What Are Quaker Oats Made From?


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Quaker Oats are made from 100 percent natural wholegrain oats. A single grain contains the bran, the endosperm and the germ, all three of which constitute the “whole” kernel.

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What Are Quaker Oats Made From?
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Whole, unbroken grains of oat that have not been processed are called groats, and they are usually roasted at a very low temperature before they are made into other varieties of oat. This roasting process serves three purposes: It imparts a toasty flavor to the oats; it stops the oats from going bad or rancid by inactivating the naturally occurring enzymes in the oats; and the shelf-life of the oats is extended because they will stay fresher for longer.

Not only are whole gains becoming easier to find, but they are also being processed into steel-cut, rolled, old-fashioned, quick-cooking and Instant varieties.

Steel-cut oats are produced by cutting the whole groat into several pieces, while rolled oats are steamed, pressed between rollers and dried. These "rolled oats," which are identical to old-fashioned oats, are more water absorbent than the steel-cut variety, and they have a much shorter cooking time.

Quick or quick-cooking oats are pressed even more thinly than rolled oats, and the instant variety are pressed most thinly of all. Cooking these types of oats results in a softer, thinner, more uniform consistency.

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