In preparing cereals put the right amount of boiling water into the upper part of the double boiler, add a tea-spoonful of salt to each pint of water and, when this is boiling rapidly, stir in the necessary amount of cereal with a fork so slowly that the liquid does not stop boiling, for if this happens the cereal is liable to fall to the bottom of the utensil and the grains stick together, causing lumps. The cereal will have to be stirred occasionally during the direct cookery, which should last fifteen minutes. The method of cooking over the direct flame is used quickly to burst the grains, so that the starch may come at once in contact with the boiling water and receive its fair quota of cookery. It may then be set over the lower part of the double boiler containing boiling water and be allowed to cook the remaining time designated in the following table.

If desired, the first cookery may be done at night while the dishes are being washed, and be finished in the morning. If a long-time cereal is to be prepared, it may be entirely cooked the day before, left in the double boiler with the lid on to prevent the formation of crust, and, in the morning, a little hot water poured over the top, and the cereal gradually heated. When it is hot, it may be gently stirred with a fork and the hot water will slowly diffuse into the cereal, making it soft but not lumpy. This same process may be employed in re-heating leftover cereals for the next day's use.

Kind

Quantity cupfuls

Salt teaspoonfuls

Water cupfuls

Time

Farina

1

2 1/4

5

45 minutes

Rolled Oats

2 1/4

2 1/4

4 1/2

45 minutes

Rice Steamed

1

1 1/2

3

45 minutes

Brown Rice Steamed

1

1 1/2

3

45 minutes

Plain Boiled Rice

1

1 1/2

4 1/2

25 minutes

Brown Rice Boiled

1

1 1/2

4 1/2

45 minutes

Whole Oatmeal

1

1 1/2

4

3 hours

Fine Hominy

3/4

1 1/2

3

1 hour

Coarse Hominy or Samp

1

2

4

3 hours

Cornmeal

1

1 1/2

6

3 hours

Bran

3 3/4

1 1/2

3

5 hours

The many steam-cooked and "partly-cooked" cereals on the market should be cooked one hour despite the directions on the package.