Different Types of Oatmeal and Why it Matters

Different Types of Oatmeal and Why it Matters

Steel Cut vs. Traditional/Old Fashioned vs. Quick Cook/Instant

Oatmeal starts off as oat groats. Groats have a protective outside and a spongy inside–the inside is the white-beige part we’re most familiar with. The difference in types has to do with how they’re processed. Simply put from least processed to most processed:

Steel Cut: Whole groat sliced straight across
Old Fashioned: Whole groat pressed or rolled flat and steamed
Quick Cook: Whole groat pressed or rolled flatter and steamed longer

(Some other variations on the processed spectrum for reference: Steel Cut, Scottish, Rolled, Old Fashioned/Traditional, Quick/Quick Cook, Instant)

Types of Oatmeal

Okay, so now you’ve learned that I have (at least) three different kinds of oatmeal in my pantry. So what? Continue reading Different Types of Oatmeal and Why it Matters