Porridge preparation – what you should know!January 30, 2020
A warm porridge in the morning makes you feel good and keeps you full for a long time. There are many reasons why the nutritious and very healthy porridge is so popular again. Porridge does not only provide you with many nutrients but is also prepared within just a few minutes.
All you need is the porridge of your choice and some water or milk. You can spice up this delicious breakfast with toppings, spices and fruits.
We have summarised all the preparation options for you with tips & tricks on how to prepare the best porridge for yourself:
Porridge from the microwave?
You’re in a hurry again? No problem, because you can also prepare your porridge quickly and easily in the microwave. For this you need:
- 1 cup (50 g) of porridge of your choice
- 1.5 cups (150 ml) of water or milk (cow’s milk, soymilk, almond milk etc.)
Put all ingredients in a bowl and put it into the microwave at medium heat (600 watts) for 1-2 minutes. Then stir briefly and put the bowl into the microwave again for another minute. Let the porridge simmer for a while until it gets really creamy. Sprinkle the porridge with toppings of your choice and enjoy your breakfast!
You can also use 1 cup of water and half a cup of milk. This keeps the porridge low in calories and still makes it wonderfully creamy. If you’re on a vegan diet, you can choose from several vegetable milk alternatives.
The porridge in the pot
Originally porridge was prepared in a pot. For the preparation of your porridge in a pot, you put half a cup of oat flakes with 1.5 cups of water or milk in a pot. Let it boil up briefly and then switch off the stove.
It is important to stir constantly. This makes the porridge wonderfully creamy. Leave it to stand on the hotplate until it has reached the desired consistency and continue stirring diligently. Just put it into a bowl, add a pinch of salt and breakfast is ready.
Porridge was already cooked thousands of years ago. It has a long history and was once called a “poor people food”. That is why the basic recipe for the warm porridge is so simple. If you like it a little sweeter, you can sweeten the porridge with a little vanilla, cinnamon or honey.
Oat porridge with the kettle?
The kettle has now proved to be a useful kitchen tool which can be used to heat more than just tea water. Porridge can also be prepared easily with the kettle.
Boil 150 ml water in the kettle. Put the oatmeal in a bowl and pour the boiled water over it. Stir it and let it simmer for a short time. Refine the porridge with toppings of your choice and voila, the porridge is ready.
Which flakes are best?
The heart of the porridge are oat flakes. The healthy oat flakes provide you with lots of minerals and fibre.
There are oat flakes which are whole grain, tender flakes or melting flakes.
If you want to get the most nutrients from your breakfast, choose the whole grain variety. This makes your porridge nutty and crunchy.
If you like your porridge to be creamier, you should use tender oat flakes. The important thing is that they are still large flakes. If you use melting flakes or small flakes, the porridge becomes too liquid.
Salt in the porridge yes or no?
The basic recipe for porridge consists of oat flakes, water or milk and a pinch of salt. But why salt?
Salt is a flavour enhancer which also enhances the aromas in sweet dishes. Why should it be different with porridge? So, add a little salt to your porridge and take it to the next level of flavour.
Porridge with milk or water?
This question depends on your personal taste. If you make your porridge with water, it will naturally be lower in calories. Athletes like to use this option. Porridge or overnight oats have long been an insider tip among athletes and fitness enthusiasts.
Your breakfast porridge with milk is creamier. Here you can use all types of milk. Either classic cow’s milk or vegan alternatives like almond milk, soymilk, coconut milk or oat milk. There are no limits for you.
You can also mix water with a little milk to make your oat breakfast. Porridge is versatile, so try it out.
The best porridge recipes
You can refine your porridge with all kinds of toppings. Those with a sweet tooth can sweeten the porridge with a little vanilla or cinnamon. Other sweeteners would be agave syrup or honey.
For example, try our fruity Coconut-Apricot Porridge with sweet apricots, coconut flakes and pieces of almond. Ideal for a sweet and fruity morning.
Porridge can also be prepared savoury. With steamed mushrooms and some spinach, for example, you can create a savoury porridge. Or try our Organic Broccoli Porridge with dried broccoli, fried onions and pine nuts. This porridge is also perfect as a light lunch snack.
Oat porridge tastes best with fresh fruit. No matter if you use apples, bananas, strawberries, raspberries, pomegranates or plums, you can mix almost everything into the porridge. In order to do the environment a favour already at breakfast, we always advise to use seasonal fruit.
For more crunch, you can also use crispy toppings for your porridge. Chia seeds, quinoa, nuts or our Verival crunchies taste delicious in creamy porridge. Click through our porridge online shop and discover your favourite porridge.