Perfect Porridge, Please!


Most mornings I eat outmeal for breakfast, and after experimenting with packets and cups and flavored and quick and old-fashioned, I think I have finally arrived at the perfect bowl of outmeal.  So, of course, I want to share the results of my “testing” with you, my friends.

P1020072(1)  The “cast of characters” and the “tools of the trade”.

P1020073(1)  A half cup of old fashioned-style oatmeal (not “quick”).

P1020075(1)    Add 1 cup of water, a pinch of salt and some raisins.

P1020076   I believe the instructions on the store-brand box of oatmeal (which I’m now glad I had to buy because they were out of Quaker!) are the secret to really good outmeal, “5-6 minutes at 50 percent power“!   The little longer time combined with the lower power, make the outmeal the perfect texture — more the texture you get when you cook it on the stovetop. (And, the lower power also keeps it from running over in your microwave!)

P1020085(1)   Cooked, but not “cooked to death”!

P1020086(1)   One packet of regular Splenda decreases how much of the higher calorie Spenda brown sugar is needed to make the sweetness “just right”.

P1020087(1)   Who would have thought to even try to make fat-free half and half?  I don’t know — I just know I really like it!  Although, I consider it a “treat” and use one percent milk most of the time, to save calories.

P1020089(1)  In my opinion, a perfect early-morning breakfast is my favorite oatmeal …

  P1020069(1)  … along with a beautiful sunrise out the window.

12 Responses to Perfect Porridge, Please!

  1. C. Beth says:

    Yum!! I thought I’d invented cooking raisins WITH my oatmeal; turns out I didn’t! 🙂 I love how they plump up during cooking, and even my two-toothed toddler can easily eat them.

    Looks good!

  2. Hilary says:

    Well now you’re just making me hungry! I’ll have to refer to that cooking method (except for the sweetener which I’ve discovered is wrong for me, and probably the half and half – I’m a skim milk lover) when I’m back in my own kitchen (I’m at Frank’s for a few days). I’m also hungry for that sunrise, as it’s pouring rain here at the moment.

  3. cathy says:

    I also eat old-fashioned oats for breakfast a lot of the time. I use a big bowl to keep it from boiling over in the microwave, so I’ll have to try to 50%. Glad to get that tip. I also put a bit of cinnamon in mine and sometimes pure maple syrup. Mmmm…good stuff!

    I’ll try your method this morning! It’s still early enough here that I’ve not yet eaten breakfast.

  4. Sandra says:

    Beth — I love how it plumps the raisins too. I’m not a huge fan of raisins just by themselves, but I LOVE them in oatmeal.

    Hilary — I love beautiful sunrises like that almost as much as I love my morning outmeal. 🙂

    Cathy — I sometimes put a little cinnamon in too. Kind of like liquid oatmeal raisin cookies! 🙂

  5. cathy says:

    Mmmm – just tried it – you’re right – the PERFECT bowl of porridge – I even braved the small bowl – and it didn’t boil over! Thanks for the tip – I’ll continue to use it.

  6. Sandra says:

    Cathy — I’m so glad some of the results of my experimenting worked for you too!

  7. chrissy says:

    I’ll have to try it, it really does look like perfect porridge!!

  8. Sandra says:

    Chrissy — I hope you like it. You know how that goes — when you just love something and suggest it to someone else, sometimes they don’t like it at all!

  9. Chourou says:

    Hi,Sandy. A perfect breakfast with a splendid sunrise!Great. Saving calories, looks like a good tip for moi.I like outmeal.Thanks.

  10. Sandra says:

    Hi, Chourou — It’s nice to hear from you! Thanks for visiting.

  11. Amy O says:

    I love the Sunrise photo. The pinks are wonderful. However, the oatmeal….. For some reason I can’t down oatmeal. I don’t recall having it as a child but I just can’t get myself to try it.

  12. Sandra says:

    Amy — Many of our likes and dislikes are because of what we ate when we were growing up, aren’t they. But, even though I did eat it sometimes when I was growing up, I have just developed my real LOVE of it in the last few years. So, you can never tell — even though you don’t like it now, something might happen sometime to get you interested! Then, you can come back here and re-read my suggestions on making it the best! 🙂

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