I learned this trick for making oatmeal on a college backpacking trip, where we literally had to carry all the stove fuel on our backs. Believe me, we didn’t want to have to carry one bit more than we had to — but it was chilly and a hot breakfast each day sounded good.
Instant oatmeal can be hard to find in some places, and it’s usually more expensive when you do find it. But you don’t need it!
Old-fashioned oatmeal cooks up in just 5 minutes and doesn’t take any more cooking fuel than just bringing the water to a boil . . . if you know this trick.
As we were standing in line for dinner at our first LoretoFest, I was talking with the cruiser in front of me. I don’t remember her name, but she said that her husband loved oatmeal for breakfast but she hated fixing it because all she could get was old-fashioned oatmeal and it just made the galley so hot. When I told her this way to make it, she immediately dubbed it “boatmeal” and the name stuck.
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup oatmeal
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup dried fruit, raisins, dates, and/or nuts
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Put everything except any optional nuts in a pan and mix together. Cover and bring to a boil. Immediately turn the stove off and let it 5 minutes, covered.
- Serve, adding nuts over the top if desired (if boiled, nuts lose their crispness).