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Best ways to store and use Oats

What is the best storage for oats? Can you freeze oats? How long do oats last in the fridge? We have answers to all of these food-saving questions and storage tips:

Best Storage

The cupboard is the best place to store uncooked oats.

Once opened, store uncooked oats in their original packaging sealed with a clip, or in an airtight container, in a cool dry place. Cooked oats should be served and eaten immediately. If you have cooked too much, let the oatmeal cool and store in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container, ideally within one hour. Leftover oatmeal can be kept in the fridge for one day – always re-heat until piping hot before eating.

Ensure your fridge is set between 0 and 4°C.

Can I Freeze It?


Freeze your leftover oatmeal in muffin cups or ice cube trays, then transfer into a reusable freezer bag for quick pre-portioned breakfasts. To reheat, microwave for one to two minutes and add milk and your topping of choice!

Fresher For Longer

Ensure you keep oats in an airtight container to prevent moisture from entering and causing spoilage.

Use It Up

Leftover cooked oats can be added to bulk up and bind a burger, meatloaf and meatballs. They’ll contribute a boost of nutrients while reducing your cost for the recipe from using less meat.

Did You Know?

The stovetop is the best method for reheating oatmeal. When reheating oatmeal in the microwave, be careful to keep it to less than two minutes (stirring and checking to see if it’s thoroughly heated). Overheated oatmeal becomes very gooey.

Oats contain compounds called saponins, which are natural cleansers. Ground oats can be used as a facial cleanser to remove the dirt and oil that clogs pores and exfoliate the skin.