Oatmeal is one of those 'When you have to" meals.
No one looks forward to eating oatmeal, but it's always there, in the back of the cabinet, the Quaker Guy squinting at you with those beady eyes, the smug little grin, the 3-cornered hat perched on his flowing white locks.
He's a jerk, but in a pinch, he's your best friend.
The only bad thing about oatmeal is that it's tasteless. And the texture is gross. And it's annoying to make. And it's a pain to clean.
But take a look at the expression on the Quaker guy's face. You know what that emotion is? Patience. He knows you'll be reaching for that tub sooner or later. You'll be out of options, desperate for anything.
He knows.... he knows.
To make oatmeal, start with some water in a pot.
Keep in mind that the water will completely be oatmeal and then some, and if you end up with too much it's all getting tossed.
Noone keeps leftover oatmeal. I don't even care. Noone.
Boil up the water, then pour in the oatmeal.
Now about the Old Fashioned v Quick 1-Minute controversy:
Some people will buy the quick 1-minute stuff, but I think the stuff is gross. Grosser than Old Fashioned at least. Oatmeal is pretty gross to begin with, so waiting the extra two minutes for it to cook is worth it.
Though if your standards are already low enough to even be eating oatmeal, it probably won't make that much of a difference.
Getting the right texture of oatmeal is easy. Start with too much water, then just boil away all you need until it's finished.
Try eating oatmeal without brown sugar. Just try it.
I'm just kidding. Don't. Brown sugar is good. Stale raisins make it better.
|Item||Amount * Cost||Total Cost|
|Quaker Oatmeal||1/25 of tub||12 ¢|
|$3.00 / tub|
|Sun-Maid raisins||1/6 of package||20 ¢|
|$1.20 / package|
|Shur-Fresh brown sugar||1/40 of bag||5¢|
|$1.99 / bag|
|Total cost:||37 ¢|