Old-Fashioned and Quick-Cooking Oats

The difference between old-fashioned and quick-cooking oats

Before either quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats are processed, the hull is removed and they are cleaned, toasted and cleaned again. At this point, they are referred to as groats. Old-fashioned oats are groats that are steamed and flattened with huge rollers. They take about 15 minutes to cook. Quick-cooking oats are groats that have been cut into two or three pieces before being steamed and rolled. They take about 5 minutes to prepare. Both can be used interchangeably, although old-fashioned oats may give your recipe more texture.

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