Debra Lynn Dadd

Oatmeal

QUESTION:

Hi Debra,

I have two questions for you. I make oatmeal every morning, using a full glass of milk and frozen fruit. I do this the night before. Making oatmeal takes a good bit of time and I would like to do about 4 days in advance. I am not concerned whether it taste as good as fresh off the stove but is there something I should be concerned about in terms of food safety? I am not sure if the mix of milk, grains, and frozen fruit (which I think usually has citric acid, etc on it to make it last longer), could create and environment for germs, or the milk should not be out of it's container, or some of other type of food safety concern. I know making it with water in advance is ok, but I am not sure about milk with the fruit. I store it in Tupperware. Thanks (I know this is a unique question!)

POSTED BY SUSAN :: PA USA :: 06/06/2008 10:52 AM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

I don't think there's a problem storing cooked oatmeal with milk and fruit in an airtight container in the refrigerator for four days. It's OK to take milk out of the carton as long as it is refrigerated.

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

Seems to me it would be more nutritious if you put some in the freezer and defrost it as needed.

POSTED BY MARY :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 07/12/2008 10:12 AM


I have been eating oatmeal made with milk (or soy milk) for breakfast every day for many years. I started making it the night before during summer because I was sweating while eating warm oatmeal and drinking hot tea. I didn't want to waste electricity or $ on cooling the whole house by a few degrees just for a quick breakfast. The cold oatmeal is yummy to me as long as it's made with milk or soy milk.

The only thing I would advise is to store your oatmeal in a glass or ceramic container that has a decent lid and don't put the warm oatmeal into plastic tupperware. I only make one serving at a time so mine goes in a bowl with a plate for a lid (thanks Debra for that great tip).

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: You're welcome. Now I need to mention that I don't recommend soy milk. I for one can't eat soy without messing up my hormones. Read The Whole Soy Story.


POSTED BY JG :: NORTH CAROLINA USA :: 09/01/2008 2:54 PM


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