Why Does My Oatmeal Always Boil Over?

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Q: Lately I've been trying to make hot breakfast as many days a week as I can. I'm having this problem when I make oatmeal or couscous on the stovetop that it boils over no matter what! I'll have the lid on and it'll seep and bubble through and get all baked onto the burner and I don't know how to stop it.

I've tried turning the heat down, putting something on top of the lid and stirring periodically and it's still happening. What am I doing wrong?

Sent by Ann Marie

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