All Things Oats
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Oats in their original state are typically given to animals as feed. Once they are clean, hulled, and toasted, we get what is known as oat groats. Finally those are steamed and flattened producing rolled oats, which is the form of oats most of us are familiar with.
What to look for when purchasing:
When purchasing oats you will have the option for rolled oats/old fashioned oats, quick cooking oats, and instant oats. The only difference is the cooking time. Oats can also be purchased gluten free. Oats are naturally gluten free but often processed in facilities with gluten, so it is best to purchase certified gluten free oats if you are avoiding gluten.
There is only one variety of the actual oat plant however they are processed in multiple different ways, producing everything from oat flour to oat bran. Rolled oats are the ones most of us eat for breakfast. There are also steel cut/Irish oats, which are groats that have been cut into 2-3 pieces instead of rolled. Steel cut oats take longer to cook than rolled oats. Oat flour is made from groats that are ground into a fine powder. Lastly, oat bran is actually the outer casing for the oat and very high in soluble fiber.
How to store:
Oats should be stored in an airtight container.
How to prepare:
Traditional rolled oats are typically cooked in water or milk to make oatmeal. They can also be used to make granola. Oat flour can be used in baking in place of other flours.
For a tasty breakfast or great on-the-go snack, we love our Apple Quinoa Bites.
Another convenient and trendy way to enjoy oats is to make Overnight Oats. Short version: you add oats and other ingredients (including some form of liquid) to a jar and put in the fridge overnight. The next morning they are good to eat without having to cook them. Domesticate Me has a great recipe with more information about this technique.
Oats are great for making granola, and it’s even easier if you make it in a slow cooker. Check out our Eggnog Granola which is not only tasty but makes a wonderful homemade holiday gift.
Oats also make a great substitute for traditional bread crumbs. We used them in our gluten free meatballs.
Our Chefs & Nutritionists Say:
Most of our staff uses oats to bake with. While you can buy oat flour, did you know you can also make your own? It’s simple; take a bag of gluten free oats and grind in a food processor until you get a fine powder.
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