Know Your Oats

Whole, hulled oats are also known as groats. After being heated to inhibit rancidity, they are further processed, according to the particular style.

Steel-Cut Oats

  • Groats sliced into three or four pieces by steel blades.
  • Also called Irish or "pinhead" oats.
  • Cooking Time: 10-20 minutes

Stone-Ground Oats

  • Groats coarsely stone ground.
  • Also called Scotting or "porridge" oats.
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Old-Fashioned or Rolled Oats

  • Groats steamed and rolled flat (or "flaked").
  • Cooking Time: 5-20 minutes

Quick Oats

  • Steel-cut oats steamed and rolled to one third (or less) the thickness of regular rolled oats.
  • Cooking Time: 1 minute

Instant Oats

  • Very finely cut groats rapidly cooked and rolled flat.
  • Cooking Time: Instant

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