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Organic Steel Cut Oat Groats, 42 lbs.

Irish oatmeal, steel cut oatsOur steel cut oat groats are certified organic and perfect for baking & cooking purposes. Whole oats normally have a hull (also called a "husk") that surrounds the kernel, and the hull is basically inedible unless you're a horse, or similar. A groat is the oat kernel that has had the hull removed. (Oddly, the terms "hulled oats" and "dehulled oats" both generally refer to oats that have had their hulls removed... in other words, oat groats.) Once oats have had their hulls removed, they receive a minimal kilning treatment that prevents fats from becoming rancid (and this renders the germ non-sproutable). There's no such thing as a "home oat dehuller", so buying bulk stabilized oat groats is the way to get oats for use in your home kitchen. 

Steel cut oats are oat groats that have been chopped with a steel blade; steel cut oats are used for cooking, and are sometimes referred to as “Irish oatmeal”. 

During the process of light kilning, a few oat groats routinely become trapped temporarily in the conveyor system and get a little over-toasted, then later re-enter the grain stream. The exterior of those oats will be a darker brown color. Most buckets will have none of these kernels, but they may be present in any bucket up to a level of roughly a couple of kernels per cupful of grain. Even at the highest incidence, these darker kernels make no difference in the taste or other characteristics of the grain.

Convenient & safe storage

Our oat groats are certified organic and non-GMO, and come in six-gallon buckets (or pails... another word for the same container), containing 42 lbs. net weight of grain. The bulk steel cut oat groats in our bucket packaging have a shelf life of ten years. When you store grain at home, it needs to be protected in a couple of ways. First, it needs to be protected from a variety of little critters who'd like to get to it before you do. Weevils and rodents, for example. You also need to protect your grain from picking up excessive additional moisture, which can be drawn from the atmosphere. The buckets our organic steel cut oats come in provide full protection against these storage risks. They have airtight gasket-sealed lids, and oxygen absorber packets that remove the oxygen from the air in the bucket after we put the lid on. Our buckets safely lock out pests, so your steel cut oats enjoy complete peace and quiet until you want to use them. Note: If you don't already have a bucket lid removal tool, they make lid removal easy (see lower section of this web page).

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All of our whole grain oat groats are cleaned to ensure purity. Our steel cut oat groats are cleaned to 99.99% purity by weight. To clean, the oat groats are processed using a screener, gravity table, de-stoner, and magnets. Achieving this level of quality may require further processing yet, through a color sorter. No liquids, soaps or additives of any kind are used in the cleaning process.

Shelf Life

Amaranth and steel cut oat porridge

Our organic steel cut oats have a shelf life of 10 years when unopened and stored in a cool, dark, dry environment.


All of Pleasant Hill Grain's grain products are natural (non-GMO). Also, PHG does not sell any grains, beans, lentils, pulses or seeds sourced from China.

Uses & Nutrition

Common oats (avena sativa) are a cereal grain that’s high in soluble and insoluble fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. Oats are popular both as human food and livestock feed. The plant will grow in a variety of environments, but does particularly well in fairly wet climates. Oats are particularly rich in the mineral magnesium—a co-factor to many enzymes which help the digestion system to run well by allowing glucose into the bloodstream and helping insulin from the pancreas control these blood glucose levels. Oats may either be flaked (rolled), cracked, or ground into flour and are nutritional when eaten either cooked or raw. Due to their high levels of beta-glucan, oats are significantly helpful in lowering cholesterol levels as well as maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Oats are also a good source of manganese, selenium, and phosphorus. The steel cut oats on this page are processed in a facility that handles wheat, barley, soy, tree nuts, sesame seed, and mustard.

The term “oat groats” refers to the oat grain kernel after the inedible hull has been removed. Whole oat groats can be ground into flour for baking, cut into steel cut oats, or rolled into flakes for hot cereals, cookies, bars, etc; this processing style is known as “rolled oats” or “flaked oats”. Sometimes you’ll hear of “instant oats” or “quick oats”, and these terms simply mean that the rolled oats have been pressed extra thin to shorten the cooking time.

There can be confusion with the word “oatmeal”; is it the staple breakfast porridge, or is it another way to refer to rolled oats? The word is actually used both ways! Muesli is a soaked, raw version of oatmeal.

By purchasing whole oat groats, you’ll be able to make fresh, wholesome oat flour or rolled oats at a moment’s notice. Flaking oats is a snap with an oat flaker. Kids have a lot of fun running manual flakers to help with oatmeal cookies, or breakfast porridge! Rolled/flaked oats can be used to make oatmeal, porridge, muesli, granola bars, fruit dessert toppings and more. To cook, boil 1 cup rolled oats with 4 cups water for 30 minutes.  Whether baked, cooked, or raw, food tastes soooo much better when it's fresh—and oats are no exception!

Oats are a soft grain and can easily be made into flour using a blender, or any electric or manual grain mill

Oat flour provides texture to dishes and its mild flavor pairs well with cinnamon, dried and fresh fruit, thyme, mushrooms, walnuts, coffee, and coconut.

Looking for whole oats? Avena nuda, or “naked oats”, is an ancient variety of oats that grows with a very loose hull that’s removed easily by threshing, which means the oats can be sold whole. Since the hull is so loose on naked oats, it doesn’t protect the oats from disease the way the tighter hull on common oats does. Naked oats are also more fragile, making them more likely to shatter when ripe and be damaged in harvesting. Because of the difficulty in producing naked oats, they aren’t widely produced, making them hard to come by.

Along with many other grains, oats contain phytic acid. Phytic acid can bind to some minerals in the gut and block their absorption into your body, keeping you from utilizing those much needed nutrients. The best way to minimize this is to soak oats groats, rolled oats or oat flour in an acidic liquid for at least twelve hours before cooking or baking with the grain. By soaking oat groats in an acidic liquid, the enzyme phytase can neutralize the phytic acid. An acid such as whey, yogurt, kefir, lemon juice, or even apple cider vinegar should be added to the water you’re soaking the grain in to initiate the enzyme activity necessary to neutralize the phytic acid. Oat groats have a very low phytase content, so it’s good to add a food with a high phytase level to encourage the enzyme activity. Rye contains more phytase than most other grains, so adding rye flour really boosts the enzyme activity. If soaking whole oat groats, remember to dry them completely before grinding or flaking.

Oat bran is the edible, outermost layer of the oat groat kernel. Oat bran has better insoluble fiber content than any other grain’s bran and also has good protein, vitamin and mineral content. Oat bran is a good addition to bread dough, other baked food, and cereal. 

Oat milk is a non-dairy milk made by soaking whole oat groats, or steel cut oats, and then blending them with water, and pressed the mixture through a cheesecloth or other fine strainer.

Additional Options

Pleasant Hill Grain offers over thirty kinds of whole grain products!

Our foods category offers many selections of baking ingredients, delicious dried fruits and vegetables, long-term storable foods, canned meat, fish and poultry, sweeteners and more.

As a whole grains shopper you may also be interested in hand crank and electric grain mills and grain flakers as well as heavy duty Bosch mixers, Ankarsrum (formerly Electrolux) mixersHäussler spiral dough mixers and Famag spiral dough mixers!

Gamma Seal Lids are remarkably practical two-part gadgets that transform standard plastic buckets into rugged, gasketed, resealable storage containers that are both air-tight and water-tight.

Shipping Zones

Please note: The shipping zones below are for the 48 contiguous states. For shipment to AK/HI, please call (866) 467-6123 or email us for a cost quote.

Grain shipping zones

Need a LOT of grain?

When you order a full pallet of grain (36 buckets) or more, you earn a discount of $25 per bucket. And if you order 3 full pallets or more, the discount is $30 per bucket. (See the discount amounts in the table below.) These terms apply to this offer:

  • Your order may consist of a single product, or any combination of these grain, beans, rice, etc.
  • Total quantity must be a multiple of 12. So you can order 36 or 48 or 60 buckets, but not 37 or 55, for example.
  • You must have a quantity of at least 36 buckets, in a total quantity divisible by 12, in your cart for the discount to apply.
  • This offer applies to grain, beans, lentils, rice, or oilseeds (such as flax) that are packaged in buckets.
  • All buckets must be in stock.
  • The order can be delivered in one of two ways:

1.) It can be delivered to a business address with a forklift or dock and which is NOT also a residence. 

2.) OR the order may be picked up at the freight terminal in your area, within 3 business days of arrival. (Storage charges would start after 3 days.)

Bulk Superpail Discount

No. Buckets Bucket Discount Total Discount
36 $25 $900
48 $25 $1200
60 $25 $1500
72 $25 $1800
84 $25 $2100
96 $25 $2400
108 $30 $3240
120 $30 $3600
132 $30 $3960
144 $30 $4320
156 $30 $4680
168 $30 $5040

Orders of 36 buckets or more will receive the discounts above automatically, in your shopping cart. Please give us a call or email if you have any questions!


Organic steel cut oat groats.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/2 c. (100g)
Servings Per Container:
Amount per serving
Calories 326
   % Daily
Total Fat 6.67g 10%
Saturated Fat 1.1g 8%
Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Dietary Fiber 8.9g 35%
Sugars 0g
Protein 13g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 4%
Iron 28%

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BrandMountain High Organics
GMO FreeYes
Gluten FreeYes
Allergen StatementFacility handles wheat, barley, soy, tree nuts, sesame & mustard.
Product Weight (lbs.)45 lb.
Net Weight42 lb.


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