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Dec 31, 2011 04:13 PM

Instant Oatmeal

Can anyone recommend a good (or acceptable) instant oatmeal?

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  1. I always use the Quaker plain then add whatever other ingredients I like to jazz it up.....dried cherries or cranberries are a personal favorite.

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    1. re: jenscats5

      I really like the Kroger private selection organic maple oatmeal.

      1. re: foodie06

        Kroger private selection is my fave, too. I take it with me when I travel for work. But usually, I just make up a pot of steel cut on Monday, and eat them all week.....

        1. re: jeanmarieok

          The Kroger maple and brown sugar is my favorite, it's better than Quaker instant. I nuke 2 packets in a bowl with milk and when it is done, mix in some chopped nuts and dried cranberries or raisins, yum!

    2. I am so over instant oatmeal, although I do keep a few packets of Quaker or Trader Joe's plain or maple in my desk for emergencies. I've started making a big batch of traditional oatmeal on the weekend (only takes 1/2 hour) and then just nuking some with whatever flavorings I want each day.

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      1. re: DrMag

        Instant oatmeal is good for baking ingredients.

        1. re: DrMag

          Steelcut oatmeal in the slow cooker was a revolution for me. It reheats like a dream, better than regular IMHO.

          1. re: CanadaGirl

            How long do you cook in the slow cooker, I was planning on doing it soon. Overnight? or can it be shorter than that? Is it better or just easier than stovetop, I'm curious.

            1. re: coll

              I find it both easier and better than on the stove. It ends up really creamy, but still has that great texture you only get from steel cut oats. I have only done it overnight. Here's how I do it:
              1. Find a bowl that fits inside your slow cooker. I actually use an 8 cup Pyrex measuring cup.
              2. Add oatmeal and water and/or milk and any spices you like to bowl.
              3. Add water to slow cooker, as high as you can without flooding the bowl.
              4. Cook on low overnight. It will keep for a long time after cooked, so if you have people eating at different times it works. But it also reheats beautifully.

              I suppose cooking on high for longer works. The water bath keeps the edges from overlooking. I always mean to cook extra, but my kids devour it!

              1. re: CanadaGirl

                Oh glad you told me about the water bath. Although crispy edges might not bother me too much. I have an unopened box of steel cut oats that is ready to expire and I refuse to throw it out! I hadn't used my Crockpot (yeah it's that old) in forever, then used it for mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving, and the bacon bourbon dip recipe I found here for Christmas. Even thought mine is smaller than the newer models, I'm really glad I hung onto it.

                1. re: coll

                  I just bought a brand new slowcooker, and it's a CrockPot. Says so right on the front :)

                  1. re: CanadaGirl

                    Well they must know what they're doing! I think Rival owns the name.

        2. They all taste about the same, but Quaker is a good standard.

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          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            My wife often eats this for breakfast, but I think it tastes rather blah.

          2. I've been eating the Quaker Quick Oats, just 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water and 1 minute 30 seconds in the microwave. Then I stir in natural peanut butter, sliced bananas, and dried cranberries for a very filling breakfast.

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            1. re: alliedawn_98

              I use 1/2 cup oatmeal that I grind in a food processor, and add 1 1/4 cup of 2% milk and microwave for 4-5 minutes on medium. When all of the liquid has been absorbed I add a dash of vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp Penzey's baking spice and occasionally a little bit of honey.

            2. I'm really liking oatbran these days.
              3/4c of water, 1/3c of the oatbran. Mix. Microwave for about 70sec. Stir and let sit for a minute.
              I then top with brown sugar and sometimes raisins, finish with milk. Pretty good and simple to make.