How to make oatmeal and porridge

Prepare delicious oatmeal, Red River cereal or Cream of Wheat every time with this simple guide.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

How to make oatmeal and porridge
Maple Baked Grains with Bananas and Pecans
Photography by Mark Burstyn
How to make oatmeal and porridge
Choose a cereal, combine with ingredients in next two columns and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered and stirring occasionally, for time indicated in last column. Makes 4 servings each.

Grain Milk/Water Salt Cooking Time
1-1/2 cups (375 mL) large-flake rolled oats 3-1/2 cups (875 mL) 1/4 tsp (1 mL) 15 minutes
1-1/2 cups (375 mL) 10-grain cereal 3-1/2 cups (875 mL) 1/4 tsp (1 mL) 15 minutes
1 cup (250 mL) Red River cereal 4 cups (1 L) Pinch 20 minutes
3/4 cup (175 mL) Cream of Wheat cereal 4 cups (1 L) 1/4 tsp (1 mL) 8 minutes

Cereal grains defined, plus oatmeal and porridge recipes:

Oats
This is a gluten-free grain, provided it is processed in a place that doesn’t process gluten-containing grains.

Steel-Cut Oats recipe: 
Steel-Cut Oats with Tropical Fruits
Hulled oat kernels that are cut into two or three pieces. They are also called Irish or Scottish oats.

Rolled Oats
topping recipe: Apricot Honey Compote
Hulled oat kernels are steamed then rolled. Quick-cooking oats are made by increasing heat during the steaming process.

Cornmeal recipe: Cheddar Cornmeal Porridge
Made from ground white, yellow or sometimes blue corn and available in coarse, medium or fine grinds, this grain is gluten-free. Generally, coarse and medium cornmeal is used for polenta and cereals, while the fine grinds are used for breads and baking.

Kasha recipe: Kasha with Brown Butter Pears
Whole grain buckwheat, this gluten-free grain is related to the rhubarb family (not wheat, as the name suggests). It is available plain or toasted; both have a nutty, earthy flavour. Ground buckwheat is commonly used to make pancakes, blinis, crêpes and soba noodles.

Multigrain recipe: Maple Baked Grains with Bananas and Pecans (seen in image above)
This variety of cereal is available in combinations from as few as three grains to as many as 12 grains. It may include any grain and seed, such as wheat, rye, barley, oats, flaxseed, corn, rice, soy beans, millet, spelt and triticale. For best results in cereals, use a stone-ground or rolled product.

Red River Cereal topping recipe: Apple Raisin Cranberry Topping
This has been a Canadian breakfast staple since 1924, when it originated in Manitoba. It is a combination of wheat, rye and flax.

Cream of Wheat Cereal topping recipe: Apricot Honey Compote
This quick-cooking cereal is made from wheat ground into fine powder.

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