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Jan 23, 2007 06:21 AM

oatmeal experts! i need your help!

if i want to cook a 1/4 cup of oatmeal w/ fat free milk, how much milk do i need to get that thick gooey consistency? the package said 1/4 cup of oatmeal w/ 3/4 cup milk for a minute in the microwave. i didn't use 3/4 cup of milk since it felt way too much and was cooking it for over 4 minutes when the milk boiled over but the oatmeal was still not cooked. WHAT DO I DO??

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  1. try cooking oakmeal first with water , add fat free milk at the very end. let me know the end result.

    1. What type of oatmeal are you using? If you're using "old-fashioned" or rolled oats, I think you would use about 1/2 c milk for 1/4 c. oats. If you're using steel cut oats, I think you would use about 1 to 1.5 c of milk for 1/4 oats.

      I don't have a microwave, so can't address that part for you. I do often cook my oats directly in milk, rather than adding milk at the end.

      1. Turn the heat down lower, and stir constantly. If you notice bubbling starting, stir more quickly and/or take the pot off the heat for a second.

        When I don't have the patience to stir, I'll let it boil for a few minutes, turn off the flame and cover it so it sort of steams, go do whatever I'm doing, and come back five or ten minutes later and turn the heat back on.

        You definitely need at least twice as much milk as oatmeal. 3/4 cup milk to 1/4 cup oatmeal shouldn't be too much, because oatmeal puffs up quite a lot while it's cooking. By putting in less you might have actually hindered its expansion.

        1. When I'm microwaving I use 1/2 c old fashioned oats and pour in enough milk to cover. Stir once and nuke on high for 2.5 minutes.

          1. For one, i put 2 handfuls of oats in small pan and cover with milk and generous dash of salt. Over lowest heat, stir until until it boils. Then remove from heat, cover for 3 minutes. Then eat.