Any serious porridge traditionalist will tell you that it should always be made on the hob, with oatmeal. At the World Porridge Making Championships, you’d be turned away at the door with rolled oats!
The truth is, there’s so much more to oatmeal than just porridge – we love to use it in all sorts from baking to delicious risottos.
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Oatmeal is the whole grain of oat either chopped or ground rather than rolled. Mornflake mill many versions of oatmeal but the most popular grades are fine, medium and coarse.
Pinhead oatmeal (also known as coarse or steel cut oats) takes between 10 to 15 minutes to cook depending on what texture of porridge you like. If you prefer a smoother oatmeal porridge you can soak your coarse oatmeal overnight and cook it for around 8 minutes in the morning. Medium and fine oatmeal requires less cooking time as they are finer and absorb milk or water quicker.
They are the same just in a different format. Oatmeal is usually the whole oat chopped or ground to make coarse, medium or fine oatmeal. They can be cooked the same as porridge oats but some grades of oatmeal (for example, coarse) take longer because of their thicker texture. Therefore, they need more time to absorb the liquid they are cooked in.
Oatmeal is usually the whole oat chopped or ground to make coarse, medium or fine oatmeal. They can be cooked the same as porridge but some take longer (like coarse) because they are thicker and need more time to absorb milk or water during the cooking process.
As part of a balanced diet, oats are amazing grains as they contain fibre for gut health, antioxidants, protein and beta-glucan that can help to lower cholesterol levels. Oatmeal also keeps you feeling fuller for longer, which makes it great nutritious breakfast food.
Steel-cut oats are not rolled. Instead, chopped oats and oatmeal are referred to as ‘steel-cut’ because they are cut into small pieces using steel blades. They tend to have a chewier texture than rolled oats. Mornflake Steel-Cut Coarse Oatmeal is perfect for making porridge or home baking.