People’s awareness of a healthy lifestyle is increasing. Like the rise of people who exercise and eat healthy foods, such as oatmeal. This food is widely sold in the market, but the most famous brand in Indonesia is of course the iconic Quaker Oats with pictures of gentlemen in cowboy hats and long white hair.
When you look for Quaker Oats and go to the convenience store, you will be faced with two choices, namely Quaker Oats with red and blue packaging. Actually, what is the difference between the two?
Even though awareness of health is getting higher, it’s not uncommon for people to pay less attention to the Serving Suggestions that are always printed on every oat pack. Hence, it is not surprising that people eat red and blue Quaker Oats in the same way.
Though, if you think about them being separated for reasons, dong? The color of the packaging is also made of contrast so you don’t choose the wrong one and make it. If each oat is processed with the correct procedure, the benefits will be more optimal. Before discussing the differences between red and blue Quaker Oats, let’s first know the benefits of Quaker Oats.
Benefits of Quaker Oats
Quaker Oats are made from 100% wholegrain which is a good source of fiber. A bowl of Quaker Oats contains enough beta glucan to help lower cholesterol. Quaker Oats also contain very little saturated fat and salt. Instead, Quaker Oats contain lots of vitamins and minerals such as thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, iron, magnesium and zinc.
Always have Quaker Oats as part of your healthy diet, whether eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can also turn Quaker Oats into a snack! So, that’s a brief explanation of the benefits of Quaker Oats. Now, let’s discuss the differences between the red and blue packages of Quaker Oats with Read on.
Red Oat Quakers
In short, red Quaker Oats are instant Quaker, while blue ones need to be cooked. Red Quaker Oats is a healthy fast-food oat cereal that you can eat right away without needing to cook it first.
He is instant, previously “cooked” when produced. The way to process red Quaker Oats is more practical than the blue packaging. Here are two of the easiest ways to prepare red Quaker Oats.
You only need to brew Quaker Oats with hot water, then stir well. In 1 pack of red Quaker Oats sachets (35 grams) can be prepared with 1 small glass (200 ml) of hot water. However, if you want a larger portion, prepare: 75 gr of red Quaker Oats, 600 ml of hot water and 3 tablespoons of honey.
How to make it, brew oats with hot water, then stir until thick. Add honey for a natural sweet taste. Quaker Oats are ready to be enjoyed! To make it more delicious, you can also add peanut butter, dried fruit, fresh fruit, or even scrambled eggs. Psst, you can also replace hot water with hot milk!
Besides pouring hot water, you can enjoy red Quaker Oats by soaking them in milk overnight. The overnight oats method is very popular.
A little history about overnight oats: their real name is Birch muesli which was developed around 1900 by the Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Brenner. Doctor Bircher made overnight oats for his patients in the hospital, and it is still a very popular breakfast throughout Switzerland and Germany.
This overnight method is very easy to make. Prepare ½ large mug of oats, dried fruit or fresh fruit according to taste, milk or water, and honey. Store it in the fridge overnight and it’s ready to eat for breakfast. That’s enough actually.
However, there are several other cooking methods, such as boiling water + a little salt, then cooking the oats until they boil. Lower the heat until the water has reduced, then place it in a glass or bowl. This method doesn’t need to be refrigerated, just place it at room temperature.
You can also use other ingredients such as Greek yogurt plaincanned fruit, coconut milk, chia sheed, flax seed, vanilla extract, honey, a little salt and of course Quaker Oats. Mix all the ingredients (can be arranged so that it is aesthetic) in a transparent mug. Store in the refrigerator overnight.
Blue Quaker Oats
As mentioned above, blue Quaker Oats are Quick Cook, although they have to be cooked but only briefly. So, actually he’s about as practical as red Quaker Oats. This blue packaged oatmeal can’t be eaten just by pouring hot water on it, because it’s raw.
You can cook blue Quaker Oats on the stove or in the microwave. The time needed to cook is not long, only 1.5 – 2 minutes. So that includes instant oats too, yes, even though they have to be cooked first. Here are some ways to cook blue Quaker Oats.
Prepare the ingredients first, come on! Low-fat milk, blue Quaker Oats (4-6 tablespoons) and hot water (250 cc). First of all, bring hot water to a boil over high heat. Pour Quaker Oats as desired. Actually, for one meal, 6 tablespoons of oats are enough, because the oats will expand, especially if they are cooked first.
Cook while stirring occasionally so that the oats do not burn. Add low-fat milk and lower the heat. It doesn’t take long, pick up your oatmeal and transfer it to a bowl.
Besides cooking in a pot, you can use a slow cooker too! Slow cookers are usually used to cook baby porridge or meat that really needs to be cooked for a long time. Slow cookers cook food on low but stagnant heat, so it won’t spoil the food’s nutrition.
Prepare a slow cooker pot, then spray it with cooking spray. Or, you can also use butter, coconut oil, olive oil, etc. Pour 1 mug of oatmeal, 4 cups of water and sea salt to taste.
Cook for the shortest amount of time, because Quaker Oats only take a short time to cook. After it’s cooked, you just have to add the topping according to your taste. If you want something savory, you can add soto sauce, fried eggs, etc.
Red Oat Quakers vs. Blue
Now that’s the difference between red and blue Quaker Oats. So simple, right? Just remember that red = instant, blue = ripe. Then, which is better, instant or cooked oats? Actually it’s the same because both are made from whole grains.
So, back to each other’s tastes, prefer instant or quick cook. The author personally prefers the quick cook one because the texture of the oats becomes more chewy and creamy. If you do, which do you prefer?