“ Perfect for those on a budget, Tesco Value Porridge Oats are versatile and nice tasting, making it hard to notice the difference between that and the more expensive brands. Why pay more? „
The most important meal of my day is my breakfast. If I miss that out I graze all day and I had this in mind when I was recently in my fantastic (and huge) Tesco store and then I popped this into my trolley to try out as 1kg bag of it only set me back 75p, and for me living alone I realised this would give me a heck of a lot of brekkies for my pennies!
This comes in a see through bag mainly and on the front of it we are clearly told what it is and who it is by, the size is stated and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown then on the back of the bag other information listed includes ingredients, being told how to make it up, there is a full nutritional chart shown and contact details for Tesco are clearly stated. The only issue I have with this is that the bag isn't resealable however I combatted this by putting it in a plastic container to be honest!
Cream in colour, dry to touch and with an oaty fragrance all you have to do with this is to allow about 50g of the oats per person and to add 300ml of water in a saucepan and allow it to gradually heat which takes about 2-3 minutes (you could use milk if you wanted to) or you could microwave it though I have never done that and of course if you add milk of any type that adds calories and fat to it.
This makes a slightly lumpy paste of creamy coloured mush and I have to admit that not only do I appreciate the simple taste of this (you can add salt, sugar syrup or anything else you fancy to it however again this adds more calories and fat content to it!) and I find it very filling. I like this plain and made up with water or with milk and some Lyles syrup when I'm feeling a bit naughty. I like the texture, the smell and everything about it and find 50g of this a more than ample breakfast for my huge appetite!
This gets the thumbs up from me and made up with water and being a 50g portion of the oats only gives me 190 calories and just 0,8g Saturated Fat and keeps me full till lunchtime and beyond!
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I am a great fan of porridge for my breakfast. I have had other cereals but porridge to me is the most filling of them all.
This brand from Tesco's, their own brand, is as good as any I have tried. It is not as expensive as the other well-known brands, about 75p for a 1kg bag, and is easy to make. When making it you just need half a cup of oats and one and half cups of water. Put them both in a microwave dish and put in the microwave for 2 minutes. When the 2 minutes are up take it out, stir it and put it back for another 2 minutes. It's then done and ready to eat but be careful it's very hot. I always leave mine for about 5 to 10 minutes to cool down. It gives me chance to do other things while I'm waiting. I always add sugar to mine and stir it in before putting it in the bowl. Some people add milk as well but I find it doesn't need it. I find this porridge very tasty and very filling. It can quite easily keep yo going until lunchtime. It also a lot healthier for you than some other breakfast products.
I suppose the disadvantage of this brand of porridge is that it comes in a packet so you need to think about storage. I always leave it in the packet and use a seal grip to seal the packet up and leaving the porridge oats fresh. Other ways could be transfer the whole packet to a container.
We have quite a few mouths to feed at Spaniel Hall right now, so most of my grocery order was made up from the Tesco Everyday Value range. If I had time I'd review everything - the Everyday Value range can be good, very very good and horrid - but am so impressed with the EDV Porridge Oats they deserved a quick review!
The package is different to the one shown as Tesco have rebranded their value range. A 1kg bag is 75p - much lower than other brands, and in my opinion is is just as good - if not better.
I make my porridge with water (I hate milk!) and throw in some sultanas and cinnamon. I just do it in the microwave for speed and eat straight from the bowl. I also use oats in lots of other different ways when I am cooking, for example:
Baking - breads and biscuits
Coatings - I love fresh herring and mackerel and oats make a lovely nutty coating for grilling and frying
Thickening - soups and sauces (don't go mad or you'll just get regular porridge but a small sprinkle works)
Stretching - stews, casseroles, shepherds pie, chilli etc - whack a couple of handfuls in to make it go further, plus it gives a really gloopy comforting texture.
I read so much about how good oats are for you, and have found that since oats have become more fashionable the price has gone up! Also the quality in general seems to have changed - oats seem finer (maybe that's just me) and when you make regular porridge you get something that resembles Ready Break - perhaps modern tastes like porridge a bit more refined.
I like my oats (like many things in this life) cheap and coarse!
EDV porridge oats are both!
Thanks for reading!
I love this product I use it for both cooking and breakfast and find that it works really well for both.
I first started buying this when I was making a huge batch of flap jacks for my daughter school fayre and although and I was hunting for the cheapest ingredients to make to most money for them. I was really pleased at the price when I found, as they were only 75p for a 1kg bag. The only criticism I have is the bag is quite thin plastic but it is Ok as I store mine in a large plastic tub when I get home. The first time I made the flapjacks they tasted great they had the lovely nutty taste I get from more expensive oats and they were all fairly uniform in size and flaked into the mix easily.
I often use them for porridge in the mornings now due to my diet and it makes a lovely creamy porridge with a mixture of water and milk and the texture is soft with a slightly nutty flavour and as its so filling I find a bag lasts a full month which is lot cheaper than all the diet cereals on the market. I would recommend these as the taste is excellent and the price can't be beaten they are great value. If you try this you won't notice the difference to the branded makes well apart from a little bit more money in your purse.
The storage instructions are to store somewhere cool and dry but I leave mine on the side in a storage box and I have never had a problem with them.
I have recommended these to many of my friends who have been hit by the credit crunch
Tescos may not like this use of their product but non the less I use their cheap basic packs of porrage oats for my chickens who love it, I make it as for normal porrage but with water then thin it down well with more warm water and mix handfulls of chicken pelleted food in with it leaving it to soak for a while, my reward is a steady supply of eggs, but beware make sure you DO use chicken pellets with it otherwise they will become deprived of grit in their diet and lay very thin shelled eggs or even eggs with no shell at all. I also give it to them mixed with house hold table scraps but again with pellets
THESE ARE THE BEST TASTING PORRIIDGE OATS IVE BOUGHT I LIKE THEM BECAUSE THERE IS SOME BULK TO THEM AND THEY ARE VALUE FOR MONEY WE ALL ENJOY THEM !! DONT EVER CAHANGE!!
More and more of us are ready to explore the range of discounted foods in our supermarkets. Tesco offer their customers a value range which provides some good and very affordable basic foodstuffs. I grant you not everything in the Tesco value range can be viewed as a bargain but in the main the range comes up trumps. Tesco has many rivals, locally we have a huge Sainsbury, a new Asda only a stones throw away and a Morrison's a couple of miles down the road. Our local Tesco is a very basic building which cannot really be described as pleasurable to visit but there are good deals to be had.
A 1Kg packet of Tesco Value porridge oats costs around 75p. In comparison a 750g pack of Tesco finest porridge oats will set you back twice the amount. The 1kg of Tesco value porridge oats are packed into a plain plastic bag. Make a small slit in the end of the plastic bag and it is easy to transfer the porridge oats into a plastic storage tub. Hence you are only left with a small plastic bag to recycle.
The Tesco value porridge oats are a good creamy colour and the oats themselves look clean although they vary in size. Maybe the oats are not grade one but that does not impair the taste of the porridge in any way. The Tesco value oats can be cooked in a microwave oven but I much prefer to cook my porridge on the hob. The oats can be cooked using water but I would rather enjoy a plate of creamy porridge so I make mine using milk. Place a cupful of the Tesco value range porridge oats into a small saucepan and add some milk. Heat the milk and oats gently over a low heat whilst stirring all of the time. After a couple of minutes the oats will begin to thicken. Turn the heat down low and allow the oats to cook gently for a further minute. Take a large plate and spoon the cooked porridge into the centre of the plate. Pour some milk around the porridge and sprinkle the top of the cooked porridge with some sugar. Serve while piping hot.
A plate of creamy porridge can set you up for the day and stave off any hunger pangs until lunchtime. The Tesco value porridge oats cook up well. As mentioned earlier the oats may not be as refined as some of the more expensive brands but the taste is equally as good. The texture of the cooked oats is pleasant and as the oats cook through and soften it may be hard to guess that you are eating oats from a discount range. When cooked the Tesco value oats remain creamy coloured and that in itself adds to the overall appearance of the porridge.
I know that the single servings of porridge oats have become popular but they are a costly way of serving up porridge. It can be difficult to gauge how many raw oats to use per serving, use about 50g of oats per person and add 300ml of milk or water to every 300g and you won't go far wrong.
The Tesco value oats can be enjoyed by vegetarians. One serving of oats made with skimmed milk will contain around 300 calories. Oats can be sweetened with sugar, honey or syrup. If you are trying to count the calories then you can use sweetener. Oats are good served with some chopped fruit on the top and the Tesco value porridge oats are as good as any other. The Tesco value oats make great flapjack and can be added to a topping for a fruit crumble.
I decided when I was doing my usual weekly shopping that I was going to try own brand foods as I was wanting to try and save a bit so when I seen tesco value porridge oats I though I would give them a go and see what they were like. I usually buy the 1kg bag but smaller sizes are available and the prices ranger from 57p to 99p which is great value as other well known brands cost a lot more.
The packing is very basic as the oats only come packed in the plastic bag instead of the bag and then a box so every time a cereal is finished in our house we tend to keep the box to put the porridge bag into as it makes it a lot easier to pour out into a bowl. The bag is the traditional tesco value design of red, white and blue and the name of the product on the front. It is very easy and quick to make as you simply put around 50g of oats into a non-metallic bowl and add 300ml of water or milk which my son prefers, then place in the microwave for a set time which is on the box but vary's depending on the watt of your microwave. In my case we have to put ours in for 2.5 minutes then stir and place back in for a further 2 minutes. It can also be made on the hob but we prefer to use the microwave as it is a lot quicker for us to use as we always just add our own amount of oats and milk and it is always ready with 1-2minutes and not the stated length of time it should take. Storage instructions are to keep in a cool dry place as with most cereal really.
Overall I personally think that there is no need to pay a dearer price for a product which I think tastes the same if not better! I will definitely continue to buy tesco value oats as they are great value for money and quick and easy to make.
Porridge oats are something I use a lot of in general, in obvious things like porridge and flapjacks and also in less obvious things like bread and crumbles. This is all part of my neverending quest to get No1 son to eat anything healthy, which, when he was younger went to such lengths as making carrot and beetroot bread (to get him to eat some vegetables), making my own 'sausages', another thing which can use up oats, and many other sneaky ways of adding nutritional value to a seemingly unhealthy meal.
The oats themselves come in a plastic bag as shown on the picture, so you need to decant them into a tupperware container or similar as otherwise you risk knocking them all over the floor when reaching for the pasta (don't ask). In terms of storage, the bag is relatively strong, so will be fine to leave unopened in the cupboard for a while without worrying about splits or leakage. The bag itself is quite large and easily makes a months worth of porridge for one person or several trays of flapjacks.
I have used these to make porridge in the microwave and on the stove and have had great results either way, they cook really quickly - around 3 minutes providing you put in enough liquid - and they don't go completely smooth when cooked. I've found that if you put a cup full of oats in a bowl then pour in the milk until its around 1/2 and inch above the oats then you get the best results.
As far as value for money, the cost under £1 at my local tesco, so thats around 3p per breakfast, and it's healthy and filling as well. I would definately recommend this if you are on a budget, although it's probably best as a winter breakfast as I find in the summer I don't want anything too heavy.
Let me start by saying I don't like porridge. I don't know why exactly as it's not the flavour that I dislike, it's more because of the texture of it I think. My grandfather used to eat it with salt and my grandmother had hers sweet, and I have to say I disliked both a lot. I don't care whether you use expensive porridge oats for it, or cheap ones, or how much sugar or syrup you add to it to hide the flavour, you still get that nasty lumpy texture that's just the same as over soaked weetabix. Blearg!
I do however buy porridge oats. I make them into delicious cookies and use them in flapjacks and other lovely sweet treats. They're also very nice in savoury oat breads too. They're very scrummy, and I really love the oat flavour a lot. I have to say, I've bought various different brands of oats for this purpose over the years, and I can't honestly taste the difference once they're made up into a cookie, so these days I do stick to the Tesco value pack as at 58p for a 1 kilo bag these are about as cheap as you can get them without going to catering sizes - and much as I like cookies, I don't make enough to warrant doing that.
My favourite cookies that I make these into are Twinks Hobnobs. It really is a dead easy recipe, and it's one that I personally think is a much better use for porridge oats than making porridge with them!
~*~ Twinks Hobnobs ~*~
225g self raising flour
225g porridge oats
1 tbsp golden syrup
1 tbsp hot water
1/2 tsp bicarb soda
Mix flour, oats and sugar.
Melt marg, syrup and water in a pan stir in bicarb soda and add to dry mix.
Mix well, make smallish balls - about the size of a large marble - and put on greased tray and flatten slightly with a fork, make sure you leave lots of space between them.
350f / 180c / gas mark 4 for 12-15 minutes.
Let them cool on the tray.
You just want them golden in oven not brown as they really taste much better this way, and they really are easy as you can see.
Will I continue to buy these porridge oats? Yes. Will I ever make them into porridge? Probably not. Do I recommend them? Yes, if you like cookies you'll love Twinks Hobnobs, and you need porridge oats to make them, they're also good for baking loads of other oaty treats as I've said. I guess if you like porridge then these would be perfectly good enough for that too.
Nothing beats a good bowl of porridge in the morning (or any time of day, really). I remember having it for my evening meal many times as a student. It is especially enjoyable on cold winter mornings and heats you right up. Many brands sell porridge oats at (once you look at it) ridiculous prices. All you need are the basic Tesco Value (now rebranded as 'Everyday Value') oats.
I know some people are put off by value brands thinking they are a compromise on quality and in some cases that is true. However, this is not the case with these oats. They cook and taste like any other oats on the market yet at a fraction of the cost.
They take only a few minutes in the pan with some milk (the pack suggests water but I recommend milk as it gives a nicer flavour and creamier texture in my opinion) and your sweetner of choice. You can also heat these oats up in the microwave taking approximately 4-5 mins.
The end product is a lovely tasting porridge that is smooth and you can add all sorts of syrups to it if you want to sweeten it up. I also add some seeds to it before cooking (the seeds soften up when heated) for some extra health benefits - either way the porridge tastes good.
I may moan about people being put off by the packaging of value products but as the oats come in a plastic bag it is easy to see why in this case. I store my oats in a tupperware box to keep them fresh and easier to store. So there is a way around the less than suitable packaging.
These oats can be found in Tesco (beside the cereals) for 75p for a 1kg bag. Which isn't too bad when other brands are charging upwards of £1.50
However, these oats may contain traces of sesame seeds and nuts (made in a factory that uses these products) so some caution may need to be taken.
Nutrition per 50g:
5.5g of protein
30.2g of carbs (0.8g of which sugars)
4.1g of fat (0.8g of which saturates)
4.3g of Fibre
This is largely in line with brand name oats.
Despite not needing to save 75p on some oats I buy Tesco Value oats above any other now. Why pay more for the same thing just because it comes in a nice box and has a brand name. I see no reason to buy any other. They cook great, taste fantastic, are cheap and versatile. What's not to love? Unless you are one of these people that don't like porridge of course...
Last year I suddenly found myself being made redundant and having never been out of work my whole adult life it was a lot to take in. One of the first things we realised was that we could save a lot of money on shopping and so we began to work through the value range at Tescos to see what was worth buying and saving on and what wasn't.
These oats are definately worth buying and even though I am now back at work these are one of the things that have stayed in our cupboard. Yes the packaging is cheap, yes they are not as smooth as other brands and yes there is occasionally an oat husk in with the oats but for 60p for a kg bag what do you want?
Oats are oats surely? I use these to make porridge each day and I havent really noticed any differnce between these and the organic oats we used to buy. They make great porridge and can be used for baking flapjacks as well and as long as they taste good then that is enough for me.
One thing being redundant taught me is that we rely too much on branded products and packaging - these are good oats and we will continue to buy them for a long time to come.
When I was a little girl my mother used to give me porridge oats and I always remember her doing it in a pan and serving it to me especially on cold frosty mornings, it used to fill me up and satisfy me.
I always liked it but did not realise why she gave me it at the time because I was a child but I have learned since it is because it can fill you up and be healthy at the same time and most of all it is a very cheap breakfast cereal, but this brand is even cheaper because it is a Value range from Tesco.
Years ago in the 1960s when I was growing up they did not have lower brands they only kind of had the well known ones and from what my mother has told me and a little of what I remember porridge and other loose food could be found bought by the pounds and ounces and not in a bag if you had very little money, these times in our lives we have more choices and this product is a very good one as it is excellent value for 58p for a 1 kilo bag.
They are in a big transparent plastic bag with the red and blue logo of the Value range, they can easily be opened and I put mine in a large plastic container with a flip lid to easily pour out when needed.
It is very simple to make all you have to do is allow approximately 50g of oats for one person and add 300ml of cold water or alternatively you can use milk instead of water to make it more creamy.
Bring it to the boil and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring continuously and add sugar or salt to taste, but what I do if it is for just for me I put the oats into a bowl and pour on boiling water from the kettle, stir them and put a little milk on top and put into the microwave for 2 minutes and they are ready, but if I am doing for more than me I do it in a pan.
The oats are lovely with jam or treacle on top or bananas or any fruit and then they give them an extra flavour and they are also good for a high fibre diet.
I give them to my grandson sometimes when he comes for a sleepover and he loves them and they are fine for him, he is just over a year old and they are healthy for his diet too.
I recommend this product for anyone to try it is cheap and good value and tasty.
I give it a 5 star rating.
I have been a fan of porridge since childhood and always have some in my store cupboard. I usually have two packs though: Scott's Porage Oats for breakfast and Tesco Value for baking with. I have never tried making a bowl of porridge with the value range, I just can't help thinking it wouldn't be the same.
Tesco Value Porridge Oats come in the well known value colours of red, white and blue. The last time I bought a 1kg bag it cost around 60p, which is amazing value.
I always snip off a small corner at the top, when opening them. I try to take off just enough to let them pour out easily, but try to keep them as airtight as possible. The bag is easily folded over when open and I have had no problems keeping them fresh until the bag is finished.
Like all oats, these are not attractive in looks or smell, but when used as an ingredients, they become quite a wondeful product to have at hand.
I have recently used them in homemade clusters which included the value oats, coconut, sultanas, chocolate, Tesco Rice Snaps and Cornflakes. I mixed all the dry items in with melted cooking chocolate and made bite-size clusters, which were loved by all my family.
My other favourite is the following recipe. I have been making these for years and they are simple, cheap to make and very tasty.
75g caster sugar
1 teaspoon golden syrup
3 teaspoons boiling water
3 drops vanilla essence
100g self-raising flour
(I have used 100g of margarine in the past when I haven't had butter and it works very well)
Cream the fats and sugar, beat in the syrup, water and essence.
Stir in the flour and oats, mix well.
Divide and shape into small balls and place on a greased baking tray (if you like a really crunchy biscuit, flatten the ball down a bit).
Bake in a moderate oven 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4 for about 15 minutes, when they should be a lovely golden brown. When they are cool you can decorate with some icing if wished.
These biscuits are lovely, you can really taste the oatiness, they are crunchy and have a crumbly texture. I usually get at least 16 biscuits, depending how large I make the balls.
I think for the price, Tesco Value Porridge Oats are brilliant and I try to never run out. If you enjoy baking, they make a cheap ingredient in many lovely biscuit recipes. You may even find that they make a decent bowl of porridge for breakfast.
I would give these 5 stars, just for being a great baking ingredient.
1kg bag of basic porridge oats. No stupid ingredients. Stored in a strong plastic bag.
Currently they are sold at 99p. Most own brand cereals are sold less than £1 which I like very much because these cereals last a long time. I used to buy brand cereals and spend £2-£2.90 on a 375-500g box that lasted me a week, and there is only two of us in the house! This £1, 1kg bag lasts us about 3 weeks.
*HOW IT WORKS FOR ME*
Based on 50g of porridge per person.
This porridge can be made with water or milk, it primarily suggests water but that made me feel sick! I have always made porridge with milk. The heating instructions are different based on how you cook it and what microwave wattage. Through personal experience I have always noticed that cooking porridge to box instructions results in incinerated, lumpy porridge. This one says to measure out the milk then cook for two minutes (850w microwave), stir, then cook again for two minutes. After the first two minutes I found that the porridge was already cooked. One stir to get the oats to soak up the remaining milk and I had nice creamy porridge.
To cook on the hob it takes 2-3 minutes after bringing to the boil and leaving to simmer. Though the microwave option is just as good and requires less washing up. These do taste quite plain and no matter what anyone says, expensive oats and own brand oats are JUST oats and taste no different. You might as well give Quaker an extra quid. They taste great with just a spoonful of sugar but I personally add a bit of blackcurrant jam. Very filling and only take a couple of minutes longer than dry cereal.