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I bought these as the winter nights are drawing in as I swap my morning fruit smoothie for something warm to go in my tummy at the start of the day. This is a review of Oat So Simple Original Porridge Sachets - I bought these is a 10 pack for £2.45 recently - the big bowl claims to be 33% more than the standard bowl. To be honest this was a bit of a mistake as I usually buy the standard version - I just happened to be in a bit of a hurry and didn't look properly.
*Value for money?*
There is a wide range of oat so simple porridge oats, including various sachets, pots and the standard box. As I said before I grabbed these in a hurry as I had run out however they are usually on offer so it is worth waiting and stocking up. This is especially true as they seem to have a fairly long best before life (I bought these a few weeks ago and the best before was July 2014).
Still at almost 25p per sachet I think this is excellent value for breakfast!
*How to make up*
The box gives instructions for cooking in the microwave or saucepan. I haven't found a third way of cooking these oats yet (oven cooked porridge? I don't think so...). I usually use the microwave as it seems more convenient and less washing up to do. However, I do find that I need to take the bowl out a couple of times to ensure that it doesn't flow over and I also like to give it a good mix.
In any case, making the porridge is really easy. The makers recommend you measure your milk or water (whichever you prefer to use) in the sachet - however I find this a bit tricky as the oats are contained in a paper sachet and it does tend to leak a bit - thus I prefer to use a measuring jug (I also find this a lot more accurate than the paper sachet).
*Is it good for you?*
For the most part I think so yes. If you like to watch your calorie intake then using semi-skimmed mile a bowl will count as approximately 254cal - if you use water this is reduced to 142cal. I am concerned that there is a sweetner used in the porridge - asparatame is listed as an ingredient. In a previous review I referred to concerns about this ingredient as although it hasnt been linked to significant health problems it is apparently not great to have too much asparatame if you suffer from sleep disorders or anxiety.
*Is it tasty?*
Yes! I like to have mine with milk as it gives a nice creamy texture and taste. There are lots of different versions now of the oat so variety (different types of fruits, honey, cinnamon and golden syrup) however I prefer to stick to the original so that I can add my own toppings if I want.
The texture of this porridge is very thick and (due to the asparatme) is a little bit sweet so you don't really need to add your own sugar. The thick texture does make it taste more like a meal and sometimes can feel a bit heavy for first thing in the morning - so I have sometimes had this for my dinner.
*Would I recommend?*
Definitely - cheap, cheerful and scrummy. Loses a mark for the suspcious sweetners and for being just a bit too filling!
I purchased a 'Family Pack' containing 18 sachets, for which I paid £2.50, which for ease and convenience to me was a decent price I thought.
I take one sachet a day into work with me for my breakfast, as by the time I'm up in the morning, breakfast is the last thing on my mind!
In terms of the ease of the product, it pretty much makes itself, all it requires you to do is tear the sachet open, pour in the required amount of milk, stir around, put it in the microwave, and then it even gives you 2 minutes to have a rest after doing all that, whilst you wait for it to cook!
I find this to be a great morning meal as it keeps me full up until my lunch and stops me snacking on rubbish throughout the day.
The porridge is a bit plain tasting, as the original part would suggest, however, you can purchase packs that include Golden Syrup, Raspberry etc, or you could be a little inventive yourself, and add almonds, fruit or if you're feeling spicy, then put a bit of Tabasco sauce in to give it a kick and really wake you up.
I'm usually quite a big eater, but the size of this sachet portion is ideal for your breakfast. Easily recommended!
I like to have a bowl of steaming porridge now and then, but I don't have much time in the mornings before I have to dash so I thought that this Quaker Oat So Simple product would be a good buy. I had tried Quaker Oats in the past and found them to be of a good quality, so I felt assured that this is would be both a sensible and convenient purchase.
One 324g box (each box of this contains 12 sachets) of Quaker Oat So Simple will cost you £2.44 from Tesco, or 2 for £4. Even on special offer, these oats are still quite pricey and you could save a lot of money by just buying a big sack of microwave oats. However, I don't mind buying these occasionally for the convenience that comes with it, but I certainly won't buy this as something to eat every single morning as it would just not be worth the cost.
These oats are packaged in a cardboard box with a classic Quaker blue skies and golden fields look. It makes you think of the morning just by looking at it. It has the Quaker logo and in very big writing on a signpost it indicates that it is 'Now only 2 mins to perfect porridge'. Altogether, it has quite a nice and classic appearance to it. Once you open the box up at the side, there is a tab design where you can tuck one piece of cardboard into another to keep it fresh. Inside, the oats are stored in individual paper sachets which are handy.
These oats are very easy and quick to make, as promised. You can just pour the milk into the sachet after you have emptied it of its contents which I thought was quite clever design wise (there are lines indicating where the milk should go up to. Then you pour the milk over the oats, give it a little stir, microwave it and then your oats are ready! Unfortunately the bowl does get very hot in the microwave so you have to wait for a minute or two before taking it out. Alternatively, you can use a pair of oven gloves.
If a microwave is not available for use, 'Simply boil 180ml of milk in a saucepan and stir in the contents of one sachet of oats. Simmer for 2 minutes or until milk is absorbed, stirring occasionally'.
Other flavours are available for example Apple and Blueberry or Golden Syrup which I do like but buying the Original kind means that you can whatever you like in your own porridge and you get to flavour it yourself.
Altogether, this is a good product for the convenience and how fast it can be prepared. You can save a lot of time on breakfast. I would recommend this product with 4 out of 5 dooyoo stars (with the one star dropped because you could save quite a bit of money buying big packs of oats instead of individual sachets).
Quaker Oat So Simple Original 324g