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Test Kitchen tips: Soak steel cut oatmeal before cooking

April 12, 2012 | 10:00 am


You love the flavor and texture of steel cut oats, but don't want to spend the extra half hour or so it takes to cook them in the morning. With a little planning, you can cook your steel cut oats in about the same time it takes to whip up a batch of rolled oatmeal. The trick? Soaking.

Soak the steel cut oats in water (4 parts water to 1 part oatmeal) in a covered container or saucepan the night before you plan to cook. The next morning, the oats will be softened and will cook in a fraction of the normal time.

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