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How to Make Oatmeal

If the taste and texture of instant oatmeal isn't cutting it, try a bowl made the old-fashioned way.


  • Step 1: Soak the oats Place a cup of whole oats in the liquid, and let the oats soak in a covered container for four to eight hours.
  • TIP: You can substitute steel-cut or rolled oats for the whole oats if you want a faster-cooking cereal, but the presoak time is the same.
  • Step 2: Bring the oats and the soaking liquid to a boil. Then simmer them in the pot, uncovered, for 7 to 10 minutes.
  • Step 3: Stir the oats. The oats are ready when the excess water has evaporated and the oatmeal is not sticking to your spoon.
  • Step 4: Serve the oatmeal Serve the oatmeal topped with milk and sugar, a pat of butter, or raisins.
  • FACT: Oats are believed to have first reached the North American continent in 1602.

You Will Need

  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2-4 c. water
  • 1 c. whole oats
  • Container with lid
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Raisins
  • Steel-cut oats (optional)
  • Rolled oats (optional)

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