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Several different flavoured instant oatmeal products.

Raisins and instant oatmeal prior to preparation.
Raisins and instant oatmeal prior to preparation.

Raisins and instant oatmeal after preparation.
Raisins and instant oatmeal after preparation.

In the United States and Canada, oatmeal means any crushed oats, rolled oats, or cut oats used in recipes such as oatmeal cookies. Oatmeal is a product made by processing oats. Oatmeal is coarsely ground unsifted oats. Rolled oats and steel-cut oats are also called oatmeal. The porridge made from this is also called oatmeal or oatmeal cereal. However in other parts of the English-speaking world, oatmeal means coarsely ground groats (i.e. oat-meal, cf. cornmeal, peasemeal, etc.). The groats are coarsely ground to make oatmeal, or cut into small pieces to make steel-cut oats, or steamed and rolled to make rolled oats. The quick-cooking rolled oats are cut into small pieces before being steamed and rolled. Oatmeal porridge contains more B vitamins and calories than other kinds of porridges.[1] Oatmeal is used in some alcoholic drinks, cosmetics, soaps, external medical treatments, and is sometimes an added flavour in canned animal products. It is also used as a thickener in some brands of canned chili con carne. Download high resolution version (1110x897, 171 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1110x897, 171 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1202x960, 181 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1202x960, 181 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1151x852, 124 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1151x852, 124 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Binomial name Avena sativa Carolus Linnaeus (1753) The Oat (Avena sativa) is a species of cereal grain, and the seeds of this plant. ... A tablespoon of rolled oats Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ... Binomial name Avena sativa Carolus Linnaeus (1753) The Oat (Avena sativa) is a species of cereal grain, and the seeds of this plant. ... ‹ The template below is being considered for deletion. ... Groats are the hulled and crushed grains of various cereals, such as oats, wheat or buckwheat. ... Cornmeal products include tortillas and taco shells. ... Peasemeal is a flour produced from yellow field peas that have been roasted. ... Vitamin B is a complex of several vitamins. ... A calorie refers to a unit of energy. ... ‹ The template below is being considered for deletion. ... Make-up redirects here. ... A bowl of chili con carne with beans and tortilla chips. ...


Breakfast cereal

There has been increasing interest in oatmeal in recent years due to its beneficial health effects. Studies have shown that daily consumption of a bowl of oatmeal can lower blood cholesterol. After reports found that oats can help lower cholesterol, an "oat bran craze" swept the U.S. in the late 1980s, peaking in 1989. The food fad was short-lived and faded by the early 1990s. The popularity of oatmeal and other oat products again increased after the January 1997 decision by the Food and Drug Administration that food with a lot of oat bran or rolled oats can carry a label claiming it may reduce the risk of heart disease, when combined with a low-fat diet. This is because of the beta-glucan in the oats. Rolled oats have also long been a staple of many athletes' diets, especially weight trainers', given oatmeal's high content of complex carbohydrates and fiber which encourage slow digestion and stable blood-glucose levels. Despite these developments, according to the New York Times, Harry Balzar of the NPD Group stated that "the proportion of Americans who eat oatmeal for breakfast has not changed in 20 years;" "one in five Americans eat oatmeal." Cholesterol is a sterol (a combination steroid and alcohol). ... “FDA” redirects here. ... Heart disease is an umbrella term for a number of different diseases which affect the heart and as of 2007 it is the leading cause of death in the United States,[1] and England and Wales. ... β-Glucans are natural gum polysaccharides occurring in the bran of cereal grains, most abundantly in barley and oats and to a much lesser degree in rye and wheat. ... Carbohydrates (literally hydrates of carbon) are chemical compounds that act as the primary biological means of storing or consuming energy, other forms being fat and protein. ... Dietary fibers are the indigestible portion of plant foods that move food through the digestive system, absorbing water and making defecation easier. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...

Some of the items added to oatmeal porridge to enhance its flavour include salt, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, honey, molasses, maple syrup, butter, milk, cream, strawberries, blueberries, apples, peaches, mangos, bananas, raisins, dried cherries and dried cranberries. Many times nuts are also added including pecans and walnuts, or peanut butter. ‹ The template below is being considered for deletion. ... Edible salt is mostly sodium chloride (NaCl). ... This article deals with sugar as food and as an important, widely traded commodity; the word also has other uses; see Sugar (disambiguation) A sugar is a form of carbohydrate; the most commonly used sugar is a white crystalline solid, sucrose; used to alter the flavor and properties (mouthfeel, perservation... Brown sugar typical of that bought in Western supermarkets Brown sugar is a sucrose sugar product with a distinctive brown color due to the presence of molasses. ... Binomial name J.Presl Cassia (Chinese cinnamon) is also commonly called (and sometimes sold as) cinnamon. ... For other uses, see Honey (disambiguation). ... Molasses or treacle is a thick syrup by-product from the processing of the sugarcane or sugar beet into sugar. ... Bottled maple syrup produced in Quebec. ... For other uses, see Butter (disambiguation). ... A glass of cows milk. ... For other uses of Cream, see Cream (disambiguation). ... Strawberries Promo Strawberries is an album by The Damned released October 1982 on Bronze Records (catalogue #BRON 542). ... For other uses, see Blueberry (disambiguation). ... This article is about the fruit. ... Binomial name (L.) Batsch Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ... Species About 35 species, including: Mangifera altissima Mangifera applanata Mangifera caesia Mangifera camptosperma Mangifera casturi Mangifera decandra Mangifera foetida Mangifera gedebe Mangifera griffithii Mangifera indica Mangifera kemanga Mangifera laurina Mangifera longipes Mangifera macrocarpa Mangifera mekongensis Mangifera odorata Mangifera pajang Mangifera pentandra Mangifera persiciformis Mangifera quadrifida Mangifera siamensis Mangifera similis Mangifera... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Raisins Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ... A cherry is both a tree and its fleshy fruit, a type known as a drupe with a single hard pit enclosing the seed. ... Dried Cranberries A dried cranberry is a cranberry which has been dried. ... Binomial name Carya illinoinensis (Wangenh. ... For other uses, see Walnut (disambiguation). ... Peanut butter in a jar. ...

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In Scotland, oatmeal is created by grinding oats into a coarse powder. Various grades are available depending on the thoroughness of the grinding, including Coarse, Pin(head) and Fine oatmeal. The main uses are: This article is about the country. ...

  • as an ingredient in baking
  • in the manufacture of bannocks or oatcakes
  • as a stuffing for poultry
  • as a coating for Caboc cheese
  • as the main ingredient of the Scottish dish, skirlie, or its chip-shop counterpart, the deep-fried thickly-battered mealy pudding
  • mixed with sheep's blood, salt, and pepper to make Highland black pudding
  • mixed with fat, water, onions and seasoning, and boiled in a sheep's intestine to make "marag geal"' Outer Hebridean white pudding, served sliced with fried eggs at breakfast.
  • Traditional porridge (or "porage")
  • Brose: a thick mixture made with uncooked oatmeal and butter or cream; eaten like porridge but much more filling.
  • Rolled oats, crushed oats, and other "instant" variations are often used for this purpose nowadays, since they are quicker to prepare.
  • Gruel, made by mixing oatmeal with cold water which is then strained and heated for the benefit of infants and invalids.

Oatmeal has a long history in Scottish society because oats are better suited than wheat to the short, wet growing season. Hence it became the staple grain of that country. Ancient Scottish Universities had an holiday called Meal Monday, to permit students to return to their farms and collect more oats for food. Samuel Johnson referred, disparagingly, to this in his dictionary definition for oats: A bannock is a bread thinner than a scone. ... Wikibooks Cookbook has more about this subject: Oatcake An oatcake is a type of cracker or pancake, made from oatmeal, and sometimes flour as well. ... Ducks amongst other poultry The Poultry-dealer, after Cesare Vecellio Poultry is the category of domesticated birds kept for meat, eggs, and feathers. ... Caboc is a Scottish cream cheese, made with double cream or cream-enriched milk. ... This article is about the country. ... Skirlie is a traditional Scottish dish. ... An Irish breakfast consisting of sausages, black and white pudding, bacon and fried eggs, served with orange juice. ... Brose is a Scots word for a dish of oatmeal mixed with water or milk, and eaten with salt and butter. ... A tablespoon of rolled oats Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ... Gruel is a type of preparation consisting of some type of cereal boiled in water or milk. ... Binomial name Avena sativa Carolus Linnaeus (1753) The Oat (Avena sativa) is a species of cereal grain, and the seeds of this plant. ... Species T. aestivum T. boeoticum T. dicoccoides T. dicoccon T. durum T. monococcum T. spelta T. sphaerococcum T. timopheevii References:   ITIS 42236 2002-09-22 Wheat Wheat For the indie rock group, see Wheat (band). ... Meal Monday (also known as Oatmeal Monday[1]) was a traditional holiday observed by the ancient universities of Scotland on the second Monday of February. ... For other persons named Samuel Johnson, see Samuel Johnson (disambiguation). ... A Dictionary of the English Language, one of the most influential dictionaries in the history of the English language, was prepared by Samuel Johnson and published on April 15, 1755. ...

A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.

His biographer, James Boswell, noted that Lord Elibank was said by Sir Walter Scott to have retorted James Boswell, 9th Laird of Auchinleckand 1st Baronet (October 29, 1740 - May 19, 1795) was a lawyer, diarist, and author born in Edinburgh, Scotland. ... Patrick Murray, 5th Lord Elibank (1703-1778). ... Raeburns portrait of Sir Walter Scott in 1822. ...

Yes, and where else will you see such horses and such men?.[2]

A common alternative method of cooking oatmeal in Scotland is to soak it overnight in salted water and cook on a low heat in the morning for a few minutes until the mixture thickens.


In the U.S. state of Vermont oatmeal making has a long tradition originating in farm families. While there are variations, most begin with heavy steel cut oats. The oats are soaked overnight in cold water, salt and maple syrup. Early the next morning, before beginning farm chores the cook will add ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon and sometimes ground ginger. The pot is placed over heat and cooks for upwards of 90 minutes, being served after the chores with cream, milk, or butter. As most contemporary Vermonters no longer have farm chores, the recipe is simplified to a briefer 10 to 30 minute cooking at a higher heat. Vermont leads the U.S. in per capita consumption of cooked oatmeal cereal.[citation needed] This article is about the U.S. state. ... Steel-Cut Oats are whole grain groats (the inner portion of the oat kernel) which have been cut into only two or three pieces. ... Bottled maple syrup produced in Quebec. ...


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  1. ^ New Standard Encyclopedia, 1992 by Standard Educational Corporation, Chicago, Illinois; page O-8.
  2. ^ The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Including a Journal of His Tour to the Hebrides. Volume 3 by James Boswell. Publisher: Derby & Jackson, New York, 1858. Page 11.

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