I like to microwave oats for a quick meal, but I used to get so frustrated when my microwave made my oats overflow like a Year 3 science experiment. Then I discovered a life-changing way to prevent a mushy mess in the microwave: All I had to do was switch the power setting. Image by thebittenword.com
Whether you're using whole rolled or instant oats, simply input your normal cooking time (plus a little extra) and lower your power settings to low or 50 per cent power before hitting go. Some microwaves may need to go even lower still. It's so painfully simple, yet makes you feel like you've just discovered sliced bread, especially if you eat oats as often as I do.
Sure, you can also make oats on the stove or even prepare it overnight to avoid this problem altogether, but some mornings it's a matter of convenience (and I admit, laziness). I'm happy to report that since I've started doing this, I haven't had an exploding oats mishap since. (Steel cut oats, on the other hand, probably need to be cooked the old-fashioned way.)
No oats left behind, I always say.