Has anyone ever actually slow-cooked porridge overnight?

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

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

fhdl34 Sun 17-Nov-13 23:33:32

Don't know but watching with interest

joanofarchitrave Sun 17-Nov-13 23:34:18

Jeez no. The only time I have read about it (in 'Highland Twins' by Lorna somebody) it was done in a pot over a banked fire, which presumably would be extremely low heat. I would never try it on a hob.

thornrose Sun 17-Nov-13 23:36:09

I'm sure I read it on the thread about keeping warm.

BasilBabyEater Sun 17-Nov-13 23:37:58

In my menu book for slow cooker it says you can do it, but am filled with disbelief.

Might try it just this once though

JollyGolightly Sun 17-Nov-13 23:38:18

joano I believe she meant in a slow cooker. I've tried this, it was gross, with a big thick crust on the top. You're better off soaking the oats overnight and then zapping in the microwave.

hmc Sun 17-Nov-13 23:42:10

No, not when it only takes 4 / 5 minutes simmering in a pan on the hob. I can't see the point

PearlArgyle Sun 17-Nov-13 23:45:16

I have. I'd like a foolproof recipe as mine turned out like blancmange, complete with crust.

SageMist Sun 17-Nov-13 23:48:14

I have. It burnt. Don't do it.

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

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

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.

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).

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.

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

You are all right.

I shall abandon this absurd idea

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.

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

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

I've got a huge bag of jumbo oats needs using up, so maybe slow cooking is the way to go.

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

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.

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.

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?

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

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