ALDI – Millville Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats – Food Review

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ALDI Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats

ALDI Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats

There are directions on the label for cooking these in the microwave.  A quick word of advice, DON’T!

This is at least the third time I’ve tried cooking any kind of oatmeal in the microwave.  Each has turned into a minidisaster of splattered and eventually crusted-on sticky gobs of goo.  Adding in the fifteen plus minutes for the microwave clean up, it takes far less time to cook these on the stove – and the pot is easy to clean.

From avoiding this as kids, to embracing this as we face our mortality, oatmeal is in today.  Whatever the health benefits, people are buying and eating oatmeal.  A couple of kinds of oatmeal were reviewed here in the past (1., 2.) .  At least for me, the steel cut oats are more enjoyable than the “traditional” flaky oats used in “instant” oatmeal.  The steel cut oats have more texture to them, making them chewier.  The problem with steel cut oats is the cooking time, which is much longer than the minute or so needed for instant cook flaky oatmeal.

These steel cut oats cook in about 8 minutes on the stove versus around 25 minutes for non-quick cook steel cut oats versus around a minute or two for “instant” oats.  The package directions actually say to cook these steel cut oats for around 6 to 7 minutes.  I found that time to leave them a little too “al dente”.  So it’s 8 minutes for me.

If you regulate the heat under the pot correctly and keep the pot uncovered per directions, you’ll be able to let the oats cook themselves and go about your other business without much fear of a dreaded boil over.  Or, there are several methods for cooking oatmeal ahead and just reheating.  A quick internet search will uncover these cook ahead methods – none of which I’ve tried.

One benefit of cooking your own plain oatmeal (no matter what variety) is that you can avoid all the added sugars usually found in those little paper packets of instant oatmeal.  For about the same number of calories, plain oatmeal just about doubles the soluble fiber over the little presweetened paper packet kind.  Soluble fiber is the thing that makes oatmeal desirable to help with cholesterol control.  If needed you can add a little artificial sweetener, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc., to make the plain oatmeal more palatable and still keep your calories down.

If you’re an ALDI shopper, these are usually a regular item on the shelves.  If you shop elsewhere, similar oats are generally available at other grocery stores.

Price  $2.29             Calories  150 per 1/4 cup (40 g) uncooked          Soluble fiber 2 g

ALDI Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats - Back

ALDI Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats – Back

ALDI Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats

ALDI Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats

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