Top Porridge Tip: Ratios, how to make perfect Porridge every time

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Bain Marie Steam 4In this post I’m continuing the series of ‘Porridge Frequently Asked Questions’ with the issue that vexes most new Porridge makers; how much water or milk to add? To little and your Porridge will have the consistency of a dry flapjack and too much will end up in a bowl of soupy gruel. So here goes…

Question No. 2 Ratios

As a rule of thumb, to make perfect Porridge I always use a 2:1 ratio. That’s two parts fluid to one part oats. That can be two parts water, milk or milk substitute, to one part oats. I use this ratio for all oats; quick cook, jumbo or rolled oats. I even use the same for oatmeal.

My favourite ways for making Porridge are;

  • Jumbo or quick cook oats: 1 part water, 1 part milk to one part oats.
  • Oatmeal: 2 parts water to one part oats, with a pinch of salt!

Porridge Mug sml (2)What do I mean by a ‘part’? To get my ratio right I use a cup, not just any cup but my red squirrel Porridge measuring cup! So…

  • Jumbo or quick cook oats: 1 cup water, 1 cup milk to one cup oats
  • Oatmeal: 2 cups of water to one cup of oats, with a pinch of salt!

Using the same cup everyday also helps me to get my oat quantities right. On a normal day I have one cup full of oats, on a hungry day, especially after swimming, I go with a cup and one quarter.

Quick, easy and no need to weight I get my perfect Porridge everyday.

I hope this post has helped you if you are new to Porridge making.

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11 Responses to Top Porridge Tip: Ratios, how to make perfect Porridge every time

  1. I guess I like my porridge a bit thicker than you. I use 1 cup large flake rolled oats to 1 2/3 of water.

  2. Anita mcgrory says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your method of making porridge, it helped me tremendously I now make perfect porridge every time

  3. Richard Seddon says:

    Thank you.

    Bought a packet of porridge oats almost 2 weeks ago, but couldn’t make any porridge due to the box being covered with every kind of waffle, but no instructions!

    Having read your simple instructions, I remembered that the 2:1 cup method was what my mum used.

    Great. Thanks so much.

  4. Iain says:

    Mmm for me perfect porridge is pretty much as you make it, but just milk,may be a bit thicker but when in the bowl add a knob of butter and loads of sugar. Occasionally I’ll ad a whisked raw egg in to it. Lovely!

  5. Tony says:

    That’s very straight forward. Thank you! (I like mine with crunchy demerara.)

  6. Alex says:

    Congrats for your web! Thanks jock question;
    When you talk about “cup of oats… what does that mean in grams? Or you mean it as a “colume@?
    Same with the liquid: I j detsrand one cup of any liquid is approx 250ml?
    Thanks!
    Alex

    • Porridge Lady _ says:

      Hi Alex I use a cup to measure my oats. I use it everyday so I have got to know exactly how much I like to use; normally 3/4 of a cup or on a hungry day, a whole cup. I then use twice the amount of fluid so…. 1 cup oats, 1 cup water, 1 cup milk for a big breakfast.

  7. Ricardo Trimiloni says:

    The only recipe for decent porridge is mine:
    Half mug of Scott’s old fashioned oats to one mug of water. Cook slowly with a handful of moist raisins. When ready ( about 5 mins ) add a small amount of skimmed milk and mix together. It makes a good bowl full and is of course delicious.

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