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?

  • Chat here.
    – hhh
    Sep 9, 2012 at 0:08
  • Solo-cooking, or cooking for one?
    – TFD
    Sep 9, 2012 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, 2012 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, 2012 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, 2012 at 22:47

4 Answers 4


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, 2012 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, 2012 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. Sep 10, 2012 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, 2012 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, 2012 at 1:51

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"

  • 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, 2012 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, 2012 at 0:27

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.


You can make a cold porridge by placing oats in yoghurt and leaving it in the fridge overnight.

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