Would you want me doing this to your poor innocent stove? I think not.
I get everything set up, and I leave the room for a half hour after making sure that they are gently simmering in their water. I come back, and that was the sight that greeted me. Not much fun to clean up, trust me.
So how do I usually cook steel cut oats if not on the stove? I use a crock pot. I discovered this method after a thorough introduction to steel cut oats over at the fat free vegan kitchen blog.
My slow cooker was given to me by my parents after they got a new one, so it is rather ancient (well, let's just say that they got it as a wedding present and have been married 25 years or so). It takes me about 4 hours (sometimes 5) to cook my oats, but if I have homework or reading that needs to be, it is convenient to go stir it whenever I need to take a break. I cook two cups at a time, which gives me enough oats for an entire week's worth of breakfasts.
I really like steel cut oats because they are rather filling and a whole grain. To reheat my oats, I get a few scoops of cooked oats that are congealed and pour a little non-dairy milk over them. I put this in the microwave for a minute or so. Then I add a little maple syrup, ground flax seeds, and frozen raspberries and microwave it for another minute or two. Stir well, and you have a very satisfying breakfast indeed.