I love to be helpful, so when I manage to provide readers with something useful, thought-provoking, or dig up information they can use to solve a problem, I’m thrilled. That’s why it’s been unexpected but delightful to discover that one particular blog post seems to fit the bill.This post, explaining step-by-step how to cook steel cut oats overnight by using a crock pot as a double-boiler (the “bain-marie” method, if you will), has far and away more hits that any other post in all my years of blogging. Its rise to helpful-fame started with some linky-love from a heavily trafficked blogger and has spread from there.So while I never could have predicted it, I’ve kind of become the Steel Cut Oatmeal Girl.(blush)Who knows? I might ride in a parade this summer wearing a sash and modest crown woven from the stalks of summer grains. I’m practicing the pageant wave, just in case. I live in the Midwest, where it’s actually possible to win the title of Steel Cut Oatmeal Princess…maybe even a Steel Cut Oatmeal Queen.I feel it’s my duty as Steel Cut Oatmeal Girl to point you to additional steel cut oatmeal information that may add to your enjoyment and ease of preparation.So while I continue to prepare mine exactly as I chronicled in the photos and text (served with brown sugar and blueberries), I’d like to provide you with options.A wide range of creative toppings and add-ins are listed below.I will say this, however (I also feel obligated to offer an editorial comment): I tried some of the other methods of preparation (except rice cooker–don’t own one) outlined below and found that the resulting consistency and taste of the steel cut oats was chewier and nuttier that that of the bain-marie method. Some people prefer their steel cut oats to be chewy and nutty. I like a creamier texture, but that’s just me. Experimentation is encouraged.So, in the name of helpfulness, I give you highlights pulled directly from the comments at the original post.I’m telling you, these people know their oats. I may have to concede any right to the Steel Cut Oatmeal crown to one of these good folks.Enjoy!
I hope this adds many healthy variations to your breakfast repertoire. Be sure to visit the hub of all-things-helpful: Works For Me Wednesday at Rocks In My Dryer.