectar, cinnamon, sliced banana and some soy milk in it. Get all the health out of the way in one bowl, early in the day. You’ll be hungry again just in time for cheese and wine.
Lauren saysMarch 25, 2009 at 9:14 am
Ooh… forget the oatmeal – all I noticed was the writing at the top of the canister that reads “World’s Columbian Exhibition – Chicago, 1893”. I am reading a *fascinating* murder mystery book about the World’s Fair in Chicago right now called The Devil In The White City. I can’t put it down!
Maria saysMarch 25, 2009 at 10:13 am
Oh wow!! Alwyn is SOOO right. Here is what we do….we’re into the raw method. We put a little almond milk or water in the fridge with the oats and during the night they soak up all the goodness. By morning we add bananas, apples, raisins, cinnamon, sliced almonds and whatnot. And then we eat. It’s cold. But yummy and delish…and HEY!
Lauren! I read that book too! Awesome!
Jenn saysMarch 25, 2009 at 10:25 am
MMMM . . . I love my steel cut oatmeal. . . I love that I can put it in the crock pot the night before and wake up to yummy hot breakfast. I put skim milk, spenda and berries in mine. Not quite as good as heavy cream butter and sugar, but better for me I guess
Bellamomma saysMarch 25, 2009 at 10:56 am
I want to try steel cut oats ~ but the whole process scares me. I’m barely good at “mix package with 2/3 cup water or milk and microwave for 3 minutes” kind of oatmeal!
Harry Falber saysMarch 25, 2009 at 11:22 am
So, we do follow what people say, feel and do with our McCann’s Irish Oatmeal. Bossy, the stuff is good for you – in more ways than one. McCann’s has been warming stomachs and souls in the United States for over 135 years and what’s more, we’ve been making it for over 150 years. I just want you to know, we wouldn’t make anything we wouldn’t serve to our friends, family and kids. Oh, if the long and old-fashioned way of making McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal takes a chunk out of a busy and frenetic morning, try our 5 Minute Steel Cut Quick & Easy. And if you send me your address, you may get a surprise in the mail.
May the Wind Always Be At Your Back.
Harry from McCann’s
furiousball saysMarch 25, 2009 at 11:26 am
yum, i loves me some steel cut
Debs saysMarch 25, 2009 at 12:02 pm
Me too. I love, love, love steel cut oatmeal and can’t stand that mushy pretend oatmeal anymore. Trader Joe’s has a nice, organic steel cut oatmeal that is less expensive and just as tasty. Try mixing it with a little ground flax, agave nectar, fresh blueberries and walnuts. Perhaps a little almond milk too. Excellent!
heels saysMarch 25, 2009 at 12:30 pm
I LOVE McCANN’S. That’s my favorite oatmeal. I like to slice in some apples while it’s cooking so that they get nice and soft. It really doesn’t need any sweetener that way (I think the oats are sweet enough on their own, really). After it’s finished I pour in just a little milk to make it creamy. Mmmmmm…
(I am laughing just a bit at “May the wind always be at your back” from Harry, the oatmeal guy. Do you want to talk about “wind” when discussing a product with so much fiber?)
(And Devil in the White City is a FANTASTIC book!)
Reeb saysMarch 25, 2009 at 12:31 pm
Okay, that was weird. Am I a sucker? Was that really somebody from McCann’s oatmeal who found you and wrote that little ad on your blog? Harry, send ME a little surprise! I really love the nutty, texture-y yum of steel cut oats. Particularly since I haven’t been able to have them for the past 2 years while addressing what may turn out to be a phantom food allergy. In fact, I think I’ll cook some tonight!
(Bellamomma, it’s totally worth doing instead of those dreadful little packets of reconstituted cardboard. Takes longer, so cook it the night before. Make enough for two days worth. Then just warm up in the a.m.! Fear not.)
David saysMarch 25, 2009 at 1:07 pm
I just switched over to the steel cut variety. Since I rarely ever eat food purely for enjoyment, this fits right into my regimen.
Liz saysMarch 25, 2009 at 1:11 pm
Thank you, Bossy. Usually, I click on here, mid-morning, in the long stretch of time between when I skipped breakfast (I know, I know) and when I get to microwave lunch, and I find some delicious garlicky, juicy steak or otherwise desirable yet unattainable food item.
Well, not today! I don’t like oatmeal, not even in the non-traditional sense that you describe. Blech. I’m glad I skipped breakfast! 🙂
Hope saysMarch 25, 2009 at 1:16 pm
I myself am a huge fan of Quaker’s instant cinnamon and sugar oatmeal. Mmm… sugar.
However, when I am trying to be all wholesome and stuff (which is not often, mind you, and hasn’t been for quite a while), I make the steel cut oats with skim milk. Then I either add cinnamon and a hundred (okay, maybe 6) splenda. Occasionally I will mix it up and add the thousand splenda along with a spoonful of PB2 (that powdered peanut butter stuff). Makes it almost yummy. Almost.
I’d still rather have my Quaker.
Julie saysMarch 25, 2009 at 1:21 pm
Ok, here’s what I do after dinner a couple nights a week, take small saucepan put a pat of butter or coconut oil, melt, put a quarter cup sc oats and toast lightly, dump in 1 c water and a pinch of salt, bring to boil. Turn off heat. Cover. Leave.
When you wake up remove lid, simmer thru, enjoy….with whatever you want. put the left overs in fridge for next days breakfast.
1/4 cup lasts me 2-3 breakfasts!
I Got this idea from Kitchntherapy.
SherylW saysMarch 25, 2009 at 1:22 pm
I put a couple dark choclate pieces in mine. Dark chocolate has antioxidants, LOL.
David saysMarch 25, 2009 at 1:23 pm
Oooh! My Grandma often made me cream of wheat. I drowned it in brown sugar or maple syrup. Tastes like grandmas love.
Caroline saysMarch 25, 2009 at 5:57 pm
HOW COOL! I love the idea that steel-cut Irish oatmeal is about to become Bossy’s Big Corporate Sponsor!
I come late to the Oatmeal Table. It always seemed like odd food to me, but then I tried it with (way too much) butter and brown sugar and vanilla extract and cinnamon, and boy is THAT some good stuff. I have never tried steel-cut because holy cow, that’s a little too exotic for the Foodland here in my little town!
Maria saysMarch 25, 2009 at 7:44 pm
OHMYGOSH. Bossy knows Harry and he IS gonna be her new Saturn, so to speak! We heard it here first!
Blog Princess G saysMarch 25, 2009 at 8:32 pm
Oh, I have the same can of oats. I love porridge… but with lots of soy milk and a spoonful of brown sugar. Mmmmm, nummy.
sugarpie saysMarch 25, 2009 at 9:07 pm
Cant beat the sc oats. I would love to use McCann’s all the time, and I do, when Im feeling flush. When I’m all poverty party I use Whole Food’s bulk organic steel cut oats at 1.99/lb. (and store it in my empty McCann’s can-Sshhh! dont tell Mr. Falber!) I’m with you, darling, on not gunking it with a bunch of stuff (hello! white walls and bare floors). Save all the goop for the instant stuff (oh lord, it sure needs it, doesn’t it?).
Hmmm… I wonder what it would taste like made with Corona, err… chocolate milk? Now I cant wait for 5 in the morning.
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysMarch 25, 2009 at 10:09 pm
I see the photo of an ash tray with no butts in it, but where is the oatmeal? Is that a bowl of rocks awaiting a plant? Where is the food?
In any case.
I am sure Bossy knows this, but if one microwaves bananas, they become as good as sugar only with some (where some = I have no friggin idea) nutritive qualities since it is a banana and not sugar.
Bossy can also microwave apples with cinnamon to produce a similar effect, but really brown sugar is the ticket.
Unemployed Susan saysMarch 25, 2009 at 10:37 pm
I make a large batch of steel cut oatmeal & keep it in the fridge, a portion of which I warm up each morning.
cynthiagirl saysMarch 26, 2009 at 12:24 am
I put maple syrup on mine. Deelish.
What Happens Next saysMarch 26, 2009 at 2:41 am
I buy it for the awesome tins it comes in.
Is that wrong??
Also, it makes a very nice granola. So there’s that.
Cris saysMarch 26, 2009 at 4:46 pm
My 10-year old son makes that exact oatmeal for himself every single morning. Me? I’d rather have an egg and cheese burrito.
Shelley saysMarch 28, 2009 at 8:05 am
There’s a lot of steel cut oat love out there and it emanates from our house too – with a sprinkling of flaxseed meal and wild low bush blueberries.
Melanie @ Mel, A Dramatic Mommy saysMarch 30, 2009 at 2:43 pm
Look what happens when I don’t come here regularly, I miss all the good stuff! I haven’t tried this brand (but I’m willing to Harry!) and I make mine in my crockpot with apple juice, almonds, brown sugar and cinnamon. It’s been great since I had my wisdom teeth out, easy to eat (I left out the almonds this time). (That was totally irrelevant). (So was that)