McCann’s quick cooking oatmeal is made from the finest quality Irish oats. These oats are specially grown and harvested for McCann’s by local farmers in accordance with a strict quality assurance program. They help in reducing the risk of heart disease and contain no sodium or cholesterol.
This oatmeal is the only kind that I have found to be gluten-free. It is tasty and cooks quicker and has better texture than rolled oat varieties of oatmeal. The New England Journal of Medicine published a letter in 2004 with lab analysis showing that McCann’s had significantly less gluten on median than two other brands; unfortunately, the analysis also showed that one of the four samples of McCann’s had high gluten, so it’s possible that there may occasionally be bad batches, or it’s possible that they mixed up their sample of McCann’s with the other brands since the other three samples were so different. The World Health Organization’s definition of gluten free is less than 200 parts per million (ppm), and the more conservative definition is less than 20 ppm. The four samples of McCann’s had gluten contents of: <3 ppm, 12 ppm, 23 ppm, 760 ppm. The second brand was around 100-200 ppm. The third brand was around 300-800 ppm. McCann’s is clearly better. I have personally had no problems with it, but I have had problems with the second and third brands that they tried.
The McCann Irish quick-cooking oatmeal itself is a good product, which I can highly recommend. The shipment, however, arrived in a large box with no packing material, nothing to prevent the boxes from being crushed in transit, inner packages of oatmeal floating around outside their protective boxes. Whoever packed this did so with no concern as to how the customer would store the product in pantry – in fact, it appeared they had no concern for their company’s reputation. McCann’s would be horrified! I’m disappointed and disgruntled. Suppose I had wanted to put one of these in a gift basket?
We found live black small insects crawling inside several of the unopened McCanns packs that I purchased from Amazon. I reported this to both Amazon and to McCanns customer service dept. Some called me from McCanns, apologized and sent an empty pre-paid carton to ship the item back to them for further analysis. She said that they would replace the item but never did. However, Amazon refunded my purchase amount. I threw away the packs that had live black insects in them. A total of four boxes. So, beware of live insects and look carefully before opening the packets if you buy these.
MargeneNeshanic Station, NJ
I went into the grocery store (Sobeys – in Canada) looking for McCann’s 5 minute Steel Cut Oats (which I absolutely LOVE). Unfortunately the store didn’t carry this variety, so I opted for this type. I was SO disappointed. I put it in the microwave covered in cold skim milk for about a minute, and when I took it out, it was MUSH! I can still eat Quaker Oats when they’re mushy, but this just had an awful taste. Even though the cooking instructions said to cook them longer, even the 1 minute made them sooo mushy! I for one love the chewy bite of steel cut oats, and am able to achieve a close enough mouth-feel with Quaker 5 minute oats (I microwave the oats with half water/half skim milk for about 2 minutes). I advise fellow steel-cut oat lovers to stay away from this one! Trust me! I eat oatmeal everyday for breakfast, and sometimes before my workout in the evening, and as a bedtime snack at night…. so needless to say, I know my oats! Lol
Verdict: Go for the 5 minute Steel Cut oats by McCanns – its AMAZING… Steer cleer of this quick cooking variety, and opt for Quaker 5 minute Oats instead!
I have purchased McCanns steel cut oats in both the regular and quick and easy versions and they are great. Thinking that was what I was purchasing, I accidentally bought this product instead. Frankly, it’s bad. I’ve made 2 bowls following the box method and a third bowl where I tried boiling the water first and instead of a creamy, nutty tasting porridge I get a thick mass that tastes like semi-dried paste. Ugh, if your eating this product, do yourself a favor and spend the extra 2 minutes to make the quick and easy steel cut oats.
The “add water” packeted hot cereals are unfit for use as glue. Steel cut oats, a great thing, require cooking worthy of a breakfast turducken. Between are the varied offerings of pastries and cold cereal with characters (I like Cap’n Crunch, the Cap’n, not so much the cereal) or the healthy items if unexciting to the eye from Trader Joe’s.
And this, a fine morning repast easily prepared, but not such that it can be done without attention and craft. It allows for variation: Vanilla, salt, brown sugar, dried bananas, mangosteen. It allows the eater to feel both a primitive in touch with earth’s grains and an urbane sophisticate preparing a meal of yuppie-store grains in a microwave.
The ne plus ultra of breakfast!
I bought this oatmeal accidentally and Amazon won’t take it back because it’s a food item. I couldn’t find quick-cooking steel-cut oats any more, so I thought this was the same deal repackaged. Wrong! Compared with steel-cut oats, this is mushy and not fun to eat. Anybody want to buy my 12 packages of this mushy stuff? Cheap!
GenesisDolan Springs, AZ
I use this to “stretch” flavored oatmeals; I found it mushy cooked in the microwave.
I bought the hype about there being little difference between this and McCanns steel-cut. Wrong! If you have had the steel-cut, this stuff is just soupy and bland. And the fiber difference? These oats are processed (cooked, rolled out, and cut into shapes), so in essence the fiber is gone Convenience? Big deal. Make up a big batch of steel-cut, refrigerate and nuke as you wish.
Do not confuse this product with the Irish steel cut oatmeal that must be cooked for 30 minutes. That is the best. This oatmeal is not as good, but for a quick cooking product, it is pretty amazing. You can have oatmeal ready in 5 minutes. This oatmeal is best with a little milk, some brown sugar, and some berries or dried fruit. I like dried dates and dried black figs combined in mine, but it is fun to experiment. It’s hard to believe that something this good is also good for you.
I just finished off my first box of “McCann’s Imported Quick Cooking Irish Oatmeal”. And boy did it go fast! Not because I didn’t get my money’s worth, but because it was so good. I usually have Oatmeal about 3 times a week, and have always been real loyal to Quaker Oats(not the instant), but I gave these a try and it is now my new favorite, and I have them almost every day now..
Following the cooking directions(this was my first time with a quick cook oatmeal),and cooking just a few minutes(add the oats and cold water together, boil and stir for 3-5 minutes), the oatmeal came out perfect for me the first time, and does every time. With the suggested 1/2 cup Irish Oatmeal to 1 Cup Water, the consistency, for me was perfect. Just a little creamy, and not too soggy. The taste was the big test though, and I loved it. I am cutting out sugar whenever I can, but my Quaker was still one place I used just a little, so I just tried a little non-fat soy milk on the McCann’s, and occasionally a spritz of a butter flavored cooking spray(just to have a little variety everyday), and I didn’t even miss the sugar at all. Of course, you can experiment by adding a little more oats if you like it a little thicker, or more water for a thinner consistency. Honey, raisins or other fruit go great with it too.There are also instructions for micro-wave use.
If you are a die-hard Quaker fan, and don’t want to just dive right in and buy a 6 pack, you can find this brand at the Trader Joe’s stores. I also saw the “McCann’s Steel Cut Oats” there as well, which I haven’t tried yet.
There is no sodium, sugars, or cholesterol. It’s low fat and calorie(2gm/150 per 1/2 cup dry serving). A good source of fiber and is pure and natural. Ingredients..100% Irish wholegrain oats. There are several different kinds of these oats available. Click on “McCann’s” at top to see the other selections.This one is the “quick cook”(not instant), has a gold trimmed box, with a creamy colored background and “Irish Oatmeal” on a green banner.
A satisfying meal that will keep you going until lunch.
Okay, so, remember to breathe, eat healthy and enjoy!…..Laurie
YonWhite River, SD
Sure, there are tons of oatmeal options out there and I’ve tried quite a few. McCanns is the best. For starters I don’t like mystery ingredients. McCanns has only one ingredient– oats, and they only use the highest quality. Because of the way the oats are cut they cook very quick. I micro mine with soy milk in 2:20. After cooking I add cinnamon, ground flax seeds, and some frozen blueberries for a breakfast of champions. After switching to this from eating cereal I’ve become very lean. I’ve recommended this combination to many others who have experienced similar results.
My wife is a great cook with discerning taste buds, and this is the oatmeal that she likes the best. It only takes 2 or 3 minutes in the microwave to make a bowl for breakfast.
McCann’s Irish Oatmeal, the QUICK COOKING choice, is excellent and very well priced.
However, there is a HUGE frustration!!
Frequently, the product is withdrawn from the line-up of several McCann’s Irish Oatmeal choices.
It disappears and reappears without explanation.
A notice should be offered regarding availability.
I would order MORE if I knew it might be withdrawn over certain periods!!!!
An outstanding product of uncompromising quality. A very important part of my daily diet and heart health regimem.
Bought this specifically because of the super low gluten content (if any). The husband and kids love it.
Taste great. I bought it twice, and plan on buying more.
Since I try to avoid sugar and eat healthily, I had been looking for a “quick” oatmeal that wasn’t laden with sugar or artifical sweeteners or flavorings. This oatmeal has been fantastic – you can make it in the microwave in under three minutes and it tastes as good as slow-cooked oatmeal. I add blueberries and nuts to it. Amazon’s price can’t be beat anywhere!
Yummy. This stuff is surprisingly quick cooking (not like the McCann’s that you buy in the steel cans), but is far superior in texture and flavor than the typical boxed oats (you know, the one with the smiling man on the label). I cook mine in skim milk, which adds no fat but provides creaminess that lets you skip the butter. A little honey on top is my preference, but oatmeal can be so many things to so many people.
After a lifetime of using Quaker oatmeal, I thought I’d give this a try. Not to knock the old American standby, but this is SO much better. Great taste and texture…it seems more restaurant quality. Although I always eat breakfast, my appetite isn’t that big in the morning so I use 1/3 cup of the oatmeal and 1/3 cup of water combined with 1/3 cup of milk. Using a little milk instead of all water adds to the flavor and texture. I cook mine on the stove top and it’s just as fast as the microwave…it starts boiling within a minute then I stir it until it thickens–usually just another minute. I usually add some sliced strawberries and a tiny bit of brown sugar and some stevia (if you haven’t tried stevia in place of sugar, you should!). I often add some ground flaxseed too.
I bought the steel cut oats (in the metal tin) that cook for half an hour. That’s just not realistic for me to use in the morning. Sure, they taste great, but it’s really a totally different taste and texture and I don’t have that time in the morning.
This is a product for anyone who likes the hearty taste and texture of slow-cooking oats, but doesn’t always have time to wait for it. Just a mix with water or milk and a quick zap in the microwave results in the taste and texture of real oatmeal, not the pale imitations of instant oatmeal. This product is thick and chewy, a stick-to-the-ribs kind of food that is a wonderful start to anyone’s day.
JeffersonGreen Cove Springs, FL
Very good product and very good service. Highly pleased. Will definitely order more.
This is a great gluten free treat. Eat it raw like breakfast cereal, with blueberries or sliced strawberries, milk, and a teaspoon of sugar. I keep it at work too, and eat it in a mug of milk for a snack. I store it in a couple of mason jars.
I love eating this oats. You must mix with hot water and then microwave for 2 mins to enjoy food. I didn’t have good experience mixing the oats with cold water and then microwave.
I’m a big fan of steel cut oats, but don’t always have the time to cook them. This is the next best thing. It has the taste of steel cut, but it only takes a fraction of the time to cook. Add a dash of vanilla, dried fruit and nuts, and you’ve got a healthy meal made in heaven.
FloSaint Paul, NE
I keep a box of this at work so I can have my daily oatmeal fix! It cooks quickly in the microwave & has a nice oat flavor. I add cinnamon & some dried fruit for an extra kick.
Our favorite year round. We switched to this quick version after having the traditional McCann’s for the last four years. This is wonderful and doesn’t take me an hour to make. Best of all, it still has a lower glycemic index and won’t make your insulin spike like the awful instant oatmeal stuff you can get at the supermarket. This brand stands up to being reheated too — I make about six servings at a time and then we microwave the leftovers with a little milk and maple syrup during the week to save time. Yum!
ClintonAlton Bay, NH
This is the only oat meal which I believe is certified to be Gluten Free. I have been using it for last 3 years, and have been very happy with it.
I first tasted McCanns in Ireland, my buddy lives in Nass. I had never liked oats before but this product is different. It has a very pleasant texture and really fills you up. My young son would actually ask for it for breakfast. That was something. My family has been eating it ever since, and I have turned my friends onto it also. Thanks for carrying this product as I now live in West Virginia and no one here carries it.
This McCann’s Irish Oatmeal is an ideal breakfast. It is easy to cook and
taste good and heart healthy. It’s a good way to start a day. The price is right and I would order again and agin.
Cecilia from Texas
CodyBuena Vista, VA