I'm about to eat crow. (an aside...I wonder if it really tastes as bad as the cliche suggests...):ResearchMed wrote: ↑Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:25 pmHere is a partial, and very significant, answer to your question, from above:
It's the "eating quality", along with the taste.
The little "grains" (that were "cut" but not squished into nothing-of-note) that really add to the taste and chewing experience.
In comparison, from quick cooking oatmeal to instant oatmeal, just think of those as different degrees of... pre-digested steel cut oatmeal.
Or think of the difference between a nice rib-eye steak and ground beef.
(That's not really a fair analogy, because good ground beef IS worth eating, and we'd choose it specifically sometimes, even though overall, the steak is better. But neither of us would ever specifically request any version of the more-processed oatmeal if steel cut oatmeal were available. Indeed, if only the processed version of oatmeal were available, we'd order something entirely different.)
You might want to try it to decide what *you* prefer.
Obviously, from above, there are different preferences, as usual
I made my quick cooking steel cut oats in an Instant Pot this morning and I was surprised to find that they turned out to taste (and feel) SIGNIFICANTLY better than my microwave recipe above that has been my go-to for years.
How I did it:
Put 1/4 cup quick cooking steel cut oats , 3/4 cup cold mixed oat milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup- added 5 spice powder, plus raisins and a sliced banana in my 3 qt. Instant Pot
Set Instant Pot on Pressure Cook-High for 3 mins.
Natural steam venting
Once cooked, transferred to a microwave-safe bowl, added blackberries and mixed nuts, stirred and microwaved for 20 seconds to warm it (and the berries).
Delicious! The consistency was more granular and more uniform than when a similar combo is prepared via microwave. Quite an improvement, actually!
When I shop again I will buy some regular steel cut oats and see if I prefer them to the quick cooking ones (I will add a minute in the pressure cooker).
Thanks for all the ideas!