At the cafeteria in my workplace, they serve oatmeal.

I like oatmeal, but not with milk.

How I can check if it is with milk or water without tasting it? There is nobody to ask.

  • Have you asked a collegue (who tried the oatmeal) for their opinion?
    – Stephie
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 16:26
  • usually I eat alone
    – Alexan
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 16:31
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    "There is nobody to ask." How can this be? Even if it's a self-serve cafeteria, someone had to make the oatmeal and put it out.
    – barbecue
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 20:26
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    Yes, if you really want to know.
    – barbecue
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 20:49
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    @Alex I'd assume they stick to a pretty regular recipie. You could atleast ask them "do you always make it with milk/water?" that way you know whatever they use will always be used.
    – DasBeasto
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 21:19

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Colour and Smell.

Oatmeal with milk is always whitish than oatmeal with water.

water oatmeal milk oatmeal

The left one is with water and the right one is with milk. Colour shade will vary with the type of milk and sometimes people use the combination of milk and water both.

Also milk Oatmeal always smells different, so you can smell it too.

  • yes, I understand that with milk it should be whiter, but actually color is something in the middle, so I'm not sure.
    – Alexan
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 16:34
  • @Alex Then it can be mixture of both. But you can smell Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 16:35
  • ok, will try next time
    – Alexan
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 16:37

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