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Old 04-18-2011, 09:52 PM   #1
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Crockpot oatmeal a la McDonald's

Love theirs. Tried to make some with maple syrup, cinnamon, milk, raisins, and home dried apples in the crockpot, ended up with utter glop. A total "duh" moment. Pectin from the apples made a slimy, semi-inedible mess. Smelled really good, though. Maybe a good facial scrub. I have not found a good recipe for it yet. Ideas?
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:03 PM   #2
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My Mom used to make oatmeal using apple juice for the liquid. It always came out right.
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:41 AM   #3
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Why make it in a crockpot ?
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:40 AM   #4
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Love theirs. Tried to make some with maple syrup, cinnamon, milk, raisins, and home dried apples in the crockpot, ended up with utter glop. A total "duh" moment. Pectin from the apples made a slimy, semi-inedible mess. Smelled really good, though. Maybe a good facial scrub. I have not found a good recipe for it yet. Ideas?
Maybe use dried apple? I know that most of the pectin in apples is in or near the skin. I seem to remember using dried apple in oatmeal with no problem.

Maybe use more liquid, it might not even be the pectin in the apples.
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:36 AM   #5
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Why make it in a crockpot ?
I remembered seeing a recipe for it somewhere, minus the fruit. Good for a big batch I thought I could freeze and take to work.

I might have cooked it too long. It just disintegrated into slime. The apples were dehydrated.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:39 PM   #6
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I remembered seeing a recipe for it somewhere, minus the fruit. Good for a big batch I thought I could freeze and take to work.

I might have cooked it too long. It just disintegrated into slime. The apples were dehydrated.
I'm thinking that you must have cooked it way too long. Even "real" oatmeal (the good stuff) doesn't take long on the stove.
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:55 PM   #7
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I've been meaning to try Alton Brown's overnight crockpot oatmeal recipe. You need to use steel-cut oats to cook them that long (8 or 9 hours on low).
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:03 AM   #8
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I've been meaning to try Alton Brown's overnight crockpot oatmeal recipe. You need to use steel-cut oats to cook them that long (8 or 9 hours on low).
I love steel-cut oats and I've tried Alton's crock-pot recipe and, as much as I love nearly everything I've tried that he's demonstrated, I was sorely disappointed in the oats. I followed the recipe to the letter and just didn't like the texture or the taste.
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Old 04-20-2011, 01:00 PM   #9
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I have yet to try the crock pot oatmeal but I agree about the steel cut oats. All the recipes I have gathered for it call for steel cut oats because they hold up better to long cook times. Maybe that would work better in your recipe.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:20 PM   #10
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I use my crock-pot as a bain marie to cook my steel-cut oats overnight and it works like a charm. I've never been disappointed in the texture.

I use about 3.5 c water, 1 c rice/almond/soy milk, generous hit of salt and 1 c steel-cut oats. It takes about 8 hours on low and are fine on low up to about 10.5 hours. (I put everything into a glass bowl and then pour water around them until I'm about one-inch short of the top.) You could easily substitute apple juice for the milk / fake-milk for a portion of the cooking liquid.

I've not tried them on the high setting, will have to experiment with that here soon.
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