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15 Problems You Can Solve with Oatmeal

11. Thicken soups, stews and dips: Runny dips are not exactly a health crisis, but they can be a party foul. Solve the problem with some ground oats or oat flour.

12. Fix crumbling meatloaf or veggie burgers: Similarly, oats are a healthier and heartier alternative to bread crumbs for binding burgers, meatloaf, meatballs and more.

13. Stinky fridge: Just as it absorbs skin oils and hair odors, oatmeal can absorb odors in fridges or bathrooms. Just leave an open container of oats in the fridge or other smelly spot.

14. Smelly ashtrays: Another odor-neutralizing trick is to line ashtrays with oats and absorb some cigarette smells.

15. Bored children: Finally, anyone who has left oatmeal in a bowl overnight can attest that it becomes hard and crusty, not unlike clay. Users on CafeMom, a parenting clearinghouse, recommend mixing two parts oatmeal with one part flour and one part water, and a few drops of food coloring, if desired. The resulting substitute for Play-Doh can be molded into virtually any shape, and painted once dry.

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12:51PM PDT on Apr 17, 2015

Will it also wash the pot and walk the dog? ;-)

3:53PM PDT on Apr 14, 2015

Very good info.
Thanks Steve.

10:21AM PDT on Apr 14, 2015

Thanks for sharing.

3:36AM PDT on Apr 14, 2015

Good info. Thanks !

9:22AM PDT on Mar 19, 2015

Oatmeal is also good to eat. According to a professor in a grains class that I had at Oregon State University: "Oats contain all the amino acids necessary for mammalian nutrition."

7:07AM PDT on Mar 18, 2015

mix uncooked oats in greek yogurt for added texture and flavor.

6:06AM PDT on Mar 17, 2015

tyfs

5:58AM PDT on Mar 15, 2015

Very interestin thank you for sharing I enjoy porage too

4:36AM PDT on Mar 15, 2015

A fun filled article! Refreshing, no matter what.
Personally, I still prefer steal grain oats.

12:55PM PDT on Mar 14, 2015

sounds yummy-- I love to eat maple & brown sugar oatmeal. It's delicious :) :)

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