Is there a difference I wondered? Naaaaaah … not that much.
THE RESULTS: best to worst:
1. Christine and Bob’s Old Fashioned Oatmeal
2. Snoqualmie Falls Lodge Oatmeal
3. Bob’s Red Mill Organic old fashioned rolled oats
4. Old Wessex Ltd Scottish Style Porridge Oats
5. Old Fashioned Quaker Oats
6. Country Choice Organic Oven Toasted Oats
7. Albertson’s Old Fashioned oats (generic supermarket brand)
8. The Silver Palate Thick & Rough Oatmeal
Yup … Silver Palate … dead last … worse than I remembered the taste of generic oatmeal. It tasted like cardboard.
1. Note uncooked appearance of each … small, medium, large oats, thickness, oatmeal dust, color
2. Microwave (2.5 minutes). 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 cup water
3. Taste oatmeal … note … sip water to clear palate.
4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 seven times
5. Taste Quaker as benchmark. Sip water
6. Taste other brand … better or worse than Quaker?
7. Repeat steps 5 & 6 lining up in order of preference
8. Before freezing … one more bite in order of preference
9. Rearrange rankings
10. Freeze for future breakfasts.
Ya know, despite all the slick copy on the pricy oatmeal boxes … one oatmeal isn’t that much better than another.
The oatmeal was tasted plain, but once milk or brown sugar or butter or raisins or other fruit or whatever is added … the minute discrepancies aren’t going to matter … except for Silver Palate … hate that stuff.
Oats that were thinner produced a lot of oatmeal dust which, IMO, makes the oatmeal gluey.
1. CHRISTINE AND BOB’S OLD FASHIONED OATMEAL 20 oz ($5.99)
International Fancy Food Show 1st place award
This has always been my favorite oatmeal … so much so when I moved out of the area, I packed up boxes of this oatmeal to take with me.
It looks pretty … evenly shaped, cut thick, almost with ripples. It has a pleasant texture, constancy and chewiness.
That being said … after doing back to back comparisons …will I pony up six bucks for this in the future given most oatmeal was very close? Maybe not.
2. SNOQUALMIE FALLS LODGE OATMEAL 24 oz ($4.99)
Smaller and a darker toasty color than most, with little dust. Initially it was watery but after sitting a few minutes it had a nice chewy texture.
3. BOB’S RED MILL ORGANIC OLD FASHIONED ROLLED OATS 32 oz (4.29)
Medium oat with little dust. Nice consistency with a little more flavor than most
4. OLD WESSEX LTD 100% NATURAL WHOLE GRAIN SCOTTISH SYLE PORRIDGE OATS 18.5 oz ($2.99)
I like this oatmeal a lot. The pieces are irregular and there is some dust. It has a nice rough texture.
5. OLD FASHIONED QUAKER OATS 42 oz ($2 – On sale for $2.50 w/50 cent coupon … usually about $4.59 for large size … 18 oz $2.49)
Given this is often on sale and there are coupons, I’ll probably be buying Quaker the most.. There are large irregular pieces and it has a nice creaminess to it with a bit of texture.
6. COUNTRY CHOICE ORGANIC OVEN TOASTED OATS OLD FASHIONED 18 oz ($2.99)
Irregular pieces with more dust than most … it was flat and watery tasting.
7. ALBERTSON’S OLD FASHIONED OATS 100% NATURAL WHOLE GRAIN 18 oz ($2 on sale … usually $2.49)
Slightly smaller and paler with more dust than most, it was gluier than the others. It is close to the taste of instant oatmeal which is chopped up smaller.
8. THE SILVER PALATE THICK & ROUGH OATMEAL 100% WHOLE GRAIND MILLED OATS 16 oz ($1.99 on sale … usually $3.99)
NASFT product award
This was just awful. It is everything I remember that was bad about generic brands. There was a cardboard taste to it. It was also slightly bitter and had an unpleasant texture. Slightly thicker cut with little dust.
Now for some pizza … and ice cream … and a life … hey, I don’t have to cook breakfast for the next week … or buy oatmeal again, like forever.