Rye Cereal
(and other cereals)

Rye Cereal
(and other cereals)

Cooking Rye Cereal and Other Cereals

For 5 people:

1 cup dry rye cereal
4 1/2 cups water
1/2 tsp salt

Rye cereal, when done by the directions on the box, tends to thicken quickly. The ratio above is different from what you’ll find on the box. Though this above ratio will help prevent the cereal from thickening too quickly, the longer it’s on the stovetop the greater chance it has for thickening too much.

Cook rye in such a way that it doesn’t thicken by serve-up time. You may need to add more boiling water than the suggested amount above if you find it has thickened before it has been served.


While the ratio for rye cereal may not apply for other whole grain cereals, please make every effort to make whole grain cereals “soupy” rather than “gloppy.” In that case, the above instructions for making rye cereal also apply to other whole grains like rolled oats, steel cut oats, 5 grain cereal, grits and the like.

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