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    Jim Elbrecht Guest

    Default Green foam on irish steel cut oats

    Here's a new one for me.

    I picked up a bag of organic oats from the bulk bin in a health food
    store yesterday.

    I used to use McCanns- I've been using Country Choice for months. I
    used the same pot & process this morning- but the new oats.

    I boil 4 cups water- add oats- stir until the foam goes away- cover
    over a double boiler- and go about my business for 1/2 hour.

    Everything looked fine when I covered it. 45minutes later I came
    in from moving some snow around and my wife asked me what the green
    stuff was on this morning's oatmeal.

    She had scooped some off for me before she stirred the pot and got her
    bowl. It is apparently not a quick acting poison, as she is
    still alive and has had no ill effects.

    She just figured it was some new type of oatmeal I was trying. [which
    it was-- but I didn't expect the green-ness] It tastes fine, and
    smells like good oatmeal.

    I'm going to call the store when they open-- but in the meantime, has
    anyone else had post boil green foam form on their oatmeal?

    Jim

  2. #2
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Green foam on irish steel cut oats

    On 12/01/2011 8:24 AM, Jim Elbrecht wrote:
    > Here's a new one for me.
    >
    > I picked up a bag of organic oats from the bulk bin in a health food
    > store yesterday.
    >
    > I used to use McCanns- I've been using Country Choice for months. I
    > used the same pot& process this morning- but the new oats.
    >
    > I boil 4 cups water- add oats- stir until the foam goes away- cover
    > over a double boiler- and go about my business for 1/2 hour.
    >
    > Everything looked fine when I covered it. 45minutes later I came
    > in from moving some snow around and my wife asked me what the green
    > stuff was on this morning's oatmeal.
    >
    > She had scooped some off for me before she stirred the pot and got her
    > bowl. It is apparently not a quick acting poison, as she is
    > still alive and has had no ill effects.
    >
    > She just figured it was some new type of oatmeal I was trying. [which
    > it was-- but I didn't expect the green-ness] It tastes fine, and
    > smells like good oatmeal.
    >
    > I'm going to call the store when they open-- but in the meantime, has
    > anyone else had post boil green foam form on their oatmeal?


    The green foam is nothing to worry about. It is the result of enzymes
    reacting with hard water. It has no taste and no ill effects.
    I usually get it with my steel cut oats because I have very hard water.

  3. #3
    Jim Elbrecht Guest

    Default Re: Green foam on irish steel cut oats

    Dave Smith <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On 12/01/2011 8:24 AM, Jim Elbrecht wrote:
    >> Here's a new one for me.
    >>
    >> I picked up a bag of organic oats from the bulk bin in a health food
    >> store yesterday.
    >>
    >> I used to use McCanns- I've been using Country Choice for months. I
    >> used the same pot& process this morning- but the new oats.

    -snip-
    >
    >The green foam is nothing to worry about. It is the result of enzymes
    >reacting with hard water. It has no taste and no ill effects.
    >I usually get it with my steel cut oats because I have very hard water.


    thanks- I wonder what McCann and Country Choice do to avoid that. We
    do have hard water-- but we've been eating steel cut oats 3 days a
    week for a year or two-- and 'often' before that. Never got the foam
    before.

    Jim

  4. #4
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Green foam on irish steel cut oats

    On 12/01/2011 11:20 AM, Jim Elbrecht wrote:

    > thanks- I wonder what McCann and Country Choice do to avoid that. We
    > do have hard water-- but we've been eating steel cut oats 3 days a
    > week for a year or two-- and 'often' before that. Never got the foam
    > before.
    >

    FWIW... I noticed it when McCanns was the only steel cut oats I could
    find. I have been buying it at the Bulk barn for a fraction of the
    price of McCanns and I don't get the green foam.

  5. #5
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Green foam on irish steel cut oats

    On Wed, 12 Jan 2011 08:24:52 -0500, Jim Elbrecht wrote:

    > Everything looked fine when I covered it. 45minutes later I came
    > in from moving some snow around and my wife asked me what the green
    > stuff was on this morning's oatmeal.


    It's the national color of Ireland and Irish steel cut oats, dumbee!

    -sw

  6. #6
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Green foam on irish steel cut oats

    On Wed, 12 Jan 2011 11:20:17 -0500, Jim Elbrecht <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Dave Smith <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>On 12/01/2011 8:24 AM, Jim Elbrecht wrote:
    >>> Here's a new one for me.
    >>>
    >>> I picked up a bag of organic oats from the bulk bin in a health food
    >>> store yesterday.
    >>>
    >>> I used to use McCanns- I've been using Country Choice for months. I
    >>> used the same pot& process this morning- but the new oats.

    >-snip-
    >>
    >>The green foam is nothing to worry about. It is the result of enzymes
    >>reacting with hard water. It has no taste and no ill effects.
    >>I usually get it with my steel cut oats because I have very hard water.

    >
    >thanks- I wonder what McCann and Country Choice do to avoid that. We
    >do have hard water-- but we've been eating steel cut oats 3 days a
    >week for a year or two-- and 'often' before that. Never got the foam
    >before.
    >
    >Jim


    The green foam is minute bits of plant matter containing chlorophyll.
    McCann's oats are toasted and polished so the plant matter containing
    chlorophyll is removed/negated. But most if not all the no name bulk
    oats are actually barely out of the field and processed very
    minimally. Chlorophyll does not dissolve well in water, hardly at all
    in hard water so the green is more pronounced, the solvent for
    chlorophyll is isopropyl alchohol.

  7. #7
    dsi1 Guest

    Default Re: Green foam on irish steel cut oats

    On 1/12/2011 3:24 AM, Jim Elbrecht wrote:
    > Here's a new one for me.
    >
    > I picked up a bag of organic oats from the bulk bin in a health food
    > store yesterday.
    >
    > I used to use McCanns- I've been using Country Choice for months. I
    > used the same pot& process this morning- but the new oats.
    >
    > I boil 4 cups water- add oats- stir until the foam goes away- cover
    > over a double boiler- and go about my business for 1/2 hour.
    >
    > Everything looked fine when I covered it. 45minutes later I came
    > in from moving some snow around and my wife asked me what the green
    > stuff was on this morning's oatmeal.
    >
    > She had scooped some off for me before she stirred the pot and got her
    > bowl. It is apparently not a quick acting poison, as she is
    > still alive and has had no ill effects.
    >
    > She just figured it was some new type of oatmeal I was trying. [which
    > it was-- but I didn't expect the green-ness] It tastes fine, and
    > smells like good oatmeal.
    >
    > I'm going to call the store when they open-- but in the meantime, has
    > anyone else had post boil green foam form on their oatmeal?
    >
    > Jim


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