How to Pour Cereal

Today, we’ll be exploring a core culinary technique every home cook should have in his or her repertoire: how to pour a bowl of cereal.

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A well-poured bowl of cereal is a savior on nights when you’re not in the mood to cook, and it’s perfect for busy mornings when you only have a few minutes to gulp down breakfast on your way out the door. Although it can take a few tries to master, pouring a bowl of cereal is a critical life skill that is worth investing a little effort and practice to master, particularly if you live alone, fear the stove, or are a college student.

Step One: Select the Cereal.

Pouring a bowl of cereal begins with the selection of the cereal itself. Navigate to the cereal aisle of your local grocery store. It is likely to be long, double-sided, colorful, and contain entirely too many choices. Gauge your mood and pick a box to match. Feeling nostalgic? Locate the Fruity Pebbles or Cinnamon Life. Hipster? Beeline for words like “chia” and “flax.” Cheap? Forsake the box and pillage the least suspicious-looking cereal bag from the bottom shelf. Confused? Buy two.

For the purposes of today’s demonstration, we’re keeping it simple with the discount brand of Cornflakes (nine essential nutrients!). Be sure to artistically spill the cereal in front of the box before you move to the next step. The cereal tastes better this way.

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Step Two: Pour the Cereal into a Bowl.

Open the box (unless you purchased aforementioned bag-only cereal from the bottom shelf in Step One). Open the inner bag (unless the inner and outer bag are the same, again reference Step One). Hold the box firmly towards the bottom end, then lift and tilt the box to pour the cereal into an empty bowl. You will also be eating from this bowl, so keep your relative appetite and the bowl’s cleanliness in mind prior to pouring.

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Step Three: Select the Milk (or Milk-Like Substance).

Use skim to keep it lean and mean, whole if you are gutsy, or goats milk if you’re into that sort of thing. Assorted nut milks and other non-dairy options can also be used, depending upon your needs/diet/unspoken lunch table etiquette. For bonus points, transfer the milk from its original container into a cute little milk jug prior to moving to Step Four.

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Step Four: Pour the Milk into the Bowl with the Cereal.

This is the exciting part! Let the milk flow into the bowl until you can just see it peeking underneath the top-most layer of cereal.

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Step Five: Eat.

Details for how to complete this step will be covered in a later post.

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Step Six. Drink the Milk at the Bottom of the Bowl.

This step applies only to Lucky Charms, Cocoa Pebbles, and other cereals that turn your milk a cryptic, pastel hue.

Step Seven. Leave the Dishes in the Sink for Mom.

Just kidding! Be a gem and wash your bowl and spoon. It’s good cereal behavior.

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Disclaimer: this post is all manners of ridiculous and should be ignored. Happy April Fool’s Day!

Disclaimer, continued: But really, wash your bowl. Crusty Cornflake residue is no one’s friend.

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…


  1. You got me for, like, a tenth of a second, Erin. I was like, what in the heck is wrong with her?! And then I realized. And laughed for a solid minute. Well played, my friend. Well played.

  2. Ok you had me all the way to step 7, although the entire time I was thinking oh no she’s lost it, what happened she must be really stressed out …and then I remembered what day it was too funny…you rock!!!

  3. Haha, too funny! This is a good one.

  4. cute post. happy april! :)

  5. This is like my favorite post EVER. I’m seriously laughing so hard right now. Happy April Fools Day, Erin!  LOL.

  6. You are too cute! Steps 1&3, I agree, are absolutely critical! Happy April Fool’s Day!

  7. You are so cute! Love this. Happy April Fool’s Day!

  8. I thought- maybe winter weather in Wisconsin has got to her????

  9. Ive been doing it wrong all these years….milk in before cereal is clearly NOT the way lol!! 

  10. I know what day it is, but it took me to the disclaimer to realize you were kidding.  Lesson learned:  never trust a food blogger!!  ;-D   Happy April 1 to you.

  11. Nice one! It’s always tough to decide which April Fools idea to go with, but it’s easy to brainstorm *corny* jokes (pun intended). Like you said, Too many choices ;)

  12. toooooo cute! but also you kind of make pouring cereal look like the most glamorous part of the day.

  13. I. Love you.

    And I’m actually glad you posted this, because I finally have proof that I can throw against the crazy people in my life that pour the milk first that they absolutely are doing it wrong!

    No, seriously. I have no idea. It’s ridiculous.

  14. Love this!!! “For bonus points, transfer the milk from its original container into a cute little milk jug prior to moving to Step Four.” –> story of my life, and sadly not a joke, haha! 

  15. Cassidy Stockton Reply

    Love it! Best one I’ve seen today! :) 

  16. Cassidy Stockton Reply

    @Hannah Wait? People do that? I’ve never seen anyone pour milk first. That’s ridiculous! 

  17. Hahaha, that was awesome.  And I was totally confused when I read the title until I realized that, oh yeah, it’s April’s Fools Day!  

  18. oh my gosh, I was reading this, thinking where the heck is she going with this post? Is it a sponsored cereal post? I was so confused! Until the end, duh!! You’re so clever! Happy April Fools! 

  19. I actually scrolled part way down thinking there was a hidden secret. DUH.
    Well done little one!

  20. Giggling hard over here!

  21. What a hoot! I loved your culinary dialect….will have to work on Roy to get the last step about where the cereal bowl should go! Thanks!

  22. I read every single step, thinking there must be something I’m doing wrong if she’s writing a how-to!  Ha!  Too funny :)

  23. This is amazing. Cereal pouring is indeed a life skill that has served me well on many a busy and exhausted evening. I’ll have to try the pour from the glass milk jar next time. So classy. 

  24. Hahaha best post ever!!! Too funny, loved this :) 

  25. Haha, so I totally ate a bowl of cereal for dinner yesterday! Thanks for making my dinner feel like a culinary experience! Love this post!

  26. Ha!! That is so funny Erin!! Love it girl!!

  27. How have I survived without this critical advice?? I’m so lucky to still be alive. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! ;) 

  28. This is great!  Hopefully there will be a subsequent post on how to combine two or more cereals in the same bowl.

  29. hahahahahahaha… awesome post!!! Love this. Happy April Fool’s Day!

  30. Hahaha – awesome! This reminds me of when a cousin of mine got married, and we made her a recipe book which all our extended family wrote our favourite recipes in. One of my uncles wrote an essay on how to boil an egg – about three pages worth of the recipe book! Happy April Fool’s Day!

  31. This was amazing! I loved it, & I loved the milk “trick.” Great job!

  32. HA! You totally got me :) So cute and clever!

  33. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA this was awesome Erin!  So freaking creative….

  34. Perfect for April Fool’s Day! Now let’s move on to spring :)

  35. Super cute!  And suddenly I’m craving corn flakes  =)  

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