Published July 1, 2009. From Cook's Illustrated.
For emergencies only?
In a preliminary tasting, we found quick oats far inferior to chewier, more flavorful rolled or steel-cut oats in oatmeal, so we took them out of our larger oats tasting. Of the four brands we tasted, one fared best but was recommended only with reservations—overall, tasters agreed that it was “Bland City.” Two brands of quick oats were a step down, while one pricey brand lagged far behind, with tasters likening its mushy texture to “nursing home food.” With comments like these, who cares if quick oats cook in a minute?