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To think ALL porridge oats are the same...

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WFTisgoingoninmyhead Sat 02-Mar-19 10:28:14

This is somewhat lighthearted, but can a person really tell the difference between Scott’s Porridge Oats and Harvest Morn (Aldi) Porridge Oats. My DH claims he can! The ingredients on both boxes say 100% Oats. I think he is just being a bit precious and a little snobby but I am happy to be proven wrong. I make muesli with the offending Oats and that tastes just the same to me.

GreenThing Sat 02-Mar-19 10:31:24

Kind of.

I am not fussy so generally buy the cheapest, but the big massive fluffy oats are nice in winter sometimes.

A bit less dusty and gruel-like.

ShintyStickHitsShins Sat 02-Mar-19 10:32:04

I don't think they are all the same, no. The size of them is different so the texture of the porridge/muesli changes. Aldi oats are completely different from the Jordan ones for example. I haven't had Scott's for years, but if they are like the Jordan ones, then yes I'd be able to tell the difference (sorry grin )

JustDanceAddict Sat 02-Mar-19 10:32:53

Some are more substantial than others I expect hence ‘jumbo’ oats. Some might be the sweepings off the floor 😆

WFTisgoingoninmyhead Sat 02-Mar-19 10:34:08

JustDanceAddict
They were his exact words this morning grin

roses2 Sat 02-Mar-19 10:34:31

My kids have porridge for breakfast every day. There is definitely a difference. DH prefers the chunky oats. If you look at the nutritional information you will see they have different fat/salt/carb levels.

The cheap ones don't taste as good.

Knittedfairies Sat 02-Mar-19 10:35:14

I agree with your husband; there is a definite difference.

needsahouseboy Sat 02-Mar-19 10:35:39

See I always thought that but then tried some cheap ones and they were nasty!

SpuriouserAndSpuriouser Sat 02-Mar-19 10:36:15

There’s definitely a noticeable difference!

MsMightyTitanAndHerTroubadours Sat 02-Mar-19 10:36:29

you have to do a proper experiment

buy both, and swap the contents over see if he notices. I bet he won't. He only moans cos he imagines the aldi ones are different.

moomin4071 Sat 02-Mar-19 10:36:59

I like the big oats from Aldi, the Kavanagh brand

BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Sat 02-Mar-19 10:37:13

My children can & I can see the difference between Scots & Tesco bog standard (my usual choice but occasionally substituted for the former). They'll just comment that they've got less little bits.

Singlenotsingle Sat 02-Mar-19 10:39:03

The cheaper oats are like dust and go all gluey in your mouth

TidyDancer Sat 02-Mar-19 10:39:45

Yep there's definitely a difference. I am a lazy morning person so we have the oat pouches here. Oats so simple taste very different from the Tesco ones for eg and they are both plain.

WFTisgoingoninmyhead Sat 02-Mar-19 10:40:33

Shown him these replies he is so thrilled with himself and is donning his coat to go to the COOP to get his beloved Scott’s ones again.

siestakey Sat 02-Mar-19 10:40:32

They're really not. Cheap ones taste like dust. Flahavans Irish oats (sp?) are the best imo.

Camomila Sat 02-Mar-19 10:41:31

We usually get the harvest morn sachets or the tube of Asda own brand but my favourites are the post Irish ones in a tube (from Waitrose)

I had starbucks oatmeal this morning, I was disasapointed but DS liked it.

DamonSalvatoresDinner Sat 02-Mar-19 10:41:43

I don't know about porridge specifically but in most foods of a similar nature they are sorted into the highest quality parts and the less desirable ones. Nuts for example. Only the healthiest, largest defect free peanuts are used in the expensive brands (KP springs to mind) and the rest are sold off cheaper to lesser brands. You can tell when you taste them.
My stepdad works in designing and supplying plant machinery for food processing factories and often comes home with a selection of the foods that don't pass the stringent quality checks.

There's a difference.

greenelephantscarf Sat 02-Mar-19 10:42:36

yanbu
I can tell the difference between thick cut and fine. but that's it.
aldi ones are thick cut, which I don't like but they are the same as any big brand thick/steel cut ones imo.

ShintyStickHitsShins Sat 02-Mar-19 10:42:49

Mmm I like Flahavans too. Plus the Jordan's Organic, they're lovely.

Smokeahontas Sat 02-Mar-19 10:43:11

They’re definitely different!

I don’t like Quaker Oats but I do like Co-Op’s Apple & Cinnamon in the little tubs & Tesco own brand.

But even down to where the oats come from, how they’re milled etc, they will be different.

DamonSalvatoresDinner Sat 02-Mar-19 10:44:32

I'm still upset about the time I poured myself a big bowl of coco-pops only to discover on my first mouthful that they were in fact "Chico-Snaps" cheapies we had bought and decanted into a cereal container to save money. I never made that mistake again. The whole bowl went down the loo. Nasty stuff. 🤮

TinklyLittleLaugh Sat 02-Mar-19 10:46:14

We buy Aldi posh organic oats and Aldi cheapo oats.

DH makes granola with the posh ones and we have porridge with the cheap ones. I find porridge with the posh ones too lumpy: I like my porridge a bit gruely.

Bloodybridget Sat 02-Mar-19 10:48:03

I'd have thought they were all the same - well, obviously jumbo oats are much bigger and have a different texture - but the value oats I've been buying recently make a thinner porridge with the same amount of liquid. I can't detect a difference in taste.

CarolDanvers Sat 02-Mar-19 10:48:55

No I don’t agree. Tesco Finest really are the best I have ever used. You can really tell the difference.

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