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McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oats.

What better way to gain the strength and energy to carry you through a hectic day than with a steaming bowl of freshly cooked oatmeal? We carry McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal, a beloved, must-have breakfast staple that our patrons request in large quantities for their own kitchens.

The story of McCann’s Irish Oatmeal dates back to 1800 when John McCann built a mill at Beamond, four miles from Drogheda on the east coast of Ireland. The mill was powered by water diverted from the Nanny River, from which Mr. McCann’s rod and line hooked some excellent trout. John McCann’s Irish Oatmeal secured many prizes for its excellent quality over the years. A double success in the London Exhibition and the Dublin Exhibition in 1851, was followed by first prize at the Philadelphia Exhibition in 1876 and an award for “Uniformity of Granulation” in 1893 at the Chicago Exhibition.

This is what McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal says about their fine product today:

“Steel Cut Irish Oats are a long standing tradition in Ireland where the rich soil and moist climate produce some of the finest oats in the world. This temperate climate allows the oats to slowly draw the goodness from the soil and yield up a crop with fuller, plumper grains which leads to the rich texture and nutty flavor that has been uniquely McCann’s for over 150 years. From the family farm to your table, McCann’s Irish Oatmeal will continue to warm the hearts, minds and souls of the most discriminating oatmeal lovers for years to come.”

The cut grain of steel-cut oats means they take longer to cook than rolled oats – but the distinctive texture makes it all worthwhile! Here are some suggestions to help you make your bowl of morning goodness even quicker!

Irish Porridge

Into 4 cups of briskly boiling water sprinkle 1 cup of oatmeal, stirring well. When the porridge is smooth and beginning to thicken, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Traditionally served with fresh buttermilk, Irish porridge is also good with milk or cream and brown sugar or honey, or with butter.

Microwave

Add 1/4 cup of McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oats to 3/4 cup of water in a deep 2 quart bowl (the size of the bowl is important as it must be large enough to allow the oats to bubble without spilling over). Cook on high for 5 minutes, stir, return to microwave and cook on high for an additional 3 minutes.

Quick Soak Method

One of the quickest and easiest ways to prepare McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oats is to soak the oats overnight. Before going to bed, boil 4 cups of water in a pot. Then add one cup of oats and simmer for 1 minute. Cover the pot, cool, and store overnight in the refrigerator. The next morning reheat over low heat, stirring occasionally.

Make ahead – be prepared

Make 5 days of oatmeal in advance by adding 1 cup of McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oats to 4 cups of water and cooking as per the Quick Soak Method. Allow the oatmeal to cool and store individual servings in plastic bags, covered plastic storage containers or glass bowls covered with plastic film. These can be stored in a refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Alternatively, the oatmeal can be frozen in individual plastic food storage bags for up to 3 months.

And, we’d love to know, how do you take your oatmeal?

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