The Cheap-Ass Gourmet: Steel-cut Oats, Smiter Style
Steel-cut oats seem to be all the rage right now: they’re tasty and nutritious and they stick to the ribs in the way that, say, Cocoa Puffs don’t.
Trouble is, they take forever to make. I don’t know about you, but if I have to wait 45 minutes before tucking into my breakfast, someone’s gonna get hurt.
An acquaintance of mine recently posted on Facebook that Trader Joe’s offers frozen “pucks” of steel-cut oats: they’re already cooked, so all you have to do is bung one of the things into the microwave and two minutes later you’ve got a nice tasty bowl of cereal.
And of course, this got Yours Truly thinking: if oatmeal can be cooked and refrigerated/frozen for later, what’s stopping ordinary shlubs like you and me from doing it ourselves and saving a few bucks?
So I gave it a whirl, and I’m delighted to report 100% success.
Here’s what you do:
1) Obtain a tub of steel-cut oats. I use President’s Choice.
2) Cook oats according to directions.
3) Remove pot from stove and set aside to cool, stirring occasionally.
If just refrigerating:
a) Pour cooled oats into a handy Tupperware container (or storage thingamajig of your choice).
b) Refrigerate. Cut yourself a nice slice of oatmeal, as needed, and microwave in a bowl for 2 mins. Decorate with milk, brown sugar, butter, dried fruit, etc. Omnomnom.
a) You’ll need to make individual servings. Use smaller/single-serving Tupperwares (or whatever) and freeze.
b) Microwave yourself a serving, as needed (no need to thaw beforehand!), decorate and engulf (see above).
There, now. Wasn’t that easy?
Cost per serving:
1 container (approx. 6 cups) of oats: $4.99
So about 82 cents (1 cup) for a pot of oatmeal, which makes six or seven servings…
…and therefore about 13 – 14 cents per serving.
Unless you want to add in the cost of the water and electricity, in which case you probably should have a stiff shot of Scotch with those oats. 😉
~ Smiter out.