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jendf
06-24-2011, 11:22 AM
My recent obsession is the oatmeal with brown sugar crumbles from Jamba Juice. It is heavenly. But it's expensive.

So I've decided to see if I can replicate the recipe at home.

According to their webpage, they use steel cut oats and soy milk.

Now don't laugh but I've only ever made instant oatmeal at home. And I've also never cooked with soy milk. :o

So I'm not quite sure where to begin.

Do you cook with steel cut oats? From what I gathered online, I should let the oats sit in water overnight but I don't know how that would work with soy milk. Is it something I could do in the morning? I'm up pretty early so if there is a bit of a cooking time, that wouldn't be much of an issue.

Any advice?

Gingersnap
06-24-2011, 11:46 AM
You could soak them overnight in a little water and then cook them the next morning. Try a 1 part oats to 3 parts water thing. They take about a half hour or so on low heat (my BIL eats this for breakfast when he stays with us). Add the milk or whatever after you've cooked it.

bijou
06-24-2011, 01:05 PM
I think that steel cut oats are what I know as rolled oats, the flat rough grain. I use them a lot. There are many recipes for porridge all variations on the same. You can soak the oats overnight in the milk/water you are going to cook them in but that isn't necessary. In the colder weather I make porridge (oatmeal) for breakfast in the microwave. That is simple. Mix the oats and liquid (I use water) together, microwave for 1 minute then stir, then microwave for a further minute and stir and then again for a further minute and stir again before serving. Add sugar/sweetener/butter etc to taste. Adjust cooking times to your own microwave until you get the consistency you like, but be sure to stir as it will overflow otherwise.

Here is a recipe I found using soya milk. I don't use soya because it is Satan's own offering but each to their own. :D

Ingredients
30g (1 oz) porridge oats
225ml (8 fl oz) water
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon wheatgerm
1 teaspoon flaxseed oil
4 tablespoons soya milk

Preparation method
1. Mix the oats and water and microwave on medium power for 5 minutes. Stir in the honey, wheatgerm and flaxseed oil. Top with soya milk.

Gingersnap
06-24-2011, 01:25 PM
Steel cut oats are this crap:

http://i55.tinypic.com/28rmph2.jpg

Rolled oats are just regular oats over here.

linda22003
06-24-2011, 01:29 PM
Nope, very different. These are rolled oats:
http://www.wheatmontana.com/store/images/Rolled-Oats.jpg

and these are steel cut oats, much more like kernels, and very flavorful:
http://cdn.thegreenestdollar.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/00546.gif

These are the ones I use, and when I soak them overnight first, they'll cook in about 15 minutes.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b0/McCann%27s_Steel_Cut_Irish_Oatmeal_tin.jpg

bijou
06-24-2011, 01:43 PM
Thanks. Well ignore my recipe, I haven't cooked with steel cut oats either. :)

Gingersnap
06-24-2011, 01:48 PM
Thanks. Well ignore my recipe, I haven't cooked with steel cut oats either. :)

You haven't missed much (Sorry, Jen). Oatmeal belongs in cookies.

jendf
06-24-2011, 02:13 PM
These are the ones I use, and when I soak them overnight first, they'll cook in about 15 minutes.



So do you do the 1 part oats 3 parts water that Ginger was recommending? Or do you do something else?

RobJohnson
06-25-2011, 10:19 AM
Sounds like a healthy choice to start your day...

Maybe read a few labels at the grocery store and see if that gives you any ideas...

I think it might be easier just to have this for breakfast:

http://eatathomecooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/macaroni-and-cheese-done-1024x680.jpg

Hawkgirl
06-27-2011, 05:31 PM
I make my own cream of wheat some mornings, but never tried steal oats...but you can apply the same recipe, I would think. I use farina.
I use cinnamon stick, cloves and sugar to flavor the milk before I add the farina. Then I sprink with powdered cinnamon, brown sugar and rainbow sprinkles:D

I buy the Quaker instant brown sugar oatmeal when I want to switch it up.

Articulate_Ape
06-27-2011, 08:43 PM
How do we know they used steel to cut said oats?

Bubba Dawg
06-27-2011, 09:41 PM
Cuz it sez so on the box.

I don't think I'd want to cook these oats. Takes too long.

Articulate_Ape
06-27-2011, 10:05 PM
Cuz it sez so on the box.

I don't think I'd want to cook these oats. Takes too long.

Yeah, but whose steel? I don't want no foreign steel cutting my oats, if you know what I mean. Know what I mean?

Bubba Dawg
06-27-2011, 10:10 PM
Yeah, but whose steel? I don't want no foreign steel cutting my oats, if you know what I mean. Know what I mean?

I get where you're comming from. Thing is, I'm agnostic when it comes to the origin of steel. I'm more worried about where my oats come from.

I mean, we're talkin' OATS here. This matters.

Phillygirl
06-27-2011, 10:52 PM
When I've made them I didn't bother to soak them ahead of time. They took about 25-30 minutes to cook. Just add the milk at the end, while still on the stove so it warms up.

Bubba Dawg
06-27-2011, 11:28 PM
When I've made them I didn't bother to soak them ahead of time. They took about 25-30 minutes to cook. Just add the milk at the end, while still on the stove so it warms up.

I had you pegged as an indifferent oat-eater. :cool:

I'll just bet you're the sort of person who drinks coffee whilst waiting for oats to cook. :eek:

You....you....you....Newspaper Reader......

Phillygirl
06-28-2011, 12:13 AM
I had you pegged as an indifferent oat-eater. :cool:

I'll just bet you're the sort of person who drinks coffee whilst waiting for oats to cook. :eek:

You....you....you....Newspaper Reader......

A friend made me make them. I still have the can in my cupboard...it's at least 2 years old, maybe 3. I had never had oatmeal and had no desire to try it, as it seemed disgusting to me. So...steel cut oats it was, with cream and some brown sugar. I had to admit it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought.

Now I'll eat oatmeal, but I make the instant, plain, adding a tad of honey to them and some cinnamon. If I'm going to actually take time to make breakfast (which is usually only if I have company), it's going to be eggs, and bacon and hash browns.

Oh...and on the rare occasions that I make coffee at home...it must be french pressed! :cool:

Gingersnap
06-28-2011, 09:43 AM
Oatmeal (any kind) is essentially hot mash for humans. It's the same thing we give horses. Why would you want to eat like a horse? It's not like they're super influential in the animal world.

God wants us to enslave chickens and eat their unborn children to start the day. Being an apex predator is a full time job.

obx
06-28-2011, 09:46 AM
Oats can also be used to make a very good stout ale, just as God intended.

Gingersnap
06-28-2011, 10:02 AM
Oats can also be used to make a very good stout ale, just as God intended.

My ancestors drank porter and fed hot mash to our valuable and attractive cattle. Oat-eating is for priests and slaves.

jendf
06-28-2011, 11:06 AM
Here's an update on my FIRST attempt. Overall impression--it's going to take a while to perfect this mofo.

I decided the best place to start was with the instructions on the oatmeal container:

http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/2762/imgp2819.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/88/imgp2819.jpg/)

I got everything measured out like a good little chef:

http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/4151/imgp2813r.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/838/imgp2813r.jpg/)

I got the milk boiling and quickly realized that the milk to oatmeal ratio was too big:

http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/5058/imgp2821.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/824/imgp2821.jpg/)

But I told myself to have faith that the oats would puff up and become a creamy dish that would ultimately make me moan in pleasure. Meh. Not so much. There was just too much milk.

When cooking time was over, I drained as much of the milk as I could without sacrificing the oats but it still was waaaayyy too liquified. And the oats weren't cooked enough for my taste. But they were edible and I added a tablespoon of brown sugar and ate it.

http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/8759/imgp2823y.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/90/imgp2823y.jpg/)

So next time I'm going to use less milk--maybe do the 1 part oats, 3 part liquid that was suggested. And I'm going to maybe cook it longer. I seriously think I could have cooked those oats 20-30 minutes more without issue. I just didn't have time.

To be continued...

Articulate_Ape
06-28-2011, 11:12 AM
My ancestors drank porter and fed hot mash to our valuable and attractive cattle. Oat-eating is for priests and slaves.


HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! :D

jendf
10-14-2011, 11:27 PM
I found it! I found it!

My quest for the near perfect oatmeal has come to an end (for now anyway). I know you all have been waiting for my results.

It's called Coach's Oats. It's only available at Costco or online. A 4.5 lb. bag is 5.99.

Just tried it tonight and it is fantastic.

*Great flavor
*Closest to the taste and texture of Jamba Juice's oatmeal (my all-time fave)
*Cooks on stove top in 10 minutes
*Can easily add fruit, sugar
*A good serving size--about a cup

I've tried instant oatmeal, steel cut oatmeal, instant steel cut oatmeal and by far Coach's Oats is better than all of them. I can honestly say I won't feel the urge to go to Jamba Juice for oatmeal anymore. That's going to save me a ton of dough!

RobJohnson
10-17-2011, 01:59 AM
I know you all have been waiting for my results.



:D

RobJohnson
11-04-2011, 01:57 AM
I seen on TV where they suggest putting oats, water, some fruit (or whatever you like) in a slow cooker over night set on low for about 8 hours...when you wake up...the oats will be ready!

http://busycooks.about.com/od/meatlessentreerecipes/r/cpoatmeal.htm

You could also make a large batch on the weekend and freeze portions in zip lock bags to heat up during the week....(the same show I seen, suggested that)