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You Can Finally Stop Oatmeal From Overflowing In The Microwave
By Lori McCall
Oatmeal's popularity stems mainly from its convenience factor, but there are a few mistakes to avoid when cooking it in the microwave to prevent the oatmeal from overflowing.
Soak your oats overnight (at least 12 hours) to allow the water to penetrate the grain’s exterior, reducing the required cooking time and, therefore, the likelihood of a boil-over.
It is best to use quick and instant oats in the microwave and save steel-cut and rolled oats for stovetop preparation.
It's also important to note the proper amount of liquid to ensure the right consistency for overnight oats. We suggest twice as much liquid as oats to achieve the ideal texture.
Another way to reduce boil-over is by simply using a wider, taller-rimmed bowl or even a large ceramic mug.
Adding a fat source (like a nut butter) can help steam while heating which means fewer air bubbles pushing your oatmeal up and out of your bowl.