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THE Best Oatmeal
Making your oatmeal the old fashioned way, will give you the best bowl of oatmeal you ever had. Creamy and yummy. To make it, you start the night before. Before going to bed, in the pot you will cook it in, measure 1/2 cup of organic rolled oats (not quick cook, more if you like it thicker) into 2 1/2 cups of water. Add a splash of homemade whey, or a spoonful of plain yogurt, stir till mixed. Let it sit till morning. In the morning add 1/4 tsp. of salt, bring slowly to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. Stir occasionally. Simmer 20 min. When it's done, doctor it up to your hearts content -- butter, cream, whole milk, berries, ground flax, etc. I add real maple syrup and a dab of butter. My husband adds a spoonful of honey. This makes enough for 2 people.
Soaking the oatmeal overnight insures that the phytic acid in the grain is neutralized. Phytic acid can play havoc with the absorption of minerals, especially calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc. Amazing that great-grandma knew nothing about phytic acid, so why did she do it that way? Because that was the way to get THE Best Oatmeal :-)