Can I Prepare Oatmeal and Leave It at Room Temperature Overnight?

published Feb 7, 2012
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Q: I adore overnight oatmeal but due to repairs I will be left without a fridge next week.

I was wondering, do you think the oats can be left at room temperature? Will they still soak up the liquid?

Sent by Serena

Editor: Serena, do you mean uncooked muesli-style oatmeal? Or overnight steel-cut oats? I do prep oatmeal with steel-cut cuts (with water, not milk) and leave it at room temperature overnight, but I wouldn’t make more than a single day’s batch at a time. Personally, I think it’s fine to leave oatmeal at room temperature overnight (it definitely works) but others may disagree, for health reasons.

Readers, any advice?

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