The Oatmeal Problem

My daughter loves oatmeal. She (a 26-lb toddler) can easily consume enough oatmeal in one sitting to satisfy a grown man. (I will leave the math of THAT statement on the sidelines for the time being).

However, this morning, I was making my daughter a serving of Meijer Naturals Quick Oats (delicious, nutritious, cheap, easy) and I was struck by the instructions.

So, for one serving, you use 1/2 cup of the oats and 1 cup of water. Simple enough, right?

Here is where it gets hinky: For two servings, you use 1 cup of oats (double, right?) but only 1 and 3/4 cups water (less than double).

Now, to make matters more curious, After the instructions for one serving and two servings, the instructions skip all the way to six servings. To make six servings of oatmeal, you use 3 cups of the oats and 5 and 3/4 cups water.

Now, this seems to be something of an odd progression… at least to me. I mean, what happens if you need to make 3 servings? or 4 servings? or 5 servings?

Can you make any recommendations about what combination of oats and water I should use to make 3 servings? or 4 servings? or 5 servings?

Or how about 10 servings?

Or 100 servings?

Post your answer (with support) in the comments.

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