- I am wondering if it is possible to cook porridge in the crock pot
I know my grandmother used to do something similar to this with a hay
box way back before slow cookers were invented. She would bring the
porridge to boiling the night before, and then put it in a box filled
with hay, cover the closed saucepan with more hay and put the lid on -
in the morning fresh cooked porridge.
So, would this be possible in my crock pot on low? Especially if I
started with the ingredients cold - some mornings the rush in this
house is unbeliveable (usually those ones when I am slated to drive
the school bus).
- --- In email@example.com, "Annette" <mommamacnz@y...> wrote:
>ABSOLUTELY, Annette! There aren't many mornings around here when we
> I am wondering if it is possible to cook porridge in the crock pot
> over night?
DON'T wake up to slow-cooked porridge of one grain or the other. I
feel like I have my own short-order cook. I'll give you what I do,
but you will have to experiment with your own slow cooker, taking
into account the higher temps of the new ones. In general, the
rougher the cereal cut, the better. Old-fashioned rolled oats or
even oat groats, 5-, 7- and 10-grain whole grain mixes, barley & rye
flakes, teff, amaranth, millet, and so on. I generally combine
grains, but use mainly rolled oats. For instance, 2 2/3 cups of
rolled oats and 1/3 cup of teff, barley, whole kasha or millet. What
works in my medium Rival Crock-pot (the new one, I might add) is 3
cups of rolled oats and about 7 cups of water, then cook it on "Low"
overnight. Depending upon how many hors are in that "overnight," and
how cold/hot the ambiant temp in the kitchen is, it may or may not
scorch a little. I try to put it on about an hour before I go to
bed, so I can work in a good stir. Somehow this helps keep down the
sticking. The following morning, I stir it up very well, scraping
off the sides--unless it's really scorched, then I leave the sides
alone! LOL! If it's too thick, then I stir in a little extra water
or juice. Then I stir in 1 cup of dry powdered milk, which I have
pre-measured in little jars and sitting there for me. I like the
idea of us getting the extra calcium boost and I just like oatmeal in
milk. Butter and brown sugar are also there, or dried or fresh
fruit, depending upon the time element. If you really want something
special, hook up your little Crockette to cook alongside with some
dried apricots, prunes, or apples and raisins in water to barely
cover. These will be GREAT on top of your porridge. HTH Email me
privately if you want to discuss it further.