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Quaker Oats vs Store Brand - Opinions Please

Started 1275622984.55 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1276059653.52 by shamalamadingdong5

I've only bought Quaker Oats but they have gotten really pricey at the grocery store. Lucky's has their brand on sale for 1/2 the price of QO but I've never had theirs. Anyone have any experience with store brands? If it's not as good then it's a waste of money.

Thanks! {#emotions_dlg.biggrin} Rubi

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Tallgal1275624273.947341 PostsRegistered 7/23/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Rubi,

I live in Virginia and shop at Giant grocery stores. I buy the store brand of the quick oats all of the time. I find them to be as the same quality as Quaker. I also buy the Giant instant oatmeal in the packs with the brown sugar. Hopefully the Lucky brand is the same quality as other grocery store brands.

Q Be1275624930.1972353 PostsRegistered 12/5/2006

Thanks Tallgal, I appreciate your input. Nice to meet Ya!

{#emotions_dlg.biggrin} Rubi

cats021275641164.151663 PostsRegistered 12/6/2007

We always buy store brands of oatmeal. They work great for us. In fact, we buy store brands of most items unless we've had a bad experience; those have been few.

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critters11275653317.60372 PostsRegistered 8/2/2007

I buy the store brand Oatmeal (Safeway or Raley's). To me there is no difference in ingredients, weight, content, etc., except the store brand price is lower. I read the labels and, to be honest, I buy more of store brand items today than I use to years ago. I am a firm believer in that mostly everything comes from the same place, but just packaged differently (brand name vs store name), and when it is a brand name: the price jumps. Does that make sense?

critters1

mima1275654048.93714673 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004KS

WM's Great Value Old Fashioned Oats are great. That's all I buy.

Mima

blueroses471275654592.82159 PostsRegistered 9/1/2005Central NJ
On 6/4/2010 mima said:

WM's Great Value Old Fashioned Oats are great. That's all I buy.

I buy the store brand of oats too. Usually ShopRite or Stop&Shop. I find no difference

from Quaker. I'll have to try WM oats. I find the GreatValue products really good. I'm in love with the WM salsa with corn and black beans. Better than any other brand name.

I did find, though, there was a gigantic difference in the oat bran cereal, store brand vs Hodgkins Mills brand. The store brand was different, more like farina. Hodgkins is just so different, really good, but kind of expensive, so I tried the store brand. I don't like it nearly as well.

I agree that most of the store brands, though, are usually just as good, and I do think the products often come from the same place, just packaged differently.

realworldg­irl1275654594.487492 PostsRegistered 4/25/2007

If the indgredients are the same I always by the store brand.

france541275656439.983239 PostsRegistered 1/29/2010

Smile There is a slight difference, I brought home the "grand union" brand vs the "Quaker oats" brand! I found that the "grand union" brand was better tasting go figure.{#emotions_dlg.wub}

Life is too short to sweat the small stuff!

Q Be1275668847.3872353 PostsRegistered 12/5/2006

Ha Matty!

Thanks everyone! I've often heard that the major companies make the store brands for too Critters and Bluerose. I do read ingredients but was concerned about the quality of the oats. I mostly use them to make my Mom's fav cookies so I go thru a lot of them.

Y'all have a great weekend, off to Lucky's!

{#emotions_dlg.biggrin} Rubi

Rap21275668962.7713235 PostsRegistered 5/24/2006

Oats are oats. The store brand probably comes from the same company that processes the Quacker brand. To be on the safe side, grab a box of store brand and a box of Quacker and compare ingredients.

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Q Be1275678610.4732353 PostsRegistered 12/5/2006

Hey Rapunzel!

Brabls1275680505.6614740 PostsRegistered 4/27/2007

Oats is is oats. Unless you aren talking about the flavored packets. Then you need to compare sugar & salt & netn weight.........thatnisn where the real differences lie.

EnglishRos­e881275680768.8031786 PostsRegistered 6/4/2008

I buy the WalMart Great Value - just the same as Quaker to me.

deeva1275682215.032112 PostsRegistered 1/8/2005stuck in the middle

I only buy steel cut oatmeal. I get it in bulk so it's much cheaper that way.

Q Be1275793701.582353 PostsRegistered 12/5/2006

The closest WM to me is 25 miles away & across a bridge (tolls), might as well by the QO LOL!!

I've tried steel cut oats, even soaked them overnight, just don't care for them. However, I mainly use oats for my Mom's cookies.

Thanks! {#emotions_dlg.biggrin} Rubi

ng1275845770.411162 PostsRegistered 11/23/2007Sunny Southern California

When I'm in a store that sells bulk oatmeal I buy a bunch and keep it in a lock and lock. It's much cheaper and tastes the same as Quaker Oats. If I do buy QO on sale or a store brand I also transfer them into a lock and lock, it will stay much fresher than the cardboard packages it comes in. The bulk oatmeal is much cheaper than QO or the store brands!

Winifred1275877027.3033575 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

For years I thought that Quaker was the ONLY Oats to buy. I still have to think about it except I have found that Kroeger's is absolutely excellent. Very very good!! I have tried a few other brands but don't really care for them.

flycatcher­9101275886527.641575 PostsRegistered 10/5/2008

I have used store brand oats when making cookies too. I ususally buy the store brand equivalents for my groceries when shopping, if they are available for those items.

Q Be1275918402.3532353 PostsRegistered 12/5/2006

Thanks for the continued input. I've never bought bulk grains, I'm always concerned about bugs, is that ever a problem?

{#emotions_dlg.biggrin} Rubi

lovestodan­ce1275923791.0774917 PostsRegistered 6/12/2006

I usually buy the store brands in my cereals. No difference in taste. I eat oatmeal instant cereals every other day alternating with my kashi heart to heart.

Buy the plain,and mix with the flavored ones.

Even if i have a coupon usually comes out cheaper to buy store brand.

As far as some other products depends on what they are.

lovestodan­ce1275934761.9634917 PostsRegistered 6/12/2006
On 6/7/2010 lovestodance said:

I usually buy the store brands in my cereals. No difference in taste. I eat oatmeal instant cereals every other day alternating with my kashi heart to heart.

Buy the plain,and mix with the flavored ones.

Even if i have a coupon usually comes out cheaper to buy store brand.

As far as some other products depends on what they are.

I never buy bulk packages. Just my dh,and i.

Barbarainnc1275936813.0473266 PostsRegistered 6/13/2006

My mom uses Quaker Oats and I use Quaker Oats!!!!!

millieshops1275937206.5615302 PostsRegistered 3/15/2007

I prefer the 5-minute Quaker to everything else I've tried, so I buy it in quantity at Costco. I live alone and I think this is the only food item I buy there just for me.

Katmary1276023811.9371617 PostsRegistered 4/24/2006
On 6/7/2010 rubi2shoes said:

Thanks for the continued input. I've never bought bulk grains, I'm always concerned about bugs, is that ever a problem?

{#emotions_dlg.biggrin} Rubi

Hi Ruby,

I've done this both at Winco and Whole Foods and have never had a problem with bugs at all. I used to mix dry fruit in there, but am watching my sugar and oatmeal without dry fruit and a sprinkle of brown sugar just isn't the same! {#emotions_dlg.blink}

I agree about store brands being the same as the name brand when it comes to oats. I usually get the slow cooked ones and put it in the microwave longer. I don't like mine with too much liquid, so I usually go four minutes with water, then another minute with Almond Milk stirred in. The stores I've bought the generic from are Safeway, Raley's, Vic's (IGA), and Winco. Love Winco's Meusili in the bulk section, yum! They have a serious bulk section, but I don't think they'r'e in too many states yet that I know of.

shoekitty1276053331.5413077 PostsRegistered 8/10/2006

Whole Foods, and Raley's here in California has excellent organic oatmeal in bulk. The organic bulk is cheaper than store name brand. Also it is not powdery and broken like many of the generic oats. The nice thing about bulk if you are on a grocery budget, is you only have to buy what you need. Costs less that way. I keep mine in the fridge sometimes when we don't eat it a lot. Stays fresher.

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