After all the hype here and elsewhere, we went out and got a can of McCann's Irish Oatmeal. I got up early today to make a batch. And I was not impressed. Compared to my 15-minute rolled oats, this was grainy and chewy, like a bowl of slightly underdone rice. What did I do wrong??
Here's what I did do: boiled 4 c water, added 1 c oats, stirred until the boil slowed down a bit, then turned to simmer for 30 mins, stirring occasionally. Did not cover the pot (as I do, partially, when I make rolled oats). I stopped the cooking around 28 mins when it was starting to get stuck to the bottom. I don't expect those additional 2 mins would have made the difference, so is this just an acquired taste or did my methodology have a fatal flaw?