Recipe of the Week: Tim J.’s Thermal Steel Cut Oats

This recipe for “no fuss” Thermal Steel Cut Oats comes to us courtesy of blog reader and frequent content contributor Tim J.

You will need an 18-ounce Thermos-style vacuum jar. (Weighs 1 pound.)

  • Slightly less than 1/2 cup (minus 1 tablespoon) of steel cut oats.  Note: Do not use the quick (3-minute) variety of oats.
  • 1 & 3/4 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite dried fruit
  1. Combine the oats and boiling hot water in a thermal jar.
  2. Seal it tightly.
  3. Shake the jar.
  4. Let sit on its side for 8 hours (overnight.)
Chef’s Notes:

Preparation time is very quick, basically the time required to boil the water.

The containers allow for sealed transport on the move, like hiking.

A home, I make it at night. I store any leftovers in a ziploc twist top in the refrigerator, and microwave before eating.

You can vary the water amount for the desired consistency.

This can be scaled up, for groups.

This requires patience and planning, it is for your next meal.

This is what I use:

For some reason, thermal cooking with less than 18 oz doesn’t seem to work, I think it is an issue of insufficient thermal mass.

I learned this recipe from some former Force Recon Marines, decades ago. They would also cook bulk grains while on the move, with minimal fire. They were using the old glass thermal jars, which I seemed to break on a regular basis. The newer metal vacuum containers are totally superior.

Also, I have been having some issues with dried fruit, digestive (old fruit) and chewing (hard fruit). I have found that reconstituting the fruit, boiling water in a thermal container for 30-40 minutes eliminates these issues. This works well with Raisins, Prunes, Peaches, Pears, Apples, Cherries, and Blueberries.

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