Lékué Oatmeal Kit
Regina: My first thought of the Lékué Oatmeal Kit is that it intrigues me with its sleek European packaging.
Susan: I also like the designer look and small footprint. The idea of speed-scratch cooking — combining fresh ingredients with prepared products for a semi-homemade meal — in the microwave interests me.
Regina: The oatmeal kit couldn’t be easier to use. I love the directions, which are all done via pictures, kind of like a children’s book. For basic oatmeal, all you need to do is mix 1/4 cup of oats with 1 cup of water in the cooker and top with Lékué’s vented silicone lid. The bowl goes into the microwave for 3 1/2 minutes and voila, a steaming bowl of oatmeal for four is ready! They also include pictorial recipes that are anything but mundane. I tried the Apple Pie Oatmeal and was very impressed.
Susan: I tried making steel cut oats. Typically I cook steel cut oats on the stovetop, which takes a good 25 to 30 minutes. They weren’t cooked after 4 minutes and hadn’t absorbed much of the water. I added another four minutes, which was almost perfect. So, depending on your microwave’s power, you can enjoy steel cuts oats in 8 to 10 minutes instead of the 25 to 30 minutes it can take to cook them on the stovetop. That works for me!
I also tried a Banana Pudding Oatmeal recipe. The comforting banana-vanilla flavor and creamy texture is reminiscent of banana pudding. This recipe could easily become a family favorite. My husband even thought I had banana bread in the oven!
Regina: What sealed the deal for me is that the Lékué Oatmeal Kit can be used to cook eight additional types of grains. I made brown rice — which tasted as good as any brown rice cooked on the stovetop — in the microwave in 30 minutes with barely any attention.
3 Tips for Anyone New to the Lékué Oatmeal Kit
- Have mitts handy. The cooker can get a little hot as the cooking time increases.
- Wash the cooker right after use or soak with water to make clean up quick and easy.
- Take a minute or two to familiarize yourself with the icons and what they stand for since the directions are pictorial.