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Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal in a Jar

Steel Cut Oatmeal Ready to Eat in 5 Minutes When You Make it This Way

3-Steel Cut Oatmeal up close

Steel Cut Oatmeal

A few days ago I was organizing my pantry and I found a can of Steel Cut Oats that I purchased almost a year ago. I thought I better use this or it will be going into the trash. I’m not sure really why I bought it because I don’t  like oatmeal. I don’t hate it but it’s not something I crave.

When I looked on the can I saw that it took around 30 minutes to cook. Sure, I’m going to get up in the morning before work and cook something I don’t really like for 30 minutes (not going to happen). Then, I noticed on the can a variation on the cooking method. It said to boil water, add oats, and then simmer for a few minutes. After simmering put the pan in the refrigerator overnight and cook for a shorter time in the morning.

I’ve seen pictures of oatmeal in jars around the net but never paid much attention. I thought, I’ll make the oatmeal per instruction on the can and put it in jars and see how it works. Seemed much nicer than putting the whole pan in the refrigerator.

Here is how I made my oats in a jar.

Oatmeal in a jar

1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups water
pinch of salt


Wash 4 pint size mason jars

4-Clean Mason Jars

Add 4 cups of water to a pan and bring to a boil.

When the water is boiling add 1 cup of Steel Cut Oats

1-measuring cup oatmeal

Simmer the oats for 4-5 minutes

2-Cooking oatmeal

This is what it looks like when you take it off the stove

5-Oatmeal ladled into jars

Ladle the hot oats into clean jars

6-Filling the mason jars with oatmeal

Put the lids on and let them sit on the counter until they cool. I left mine on the counter for an hour. Easy Peazy!

Oatmeal in a jar


When the jars are cool pop them into the refrigerator and forget about them

8-jars of oatmeal in frig

When you are ready for some warm hearty oatmeal grab a jar from the refrigerator.

This is what it looks like right out of the refrigerator.

9-oatmeal just out of the frig

Microwave for 5 Minutes

Take the metal lids off and cover with a paper towel or wax paper, then microwave for 5 minutes. Make sure to stir the oatmeal around the 2 minute mark to keep the oatmeal from frothing out the top of the jar. You may have to stir a few times, at least I did.

Gather Your Favorite Oatmeal Toppings

I used Maple Syrup, chopped pecans, half & half, raspberries, and my husband added raisins.

10-maple syrup and rasins

You can eat it right out of the jar or put it into bowls. I vote for the jar; who wants to wash another dish.

11-Cooked oatmeal in a jar

The oatmeal tasted really good. It was kind of nutty tasting, maybe that is because I added a few nuts. I think I prefer the flavor of brown sugar over maple syrup, plus it’s easier to take to work. My husband loved it and said it was something I should make again. Thankfully I have 3 more jars in the refrigerator. Having it ready to pop into the microwave is a big bonus in my book.

One jar was plenty for both my husband and myself; it’s very filling.

This would be a great thing to have on hand for overnight guests during the holiday season or anytime. Each person can make their own oatmeal when they want. Much better than the packet of instant stuff.

Have you ever made oatmeal like this before? Share your experience and thoughts. What are your favorite additions to oatmeal? I’m thinking dried cherries or cranberries would be great this time of year.

bon appétit,
Tamara Maellaro


Easy Easter Candy Nests

If you need a quick hostess gift or want to make some candy for your own Easter celebration this might be it. It’s also easy enough for the kids to help. It took me about 20 minutes from start to finish.

I learned about this recipe from  peacockpottery and decided I had to try them. My mom makes something similar at Christmas so I knew they would taste good.


1 bag of  chocolate eggs
1 bag of Hershey’s Kisses
1 bag of Square Butter Pretzels


Heat the oven to 170 degrees F.

Place the pretzels on a baking sheet and top with a Hershey’s Kiss. No need to use parchment paper.  I tried both ways and found no parchment paper easier. These are ready for the oven. Cook for 5 minutes until chocolate is soft.

When you take them out of the oven gently push a candy egg into the kiss.

These are ready for the refrigerator. Chill for 10 minutes to set the chocolate.

Get your plate ready for the hardened candy nests. I used a paper doily on a green dotted plate.

When the chocolate is hardened add the nests to your pretty plate.

I decided to add the leftover kisses to the plate to fill in the gaps.

I will be taking these to an Easter celebration so I covered them with cling wrap.

It didn’t look quite festive enough for me so I went into my new kitchen towel stash. I found a cute green cotton towel with flowers and ladybugs and wrapped the plate.

The towel was not big enough to cover the whole plate so I had to improvise. I used office clamps to secure the kitchen towel.

Here is the finished plate of Easter Candy Nests that I will be giving as a gift.

Happy Easter!