My mom mentioned a savvy use for the apple bits that remain at the bottom of your #10 cans of apple slices. She reconstituted them and used them in her bottled apple syrup recipe (this recipe is posted in a previous entry). They can also be added to oatmeal to dress up breakfast, or you can add them to homemade oatmeal packets.
HOMEMADE INSTANT OATMEAL PACKETS
6 C. Quick cooking oats
8 ziploc baggies
Salt, if desired
Put the following into each baggie: 1/2 cup regular oats, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Store baggies in an airtight container. (I didn’t do this the last time I made them and the brown sugar turned into rocks in the bags. J) This makes a larger portion than the store-bought packet. To serve, empty packet into a bowl. Add 1 cup boiling water. Stir and let stand for 2 minutes. Adjust water amount for thicker or thinner oatmeal. Can also be made in the microwave for 90 seconds.
Here are some variations to try:
Sweetened Oatmeal: Add 2 T. sugar
Brown Sugar/Cinnamon Oatmeal: Add 2 T. brown sugar and 1/2 t. cinnamon
Raisins and Brown Sugar: Add 2 T. packed brown sugar and 2 T. raisins.
Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal: Add 2 T. sugar, 1/2 t. cinnamon, & 4 T. Chopped dried apples (I also like to add chopped nuts to this one)
Fruit and Cream Oatmeal: Add 2 T. non-dairy coffee creamer and 4 T. dried fruit
Health Nut Oatmeal: Add 4 T. any kind of wheat germ