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Has anyone ever actually slow-cooked porridge overnight?

(34 Posts)
BasilBabyEater Sun 17-Nov-13 23:32:39

I know it's possible in theory. But what happens in practice?

justputitoff Fri 11-Nov-16 13:08:51

I do it every day, it's lovely. Have an oven with a timer though and NB it has to be pinhead oatmeal, not porridge oats - could be why it doesn't work for so many people?
Night before put measured amount of porridge (depends on number of people but 1 person approx 1.5 oz) in pan. Then add 4 times the amount of liquid (I do half water half milk, but you can just do water, it still comes out 'creamy') If you measure the amount of porridge in a small cup by eye, you just do four times that amount of liquid by eye IFYSWIM? Pinch of salt if you like it. Put on lid, pop in oven. Set oven delay timer to cook for about 2 hours cooking on very low (about 80 degrees C) timed to turn off just as you come down to breakfast.
In the morning - sit child down, pour porridge into bowl. Totally instant and - crucially - not too hot. IfI make it at breakfast time it is boiling hot, so then it takes ages to cool/they moan it's too hot.
Can you tell I am not the type that gets out of bed a second before I have to....

Mamagin Fri 04-Nov-16 09:21:21

"It's bad form to resurrect a zombie thread and bear hadn't noticed"
I don't understand why it is bad form. Who says?
Surely it is someone using the search engine correctly, and utilising the answers that were already given, and just adding another question or more information.

(Goes to resurrect as many zombie threads as I can)

SoupDragon Fri 04-Nov-16 08:23:29

It's bad form to resurrect a zombie thread and bear hadn't noticed.

Maybe Misty hadn't noticed either when she bumped it.

princessconsuelabannahammock Fri 04-Nov-16 08:20:40

I have done it and it's lush. It takes some fiddling to get the quantities right. I make it with half water and milk, then add raisins and cinnamon - my Scottish grandad will be turning in his grave!

I also use a timer so it comes on 4 hrs before I need it to be ready. I pop the leftovers in the fridge and reheat with a bit of milk. Yummy.

PurpleDaisies Fri 04-Nov-16 08:15:18

Are you new magamin?

It's bad form to resurrect a zombie thread and bear hadn't noticed.

SerenaJoy Fri 04-Nov-16 01:10:31

I know it's an old thread but in case anyone is still interested wink here's my slow cooker porridge recipe (requires timer plug):

Night before put 1 cup porridge oats, pinch of salt, 1 cup water and 1 cup milk in slow cooker. Stir. Set timer to come on at 5am, on the high setting. Ready at 7am. This makes enough for my two children, they love it. No gluey mess, no crusty bits smile

Mamagin Fri 04-Nov-16 00:49:30

Did you mean to be so rude, Purpledaisies?
I was quite interested, and so was Bear.

BearGryllsHasaBigRope Fri 04-Nov-16 00:42:14

Oh silly me. Zombie thread

BearGryllsHasaBigRope Fri 04-Nov-16 00:36:56

I tried. It burnt badly and nearly ruined my pot. Took a lot of bicarb to sort it out...

PurpleDaisies Fri 04-Nov-16 00:31:43

Do you honestly think anyone on the thread cares?! It's three years old...

MistyMesecev Fri 04-Nov-16 00:30:26

Doing it tonight actually, looks good so far!!!!

bundaberg Tue 19-Nov-13 16:16:17

you don't need to cook it overnight. you can just leave the oats to soak in milk/juice/water overnight in the fridge and then warm it up in the morning

MinesAPintOfTea Tue 19-Nov-13 16:08:56

I buy cheap standard supermarket oats. Then when we get downstairs in the morning its 1 cup parts to 2 of milk in a largebowl. 2 minutes in the microwave, put kettle on and get ds into high chair

Stir, another min in microwave, make the tea

Stir, another minute, usually load the washing machine at this point

Spilt some off for ds, add extra splash of milk and golden syrup and its done. Under 5 minutes, the washing machine us on and I have a cup of tea. Why use the slow cooker?

Flibbertyjibbet Tue 19-Nov-13 15:58:38

We did it in the slow cooker when I first heard about this idea. It was horrible like a big clump in the bottom of the pot. I make it with water so its not like the milk made it go clumpy.

I get mornflake oats from quality save, one cup oats to 2 cups water, bung on hob on medium heat while kids are getting dressed, after 10 mins its ready. No need for so called 'instant' stuff.

The slowest approach we take is to make it up with the water the night before and let the pan stand then just bring it slowly up to heat the next morning. The kids and dp put milk on it when its in their bowl, to cool it down. I won't have it made with milk the pan is much harder to clean!

Agree with someone else that this was probably done overnight on a fire that was going out so a very very low heat. Not a hob.

tb Tue 19-Nov-13 15:53:17

I tried it when I first got an Aga - overnight in the simmering oven. It was spot-welded to the pan. Never again.

I suppose you could leave the oats to soak in the milk overnight, which might knock about 30secs off the cooking time the next morning. I wouldn't have thought it was really worth it.

bunchoffives Mon 18-Nov-13 00:20:03

You do need more milk than normally though. Or I dilute with water - about half as much again as the milk. Tis delicious done like this.

Persevere with the absurd idea. wink

TeamEdward Mon 18-Nov-13 00:19:34

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

CarolBornAMan Mon 18-Nov-13 00:16:12

We do this and it works great.. Kids and dh all eat at different times so this means food is ready for tham when they need it.. Only one bowl to wash and it tastes great.. Not gluey, gross orcrusty at all

PoppyInTheFog Mon 18-Nov-13 00:13:51

How did the magic porridge pot go? cook little pot, cook?

I would imagine it would work out quite £££ to have it cook all night rather than a few minutes on the hob.

BasilBabyEater Mon 18-Nov-13 00:10:46

You are all right.

I shall abandon this absurd idea

pengymum Mon 18-Nov-13 00:08:59

Only takes a few mins on hob so don't know why you would want to tbh. Will go gluey, cooked too long!
Unless you've got the old style oats that need looong cooking? Think most stuff we buy now is processed so only needs short cooking, but not sure.

iklboo Mon 18-Nov-13 00:08:27

No - and I'd be having nightmares on the lines of The Magic Porridge Pot! (I'm on antibiotics & co-codamol at the minute. My dreams are even weirder than usual).

LakeFlyPie Mon 18-Nov-13 00:00:58

4 mins in microwave in a bowl that doesn't take up half of the dishwasher.
Can't see the appeal of SC porridge myself.

BasilBabyEater Sun 17-Nov-13 23:56:34

I like the idea of getting up to ready made porridge but you are talking me out of it mumsnet

MonstersBalls Sun 17-Nov-13 23:51:07

I can't understand why you would really. I read it on the keeping warm thread and it doesn't strike me as very cost effective. confused

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