Looking for a Steel Cut Oats Rice Cooker?

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Cooking the Breakfast Champion Has Just Got Easier

It’s a known fact to many people that oatmeal is a healthful breakfast due to its water-soluable fiber content, vitamins and complex carbohydrates. Numerous researches have shown that eating 3 ounces (dry oats) a day lowers total cholesterol and helps prevent heart disease. When it’s time for steel cut oats, good things come to those who are patient. But you don’t have to if you cook it in a rice cooker with a porridge setting. Better yet, you can set the timer the night before and it will be ready for you to eat or pack it up in a container to eat in the office.

Steel Cut Oats?

Steel cut oats are the inners of the oat kernel, called groats. The groats are cut into pieces and often times named after a grade of cut based on the size of the oat pieces (coarse, medium, fine), for example, pinhead oats, and steel-cut oats.

Among the types of oats (ground oats, crushed oats, rolled oats), steel cut oats have garnered all the craze due to its nuttier flavor, chewier texture and more nutritious content. Steel cut oats also have fewer calories with no-added sodium and sugar. The only downside is that it takes much longer to cook, averaging 30 to 60 minutes. As an impatient society here in the U.S., who has time to wait around for 30 minutes in the morning? You’ve got a gazillion things to do: get your kid up and ready for school, let your dog out to do his thing, get yourself dressed for success, feed your husband, etc.

No worries! Your morning has just got less hectic with a handy-dandy rice cooker.

steel cut oats rice cooker

steel cut oats rice cooker

Cook Oats in a Rice Cooker? Are You Out of Your Mind?

How in the world are you going to cook steel cut oats in a rice cooker? In fact, it’s very easy. Some of the rice cookers have a setting called porridge. If you are not familiar with what porridge is, it’s a rice “soup” either plain or flavored with meats or fish. It’s a popular breakfast in the Asian countries. People would slurp up a bowl or two of porridge and eat some side dishes such as pickled vegetables, tea eggs, canned sardines, etc.

The porridge setting is practically a given in most of the Japanese name brand rice cookers. After all, these brand names serve a major portion of the Asian demographic. The big names are Zojirushi, Sanyo and Panasonic. The rice cookers come in with different capacities measured in uncooked rice cup, different heating elements and variations in menu settings along with some accessories.

Easy and Breezy

So why not make the rice cooker your personal cook? All you need to do is to:

1. Measure the steel cut oats using the cup supplied with the rice cooker (very important to use this cup)

2. Wash the oats if you need to get rid of the excessive starch

3. Pour it in the rice cooker

4. Add water per the porridge water line marked in the inner pot of the rice cooker

5. Set the timer to cook, say an hour before you eat breakfast

6. Optional: cut up some strawberries, wash some blueberries and store them in the fridge

7. Budget for 60 minutes or so to cook the steel cut oats. You may need to experiment with the timing a little bit to get it cooked just right for you with the right consistency and the right texture.

When you are ready to eat, just ladle some in a bowl, add fresh fruits and some honey if you like it sweet.

Don’t Have to Fuel Your Body with Junk Anymore

Doesn’t this beat running to the nearest vending machine and get a sugary candy bar for breakfast? Give it a try. I know many people bought a rice cooker for rice, but they end up using it more for cooking oatmeal, the breakfast champion. Fuel your body with the right nutrients and you won’t regret it.

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