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Freezing Prepared Oatmeal?

I have high cholesterol and want to start eating oatmeal daily, but the instant is not effective in lowering it. Has anyone tried making oatmeal in a large batch and then freezing it in single serving sizes to reheat in the morning?

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By Charlie. (Guest Post)
March 19, 20050 found this helpful
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Use milk instead of water before freezing. Add some Equal or Splenda, sugar substitute. When defrosting in microwave, add a pinch of water. When done you may add cut bananas or raisins, or both.
OR BOTH.

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March 19, 20050 found this helpful

My mother loves oatmeal, so she started making oatmeal muffins. I believe the recipe came from Jane Brody's cookbook. She's used to be the food editor (and probably still is) for the New York Times. My mother typically doubles the recipe and makes about four dozen muffins which she freezes. She takes whatever she wants out of the freezer and heats it up in the oven. I use regular oatmeal and simply cook it in the microwave.

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It takes 3 minutes to prepare, and tastes just like the stuff that is prepared on the stove. If you are looking for the healthiest stuff, you want steel cut oats, and they are the principal ingredient in Irish oatmeal, but that takes substantially longer to cook. I don't think freezing it would work well. It would get freezer burn, and then get all mushy when you tried to reheat it. The microwave method takes no time. I simply cook it in a measuring cup. I do that for my husband on a regular basis.

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March 19, 20050 found this helpful

Will the quick oats help you? If so, I eat the quick oats daily and find that just adding boiling water to the oatmeal cooks them enough for me.

Christy

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By Margie Minard (Guest Post)
March 19, 20050 found this helpful

I would think that microwaving frozen oatmeal would take longer than cooking the quick oats each day in the microwave...to 1/2 c quick oats, add 1 c water and zap at full power for 90 seconds. I use one shake of salt too. Then sweeten with a teaspoon of fructose (fruit sugar) and cinnamon and add milk. REALLY good!!!

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March 19, 20050 found this helpful

I use the Old-fashioned oatmeal, as I don't like the instant. I cook in the microwave each morning.

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one cup water, 1/2 cup oats, dash of salt. Cook 4 minutes and then I add milk and sliced banana, no sugar.

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By Annie (Guest Post)
March 19, 20050 found this helpful

You can make your own instant oatmeal by doubling or quadruplelling the recipe. Place half of it in the blender and grind it till quite fine. Add the rest, pulse a couple of times - there you have it - instant oatmeal. Microwave as usual.

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March 19, 20050 found this helpful

A lady I work with mixes regular oatmeal (not instant) with milk and refrigerates it over night. (without cooking it!)
In the morning she microwaves it just to heat it up, adds sugar, a bit more milk if needed and enjoys! This way you're getting the benefits of non-instant oatmeal with some time saved.

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March 19, 20050 found this helpful

I use to cook my Oatmeal on top of the stove and eat it with milk and sugar. But, I stopped doing that and all I do is put about 3 tsp.

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in a coffee cup and put a lil water to cover the oatmeal. Then nuke it for about 1 minute. Then I sprinkle cinnamon and half a swt n low. I don't miss the milk at all. YUM YUM

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By Steve (Guest Post)
March 20, 20050 found this helpful

I have been steaming organic oat groats, purchased from a natural foods store, in my Cuisinart steamer for the past couple years. I generally freeze the oats in 1/2 or 1c portions. After defrosting, I add a tablespoon of ground flax, soy milk, berries, etc. which ensures a delicious, healthy, low cost meal. See Diana Mirkins 'How to cook whole grains' via www.drmirkin.com/

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March 21, 20050 found this helpful

We use the oat groats too! My kids wouldn't eat oatmeal when it was mushy instant, but they LOVE this!

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I just cook 3 days worth and it keeps fine in the frig in a tight sealed container for three days.

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By (Guest Post)
March 21, 20050 found this helpful

All very good ideas already, so I would say, if you are still interested in freezing it, try a serving, and see how it turns out, then you will know if you like it and is convenient for you. A friend of mine just makes a big batch and keeps in the fridge.

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By Coreen (Guest Post)
March 22, 20050 found this helpful

#1, if you use quick oats, all you have to do is bring the water to a boil and stir in the oats and let it stand for a minute. Freezing it would mean thawing it, and then you have to heat it up anyway. We put in flax seeds, walnuts, raisins, grated apples, or whatever we have on hand.

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It's like dessert! My husband's cholesterol is like a 20-year-old's!
#2 Try eating uncooked regular oats mixed with milk, raisins or other dried fruit, any dried seeds, and fresh fruit. We learned this from the Nearing's books about self-sufficient living. They called it Horse Chow. It's unbelievably tasty!

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March 26, 20050 found this helpful

When I saw my doctor about high cholestral. He told me about microwaving oatmeal and he said it is good for you. The recipe is 2/3 cup water, 1/3 cup quick cooking oatmeal and microwave for 3 minutes.

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By Emily (Guest Post)
June 11, 20060 found this helpful

Trader Joe's stores sell frozen single servings of steel cut oats, but they're pretty expensive. I think you can freeze the ones you make, though. You can soak oat groats like people have said, which makes them really really good for you, since it preserves the enzymes that help you digest the food. If you want to use a "healthy" sweetener, I'd recommend stevia or agave nectar, b/c they don't raise glucose levels (contributes to diabetes) and they are low in calories. Stevia's sometimes called "nature's healthy sweetener" or something like that.

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By Erick (Guest Post)
April 25, 20070 found this helpful

After you cook the oatmeal, put individual servings in zip lock bags then freeze. Take em out in the morning and throw one in a boiling pot of water.

Editor's Note: I wouldn't recommend putting plastic bags into a boiling pot of water, unless the bags are made for boiling. Freezing the portions is a good idea but it might be better to put it into a bowl and microwave it to heat it up.

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