Milk Or Cereal First? Ratio, Substitutes & More

As funny as it may sound, there’s a lot of controversy as to whether milk should go first or cereal. Most people argue that it’s just natural that the cereal should go first. Some even believe that it’s a ‘cardinal sin’ to put the milk first.

Conversely, others are of the opinion that putting the milk first is the way to go. They feel that letting the cereal hover above the milk makes it more crunchy and less soggy.

Whether it’s a breakfast bowl of cheerios or corn flakes, I believe that either the milk or cereal can go first. It all depends on your preference and reasons. What’s the basis of my conclusion? Find out in this article.

Why put cereal first?

First, the basic instructions that come with cereal boxes state that the cereal should be poured into a bowl first before milk. It invariably means that cereal manufacturers believe that cereal is more enjoyable when it is in the bowl before adding milk.

Those who argue in support of this also believe that pouring the cereal first allows the milk to distribute and moisten the cereal evenly. If you do it the other way round, as soon as the cereal hits the milk, some of the cereal gets soggy while some remains dry.

It’s like salad and dressing. It isn’t ideal to put the dressing first before the salad. Instead, the solid has to go first before the liquid for proper coating.

Moreso, if the milk goes first, it might splash while adding the cereal and most of it will keep floating above the milk until you press it in. Pressing it into the milk makes it soggy and less appealing to eat.

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Why put milk first?

The unconventional style of eating cereal is pouring your milk into the bowl first. Those in this school of thought prefer their cereal crunchy. So, they’d rather pour the milk first and the cereal after.

Then they eat the cereal immediately while it’s floating without really allowing it to mix with the milk.

Another perspective is when you’re eating cereal like an obol. Since obol is more compact than corn flakes or oatmeal, you can pour the milk first and the obol later. Then push the obol into the milk before eating without worrying about it getting soggy.

Some even believe that in a situation where the milk has curdled, pouring the milk first can save you from wasting your cereal.

Again, for someone who is lactose intolerant, pouring the milk first and adding cereals in little quantities in batches gives them the time to eat up before the cereal absorbs the milk.

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How much cereal should you have for breakfast?

The ideal amount of cereal to take for breakfast depends on factors like age, size, energy needs, and level of activity. For young adults and teenagers who need more energy for work, it’s normal to consume more than children or older adults.

Also, since cereals have different sizes, shapes, and volumes, the amount of oatmeal to take for breakfast will be different from obol or cheerios.

Generally, adults should consume between 30 to 45 grams of cereal for breakfast. Children and older adults on the other hand may not need more than 30 grams of cereal.

You can keep a scale handy for your next meal. But, with time you really would not need it anymore.

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How much milk should you have with cereal?

Pairing milk with cereals is one perfect on-the-go breakfast meal. It’s easy to make, creamy, and supplies the basic nutrient and energy needed for the day’s work.

It also goes well as a superb treat to indulge in at night before going to bed since it aids sleep.

It may be difficult to ascertain the right amount of milk and cereal to use. Basically, 125ml of milk is just perfect for 30-gram of cereal. Even if you’d be using other milk variants, the same proportion applies.

SEE: Can You Freeze Milk in the Carton to Keep It Fresh for Long

What can replace milk in cereal?

If you’re lactose intolerant or vegan, you want to consider other plant-based or diary-free alternatives to white milk. These alternatives also give your cereal or food a great taste and there’s every possibility that you’d find one that you love from the list. They include:

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Can you eat cereal without milk?

Yes. You can eat cereal on its own as a sweet crunchy snack. The only thing is that it will be dry but you follow it with a gulp of milk to wash it down.

Are Cheerios and milk a healthy breakfast?

Yes. Cheerios have lower calories compared to other cereals, so it’s healthier and more nutritious than others with milk.

Is cereal better with hot or cold milk?

Cereal is better with warm milk because it harnesses its flavor and scent. However, if you prefer something crunchy, cold milk is the best.

Final Thought

There are one thousand and one recipes when it comes to food. Each individual has the freedom to choose how he/she wishes to cook and the outcome of his or her food.

Even if there’s a generally accepted way of doing something, it doesn’t necessarily mean that other methods cannot work. It all boils down to preference.

I’d advise those who are stiff-necked about the cereal coming first should learn to be open-minded. You don’t have to do things someone else’s way. At the same time, you don’t have to conclude that you’re the only that’s right and every other person is wrong.

Whether it’s the milk first or cereal first, none pose any health risk or societal crime. And, it’s really not worth arguing about. What’s most important is to get the best out of your meal.

Finally, you should read this article to know if you can drink heavy whipping cream.

I hope this article helped you. Thanks for reading.