To reheat or not reheat, that is the question for oatmeal at least. There are many factors to consider, such as what type of oats you’re using or which meal you’re having, as determining factors. If you’ve already made oatmeal earlier and saved it, can it be eaten cold or does it need to be quickly placed into the microwave? With meal prep so convenient, does the reheating process need to be factored? These are all valid questions and the answers mostly come down to the eater’s preference.
When to Not Reuse Oatmeal
Reusing oatmeal that’s been previously cooked isn’t bad but there are some parameters to follow to ensure nothing goes bad. If the oatmeal hasn’t been left on the counter all night it should be okay to use. This means you should put the oatmeal you want to eat later in the fridge so that the ingredients don’t spoil overnight, even if they may not contain milk or other perishable ingredients the oats can still spoil.
Also don’t reheat oatmeal that’s been in the fridge for extended periods of time. If it smells bad or is forming mold, that should be a sign to not eat it. Sometimes it can be hard to tell if it's gone bad or not, if you’re questioning it then it's always best to just not use it if it's been a week or so. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
So you’re consuming the oatmeal from yesterday but you want to reheat it, not eat it cold, then there are three ways to do so. The first is on the stovetop, this is the best way to get an even cook and should be on medium low for ten minutes. Water or milk or milk substitute can be added to make the oatmeal creamier. For those in a hurry, microwaving can also be effective. Add water or milk to the oatmeal in a microwave-safe bowl and cook for 45 seconds. Stir after the time is up to see if it needs any more time. Adjust the time according to preference. The final, although least common way, is the oven. With this method you can add different ingredients to be cooked in with the oatmeal and can achieve a crust over the top, if that’s something you’re seeking with the oatmeal you’re eating. This can be a good way to change up the oatmeal day-to-day but the oven method is also the one that takes the longest.
Meal prep can save so much time, especially in the mornings. You just open the fridge and grab the container with the food for the day. Using meal prep for oatmeal you don’t have to eat the oatmeal reheated and can be consumed cold. Often oatmeal is cold for breakfast. Add-ins like honey or fruits can be put separately or prepared in the container with the oatmeal. As long as the oatmeal is prepared properly first, the reheating method is up for personal choice. At Oats Overnight, the oatmeal game becomes easier than ever, just add water to the packet flavor of your choice and let it sit overnight, ready for you to go. Check out the selection at Oats Overnight.