If you’re moving away from ‘just add hot water’ oats, (aka instant), or trying from-scratch cooking for the first time, then oatmeal is a great place to start.
For the full overview of oats, whether it’s healthy or not, who can eat it and who shouldn’t eat, you can head on over to this post where I cover all of that info.
This is a very basic, let’s-get-you-started recipe. Some things you may come across and need to note as you become familiar with making oats are:
You will be told that it doesn’t, but my personal experience has been contrary to that. Some oats cook softer than others; some have a milder flavour, and some have hard bits that make them pretty yucky.
Keep At It
Your first try will likely be mediocre or a complete disaster. (If you are anything like me, I burnt my oats on my first try. Not fire and brimstone, but enough to make my oats bitter and require about 3 hours of scrubbing my pot). Practice is key. After you have made it 4 or 5 times, you will get the hang of it.
Oats are a cheap, healthy and SUUUUPER versatile crop. Be sure to check out Basic Oat Flour, where I show you how to make your own oat flour. Basic Oat Milk, yes you can make your own milk, and it’s delicious!