- Making porridge in the microwave…..how?
I always enjoy a bowl of porridge at the weekend – made in a pan on the stove with milk and topped off with sugar – half a cup of oats and a full cup of milk. Milk soaks into the oats, I stir for around 7 mins and tadah – perfect porridge.
Over the weekend I bought one of these new-fangled microwave things with the idea that I could have porridge before work – usual, half cup of oats, full cup of milk, in a bowl, stir, place in microwave on full power for 5mins…………exploded porridge everywhere:(
Yesterday morning, much more cautious, 3 x 1.5mins on full power stirring in between, ended up with hard oats that hadn’t expanded and not soaked up the milk 🙁
This morning – tried to find a middle ground – porridge all over the microwave again 🙁
WHHHYYYYYYYY????? <shaking fist at the sky>
So, what do I do?Posted 5 years agoweeksySubscriber
less than 5 mins that’s for sure.
3 1/2 mins.
With stirring at 1 min intervals.
Quality of oats makes a huge difference to texture.
i find the Quaker oats soak up easier in the Micro. certainly more than the Tescos own cheap ones i’ve got this week which remain quite oaty afterwards.Posted 5 years agocinnamon_girlSubscriber
1/2 cup of oats, put into pyrex dish, add between 1 and 1.1/4 cup of water, cover and microwave on high for 2 mins 20.
No need for stirring. Gives you time to sort out the coffee!
Oats vary considerably in quality and also size, large oats tend to be chewy.
HTHPosted 5 years agojohnellisonMember
Method for 800W microwave –
1/2 cup porridge oats (I use Sainsbury’s own brand without problems)
1 cup milk
Mix in a microwaveable bowl.
2 1/2 minutes on full power, stir half way through. Result.
I use this method for both mine and the dogs’ porridge.
For the record, most own-brand supermarket oats are made by the same company that makes Quaker. I know this because I am currently engaged in designing robot gripper heads for their production facility in Fife.Posted 5 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
I’ve noticed that instructions for both porridge and soup in the microwave involve heating them at full blast until they either boil over or explode all over the place and then stir after the mess… On the other hand, if you ignore the instructions and run the microwave at about 25% power for three times as long it actually works!Posted 5 years agoidiotdogbrainMember
It’s probably cheating but I use Sainsburys’ own brand smooth porridge (aka Ready Brek) as it’s much easier to get right in a microwave.
Mix it in the bowl with milk to slightly runnnier consistency than ideal, nuke on full power for just over a minute, stir in sweet stuff if required, job done.Posted 5 years agosadexpunkSubscriber
Glass milk, 4 heaped tablespoons of oats, 2 min in the micro (800W). If it comes out a bit runny give it another 30s, if it’s too thick stir in a little cold milk.
+1. i usually pour in milk til its only slighlty above the level of porridge.
Making it in the pan takes 5 minutes. Why use the microwave?
Because it takes less than 2.5mins in the microwave.
and doesnt dirty a pan 🙂Posted 5 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
When I used to eat porridge (in my bike commuting days)., I always ate jumbo oats. IIRC mixture was something like 1/4 (or poss 1/3) cup oats. 1/2 cup milk.
Put in bidon in fridge overnight. Put bidon on bike in morning. Ride to work. Nuke for 2-2.5 mins in office kitchen.
Or longer when the milk froze on the ride in.Posted 5 years ago
Sums up why I avoid cooking if I possibly can, really. Follow the instructions to a tee, whatever it is generally ends up undercooked / overcooked / a horrible mess.
Cooking really is a Black Art for wizards / witches. If you ask me.
I eat a lot of salads!
[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFDQolLGhfg[/video]Posted 5 years agoCougarSubscriber
If it’s actually exploded, it’s superheated; you need to stir it before putting it in.
If it’s just boiled over, you’ve done it for too long. Undercook it, stir it, wang it back in for 30 seconds.
Once happened to me with soup. Doing a tin of Heinz cream of tomato, like I’ve done a thousand times. Just before it was due to ping there was an almighty ‘kin *bang* like a bomb going off, I tore the door open to find a near-empty bowl and a microwave that was orange with a few spots of white showing through. Always made a point of stirring it first after that.Posted 5 years ago
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