Didn't realize "steel cut oats' would generate so many questions. I don't cook in a crook pot, though you can soak them 3 water to 1 oats overnight to take cooking time down to 10 minutes, but that isn't what the OP was asking. I just cook them at night, then refridgerate. They heat up in 2 minutes and keep well for 4-5 days. Oats in whole form are called Oat groats and sort of look like plump rice. You can cook and eat those too, or soak overnight to make muesli. Steel cut is just a less processed form than rolled oats. Once you see a whole oat groat you can easily visualize that grain being "diced" into small pieces for steel cut, or rolled out for "rolled" oats.