Product Type: Quaker Breakfast
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Marymoose finds Oats so Simple
Quaker Oat So Simple Express Pot
Member Name: marymoose
Quaker Oat So Simple Express Pot
Advantages: Nice porridge, and very convenient
Disadvantages: Extremely expensive!
Continuing my theme of reviewing whatever I happen to be eating, I thought I'd review Quaker Oat So Simple porridge pots.
Tuesdays involve an early start for me, and this Tuesday morning I had barely any time to do anything, let alone having breakfast at home. At home my breakfast of choice these days is generally porridge with a banana, or failing having any bananas, porridge with a touch of golden syrup. I like porridge any way really. Made with milk is best, but I'm happy to make it with water if necessary.
I went into Tesco when I arrived in Carlisle with the main purpose being to buy some apples for my desk at work. However, I thought I'd have a look in the porridge section. Being new to porridge (only had my first last year), I have to admit I had never had 'instant' porridge of any sort before today.
---The porridge pots---
There were three flavours available in Tesco, but I opted for the original, so that I could use it as a comparison should it be nice enough to try the others, and also because it had the fewest calories. The pot did cost 99p which is undoubtedly expensive. They were on offer, 5 pots for £4.50, which is still very expensive.
To make the porridge, I followed the instructions on the pot - opened the lid (peeled off the foil bit), stirred the dry oats, added boiling water up to the blue line on the inside of the pot, stirred for 15-20 seconds, left for about a minute (meanwhile making my coffee), stirred again, and then ate.
---The eating experience---
It looked like there were less than 50g of oats in the pot. However, I ate my porridge with a teaspoon, and it seemed to last a while. The porridge has a slightly sweet taste which will be due to the sugar - but not overly so. I feel that it makes it just sweet enough to not NEED anything else with it.
For me the porridge had just the right consistency, but for those who like it a bit more watery, I'd suggest adding a bit more water! Aside from the slight extra sweetness it tastes pretty much the same as the porridge I would make at home (when made with skimmed milk). I have tended to use Quaker Oats anyway at home, however now I'm trying out the supermarket own brands, mainly because I tend to bake a lot of flapjacks so get through oats quickly.
Like all porridge this should fill you up, and it satisfied me until I returned from my appointment and got to the fruit in my desk.
---What's in them---
Ingredients - quaker rolled oats (70%), skimmed milk powder and sugar. They may contain traces of wheat and barley, and are produced in a factory which uses egg, soya, nut and sesame ingredients.
Each pot contains 187 calories (9% of GDA), 10.6g sugar (12%), 2.5g fat (4% of which saturates 0.6g (3%) and 0.14g salt (2%). Just about perfect for breakfast I'd say.
Don't microwave the pots, all you need to do is add boiling water. Note that the pot might be hot to hold (warning on the pot). This kind of goes without saying as there's boiling water in it!
On reflection, although I enjoyed my porridge pot, I don't think I will be trying the other ones in the near future. This is simply due to the cost. I will however be purchasing some of the Quaker Oat porridge sachets and intend to try the different flavours of them - we do have a microwave at work. In fact, at my old work my colleague regularly did porridge in the microwave and it created a lovely smell which made us all quite jealous!
Of course it would be even cheaper to just make porridge using normal oats (although I always do mine on the hob at home), but I think I want to try the sachets for work.
I would highly recommend these if you should be in a situation where you have access to a kettle, but no access to a hob or microwave, crockery, or a sink to wash things up in - this is probably the case for some people at work. I guess these are like the Pot Noodle of the Porridge world. Otherwise though I'd recommend going for a cheaper option unless you have money to throw around and think it's worth that extra cost to save on some washing up.
If nothing else though, writing this review has made up for the sheer extravagance of buying one of these pots!
Summary: Recommended if you have lots of money!