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I usually eat and cook porridge when I have other people around to eat it, but when I am alone, I feel like it is wasted time and just eat something simple like bread. I still like porridge with fruits but I do not want waste time on it. I have wondered whether I could save time with ideas such as:

  1. Cook porridge in the evening and warming it up in the microwave in the morning;

  2. Leave it with a lot of water on the warming iron at the lowest temperature;

  3. Buy some sort of automatic porridge cooker with a timer (probably a water-cooker so there is less worry about burning it)

  4. If some automatic cooker exists, could I at the same time cook eggs, porridge and bacon with some sort of automatic timer?

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Chat here. –  hhh Sep 9 '12 at 0:08
    
Solo-cooking, or cooking for one? –  TFD Sep 9 '12 at 0:13
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Please don't ask people to add tags for you. If it doesn't already exist, there's usually a good reason. –  Aaronut Sep 9 '12 at 0:16
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Can you elaborate what type of porridge you intend to make? With rice? With oat? With some other type of grain? It might be a culture bias on my part but somehow I get the impression you are talking about rice porridge while the information below are about oat. The more information you can provide, the more information we can reciprocate. –  Jay Sep 9 '12 at 9:56
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@TFD He said not to ask other people to add tags. That doesn't mean he couldn't have added tags that he thought was appropriate. Regardless, you seem way too antagonistic so I'm done with this convo. –  Jay Sep 9 '12 at 22:47
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I make steel cut oats in a slow cooker, stick them in the fridge and then slice off a chunk to eat each day.

In a slow cooker add
2 cups steel cut oats
8 cups water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cook on low for 8 hours. When complete, let cool some and transfer to another container and refrigerate.

The next morning, scoop out a hunk into a bowl, splash a little milk on it and heat it up in the microwave. Add fruits and toppings as desired.

For safety, the cooked porridge should be discarded after 5 days.

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How long does this last, not go bad? One week in fridge? –  hhh Sep 9 '12 at 5:10
    
I've still had some after about 10 days and it was just fine. Because there are a couple of us in the house that eat it, it's usually gone well before then. –  Jacob G Sep 9 '12 at 14:21
    
@JacobG, I don't think 10 days in the fridge is a risk worth taking for a porridge. I'd ditch it after 5 days (like pasta), tops. –  BaffledCook Sep 10 '12 at 8:25
    
It's grain, water and sugar. As long as it's in an airtight container and you pour off any excess water, it should definitely last longer than pasta. –  Jacob G Sep 10 '12 at 13:49
    
@BaffledCook Most likely it will taste awful after a week or two as it starts to ferment. Bacterial issues are minimal for that recipe –  TFD Sep 11 '12 at 1:51
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You can cook a single serve of porridge in the microwave very easily

Place oats and water or milk (or water and milk powder) into a microwave safe serving bowl, and cook on high for about 3 minutes. Stir and let stand for a couple of minutes, and it should be just like "mums"

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Nope. A typically microwave will blast them all fine from cold. I add fruits at then end due to personal preference. They still get hot, but not stewed that way –  TFD Sep 9 '12 at 0:26
    
@hhh Please don't mark as correct answer until a day or two has pasted as other people here are much more experienced and may not bother answering now –  TFD Sep 9 '12 at 0:27
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You can make a cold porridge by placing oats in yoghurt and leaving it in the fridge overnight.

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I usually just boil water in a kettle and pour it into a bowl of rolled oatmeal. Technically it's not porridge because it's not cooked, but it tastes OK and provides some carbohydrates for the first part of the day. Sometimes I add fruit, jam, condensed milk, honey when it cools down a bit.

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