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      01.11.2010 15:51
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      A great warming porridge

      I take porridge the whole year through for breakfast, and tend to take a bowl of cereal for supper instead. When it comes to Sunday though, my husband likes a bowl of porridge, especially in the winter, and instead of my usual White's porridge, I always use readybreak porridge. When I had recently finished the last of the readybreak, I went to pick some up in Tesco, when I noticed that Tesco had their own version, which was significantly cheaper, and in fact, at the moment is on offer at £1.00 for a 500g box, which is very good value, when most people are trying to reduce their grocery bills.

      So I thought it was definitely worth a go. The packaging of this Tesco instant hot oat cereal that I have is a more modern version of the packaging shown in the photo above, although the colours are the same, except with a large, unmissable green statement at the top stating that this is 'wholegrain' and in smaller writing underneath it states that this is a 'good source of fibre' and is 'fortified with vitamins and minerals'. It also has the Tesoc healty living logo at the top.

      At the bottom of the front of the box, there is nutritional information. For each 30g, there are 100 calories, 0.3g of sugar and 2.6g of fat, which I think is fairly good given that porridge tends to fill you up and stop you snacking.

      On the side of the box, it cites that this cereal is made from 'oats and oat flour'. It also gives instructions for making the cereal in your microwave, with times given for different powered microwaves. I tend to stick to the same timings of ready break which means I give it slightly less than what the packet suggests and it tastes perfectly fine, otherwise it would nearly scald your mouth and make the bowl so hot it is difficult to carry.

      I have noticd absolutely no difference between this Tesco oat cereal and Readybreak. I find that both of these cereals have the downside of being rather messy with the oats seemingly flying all over the shelf as you try and spoon the correct amount into your bowl, but this is easily cleaned up, but nonetheless a little bit of a nuisance, especially if you are in a hurry out in the morning. There does not appear to be any diference in taste and like readybreak, I find that a bowl of this oat hot cereal will fill me up to near lunchtime, unless I am having breakfast very early in the morning.

      Unless you are a bit of a brand snob, there is absolutely no reason to buy the more expensive readybreak over this tesco own version, as they appear to look and taste exactly the same. Highly recommended!

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        10.03.2010 10:15
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        I bought a packet of Tesco Instant Hot Oat Cereal last month as I fancied a change fro cornflakes for breakfast. When we were younger we always had proper porridge oats for breakfast before school and even now, my Dad who is way into his 80's still makes himself a saucepan of porridge in the mornings. However, I tend to burn the saucepan when I make it myself so thought I would give a pcket of this instant one a try.

        I have tried other instant oats over the years but never found it very nice so was expecting this to be on the same par but I was pleasantly surprised and found it really nice.

        I like my porridge thick so I didnt read the instruction, I just tipped some of the powdery looking oats into a bowl and poured in some milk and added a sprinkle of sugar. Then put it in the microwave for 90 seconds, then gave it a stir and saw it was quite thick already so added a bit more milk and put it back for another minute.

        When it came out the second time it looked the right consistency for me so gave it a taste and it was really nice.

        After I had eaten it I had a look at the instructions (yes you should read them first) and saw I was just about spot on with the timing, it says I could have done it a bit less time on my ovens power but I was happy with it as it was.

        It says for a recommended portion you need 1oz of cereal and 1/4pt of milk. Dont know how much I put in but I am sure it wasnt more than 1/4 pt of milk used. This serving (without the sugar added) would be 180 cals, 7.5g sugar, 5.0g fat, 1.9g saturates, and 0.3g salt. This includes the milk so not a bad amount for a breakfast which is very filling and the oats are good for your heart anyway. The packet says that the cereal is fortified with vitamins and iron and it contains folic acid as well.

        The allergy advice is that it contains gluten, it has no nuts in the recipe but cannot guarantee it is nut free.

        The cereal is suitable for vegetarians.

        If you want to find the cereal on the shelves in Tesco it would be quite easy to spot as it comes in a bit orange coloured cardboard box with a bowl of oats on the front and a big spoon full of it.

        At the moment it is on sale in two different sizes and they are both nearly the same price, the 100g box is £1.08 and the bigger 750g box is only 8p dearer at £1.16 so much mor eeconomical to buy the bigger box.

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          14.01.2010 16:42
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          Get your oats in the morning!

          At first glance Tesco instant hot oat cereal seemed like a very good buy being that a 750g box of this is only £1.38 as opposed to a box of readybrek that costs over £2 or a box of Quaver oats at nearly £2. After tasting this for the first time I am as convinced now about it being a good buy as I was then.

          This does seem to have a rather bland taste to it compared to readybrek but so does the more expensive Quaker oats and as I always use plenty sugar in this it really doesn't matter that much.

          My main worry was that the oats would not mix and there would be solid oaty bits floating in it but this was not the case.

          It doesn't quite give of the same delicious aroma that you get from readybrek either but I am not nearly as fussed about smell as I am about taste so Again not a big problem for me.

          This is a very simple breakfast cereal and also a fairly healthy one that tastes nice and can be mixed with fruit to make different versions of a lovely hot breakfast and I for one see no point in spending the extra on Readybrek when this is almost as good and a whole lot cheaper.

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          14.01.2010 14:10
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          A great value & good quality alternative to buying a brand name version. Try these instead.

          I like eating breakfast cereals. I think they make great meals when you're hungry but don't want to spend a lot of time cooking. The funny thing with me is that I never eat them for breakfast unless it's at a weekend. I tend to eat them in the evening for dinner or a bowl just before bed.

          I like to have hot crereals in winter as they help to warm you up & just taste better warm when it's cold outside. Because of this I like eating Ready Brek or a cheaper alternative. I buy other Tesco own brand cereals so when they were offering their alternative to Ready Brek for £1.32 for a 750 gram box whereas the branded box is over £2.00, I though that I would give it a try.

          On first opening the packet, I didn't notice any difference. They are finely chopped porridge oats. You can prepare them by either pouroing warm milk onto a bowl of them, or you can put cold milk on them & then stick them in the microwave.

          Eating them for me, was no different than eating a brand name variety. They taste like oats & for most peoples palates probably need some sugar. They can be made really thick or really thin based on how much milk you put in. I think anyone given these next to a bowl of a brand name would be unable to tell them apart. If you want to pep them up a bit, you can even add drinking chocolate to turn them chocolatey, jam or even fresh fruit for a healthier option.

          I recommend them too you if you like Porridge Oats or Oat cereals. The product is just as nice as any other type, but much better value for money

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          22.11.2009 18:30
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          Will buy again

          Whilst shopping in Tesco the other week, i was looking at the cereals. While i spent about 10 minutes making my mind up what to get 3 people picked up Tesco instant hot oat cereal so i thought it must be ok so i decided to give it a try as i do like porridge and i used to have Readybrek when i was a child.

          The look of the packaging is a bright red/orange box with a picture of the cereal in a bowl.
          Th price is £1.32 for a 750g box which is a good value altho the Tesco finest range of hot eat cereal was only a couple of pence more which i will try soon.

          There is different ways to make this, including warming milk up in a pan but i find the easiest way is in the microwave. Put the oats in a bowl and stir in milk and put in the microwave for a minute, stir and put back in for another minute.

          The oats in this cereal are very fine and when i open the box it does puff up everywhere. When you roll the bag down in the cereal it covers your worktop in the stuff.

          The taste and price is very nice. Tasts like readybrek just finer and thinner oats.

          Would i buy again? Yes i woudl :)

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          07.10.2009 16:46
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          Not a great version of a old classic

          In attempt to reduce the current huge price of my weekly food shopping bill I have tried to drop down a brand on certain items. I have tried to step down from the premium brands and instead try the supermarket own branded equivalents. I have given both my girls Ready Brek since they were babies and I think that it's a great breakfast for them as it's warming and gives them the energy that they need to do all their running around and crazy behaviour. I think it also tastes great, it's really creamy and satisfying and both my girls absolutely love it.

          I spotted the Tesco's equivalent - Instant hot oat cereal during my last shop and as it was significantly cheaper than the Ready Brek, costing only £1.08 for a 500g box. It was definately worth giving this one a go, so I popped in my trolley, hoping that my girls wouldn't be able to taste the difference.

          Next morning I made a pan of the hot oat cereal on the hob, just adding milk to the flakey and powdery cereal. It probably took around 5 minutes for the cereal to be heated through and have the right consistancy. I do struggle getting this type of cereal to have the right consistancy sometimes, it does have then tendancy to be either to thick or too sloppy but that is purely down to my lack of skills in the kitchen.

          When it was made, it did look fairly similar to ready brek, perhaps not quite as creamy in it's appearant but it certainly didn't look bad. I served it up to my girls, and while my youngest gobbled it up relatively happily, my elder daughter wasn't convinced, she didn't know it was a different brand of cereal but she did say that morning that she didn't like it. I had a spoonful just to see what she meant and I then could completely see where my little angel was coming from. It was just really quite unpleasant, it had a really strange consistancy and quite a powdery taste. The flavour was quite bland, and it just didn't even come close to the real deal.

          So while it might save some pennies, this is one compromise I'm not going to be making again.

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            13.06.2009 14:13
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            Tesco Instant Hot Oat Cereal seems like a relatively good buy at £1.32 for a 750g box. That's compared to £2.08 for a 750g box of Readybrek, or £1.69 for a 1kg box of Quaker oats (which would be £1.27 for 750g and is in fact cheaper than this generic store brand is!). I was fooled into thinking that this was an affordable product that wasn't so cheap it might be nasty.

            Making up this hot oat cereal is relatively straightforwards. Just mix it up with the appropriate amount of milk in your bowl, and put it in the microwave to heat up for a minute or two. A nice quick way to start the day with porridge, without the fuss of getting any pans out or standing over a hot stove when you haven't got the time to.

            Where this cereal loses it's appeal for me is on actually tasting it. It's really very bland, with a strange texture that to me is nothing like I expect from a porridge product. I appreciate that this is intended to be a hot oat cereal, and does not claim to be porridge precisely, but I still expect it to at least taste like oats!

            It's got a very weak smell as well, which does nothing to whet the appetite. When you cook up real porridge from oats, even Tesco Value oats (just 58p for 1kg and really very nice), you get a delicious, warm scent drifting up from them. With this hot oat cereal, there's hardly a whiff of anything at all.

            I don't think much of this and I won't buy it again. Yes it's easy and convenient compared to making up a batch of real porridge, but there are considerably better brands out there. In fact Quaker do a much better version - and it's cheaper per 100g even! This is definitely one to avoid.

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