When you talk about oatmeal, one name used to be synonymous. That name is Quaker Oats. Sadly today, that isn’t always the case. While some of their products are still first class, others have fallen by the wayside.
Case in point: Old Fashioned Quaker Oats. This was once the standard by which other oat products were measured. Today, some of the competition can easily outdistance them.
Old Fashioned Quaker Oats comes in several sizes and different types of packaging. We purchased the 42-oz tub intending to use the contents for lots of baking as well as for breakfast.
Old Fashioned Quaker Oats are 100% natural, 100% whole grain and totally sodium free. Additionally, Quaker is quick to note that oatmeal helps reduce cholesterol. They also state that 3 grams of soluble fiber like that from oatmeal, eaten daily along with a healthy diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, can help to reduce the chance of heart disease.
Quick and easy Old Fashioned Quaker Oats can be cooked in the microwave as well as on the stovetop. For stovetop preparation, boil 1 cup of water, milk or a mixture of both for each Â½ cup of oats.
Once the water comes to a boil, slowly stir in the oats. Lower the heat to medium and continue cooking for about 5 more minutes. Stir periodically to keep the oats from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Once the consistency desired has been achieved, pour the oats into a bowl and serve alone, with butter, honey or fruit as desired.
To fix in the microwave, bring 1 cup of liquid (water, milk, or both) to a boil in a microwave safe bowl. Remove the liquid from the microwave and stir in the oats, mixing thoroughly.
Return the mixture to the oven and continue cooking for about 3 more minutes or until the oats are the desired consistency. Pour into a bowl and serve as desired.
There are 30 servings of oats in each 42-oz tub of Old Fashioned Quaker Oats. A serving equals Â½ cup of dry oats.
There are 150 calories in each oatmeal serving. Of that amount, 25 calories are fat-related.
There is a total of 3 grams of fat in each serving. One gram of that comes from polyunsaturated fat; 1 gram comes from monounsaturated fat; and Â½ gram comes from saturated fat. There are no trans fats in Old Fashioned Quaker Oats.
There are 27 grams of carbohydrate and 1 gram of sugar in these oats. They contain no cholesterol.
There are 5 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber in Old Fashioned Quaker Oats. Two grams of that is soluble fiber and 2 grams in insoluble fiber. These oats also provide 10% of the daily-recommended amount of iron.
Ingredients include 100% natural whole grain oats. There are no additives, chemicals or preservatives. Therein lies one problem. These oats must be consumed in a timely fashion or they will not be appropriately fresh.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 3 stars. These are not the oats I remember growing up. I found them bland, tasteless and overtly sticky. They reminded more of paste than a delicious, nutritious hot breakfast cereal.
Preparation ease: 5 stars. Fixing Old Fashioned Quaker Oats is still as easy as it has always been. It was the first breakfast meal I ever made. It was my husband’s as well.
Packaging: 5 stars. There is no mistaking Quaker Oats for any other brand on the store shelf. The bright red, white and blue colors demand attention. The white lettering pops against a bright red or navy blue background. A gold banner spells out the type of oats contained in the package and the smiling Quaker logo makes sure you feel comfortable in your purchase.
Freshness: 3 stars. If these oats are consumed in a timely manner, they can taste fresh. However, they cannot be held in the kitchen pantry or cabinet indefinitely. They lose taste and even turn nasty with a smell that will chase you out of your home.
Dietary value: 4 stars. Old Fashioned Quaker Oats are high in carbs but low in fat and sugar. They also contain no cholesterol, which is a major factor. Additionally, these oats provide protein and fiber as well as important iron content.
Reputation. 4 stars. Most Quaker products are dependable and tasty. Unfortunately, this one didn’t turn out to be either.
Green value: 5 stars. The packaging is primarily made of recycled paperboard.
Ease of purchase: 5 stars. Quaker Oats products are available in most grocery stores as well as in discount department stores that have a food section. Some can even be found in convenience stores and drug stores.
Price: 5 stars. Quaker products are always reasonably priced. The 42-oz tub runs approximately $7 to $9, depending upon where it is purchased.
Product purchase probability: 3 stars. I doubt we will ever purchase the product in the 42-oz side again. It just doesn’t hold its freshness long enough to make it an economical choice for us.
Retailer purchase probability: 5 stars. We bought ours at the commissary, which is the only place we buy it. It is less expensive there.
Final rating: 4.1 stars.
5 stars = outstanding
4 stars = good
3 stars = average
2 stars = below average
1 star = poor