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Wholegrain raw oats are harvested when the grain is fully-grown and dry. They consist of the grain kernel (or groat), surrounded by a hard outer hull and plant stalk.
Groats are left when the inedible hard outer hull of the oat grain is removed. They look like brown rice; long and thin, with a smooth surface and the outer bran layer intact. You can buy these to cook into porridge, but they take longer to prepare than other types of oats.
Steel cut oats are oat kernels that have been cut into two or three pieces by a metal blade. This enables the oats to cook more quickly than whole uncut oats. Read More
Rolled oats are created by steaming oat kernels and then rolling them into flakes. Also called ‘old-fashioned’ oats, this preparation process keeps oats fresher for longer while helping to cook the oat faster such as oat porridge. Read More
Prepared in a similar way to rolled oats, quick oats (or instant oats) are cut smaller and simply rolled thinner. They are still a wholegrain with all the nutritional goodness of the oat kernel, but with a longer steam and thinner flake, preparation is faster – so you can enjoy your favourite porridge sooner! Read More
Oat flour is made using a similar method as wheat flour, in which the whole grain is milled into flour for use in baking and cooking.
Oat Flakes are the same as Rolled oats, they are the flakes that are produced by steaming and rolling the oats kernels.
The UNCLE TOBYS name and logo has significant historical significance, it was designed by Nellie Love, the niece of Clifford Love – the founder of UNCLE TOBYS, who was a keen artist and a student of literature. She suggested the name and designed the logo based on the great literacy character in the “Life of Times of Tristram Shandy” by Laurence Sterne, first published in 1759. In the book Uncle Toby is a gentle, uncomplicated lover of his fellow man. The original design of Uncle Toby standing with the Widow Wadman has seen little changes over the years, so has become a treasured representation of the UNCLE TOBYS heritage.