Perfect Porridge, tip #4 Traditional Porridge – pinhead & coarse oatmeal

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Continuing my series on how to make the ‘Perfect Porridge’ this tip is all about traditional Porridge…

Porridge Tip #4 – Traditional Porridge – pinhead & coarse oatmeal

Cooking Traditional Porridge

Cooking Traditional Porridge

I tweet a lot (@porridgelady) about making what I call ‘Traditional Porridge’ in my bain marie. For me traditional Porridge is made using either pinhead or coarse oatmeal, a little sea salt and water. Because of my tweets I get a lot of questions on traditional Porridge so in this post I will introduce you to the oatmeal and in the next two posts I will show you how to cook with it.

As you can see from the photos below pinhead and coarse oatmeal are both very thick, rough grains. The difference between the two being that coarse oatmeal has been cut (often referred to as ‘steel cut oats’) whereas pinhead is intact. As pinhead is a larger grain it requires a longer cooking time, or even pre-soaking, whereas I cook coarse oatmeal from scratch.

Pinhead oatmeal

Pinhead oatmeal

Coarse oatmeal

Coarse oatmeal

For me the Traditional style is the most satisfying and filling of Porridge’s. It is a less processed grain with all the texture and flavour intact.

In the next two posts I will show you how to cook pinhead and coarse oatmeal so you can make your own Traditional Perfect Porridge!

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4 Responses to Perfect Porridge, tip #4 Traditional Porridge – pinhead & coarse oatmeal

  1. Matthew Stewart says:

    Are you sure that pinhead oats are the whole oat as in intact, I thought pinhead (uk) and steel cut (USA) were basically the same thing. It seems that your friends at Mornfoods are now calling there coarse oatmeal steel cut on there new packaging as we all become so Americanised.

    • Porridge Lady _ says:

      Hello Matthew, slight difference in the oats as steel cut, as the name suggests, are cut oats. Pinhead should be the whole oat (dehusked) but yes different brands call there oats be different terms.

  2. Jamie Taylor says:

    I do find it confusing
    Pinhead that I have seen is usually a dehusked or hulled grain steel cut into averagely 3 bits
    Pinhead, as your call it, is elsewhere called a groat
    And what is pinhead oatmeal if it is neither of the above?
    Thanks Porridge Lady

    • Porridge Lady _ says:

      Jamie the ‘pinhead’ you refer to, cut into three pieces is coarse oatmeal referred to as ‘steel cut oats’ in the U.S. Pinhead should be somewhere between this and a groat. However as already mentioned different companies call their oats different names which really doesn’t help 🙁

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