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The Simple Way To Stop Oatmeal On The Stove From Boiling Over
By TALIN VARTANIAN
Oatmeal is a healthy breakfast option that can also be quite tasty when paired with the right toppings and flavorings, but nothing ruins breakfast quite like the oats and cooking liquid boiling over the edges of the pot and spilling onto your stove top. Luckily, we have some simple tips to avoid all that mess.
Cooking Detective explains that sometimes oats soak up too much liquid, which causes them to swell; steam is unable to escape the oats, and bubbles form in the hot liquid, over-boil, and spill out. To prevent this, stir the oatmeal as it simmers — it doesn’t have to be continuous, and just a few stirs will take care of those pesky bubbles.
If you opt for quick, microwavable oatmeal, use a large bowl that is deep enough so that the ingredients do not rise above 2/3 of the dish's height; it's also helpful to leave the bowl uncovered so the steam can escape. Follow these steps, and you’ll never have to clean oats off of your stovetop or microwave plate again.