Valve Developer Union

Making the Jump to Raw Oats

(January 26, 2018)

(Community guide by Jax)


What the fuck Jax

The food in my life has always been fresh. From broccoli as a young child, green grapes as an adolescent, and now raw oats, one could say I need and want to eat like a rabbit.

It all started four days ago when I took a trip to my local Walmart late at night. I had walked the aisles up and down like a barracks inspector, and couldn't find anything that caught my interest. Cereal? Too sugary. Nature Valley bars? Too naturey. And then—like a glowing gift from the heavens, a cylinder with a bright red wrapping became apparent: Quaker Old Fashioned Oats.

Quaker Old Fashioned Oats

I knew what needed to be done. I grabbed a can and briskly walked to the self-checkout because I didn't have the patience to stand in line with anyone but myself and my oats. I paid quickly. I left quickly. Upon arriving home I gently tore off the green tabbed seal and opened the lid; greeted with a puff of decompression from the factory. I was there, with the quakers, and their oat factory, but only for a brief moment.

I didn't go through the formalities, no spoon and no bowl—just my fingers. I took a pinch of oats into the gaps of my fingers like I was about to feed a fish, and held it over my mouth. I think this was the first moment I could see a future where I eat oats daily.

Raw Oats

Time passed. And by time, I mean 3 days before the whole 1.02lb can was gone. Now I wait for the store to open so I can acquire more to feed my cravings. In the mean time, I have been keeping myself occupied on YouTube looking at various oatmeal recipes. If it's good raw, they have to be good with some milk/water, right?