Jul 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm #1277102
@everreadyLocale: Sh!^^% Ohio
I was wondering if anyone has used this kind of oatmeal as a base to make trail bars. I figure you could add some nuts/raisins etc. put it all in a pan and bake it. Anyone ever try this?
AlJul 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm #1762383
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
Oatmeal is oatmeal.
–B.G.–Jul 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm #1762389
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@annapurnaJul 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm #1762415
There are several high quality oatmeals that I enjoy. The differences between the run of the mill (think Quaker cylinder) and quality oatmeals are discernable even just by sight. When I have some good oatmeal at work, folks ask what I'm eating. The oatmeal has texture and body. I enjoy having oatmeal with texture and more mouth appeal rather than the mush of a cheap oatmeal. The aroma of even the plain good oatmeal is wonderful, and the flavor is distintly better. Certainly use a good oatmeal for bars, but also don't forget to make some oatmeal cookies as well. A really satisfying breakfast is pancakes made with oatmeal instead of flour; the meal sticks with you well, and is fun to eat.
JimJul 23, 2011 at 5:41 pm #1762417
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care to name names :)Jul 23, 2011 at 6:11 pm #1762421
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
Don't get confused by the basic nature of the oatmeal. In the north of England, you are likely to encounter steel-cut oats. In the U.S., you are likely to encounter rolled oats.
–B.G.–Jul 24, 2011 at 5:46 pm #1762662
Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
Trader Joe's (tastes better and you get more per packet than Quaker)Jul 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm #1762700
Sorry, good instant oatmeal is an oxymoron. I can wait a few minutes while my regular rolled oats (supplemented with freeze dried fruit plus a shot of flax seed meal, and maybe some Nido) FBCs. Gives me time to drink my coffee so I don't have to eat it out of the bag. No comparison to steel cut oats but a decent compromise for the trail.Jul 29, 2011 at 11:42 am #1764400
One of my favorite brands is Flaherty. They make a variety of plain and flavored oat products. I especially enjoy the dry fruit in their products; it tastes better than most separately sold dry fruit. Reading the cooking directions is also fun as they instruct you about the hob. McCann's has a variety of rolled and steel-cut oat products that are quite tasty. They do sell some instant oatmeal, but I've not tried it. The non-instant types only take a few minutes to prepare. The aroma from the McCann's oats fills the kitchen nicely. Bob's Red Mill has a variety of oat products, both rolled and steel-cut. I like the flavor of Bob's products most of the time, but have been disappointed several times by a stale product. I don't think their packaging is as good as it could be. I like Honeyville farms products in general; if you want a good source of relatively low-priced product give them a try. They have periodic 10 or 20% off sales. They also have a lot of other foods for gourmet backpacking, in my opinion. I enjoy both rolled and steel-cut oat products; good quality food can be prepared from either.
JimAug 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm #1765226
Tim & ShellMember
How does this stuff even taste in the first place? I just bought a box for our upcoming trip.
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