If you’ve ever purchased oats from Tractor Supply, you may have noticed that the oats come in two different forms: whole and rolled. While both types of oats can be used for many different purposes, from baking to livestock feed, there are some key differences between the two that may make one more suitable for your needs than the other.
Whole oats are exactly what they sound like – the entire oat kernel, or groat, is left intact. Because the groat is left whole, these oats take longer to cook than rolled oats and have a chewier texture. They are also less processed than rolled oats, making them a good choice for those who prefer more natural foods.
Whole oats can be used in many different ways, but they are most commonly used in oatmeal or as an ingredient in baked goods. They can also be ground into a flour that can be used in pancakes, muffins, and other recipes. If you plan on using whole oats for baking, it’s best to soak them overnight before adding them to your recipe to help soften them.
Rolled oats are made by steaming whole oats and then rolling them flat. This process helps to break down the hard outer shell of the groat, making rolled oats quicker and easier to cook than whole oats.
They also have a softer texture than whole oats. Because they are more processed than whole oats, some people prefer not to use them as often.
Rolled oats are most commonly used in oatmeal and granola, but they can also be used in baked goods or as a topping for yogurt or pancakes. If you’re using rolled oats in a recipe that calls for whole oats, you’ll need to soak them overnight before adding them to the recipe.
Can you plant whole oats from Tractor Supply?
You cannot plant whole oats from Tractor Supply because they have been hulled (the outer shell removed). Planting hulled oats will not produce new plants.