Oatmeal is oatmeal, right? Well…..not exactly. The quality and the texture (whole grain is better than quick cooking) of the oats matters because flavor counts but it is virtually impossible to look at oats and assess the flavor. You have to read reviews and try various brands until you find the flavor you want..and, then you have to master the cooking part.
Most people cook oats with water – which produces a somewhat bland tasting oatmeal unless you are the lucky owner of some serious oats like Cayuga Pure Organics Erick’s Rolled Oats or Anson Mills). If you can’t get your hands on one of those bags, then consider Bob’s Red Mill Organic Oats – a 32 ounce bag is about $5 at grocery stores nationwide…but don’t use water. Read more
Oats may seem like a simple food and they are but there are a few things the consumer should know about organic and conventional oats. Grown primarily on large farms in the midwest and midwestern Canada, oats are either steel-cut (where the groats have been cut into 2-3 pieces), rolled, or instant with the difference being how much the groat is processed. Read more