Can you make rice cooker steel cut oats? I tried it out, so you don't have to.
Man, do I love steel cut oats! They're so chewy and nutty - perfect with a pat of Earth Balance and some maple syrup. The only problem with Irish oatmeal is that it takes around 30 minutes on the stove, and you have to tend to the pot pretty frequently. Not exactly weekday-friendly.
But if you could make them in the rice cooker! I could toss everything in before I start getting ready for the day. Turn it on, hop in the shower, and come out to a steamy bowl of beautiful rice cooker steel cut oats.
Saturday morning, I had some work to finish up but really wanted a nice hot bowl of steel cut oats. I decided to try making that dream a reality and see if my rice cooker would do as great a job on steel cut oats as it does on other grains I've tried in there. Can you make rice cooker steel cut oats?
The short answer: No. No you cannot.
The long answer: This was something of a hot mess. I used the same proportions as on the stovetop: ¼ cup oats to 1 cup water for a single serving. The oats boiled over the top of the cooker and got all over the lid and the counter. When everything was done cooking, there was a tiny portion of oats remaining in the cooker. What was in there was nicely cooked at least, so I was able to have a miniature portion of perfect steel cut oats.
I wonder if things would go better if I upped the water and added a bit of salt to prevent it from boiling over? My friend Lisa suggested using the slow cooker instead. Our slow cooker is gigantic, so I don't know that would work for a single portion, but it seems like a much better way to go if you're making a big batch!
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