[Sca-cooks] Oatmeal was Buttered wortes/oatmeal

Patricia Dunham chimene at ravensgard.org
Tue Feb 9 11:45:43 PST 2010

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

Ah, the vagaries of the Internet!  I haven't received Johanna's 
Quaker Oats post yet, except as included here!

Anyway... I went a-googlin' and from what I found in about 5 minutes, 
there's probably not a significant difference between Irish rolled 
oats (or "Irish flaked oats" as the McCann's page calls them) and 
American Quaker-style rolled oats.

The term "Irish oats" appears to be steel cut oats, from Irish-grown 
oats.  The McCann's blurb says Counties Meath & Kildare, humid 
conditions and clean water make for "fuller, plumper grains".

And there's "Scottish Oats are steamed steel-cut oats that are then 
ground by stones into an oat meal." (Wiki)

And the definition of "steel cut", which is pretty familiar, eh?: 
"whole grain groats (the inner portion of the oat kernel) which have 
been cut into only two or three pieces by steel rather than being 
rolled." (Wiki)

"Oatmeal" can cover a lot of ground, from fine-ground groats to 
rolled, to steel-cut.  See the Wiki article.

Hope this helps, rather than just add confusion! 8-)

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