View Full Version : Oat groats hard after soaking 24 hrs
11-14-2008, 07:49 PM
Does anyone else have a hard time getting oat groats to soften after soaking? I soaked mine for at least 24 hrs and they were still kinda hard, required lotsa chewing. Are they supposed to be like that?
Also after soaking I just rinsed them off and put em in the food processer. The oatmeal woulda been great if not for the hard oats!
Also, they are 'organic whole oat groats', not steel cut or rolled or anything..but they don't say raw, does this mean they aren't??:confused:
The ingredients just say 'hulled oat groats'.
I hate being a newb, feels like I am clueless :(
11-14-2008, 08:06 PM
Do your groats look like this...
If so.....try this..... steel cut oats works well.
To me, whole grains like oats and especially wheat, get chewy. Not the oats so much, but if it has the hull on it, it will never get soft the way you want it to be.
I would love to have one of those oat rollers to make my own rolled oats. How cool would that be? Wish I had more feedback on that though.
Good luck with your oats experiments! :D
11-15-2008, 09:04 AM
They look like the second picture!! :) I hope they're officially raw cuz the package doesn't say.
Is there a good raw steel cut oat out there? In Ani Phyo's book she says to avoid rolled or steel cut cuz they're heated.
I wish I knew more about this stuff.
I dunno, to me it was as if they didn't get soft in the least. They expanded to twice the size they were before so they def absorbed water (I used filtered water as well). Dunno why they are so hard. I'll try different kinds I suppose.
11-15-2008, 09:27 AM
Hulled oat groats = Picture #2 posted above.
11-15-2008, 09:56 AM
I buy organic whole oat groats and grind them in my cuisinart, commercial mini processor thing....they turn into a powder. I soak the powder in water overnight....drain in the morning. Add cinnamon, nutmilk, maybe a banana and some walnuts. It makes a nice oatmeal porridge that is filling for me.....
Mine also look like the second picture. I soak them to make granola. Mine get soft after 3-4 days, I keep them in the fridge while soaking and change the water daily. I just finished soaking a big batch. They're in the dehydrator right now. *Ü*
04-07-2010, 01:25 AM
My understanding is that the preparation of oat groats in the hulling process requires steaming to stabilize them from getting rancid in a few days. So I don't know if there is such a thing as raw oat groats, though some posts claim there are.
I make oat yogurt by first soaking the groats overnight, then rinsing, then blending to break them down, then letting them sit for a few days or more. Sometimes I add a lactobacillus starter, or starter from previous oat yogurt. I love the taste, and by fermenting it becomes a live food and more digestible.
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