oatmeal for a crowd
Hi -- I am Snack Mama at preschool tomorrow and I want to cook oatmeal (the 5 minute kind). I know that the basic ratio is 1 c of water to 1/2 c of oats -- but you lessen the water as you multiply. I'll need about 25 servings. My thought is to do 2 batches of 12 (since I don't want it sitting around for too long). Does anyone know how much I should reduce the water by? For 6 c of oats, how much water? And how much salt? Also, what are some fun mix-ins (not nuts) besides raisins, brown sugar & cinnamon? Thanks.
I can't advise on cooking oatmeal, but here some additional mix-in ideas:
really, any chopped fruit (canned peaches might work if fresh are not in season)
for a super-special treat, mini-chocolate chips
If I think of any more, I'll post them.
I think that 2:1 ratio applies across the board. Oatmeal does not cook long enough for evaporation to much of a factor. It matters with rice, but not oatmeal.
If oatmeal looks too dry or stiff, I add more water while cooking. If too wet, I just cook it longer.
I think I'd start with 7 ounces per cup of oatmeal and have a pot of boiling water handy in case I needed to thin it out. There are too many variables in this process to provide an empirical solution.
Not sure if this response is too late but maybe for your next turn as Snack Mama: crock pots make terrific large-batch oatmeal. Just google for proportions.