“ Brand: Dorset Cereals / Type: Porridge „
I have hated porridge ever since I first tried it, but when my mum bought a plain Dorset Cereals Porridge pack, and got me to try it, I found I liked it, and decided to buy the Fruity Porridge when it was on offer.
The Dorset Cereals Company has a very distinctive style of design, namely that of a very simplistic leaf or tree, and the Fruity Porridge comes in a bright cherry (or cranberry) red with the leaf design on the front. Inside you get little packets of one-person portion sized porridge sachets, also in red. The packets are made of paper and are easily ripped open if you're in a hurry, and can be recycled, which is a bonus.
Dorset Cereals suggest heating 125ml of milk until it just comes to the boil, and then adding their porridge mix, and allowing to simmer for 1-2 minutes. I have found that 125ml leaves the oats a little dry still, so I like to use about 135-140ml instead, but this is just down to personal preference. The porridge itself is made from high quality British oats, and has both cranberries, raspberries and raisins added in to make it fruity. When cooked, the Fruity Porridge itself tastes in general slightly sweeter than the plain kind, since as the fruit warms through it releases certain sugars out into the porridge. When eating the raisins, raspberries and the cranberries they make the porridge very sweet, but pleasantly so, as I find porridge is a bit bitter sometimes. The cranberries and raspberries are sometimes a bit crunchy or gritty, but I think that's the nature of the dried version of them, while the raisins even it out by being a little overly gooey. The porridge is a great breakfast though, and a really good starter to the day, as it keeps me energised right through until lunch.
British porridge oats (72%), sultanas (17%), raspberry flavoured oats (porridge oats, natural flavourings), sweetened dried cranberries (3%) (cane sugar, cranberries, sunflower oil), freeze dried raspberries (1%).
Per 100g, as sold
Energy (KJ/kcal) 1393/330
- Saturates 1.5g
- Mono-Unsat. 2.9g
- Poly-Unsat. 1.4g
Salt/Sodium below 0.1g for both
Overall I think this is an excellent breakfast choice as it is filling (and warming in the winter), and is healthier than some other cereals because of the nature of porridge (oats) and the addition of fruit. Plus, it supports a British company, who are committed to using British foods (mostly) and recycling. I would suggest and recommend this to anyone who likes porridge and wants to be a little healthier with the fruit content, but who wants it in the convenience of packeted form!
== Dorset Cereal Company: Fruity porridge raspberry & cranberry flavour ==
== Introduction ==
I got this free in one of my pregnancy packs (in fact this one was with the Emma's Diary 27 week bump to baby pack), I quite like porridge usually and usually buy the small packs of Oatso Simple made by Quakers as I find they have plenty in there for a good breakfast!
I had never even seen this in the shops before I got this packet free, and I was looking forward to having it for my breakfast this morning...so here goes!
== What is it ==
As the title might suggest its porridge - fruity porridge to be exact: in this case with raspberry, cranberry and sultanas chucked in for good measure mixed with premium Scottish oats in there too.
== Any good ==
Yes and no. It's very simple to make: add 125ml of milk to the porridge in a deep dish bang in the microwave for 2 minutes, go brush your teeth and bobs your uncle- one bowl of yummy cereal that is supposed to be healthy for you, because it hasn't been messed with and doesn't contain more E numbers than the local discothèque on a Saturday night.
First spoon hmmm needs sugar it's bland as potato starch so yeah there goes the healthy side straight out the window, and there isn't much in there- a big man is definitely going to be hungry before lunch time. But in all fairness it's a nice cereal and a bit different than the plain rubbish you usually get.
All in all- once you've added a spoon of sugar, it tastes good, but the whole idea is for it to be "healthy" and "simple", so shouldn't they just have put in some natural sweetness before selling it to me in the shops.
== Price ==
Ocado sells this for the sum of £1.87 for 8 simple sachets. For an equal comparison on the same site Quakers Oatso Simple original is £1.95 for 12 sachets so in all in all not that expensive when compared to a leading competitor plus with the fruit in there it adds a nice little surprise for your taste buds!
== Ingredients and Nutrition ==
Jumbo porridge oats (54%), Scottish porridge oats (18%), sultanas (17%), raspberry-flavoured porridge oats (porridge oats, natural raspberry flavour), sweetened dried cranberries (2%) (sugar, cranberries, sunflower oil), freeze-dried raspberries (1%).
Some information you might need or want to know:
Contains: Gluten and may contain traces of nuts and sesame seeds.
No added salt
Low in sodium
High in fibre
Approved by the Vegetarian Society
No added preservatives
Calories per packet: 312kcal (per pack made with 175ml semi-skimmed milk)
Porridge is my breakfast of choice, especially in this cold weather - it ticks all the boxes for me because it is low fat and healthy, warming and filling. Oh, and cheap too! I usually make my own, and I'm always on the look out for ways to ring the changes, with cinnamon, raisins, fresh fruit and so on. I tend to avoid pre packaged porridge mixes, as it is so easy to make your own, but I'm also a bit of a sucker for a special offer, and for pretty packaging!
As a result of these failings, a box of Dorset Cereals Fruity Porridge (as pictured above) found it's way into my shopping trolley last year. I enjoyed it but dismissed it as a bit of a waste of money, until coming across the same porridge but in a box of 8 individual sachets just before Christmas. (Looking very similar to the box above, but not as tall and with a coloured leaves design rather than a cut-out one.) At the time it was priced at an introductory £1.39, but is now a the normal price of £1.89 (at Tesco).
Dorset Cereals are a premium brand, based in Dorset (surprisingly enough!) and using only natural ingredients and flavourings. This is my favourite flavour, but the porridge is also available in Apple and Raisin and Plain Porridge varieties. Like ordinary porridge oats, this porridge can be cooked either on the hob or in a microwave. I tend to do mine in the microwave whilst hurrying to get ready for work, it takes about 2 minutes, with another couple of minutes to cool down to eating temperature. (If you're a bear, you may want to take a stroll during this time...)
I didn't find this porridge overly sweet (as I tend to find many cereals) but it was certainly sweet enough to eat on it's own. The pieces of cranberry and raspberry (freeze dried) are visible and can be tasted - nothing beats fresh fruit (or even frozen fruit heated through) but this is an acceptable compromise. The sachets are each 30g servings, and together with the recommended 125ml of semi skimmed milk each serving provides 157 kcal. This is a light breakfast, and I usually have a piece of toast as well, and have been known to have two sachets at a time on particularly hungry mornings.
I will continue to make my own porridge for the most part, but I would recommend these sachets for two reasons: they are perfect for taking to work for a snack or breakfast without the bother of larger packets; and they cut a small corner on a particularly rushed (or lazy!) morning when I just can't co-ordinate myself to put together my own porridge and fruit etc. Being calorie measured is a boon too, for those of us watching the calories. Ok so that was three reasons, not two!
Dorset Cereals, better known for their delicious muesli cereals, have recently launched a range of porridges, both plain and flavoured. During the winter months I like to have a bowl of porridge for breakfast as it warms me right up and keeps me going until lunch. Having run out of my usual variety, I went to my local Tescos to buy some but was disappointed to find they'd run out. Looking for an alternative I found the new range of Dorset Cereals porridge on promotion, at £1.39 for a box of 8 sachets, which I thought I'd try.
The packaging is distinctive and stands out from other similar products on the shelf. The box itself is a cube (it's a little different to the picture), unlike most cereal packets, and is coloured bright red (to reflect the cranberries and raspberries). The front is uncluttered with the Dorset cereals logo and the name of the product. We are also told that there are 8 sachets in the box and that it only takes 2 minutes to cook (no excuse for not having time for breakfast then!) One side of the box displays cooking instructions. The porridge can be made by mixing a sachet with 125ml of milk and cooked in the microwave or in the traditional way on the hob. The other side contains a message from Dorset Cereals describing the product. They say 'we all have mornings where we need a little something to perk us up - a smile from a neighbour, a crystal clear sky, or a bowl of our cranberry and raspberry fruity porridge. Simple, but then the best things in life usually are.' I like the way it is written, as it is informal and lively and the font used is distinctive. The box is made of unbleached card (it doesn't have that glossy sheen that most cereal boxes do) and is 100% recyclable.
The back of the packet displays ingredients and nutritional information. Looking at the ingredients I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was all seemed natural and mostly what I'd find in my store cupboard. The porridge contains 21% fruit (cranberries (3%), freeze dried raspberries (1%) and the remaining 17% is sultanas). Surely, this should be called sultans, cranberry and raspberry porridge?! Each serving, in 125ml of semi-skimmed milk, contains 157 calories, 7.2g of protein, 3.8g fat, 3.7g fibre and below 0.1g of salt - all fairly healthy! We are also told that the inclusion of oats as part of a diet low in saturated fat and a healthy lifestyle can help reduce cholesterol (which is good for your heart). The product is suitable for vegetarians but those with gluten, nut, sesame seeds, milk and soya allergies should probably avoid as the porridge may contain traces of these.
On opening the box there are 8 individual 30g paper sachets, all coloured the same bright red that the box is. There are cooking instructions on the back of the packet as well as the ingredients. There are also a couple of 'handy to know' points giving some background information on the product (such as in the late 1950's raspberries were transported from Scotland to London on a steam train known as the Raspberry Special). Little things like this make this brand appear warmer and friendlier. To make I rip open a packet and pour the contents into a bowl to which I add some milk (I don't measure and pour enough to cover the oats, although they suggest 125ml). The contents of the packet look very much like normal porridge oats, with pieces of red cranberries and raspberries and brown sultanas. I then place in the microwave on high for 2 minutes or until the porridge starts bubbling. I then give it a quick stir and get stuck in! Taste-wise I really liked it. The oats are rich and creamy and the cranberries and raspberries give it a sharp twang. The sultanas bring in some sweetness. I sometimes add a drizzle of honey to make it a little sweeter, which I think works well. I find the porridge quite filling and don't really have a problem making it to lunch! I did think though that 1.39 for 8 sachets was a little on the expensive side. I usually buy a 500g packet of porridge oats that keeps me going for just over a month for 79p so this worked out quite a bit dearer. I really liked the recipe though and I would still buy it again, but as an occasional treat.
(also posted on ciao as tecnomars)