Now that I have picked a fight with oatmeal and checked off my list another inanimate object with which to yell at, I'll show you a short cut.
What you'll need:
- a bowl - big enough to hold 5 cups of stuff
- liquid measuring cup
- dry measuring cup
- If you need the "See Spot Run" version of what-you-need lists by now, just give it up and marry/date someone who knows what their doing.
Step 1: "Go soak your head" was once an insult.
I don't know what it means or why it was an insult, so don't ask. That's a Rob question. Let him bore you to tears with an explination. I'm here to feed you.
Take your bowl and using your LIQUID measureing cup add 4 cups of water to it. Why can I just use the dry measuring cup? Because you're figuring out volume not weight. The water doesn't have to be icy and it should never be hot. Luke warm or room temp is fine. Now, take the DRY measuring cup and throw in 1 cup of oats.* Leave it on the counter overnight. The oats will slowly suck up all of the water and be easier to cook the next day.
*Note: This is what is called a 4 to 1 (or 4:1) ratio. That means you have 4 cups of water to each cup of oats. With me? Good....::sigh::
Step 2: Look Ma! I'm eating my oatmeal!
Technically you can boil the oats for 10 minutes and then let them soak overnight. Either way, when you get up in the morning put the soaked oats in a pot and bring it to a hard boil and cook for another 7 to 8 minutes. Remember to stir and scrape the bottom of the pot so nothing sticks to it.
Remove from the heat and add in whatever you like: raisins, brown sugar, butter, cranberries, go nuts!
Nuts would be good too :)