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jessinEC Nov 20, 2011 12:46 PM

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.

  1. mattstolz Nov 20, 2011 01:03 PM

    i would suggest baking it if making it for a large group actually.

    recipe is just an example, can customize it however youd like:

    http://annies-eats.net/2011/09/12/bak...

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      asf78 Nov 20, 2011 01:05 PM

      I can't advise on cooking oatmeal, but here some additional mix-in ideas:

      chopped banana
      chopped apple
      craisins
      really, any chopped fruit (canned peaches might work if fresh are not in season)
      for a super-special treat, mini-chocolate chips
      maple syrup
      honey

      If I think of any more, I'll post them.

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        piccola Nov 20, 2011 06:03 PM

        Toasted coconut is good, assuming it's not included in your nut ban. You can use nut-free granola, too -- it adds some crunch.

        Apple or pumpkin butter work well, too.

      2. paulj Nov 20, 2011 01:12 PM

        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.

        1. todao Nov 20, 2011 01:15 PM

          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.

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            Erika L Nov 21, 2011 08:11 AM

            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.

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