Oatly Organic Oat Drink
I was asked to review some ‘Oatly’ products recently. All of them come from Sweden, which immediately makes you things of fresh air and healthy living! The company are based at Malmö and they use their own Swedish oats. They are particularly nice because many of the nasty pesticides that are used on growing oats in the rest of Europe, are forbidden in Sweden.
Two of the most interesting things about ‘Oatly’ that attracted me to them are firstly that the product bypasses the meat industry with their huge waste of grains. (Most oats are grown to feed beef cows not humans). In addition ‘Oatly’ tell me that there are lots of ‘betaglucans’ in ‘Oatly’ and they are immense at activating the immune system and lowering blood cholesterol. I think I’ve always been aware that oats are good for you anyway.
The two people who did the testing
were myself and my hubbie.(see right)
I have often used soya milk in the past and so I wanted to ‘taste test’ the ‘Oatly’. I have never been entirely happy with drinking cows milk or soya milk for that matter, since both have ecological and sustainability issues.
So we started by simply comparing the flavours : milk, Alpro soya milk and Oatly organic. The photo below shows: milk to the left, ‘Oatly’ in the centre and Alpro to the right.
Before we go any further, I have a confession to make. I failed to read the little message on the top of the ‘Oatly’ carton, which reads ” Shake me” and for the photo above, the ‘Oatly’ looks a little pale, because I hadn’t shaken it.. Maybe the ‘Oatly’ boffins could make the ‘Shake me’ sign a bit bigger or perhaps have it on the front of the carton. Still – this is why they want people like me to do reviews of products, so that things can improve.
The taste test indicated that milk tasted and looked like milk. The Alpro looked quite similar to the ‘Oatly’. The ‘Oatly’ and the Alpro had a rather bland taste, but the ‘Oatly’ had a very subtle oat flavour
In a breakfast cereal scenario – see ‘Cheerios’ below – with our homegrown autumn raspberries and ‘Oatly’, you would not know that you were not drinking cows milk. It tasted very nice. I would buy it again as an alternative to what we normally have (hubbie cows milk, Linda soya milk)
Afterwards, I did an experiment in respect of one of my vegan choices for breakfast. I always have Staffordshire oatcakes on the menu. Normally I would do a vegan cheese for the filling for my vegan guests, but this time I experimented with a stewed mushroom filling using ‘Oatly’ for the sauce and it worked really well!
I havent included the recipe here because I think most people know how to do stewed mushrooms.
But briefly …
For four oatcakes
or try puting on toast
(for 2 people)
- I chopped and fried some mushrooms -perhaps 6-8 ozs.
- Then I added some ‘Oatly’ (perhaps 1/4 pint) and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
- I added a dessertspoon full of cornflour to a small amount of milk in a cup. Creamed it in, and then
- I added it to the gently simmering mushroom until the sauce thickened.
- On the top I added wild rocket from the garden and on the side some of our tomatoes. It tasted brilliant!
N.B. – ‘Oatly’ provided me with vouchers for the purposes of this review, all opinions expressed are my own though. I shall be looking at their Chocolate Oatly (loving it already!) drink in my September letter and a Creamy Oatly in October.
What to do with windfall apples?
We normally get windfalls at this time of the year in the garden. Even though I have a pheromone trap to protect our James Grieve apple tree, we still get a lot of holey apples and they are always the first to fall. What I do with them is to quickly peel, core and slice, They are so small that I only peel them very roughly, then pour a little boiling water over them and cook vigorously for about 1 minute (this stops the enzymes working on them apparently. Put them under a cold tap for about 30 secs, drain and then either freeze or serve. I don’t put any sugar on these, because, being a desert apple – although these windfalls are not quite ripe – they are sweet enough to eat without sugar.
I noticed my friend at ‘Garden Tea Cakes and Me’ has blogged about storing apples. (Have a look here at her blog and get jenned up on storing apples. Her blog is always so very interesting with lots of unusual cake ideas).
The Newport Nocturne
Well only 10 days to go to the Newport Nocturne our biennial nighttime cycle race. Two years ago we had our first Ladies Race., and this will be repeated again this year. The race attracts thousands of people to Newport, Shropshire.Will be good fun – especially at the end when the winner gets his weight in beer.
And finally, we now have a resident hedgehog in the garden, thanks to our efforts firstly to be pretty much organic ( no pesticides which kill the hedgehogs who each the dead slugs and snails) and also I have put two holes in the bottom of the garden fence (each about inches square) so that the hedgerows can move between gardens. See Hedgehog Street website which tells you some ideas to make your back garden more friendly for hedgehogs.
Here he is. You can’t see his face – we didn’t want to disturb him too much!
Best wishes to all my readers. Next time I will tell you about our resident Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar! He’s big!