What is the difference between oatmeal and rolled oats?
Asked by lconalis on Apr 09, 2009
Rolled oats are the same as old-fashioned oatmeal. To prepare oatmeal, the oat grain is dried and roasted and the hull (the outer surface covering) is separated from the kernel. The hulled grains are then cut to a uniform size, steamed and rolled into flakes. The more finely the oats are cut, the faster they cook. Quick-cooking oats have been cut more finely than rolled oats, and instant oats are partially cooked and then dried and rolled very thin. Steel-cut oats skip the steaming process.