By coville123 from Brockville
Toss oats, raisins, flax seeds, sesame seeds, and nutmeg. Transfer to large jar or scoop 1/2 cup portions into small sandwich bags and seal shut.
To make stir 1/2 cup of mix and pinch of salt into 3/4 cup of water. Microwave on high one minute, stir, and microwave until bubbling, about 45 seconds. Serve with milk and brown sugar.
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Transfer to an airtight container. Makes about 16 servings.
For breakfast: scoop 1/2 cup oatmeal mix into a bowl and add 1/2 cup water. Microwave on high for 1 minute.
By Laurie from Manitowoc, WI
If your family eats instant oatmeal, you can save a significant amount of money, by making it yourself. All you need is: quick cooking or instant oats, sugar (either white or brown), salt (I prefer kosher salt), and optional flavorings such as cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, or chopped dried fruit.
I use my stand mixer for this, but of course you could just use a bowl. First, combine 1/2-1 cup or so of sugar with two teaspoons or so of salt. Then mix in about two quarts of oats. Then pour the mix into whatever storage vessel you have.
This works out best if you have access to large bags of quick cooking oats. You can find such a thing through Costco, a food co-op, restaurant supply, etc. A 25 pound bag of Bob's Red Mill at my local Cash and Carry is $14.28, which works out to about 3.5 cents per ounce. For a quick comparison, a decent brand of oatmeal is about 40 cents per ounce. Granted, this doesn't factor in the small amount of sugar and other flavorings, but I think you get the picture!
By Vegetable Garden Cook from Beavercreek, OR
Is there a recipe for sugar-free instant oatmeal, plain or flavored?
By Linda L from Bloomington, IL
This is a good one that we use at our house:
http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2008 ... ts-a-visual-guide-and-cost-analysis/
As a busy single mom, I can certainly appreciate convenience foods. It is not necessary, however, to pay a high price for convenience with a little advance planning. For example, you can make your own flavored instant oatmeal packets by simply combining the ingredients (quick oats and the flavoring of your choice - brown sugar, cinnamon, etc) in a ziplock baggie ahead of time. If something requires both wet and dry ingredients, you can use two baggies (wet ingredients in one, dry in the other) and combine when preparing. To use the oatmeal example again, oats and sugar would go in one baggie, a mashed banana and vanilla in another.
By Leann D
I have also started making my oatmeal with milk instead of water. This gives you more nutrition for the same preparation time. (12/26/2004)
Directions for Each Oatmeal Packet:
Place 1/2 cup of the oats in a blender and grind until powdery. Then place in zip-lock bag along with all of the other ingredients. I make up a weeks worth at a time. When ready to use. Open one bag and pour in a bowl. Add 1/2 cup boiling water and stir. If you like thick oatmeal use less water and if you like thinner oatmeal use more water. Enjoy. Sandy-TN (01/13/2005)
Lori - Kansas City, MO (11/02/2005)
Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference. (04/16/2007)
I wanted to share a tip with all those busy moms who love instant oatmeal, but can't stand those awful prices. I take regular oatmeal and put it in my blender and just give it a few zaps, to break up the oats. You can add different ingredients to make it taste better.
Here are a few of mine.
All you have to do is bag up the mix. Be sure to only store dry ingredients. I like using dehydrated fruits and instant puddings. they store well and you can put them in single serve bags or bowls and all you need to do is add hot water.
By Melissa from Pine City, NY
I am so grateful for the ideas on add-ins! None of this had occurred to me before. I just mix my oats with powdered honey, purchased in large quantities at BulkFoods.com. Tastes like regular honey when mixed with water, but more convenient and slightly cheaper. (11/20/2007)