|Oats coming through the Marga Marcato Roller Mill|
I have a recipe for oatmeal muffins that I lovingly claimed from Cooking Light several years ago. I am not a big fan of oatmeal, so muffins is one of the few ways I eat oats and these muffins are AWESOME. My husband loves them dearly, ("devours" would be the appropriate term), but he jokingly calls them 'roto-rooter muffins', and unfortunately the name has kind of stuck. Let's just say they are high in fiber! :0)
The idea of rolling our own cereal flakes and making our own cereal intrigued me (the question of sweetening that cereal has not been fully thought out, lol!). One of the companies had a cereal with rice flakes, wheat flakes, dried strawberries, and dried blueberries that we thought was super yummy. However, aside from the fact that it had 12 grams of whole grains but only 3 grams of fiber (exactly how much of that whole grain is still whole or considered a grain by that point?), it also had quite a bit of sugar (especially for a "healthy" whole grain cereal!). Thus, I was on the prowl to find a mill that would be able to make rolled outs and cereal flakes. I am not sure where I first saw it / heard of it, but I found the Marcato Marga Roller Mill. My husband suprised me with one for Christmas :0) I felt a little bad because of the price, but considering its long term use, considered it more an investment and decided to just be happy about it and enjoy it!
There are 3 settings, one for flour, one for course ground grains (kind of like cracked wheat maybe?) and then one for rolled oats. The instructions indicate that you can roll the items back through a second time to make a finer grind, but getting the oat flour to go back through a second time proved difficult, so I would probably stick with a flour grinder if you are wanting flour. The bottom tray is removable, and plastic, yet to be proven, however in a family with 4 small children, plastic is not ideal, so we will see how long it lasts. The top hopper is also plastic but does not seem to be easily removed, if at all.
|Different outcomes for setting '#2'|
The first setting was a coarse flour. The second setting had three different settings (within the second setting) to adjust for a coarser or finer product (see picture at left). The third setting was the one for rolled oats. They were not a uniform shape like you might expect from a canister of Quaker Quick Oats; there were lots of shapes and sizes, and "roller" marks where you could see how they went through the roller.
Compared to a hand wheat grinder, the oats went through really quickly and easily. My kids were anxious about who was going to get the first turn and whose turn would be the longest, and they all had fun trying it out!
The real test was to see how they would turn out in our favorite blueberry oatmeal muffins recipe.
I guess I will be looking for a cereal recipe next, as well as some additional uses for the roller mill :0)
What yummy recipes do you have using oat groats or rolled oats?