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Before I begin, I wanna ask: How Much Is a drug tester in Vitamin Shoppes?.

My next question is: I'm sure this topic has been discussed before, but I couldn't find any threads on it (and I'm new!)..

How the heck do you keep the oatmeals from going all 'splody in the microwave? Should I microwave the water first and then pour the packet into it to let it sit? That seems like it might be the best course of action. Especially since I just had my oatmeal splatter all over the office microwave.

Not a good way to start the day!.

Thanks for any advice you can give...

Comments (37)

Your question was: How Much Is a drug tester in Vitamin Shoppes?.

LOL - this is a common thread. I usually boil water, soak it for about 15 minutes & finish in the microwave. The first time I made it I hated it, but now it's so delish!!! Check out this thread & good luck to both of you..


Comment #1

I use an extra large bowl, and haven't had any problems. (If you're cooking it in the manner instructed on the packet, make sure you're cooking it at 50% power.)..

Comment #2

Thanks a lot guys, I'll try those suggestions until I get it right. Especially since I liked the oatmeal even after half of it went missing...

Comment #3

That is SO funny because that just happened to me yesterday morning at work. I was kinda upset b/c I didn't bring anything extra to work to eat. I thought it was just me!..

Comment #4

Good question ... I had the same thing happen..... I jus thought that Id put it in a bigger bowl and put it on for less time.... but lets see what the vets have to sure theres a tried and true way of doin it.....

Comment #5

I use a really big serving bowl and cook it according to directions at 50% power..

Comment #6

LOL - this is a common thread. I usually boil water, soak it for about 15 minutes & finish in the microwave. The first time I made it I hated it, but now it's so delish!!! Check out this thread & good luck to both of you..


Comment #7

Stir it before you nuke it. Something about getting some air into it seems to help. Big bowl, 1/2 power and enjoy. I have it almost every morning.



Comment #8

I had that happen with my noodle chicken and veggie soup today. I first nuked it at 50% but then it was so cold that I did it at 100% and pop pop all over the inside of the work microwave...

Comment #9

Mine exploded yesterday too at work. We don't have a setting for 50%. So next time, I will boil the water first and let it set, then add a lil more water and then put it in the microwave for a few seconds..

Thanks all...

Comment #10

Even though the package says 5 minutes at 50% power, I did mine for 3:00 at 50% and it was fine. I've had it explode before, so now I put it in a deep bowl..

I've had some of the lunch entrees explode as well so now those go into a bowl too!..

Comment #11

I travel with my job and the exact same thing happened to me last week. You know I'm on a diet when I scoop my oatmeal out of the bottom of a used hotel microwave (ha! ha!). I found if I add a little more water than normal, I'm not having the "blow up" problems..

Hope that helps!.

I think the oatmeal is one of my favorites. Keeps me full for all morning...

Comment #12

Put a little plastic wrap on it and poke holes in it. Then, if it pops and explodes you at least won't have a mess...

Comment #13

I'm not exactly the Iron Chef, but I've found that if I cook my oatmeal in the Microwave with it set for 'defrost' for .3 lbs (of what, I'm not sure) it comes out perfectly...

Comment #14

The same thing happened to me. Next time I will add some water and let it sit then put it in the microwave for a few minutes...

Comment #15

I bought these little microwave pots from Pampered Chef ( I think they are fairly inexpensive) and they are the perfect size for the lunch soups and the oatmeal. They have a lid that pops on top and keeps it from splattering all over the microwave too. I do the oatmeal on defrost for 2 minutes, stir, then 1 1/2 minutes full power. If I add raisins (fruit serving) I stir them in at the end and put the lid on for another minute for them to get warm and soft...

Comment #16

I know you have had a lot of answers, but since my answer is different, I'll also send it your way. I put it in a regular size bowl, sit the bowl on a place, stir the water into the mix, and then cook it for 4 1/2 minutes at 40% power. Then let it sit for a couple minutes, stir it, add a half of a banana and it's great to eat!.

You may have to play around with the settings. My microwave seems to be hotter than some (high number of watts) so I found that it always blew up at 50% power even when I cut the time to 4 1/2 minutes. After much cleaning up, I found that 40% and 4 1/2 minutes works great..

Good luck as you figure out your best setting!..

Comment #17

I had my oatmeal explode all over the microwave also. I really irritated me! Today I tried doing it on the stove top. Same amount of water, cooked it for about 5 was so-so...

Comment #18

Ok Here Is How It Is Done You put just enough water (or I like to use FF milk or Soy milk) to cover the dryed oatmeal. Mix and let sit for about 5 mins. Then you microwave for 1 min, mix, put in for another min, mix, and just keep doing that until it is done It works every time. I also like to mix some cinn., nut meg, and a little SF syrup into the oatmeal before I nook it and it comes out SOOOOOOO.... GOOD!!!!!..

Comment #19

Yes same thing happened to me first day! good thing I brought bars for back up...

Comment #20

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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