How to Cook Oatmeal (the RIGHT way) + Video How-to

by Sarah Recipes, Traditional Preparation of Grains, VideosComments: 210

how to cook oatmealWhat is the best way to cook oatmeal?

Do you cook oatmeal in the microwave, quickly poured out of convenient, ready to use packets?  Do you think this is a healthy start to the day?

Reality Check: Ripping open a package of instant oatmeal, pouring it in a mug with some water and nuking it in the microwave for a couple minutes is NOT a nourishing breakfast!

Don’t get me wrong here – oatmeal can and should be a healthy breakfast!

How you cook oatmeal, however, is the critical step that most people completely miss and which determines how much nourishment and benefit you will actually derive from the experience. It is one of the most important cooking skills to learn yourself and teach children before they leave home.

Preparation determines how long the oatmeal will fill you up.  What good is a bowl of oatmeal if you are hungry again and ready for a donut fix by 10am?

Preparing your oatmeal the traditional way as practiced for centuries by ancestral societies will take a little planning on your part, but you will be greatly rewarded with a much more nourishing, digestible breakfast that will stay with you all the way to lunchtime!

Traditional peoples knew through observation that grains were very hard to digest and caused health problems over time for those who consumed them without careful preparation.

Throwing out those boxed breakfast cereals that are at least twice as expensive per serving and toxic to boot and replacing with a simple, nutritious bowl of porridge will also help your food budget considerably with no loss in pleasure or enjoyment particularly on chilly winter mornings!

TIP:  I’ve had people email me to complain that when you cook oatmeal by first soaking for at least 7 hours or overnight, it results in a sour tasting porridge.  I’ve found that soaking in water plus lemon juice produces a delightful and slightly lemony porridge that is not sour at all and absolutely pops with flavor!

If this still doesn’t work for you and you need help adjusting to the taste of soaked oatmeal, click here for an article that gives you an easy tip to make this transition with no fuss from your family.

In this brief video, I show you exactly how I cook oatmeal.  It requires the initial step of soaking the night before. Then, it cooks up quickly the next morning!   Be sure to refrigerate any leftovers for a fast warm-up on the stove on subsequent mornings.

Video: Cook Oatmeal the RIGHT Way

Cook Oatmeal the Old Fashioned Way


2 cups rolled organic oats (where to find)

2 cups filtered water

4 TBL lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, or yogurt

1 tsp sea salt


Mix the oats, water, and lemon juice in a pot.  Cover and leave on the counter (NOT in the refrigerator) for at least 7 hours or overnight.  If you have trouble digesting grains, feel free to soak for as much as 24 hours.

When soaking is complete, bring 2 additional cups of filtered water to boil with the salt and add the soaked oats mixture.  Cook oatmeal thoroughly for 5 minutes.

Traditional oatmeal is best served with liberal amounts of butter and/or cream for optimal assimilation of minerals. A natural sweetener, nuts, raisins or other fruit may be added as desired.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


Sources and More Information

How to Adjust to the Taste of Soaked Oatmeal

Soaked Oatmeal Benefits Without the Soaking?

Tiny Teff Grains Deliver Big on Nutrition

Why ALL Boxed Breakfast Cereal is Toxic

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The Healthy Home Economist holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mother to 3 healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, ABC, NBC, and many others.

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