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I loved ready brek as a child, i loved the advert for it most, with the dragon and he used to say 'central heating for kids'.
My mother always bought ready brek, and it wasnt until i got older that i realised how expensive it was in comparison to normal oats. I always thought ready brek was a marvel, and loved pouring it into a saucepan, adding the milk, and watching it turn into yummy porridge.
I have to say i recently tried it, and i found it to be quite sweet, and the texture and look is abit like wallpaper paste, dont get me wrong i think its gorgeous stuff, but from an adults point of view now, it is quite pricey.
These days i just buy plain porridge oats, i can get a large bag for about 70pence, where as ready brek is a few pounds for half the amount. For kids though, maybe ready brek is more appealing, and maybe if i was a mum, i'd just keep filling up an empty ready brek box with normal half the price oats, so my kids would eat them!
Overall, lovelly flavour, and great packaging, but overpriced in comparision to other similar products.
My grandchildren love porridge, and when they stay overnight they usually ask for it, at breakfast time.
While out doing my weekly shop, I noticed that you can now buy Ready Brek in a box containing individual sachets. As the kids were going to be staying overnight, I decided to give these a try, just for a change.
Ready Brek was the first instant oat cereal to be produced, and was launched in 1969 by Lyons & Company. In 1990 Ready Brek was taken over by Weetabix Limited.
The sachets come in an orange and white box with Ready Brek written across the front. Underneath this, you can see part of a bowl of oats and a spoon. It also says that the box contains 5 sachets.
The sachets are also orange and white in colour. There is a dashed line across the top of the sachet and it says 'tear along dashed line'. It is a good idea to shake the sachet, so that the contents are at the bottom, before opening. I didn't do this and some of the contents spilled out.
Inside the sachet there is 30g of finely milled oats. I could smell the oats as soon as I opened the sachet.
There are 3 ways to cook these oats.
1. Empty the contents of the sachet into a microwavable bowl.
Add 150ml of milk or water (I used milk) and stir.
Microwave on full power (850W) for one and a half minutes.
Stir and leave for 30 seconds and serve.
2. Add 150ml of boiled milk to contents of sachet. Stir and serve.
3. Put 150ml of milk into a pan and bring to the boil.
Add contents of the sachet and simmer until milk is absorbed.
Stir and serve.
When the oats are ready they are paler in colour than porridge. When I tasted the Ready Brek it did have an oaty taste to it, but I found it to be very bland. There is really not a strong flavour of anything, and because the oats have been so finely milled, it tasted a bit like a puree or maybr even baby food.
Now I have to say that my grandchildren absolutely loved this and it was clean plates all round. The kids probably loved it because it is so easy to eat. There is no biting or chewing involved.
In my opinion it would taste better with a handful of raisins or sultanas added. Or, any kind of fruit for that matter.
On the back of the box it tells you that it is one of the healthiest cereals you can eat. It does not contain any sugar or salt and it is rich in calcium, vitamins and minerals.
Each 30g sachet contains:
2.6g of fat
2.4g of fibre
Your 150ml of milk has to be added to the above. It does say that this cereal can be made with water, but I think that would be stretching it a bit too far. I dread to think what it would taste like.
Like everything else this is a matter of taste. I bought it for my grandchildren and they loved it. This cereal is probably aimed more at kids than adults. I remember the ads on tv where you saw the kids going to school with an orange glow surrounding them. This was supposed to be the Ready Brek Glow.
I paid 69p in Tesco for my box of 5 sachets. I didn't see any larger boxes.
Would I recommend this - Yes, its healthy and kids love it.
I picked up a packet of ready brek original porridge oats as part of my economy drive, at just 69p for five sachets it was going to be cheaper than my beloved oat so simple and the small pack was just the right size to last me until I did my main shopping.
They come in the bright orange ready brek box so stand out on the shelves.
The sachets themselves are bigger than the oat so simple sachets and again are bright orange. It is apparent why the sachets are so big when I poured the ready brek out, instead of lovely oats they have ground them down to the consistency of very fine sawdust so they take more space up.
Making it is easy, just pour 150ml of milk into the bowl and microwave for a minute and a half. Unlike oat so simple however you cant measure using the sachets and have to use a jug.
When you take the bowl out of the microwave you are confronted with this grey mass that looks a bit like wallpaper paste. Once you dig the spoon in there are a few nasty lumpy bits too. Taste wise it is revolting, none of the lovely creamy oaty taste which I love but instead a gloopy texture and nasty taste. I hate wasting food so managed to choke down half a bowl with loads of added raspberry compote to disguise the taste before I gave up and threw the rest out.
In ready breks defence I have noticed that you can also simply add hot milk to the oats which is probably nicer. My daughter ate them without a fuss but then she is a strange child who hates hot porridge and simply adds cold milk to the oats! Even though she ate them she prefers the oat so simple.
How can they get porridge so wrong. I love oats in all their forms (except the revolting oatabix) and am seriously disapointed with this product. I cant believe they can get away with calling this stuff porridge, it certainly doesnt look or taste like any other porridge I have seen before.
I bought this product as it is almost impossible for me to find a breakfast cereal that is suitable for nut allergy sufferers. However, Weetabix website is excellent giving an abundance of nutritional, special diet and allergy information. What I really like about this product is the sachets contained within the box, which means a portion of 30g at 109cals is already worked out for you! However, I must say that one sachet isn't quite enough...I think a little more, perhaps 40g would be better. Ready Brek is easy to prepare, just pour over hot milk. It can be prepared to the consistency you like. I prefer mine a bit more lumpy with less milk. Ready Brek has a really comforting, almost toasty flavour. The oats are finely milled which makes it easy to mix together with milk. I must admit, some of my friends think it is bland and tasteless, with the consistency of wallpaper paste! I think ready brek is a little bit like marmite, you either love it or hate it! I enjoy mine mainly with dried fruit but I think you could add fresh fruit, nuts or chocolate drops to make it a bit more interesting. It is a great way to fill yourself up 'til lunchtime. It is available at Asda and Tesco for 99p but beware some supermarkets such as Waitrose are charging anything up to £1.07!!
I bought this product for the first time last week from tesco. It was 99p for 5 sachets which are perfect as I only eat them on weekdays.
This is the first time I've had ready brek since I was a small child and I wasn't disappointed. The sachets were easy to open and the oats mixed well with the milk. It takes approximately 1 minute and 40 seconds in the microwave (category E).
The outcome is a warm, tasty very filling breakfast which certainly filled me up until lunch time. I was very impressed and the warm porridgy taste took me back to my childhood - remember the central heating for kids adverts?! You can add banana, honey or even yoghurt for a little extra flavour but I though it was divine on its own.
I shall definitely be putting some more in my shopping trolley again this week.
Instant Hot Oat Cereal. Now you can enjoy the taste and flavour of Ready brek in handy sachets, designed to lock in the goodness of all those nutritious oats. Each sachet contains just the right amount for a delicious bowlful of Ready brek - for an easier way to give the whole family an energy boost at breakfast time!