[Sca-cooks] Oatmeal was Buttered wortes/oatmeal

H Westerlund-Davis yaini0625 at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 9 11:07:59 PST 2010

What is the difference between Rolled Irish Oats and American Oats then? Or is there a difference? 


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From: Johnna Holloway <johnnae at mac.com>
To: Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Tue, February 9, 2010 8:41:33 AM
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Oatmeal was Buttered wortes/oatmeal

The major company in the States that is associated with oatmeal is
Quaker Oats, which is now a division of PepsiCo!

Andy Smith notes in The Oxford Ency. of Food and Drink
"By the nineteenth century, grocery stores sold oat products in bulk. Customers could choose from groats, the whole oat with its outer shell; grits, hulled oat kernels, coarsely ground; and oatmeal, which was milled into several different grades of fineness. In 1877, rolled oats were developed and trademarked by Henry D. Seymour and William Heston, who had established the Quaker Mill Company." Quaker included recipes on their traditional round boxes and by the 20th century these recipes
included oats in soup, cakes, cookies, wafers, drops, macaroons, quick breads and yeast breads, muffins, cones, and pancakes and as a filler and binder in meatloaf, hamburger, and sausage.

To make the long story short, rolled oats and Quaker traditional oatmeal took over. That was followed by minute oatmeal and instant oatmeal.
Oats with groats that had to be cooked for 20 or 30 minutes, are you kidding?  Only in the past twenty years with the rise of the whole foods/grains/real bread movement have we
seen the demand rise for imported real oats or organic oats. And recipes that call for them.

Quaker oats is of course not just
traditional oatmeal anymore - it's granola bars and snack foods.


The problem with a number of recipes these days is people don't specify which oats they mean.


On Feb 9, 2010, at 5:45 AM, Claire Clarke wrote:

> As a matter of curiosity, when Americans say 'oatmeal' do they mean
> porridge? This is the impression I have. For me, raised in England, and
> living most of my adult life in Australia, oatmeal is the finely ground
> stuff, and porridge is a breakfast cereal made with rolled oats.
> Angharad

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