Oatmeal is an excellent choice when you want to add fiber to your family's diet. Although old fashioned or instant oats are faster to cook, steel cut oats have a heartier texture and slightly more pronounced nutty flavor. Sometimes called Irish oatmeal, steel cut oats are so named because a steel blade is used to cut the whole oat groats, or grain kernels. Because these oats are not steamed or rolled like old fashioned oats, they require a longer cooking time. Prepare a large batch and you'll have enough oatmeal ready for several meals.
Soak the oats the night before. Boil water in a large pot and add the oats, using 1 part oats for every 4 parts water. Simmer the oats for one minute, remove them from the heat and cover. Keep it covered in your refrigerator overnight.
The next day, bring the oats to a simmer over low to medium heat. Stirring every few minutes, cook the oats until they are tender, approximately 20 to 25 minutes.
Remove the oats from the heat and allow them to cool. Divide the oats into food safe plastic bags or covered storage containers. Store them in the refrigerator for as long as five days, or freeze them for as long as three months.
When you're ready to serve, reheat the oats on the stove top or in the microwave until hot. If using plastic bags or storage containers that are not microwave safe, place the oats in a microwave-safe bowl before reheating.