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Freeze Your Oatmeal in a Muffin Tin Today, Sleep in Tomorrow
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Rosemary September 30, 2019
As others have said - makes no sense with rolled oats. They can be cooked in the microwave in just a few minutes, no stirring or pan washing required. Steel-cut oats, yes, they do take some cooking time. Slow cooker overnight, anyone?
CLaborde June 23, 2019
I'm sorry, but this makes no sense to me. It seems it would take longer to defrost and heat up then it would take just to make it fresh. Rolled oats literally take 5 minutes from start to finish. Especially a single serve.
MMH October 19, 2017
I commented long ago but this is such a huge waste of time and effort and energy. You can microwave in seconds and there are such huge myths especially about steel cut oats. They all microwave in seconds.
Better Homes and Garden's recipe for rolled oats: Stovetop: For four servings, in a medium saucepan bring 3-1/4 cups water and 1/4 teaspoon salt to boiling. Stir in 2 cups rolled oats (old-fashioned). Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Seriously? For heaven's sake, why not just cook oatmeal in the morning? Instead of fussing over a microwave, just make oatmeal in a pan. It doesn't take that long to cook oatmeal and you can be sipping coffee while you wait.
Katie G. August 18, 2017
Theoretically, could I let this defrost in a container on my way into work and then eat it cold at my desk?
ktr May 8, 2017
I make old fashioned oats for my kids most mornings. I measure the oats into bowls, add boiling water from my electric tea kettle and cover with a kitchen towel or a plate for a few minutes (usually while they get dressed and I get a cup of coffee). Any leftovers get covered with a silicone lid and put in the freezer and added to the next days oats.
Suzanne H. May 7, 2017
Alternatively, cook a week's worth and let cool. Then apportion each day's serving into a simple plastic sandwich bag and stick them all in fridge. Each morning you pull one out, stick it in a serving bowl and microwave for 45 seconds. Ta da!
kevin May 7, 2017
I wish I saw this yesterday. I just made a small batch of Irish steel cut oats for 1, taking 30 min on the stovetop. I could have made a larger batch and tried the freezing method. Provided the frozen puck can be reheated in a bowl in the microwave in 2 min or less, this would be a welcome timesaver. I resort to pouches of pre-flavored rolled oats during the week, microwaved, and they just aren't nearly as good. Have any readers actually tried this yet? None of the comments thus far indicate they actually tried this out. Wondering if adding a little extra water and cooking al dente would eliminate the need to add moisture during reconstitution in the microwave, which would also finish off the cooking.
MMH May 7, 2017
This is nice but so much more work than necessary. You can microwave old fashioned rolled oats. It's - couple minutes in the microwave longer than instant. I do it with steel cut oats. The recipe is on every box. I don't see any reason to do this.
MMH May 7, 2017
I forgot to add that the night before you can portion it all out. The next morning you add the liquid, microwave, add in what you want and eat. I use frozen fruit added after and the heat of the oatmeal brings it all to temperature. Less dishes, less mess, less time. The method in this recipe is a waste.
Sarah J. May 7, 2017
This freezing method will work with steel cut oats, too. And it's great if you want to give your oats a little extra time and love in a way that wouldn't be possible on a weekday—https://food52.com/blog/19070-4-tips-for-better-more-satisfying-oatmeal; https://food52.com/recipes/21668-april-bloomfield-s-english-porridge; https://food52.com/recipes/40598-fermented-oatmeal-with-hazelnuts-figs-honey-black-pepper-and-buttermilk. You also don't have to measure *anything* at all in the morning (great for us truly groggy folks), and since you only have to add water, you can bring a couple pucks to the office microwave if you don't have time to eat at home.
WHB May 5, 2017
Such a fan of Sarah's kitchen adventures! One of many great ideas. Those brownies...
Ali N. May 4, 2017
I don't mean to belittle this concept in any way, but if I don't have time to make regular oatmeal, I'm unsure how standing over the stove defrosting a puck is going to help me in any way... I'm still a big fan of overnight oats in a takeout container to eat at my desk.
Sarah J. May 4, 2017
It takes a lot less time to defrost a puck than to make oatmeal from scratch—and you can always use the microwave for a super-speedy option. But yes, I love overnight oats, too. So easy!
Angela @. May 4, 2017
I like to freeze single servings of oatmeal with a little sugar and raisins (or other dried fruit) in a disposable paper coffee cup. I like having a homemade version of the shelf stable oatmeal cups sold at coffee shops and convenience stores. And, here in California I can throw the empty cup in our green waste/compost bin.
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