16 May 2006

Hotel coffeemaker heats water for oatmeal

From Tidmarsh:

Awhile back, you posted a hack that involved using a hotel coffeemaker to heat water for hot chocolate. I've got another one. You can use the coffeemaker in the hotel to heat water to make oatmeal. No need to bother with "instant oatmeal." Ordinary quick oatmeal works fine--mix it up and let it sit for a minute and breakfast is ready. For a toddler, 2 TBS of oatmeal to 4 TBS of hot water makes a good snack, or perhaps 3 TBS of oatmeal to 6 TBS of hot water if he or she is especially hungry.

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Most cruddy hotel coffeemakers I've seen aren't all that clean. Coffee residue throughout... so you might end up with caffeinated oatmeal :)

I'm a germophobe, and generally feel that some previous guest may have peed in the coffeemaker or worse, so I don't use 'em. Since I was a kid traveling with my family, my mom always brought a small electric kettle that was perfect for tea, hot chocolate, and instant oatmeal. It doesn't take up much space and you can store the tea, etc. in a baggie inside of the kettle. Just don't forget to remove it when you turn the kettle on.

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