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Old 17.01.2011, 00:19
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Re: breakfast for kids-what do you do?

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I bought some oats (avena?) from co-op, and nuked them in the microwave with milk for 3 minutes but they were still tough like cardboard, and the milk hadn't gone even remotely creamy like it does with the oats I used in the UK.

So, was it just that I needed to nuke them for longer?

I'm desperate to be able to make porridge like back in the UK as my three year old has eaten it with fruit since forever, and I'm tired of using my suitcase weight limit on trips back there briging back kgs of porridge!
Hmmmm...I have only nuked the instant type of oat meals. Anything else you really have to cook, no? I also think you can only nuke the really shredded ones. Have you tried coop for those?
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Re: breakfast for kids-what do you do?

Just need to add more liquid (I do half milk, half water). Normally do mine in a saucepan, rather than microwave, but only cook for a few minutes.
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Old 17.01.2011, 00:48
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Hmmmm...I have only nuked the instant type of oat meals. Anything else you really have to cook, no? I also think you can only nuke the really shredded ones. Have you tried coop for those?
I nuke this style of ones:

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They're not Ready Brek-style, like dust, but they're not big, complete oats the size of small raisins - somewhere between the two (I've got the big, chewy oats too, but find they don't work so well for porridge; I use those for biscuits). A portion for one person takes about 4-5 mins of nuking with 1 part oats and 2 parts milk.

Nuking them is great, because you don't have to watch them or stir, and can get on with emptying the dishwasher, packing the school snack, etc etc. I did a test of taste/ texture compared with cooking them in the saucepan, and couldn't tell the difference. You end up with something that isn't too tediously chewy for quick eating/ fussy kid eating, but still has a good amount of texture and 'bite' to it for adult tastes.
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Old 17.01.2011, 01:09
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Re: breakfast for kids-what do you do?

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I bought some oats (avena?) from co-op, and nuked them in the microwave with milk for 3 minutes but they were still tough like cardboard, and the milk hadn't gone even remotely creamy like it does with the oats I used in the UK.

So, was it just that I needed to nuke them for longer?

I'm desperate to be able to make porridge like back in the UK as my three year old has eaten it with fruit since forever, and I'm tired of using my suitcase weight limit on trips back there briging back kgs of porridge!
I buy the cheaper of the two varieties that are in my local coop. (these are the slightly softer ones); a handfull of those with half a coffee mug of cold water splished on top, and microwaved for 2 minutes - sufficiently soggy and very hot, ready to have banana and yogurt on top - on the table to eat within 2.5 minutes if starting.

They also make the perfect base for home made muesli - add whatever nuts and dries fruit you want, for a basic mix. Or also add honey that has been melted in a litle oil. Mix it all up, spread on a shallow roasting dish and dry it out in a slow oven till it is sort of crispy. I make enough to last me a month at a time.
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