When I first wrote my “Steel Cut Oats vs Rolled Oats” comparison, steel cut oats were not that popular. Health aficionados were aware of them, but the average consumer either didn’t know they existed or could not find them in popular stores.
And when you did find them, they were very, very expensive!
Steel cut oats have since risen in popularity, and today, you can find them in many stores at a wide variety of prices. Many health food stores carry the Bob’s Red Mill and McCann’s brands, which are good, but rather expensive. But more and more health food stores, large and small, are selling steel cut oats in bulk. This makes the oats a great value!
So if you are looking for the best price on steel cut oats, here is some help:
The Stores and Pricing
Here is a list of stores where you can purchase steel cut oats (mainly stores that offer bulk pricing on their oats.) Stores are listed in alphabetical order. Note that this is not an exhaustive list of stores… so if you know of more, please post them in the comments section below!
Bob’s Red Mill
You can find these oats in the store, but go online and you can get better deals on the bulk packages! I have seen the 25lb bag of oats sell for as low as $11.60 plus shipping. (Unfortunately, shipping is rather expensive – think $30 for the 25lb bag of oats.)
With twelve locations in Florida, Maryland, and Cape Cod, you might have one of these organic and natural health food stores near you. Most are in Florida, however. I have heard the bulk steel cut oats sell or $1.29 per pound.
Just watch the name – while the stores are now all “Earth Origins,” some used to be “Mother Earth Markets.”
WinCo is a West-coast store chain that sells oats in bulk. The name actually stands for “Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California, Oregon,” so if you live in those states, check it out. I have seen reported prices as low as $0.68 per pound for Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats.
Many local markets carry steel cut oats in bulk. Here in Pennsylvania, there are quite a few farmer’s markets, as well as small stores run by the Amish, and most carry oats.
My personal favorite market is Way Fruit Farm in Port Matilda, PA. It’s right outside State College, home of Penn State University. They sell steel cut oats in bulk super cheap – last time I was there, I got them for $0.82 per pound!
Per-Serving Price Comparison
How much less do you spend buying in bulk?
Here is some information on price per serving when it comes to buying pre-packaged oats such as Quaker, Bob’s Red Mill, Arrowhead Mills, etc. This will give you a good idea of the cost savings when you purchase steel cut oats in bulk!
Here is a quick look at the prices from my local Wegman’s in State College, PA:
Quaker steel cut oats – 24oz – $4.99. That comes to $3.32 per pound.
Arrowhead Mills organic steel cut oats – 24oz – $3.79. That comes to $2.53 per pound, much less than Quaker.
Bob’s Red Mill organic steel cut oats – 24oz – $3.49. That comes to $2.33 per pound, much less than Quaker, and a bit less than Arrowhead Mills.
Organic steel cut oats in bulk – 16oz – $1.79. Therefore, $1.79 per pound. That isn’t even a cheap price for bulk steel cut oats, and it’s still a whopping 46% less than buying the Quaker brand!
Clearly, buying steel cut oats in bulk is the way to go. When you consider there are about 10 servings (1/4 cup each) per pound of oats, you can enjoy a bowl of steel cut oats for less than 18 cents!!