Did you ever wonder what the difference was between all of the types of oats you see at the store today?
If so, read on to find out!
I’m interrupting my normal recipe posts for something a little different today. I thought it might be fun to post fun food facts, so here’s the first one, on oats! Did you ever wonder what the difference is between all the different types of oats you see on the grocery store shelves? I know I have!
It seems like there are a million different options today when it comes to oats and it can all be a little confusing, if you ask me. Instant oats, quick oats, rolled oats, old fashioned oats and now steel cut oats are popping up left and right. Why all these oats and what is the difference between them all. Well my friend, I’m here to answer that for you today. Here are the three main types of oats and a little bit about each one.
2. Old Fashioned Oats, which also go by “rolled oats.” These are thicker than instant or quick oats, meaning they weren’t rolled as much in the harvesting process. When cooked, they retain more of their shape and texture. This is they type I most often use when making oatmeal, like these recipes here or here.
3. Steel Cut Oats, which I’ve also seen titled “Irish Oats.” These are the least processed out of the four types and take the longest to cook. These oats look like little pellets, which is unlike the flattened look of instant, quick or old fashioned oats. When made into oatmeal, they have a nuttier flavor and more texture to them. This recipe uses steel cut oats.