I should have thought of this

But since I didn’t, here’s the official word:

When preparing Quaker Oatmeal in the microwave, we recommend using a bowl with sides that slant outwards, such as a pasta or soup bowl. This will prevent the steam that develops when cooking the oatmeal from pushing it up and over the edge of the bowl.

Anyone got a bowl with sides that slant inwards? I see a Questionable Experiment suggesting itself.


  1. sya »

    2 April 2008 · 8:55 am

    What about a bowl with sides that don’t slant at all? As for an inward slant, my first thought was of an Erlenmeyer flask.

  2. fillyjonk »

    2 April 2008 · 9:31 am

    Perhaps I lack creativity, but my solution to the “oatmeal is nasty when you make it in the microwave” problem is to boil water in a kettle on the stove, and add the boiling water to the dry oatmeal. (or, lacking a stove and kettle, boil the water in the microwave, and THEN add it to the dry oatmeal.)

    I really don’t think it’s an issue of bowl configuration, though – I think instant oatmeal is just a food-product that is not good when prepared in the microwave.

  3. unimpressed »

    2 April 2008 · 3:29 pm

    I had a travel coffee cup that did that. I don’t think I’d have ever thought of nuking oatmeal in it, though.

  4. miriam »

    2 April 2008 · 4:44 pm

    I always make a mess when I make oatmeal in the microwave. My solution? Frozen wholegrain waffles, with fresh blueberries–yum!

  5. fritz schranck »

    2 April 2008 · 7:02 pm

    I’ve made oatmeal in vertical-sided bowls.

    Cleaning up the mess afterward has its advantages, in that by the time you’ve wiped down the overspill, the rest of the oatmeal has cooled off sufficiently to be able to eat it.

    On average, it also cuts the portion size by 2 to 3 tablespoons.

    So there’s that going for it.


  6. localmalcontent »

    2 April 2008 · 7:21 pm

    Sounds reasonable; otherwise, the result might resemble hot, buttered grote clusters, overflowing from one’s TV set.

  7. Tatyana »

    2 April 2008 · 8:18 pm

    Poor Chaz.

  8. CGHill »

    2 April 2008 · 9:44 pm

    Hey, I’d rather talk breakfast than romance any day.

    Any morning, anyway.

  9. Tat »

    4 April 2008 · 10:42 am

    Breakfast IS romance.
    Observe and compare:
    Item One.
    Microwave-nuked dry oatmeal on water, eaten in solitude while standing at the kitchen counter and anticipating cleaning up the mess.

    Item Two.
    Ice-blue Micasa bowl, filled with milk-based oatmeal with juicy preserved apricots, cranberries and dollop of butter. Krupp’s Espresso machine blowing off steam; the aroma fills the house. Shared with the cook.


  10. CGHill »

    4 April 2008 · 10:48 am

    So last night’s cold pizza and a Dr Pepper isn’t going to cut it. No surprise there.

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