We wanted to share some great ways to bring breakfast back into focus. Many of us rush around in the morning, and if we do grab breakfast, it is a cup of coffee and a bar, in the car, on the way to work or school. Even worse, many of us sit in long take out lines, waiting on Ronald or the King to cook and serve our meal.
Enter the humble oat groat. With so many forms of preparation, this grain has been around for many centuries, and is eaten raw as muesli, cooked into porridge, made into breads, cookies, and cakes, and even added to crumbles that top your favorite cobblers and crisps.
Oatmeal, in its purest forms, is nutritious and delicious, but who has time to cook oats? Irish oats, also knows as stone-cut or pinhead oats, have a texture that is fun to eat. However, these oats are also the roughest cut, so take the longest to cook. If you are trying to avoid processed foods, then Irish oats are the way to go. These are simply broken grains. The Scots, who first used oats to feed humans, used to soak the grains overnight in salted water, then boil quickly in the morning to thicken them.
Enter the Harvest Right Freeze Dryer. There are so many ways to bring this old-fashioned treat back to the table. Try making a crock pot of Irish oats, then dividing into silicone molds or muffin cups. Top each with a bit of jam, fruit, or streusel topping. Add cinnamon and raisins to some. Let each family member choose their favorites. Freeze dry these little single servings, and this becomes an instant meal, easily rehydrated with hot water. Now each person gets their morning favorite, and nobody is standing over the stove.
You can also use your freeze-dried fruit. There are several types of oatmeal, including old fashioned, rolled, quick, and instant. Making any of these will be faster than Irish oats, and you can grab the container of apple straws, peaches, cherries, or pears, and make that bowl of breakfast sing good morning.
Remember, any time you make breakfast, make extra. Freeze dry it. Vacuum seal in small portion bags and store in a basket on the counter. Each family member gets to pick their choice, and everyone leaves home with a hot meal to warm them.
The Harvest Right freeze dryer is the perfect appliance to help you feed your family well, and keep everyone on track with those new year’s resolutions to eat healthy at home. Know what is in your bowl. Make it yourself. Let us help. Give Harvest Right a call today!