Watch more Breakfast Recipes videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/406952-... If the taste and texture of instant oatmeal isn't cutting it, try a bowl made the old-fashioned way. Step 1: Soak the oats Place a cup of whole oats in the liquid, and let the oats soak in a covered container for four to eight hours. Tip You can substitute steel-cut or rolled oats for the whole oats if you want a faster-cooking cereal, but the presoak time is the same. Step 2: Bring the oats and the soaking liquid to a boil. Then simmer them in the pot, uncovered, for 7 to 10 minutes. Step 3: Stir the oats. The oats are ready when the excess water has evaporated and the oatmeal is not sticking to your spoon. Step 4: Serve the oatmeal Serve the oatmeal topped with milk and sugar, a pat of butter, or raisins. Did You Know? Oats are believed to have first reached the North American continent in 1602.