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The Quaker Oats Company was officially formed in 1901 when several American grain pioneers came together to incorporate the now familiar name. These pioneers were Ferdinand Schumacher, John Stuart, George Douglas and Henry Parsons Crowell.
The "Quaker man" is not an actual person. His image is that of a man dressed in the Quaker garb, chosen because the Quaker faith projected the values of honesty, integrity, purity and strength.
Quick Quaker Oats were first introduced in 1921 when the 20 minute cooking oats were processed to cook in 5 minutes. The processing of Quick Quaker Oats was refined again in the 1950's to produce what we now know as one-minute cooking oats.
Quaker Instant Oatmeal was introduced in 1966, as the "regular" flavor only.
Please understand that each year we are presented with hundreds of proposals to donate product or sponsor events, teams or individuals. As much as we would like to be able to say yes to each and every request, we cannot physically or financially be involved in all of them.
For insurance, product, and human safety reasons, we do not have tours of our plants or headquarters for the public.
Quaker® Old Fashioned Oats are whole oats that are rolled to flatten them.
Quick Quaker® Oats are made the same way but are simply cut into slightly smaller pieces so they cook faster.
Steel Cut Oats are whole oats that have not been rolled into flakes. Instead, they are cut approximately into thirds. Cooking time is 30 minutes and the texture is heartier than rolled oats. Steel Cut Oats are also known as Scotch Oats, Pinhead Oats (in Great Britain because they resemble the size and shape of the head of a large pin) and Irish Oats.
Instant Quaker® Oats use the exact same oats, only they are rolled a little bit thinner and cut finer so that they cook very quickly.
All the types are equally nutritious because they supply all parts of the oat grain including the bran, endosperm and germ. It's the different size and shape of the oats that affects the cooking time and texture. Additionally, most/many varieties have some vitamins, minerals and flavoring ingredients added.
An oatmeal facial is very easy to do — all you really need is oats and water.
Basic Oatmeal Facial:
1/4 cup ground oats (about 1/2 cup Quick or Old Fashioned Quaker Oats, unground) 2 to 3 tablespoons water
Mix ground oats and water until the mixture is a smooth, spreadable paste. You can add more oats or water as needed. Apply the oat paste to a clean face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 15 - 20 minutes. Wash off with warm water and follow with a rinse of cold water.
You can customize your facial by adding any of the following "Mix-In" ingredients to the Basic Oatmeal Facial recipe. You can use one Mix-In or several — half the fun is the experimenting! Here are some helpful hints to help you customize your facial.
Snack bars that contain peanuts are clearly marked with a 'Contains peanuts' warning under the ingredient listing. Many of our snack bars have a 'May Contain Peanuts' or "may contain tree nuts" warning.
Product made on production lines where we produce varieties that contain peanuts or tree nuts as an ingredient and those that do not contain these ingredients, the line is shut down and thoroughly cleaned. Due to the complexity of some of the equipment in some instances, it may be difficult to clean some areas completely. Trace amounts of peanuts or tree nuts may be left behind in these hard to reach areas. Because we realize the seriousness of food allergies and because we are concerned about the health of our consumers, we warn consumers about the possibility of trace amounts of peanuts or tree nuts where applicable. Quaker® School Days Bars have neither a 'Contains peanuts' nor a 'May contain peanuts' warning.
Oatmeal and Barley, both have soluble fiber, are the only major grains that have been repeatedly been shown to help reduce cholesterol as a daily part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
The daily goal is to eat a minimum of 3 grams of oat/barley soluble fiber each day.
*Quaker Dino Egg, Raisin, Date & Walnut, Fruit and Cream, and Real Medleys Instant Oatmeal do not for the qualify for the cholesterol claim.
Quaker® products that are kosher-certified have the OU (pareve – no meat or dairy), OUD (Dairy) or OU-MEAT symbol on the package according to the kosher certificates for each ingredient. Look for those symbols on the package when purchasing.
All Quaker® Large Rice Cakes are gluten free. Look for our gluten free labeling on the front of the bag.
Here's additional background on some of our other products:
While many varieties Popped rice snacks have no gluten containing grains as ingredients, we do not test these products and cannot claim they are gluten free.
While Puffed Rice does not contain gluten ingredients, it is made on the same production line as Puffed Wheat. There is a statement on the Puffed Rice box "May contain traces of wheat."
The oats we buy are handled and transported in bulk by our suppliers. Cross contact can occur if the oats are grown in fields or transported in vehicles that once contained other grains. Since the kernels of the other grains are similar in size, shape and color to the oat kernel, it is almost impossible to separate them.
Although wheat, rye and barley are not part of the ingredients in Quaker Steel Cut, Quaker Old Fashioned, Quaker Quick Oats, Corn Bran Crunch, Grits and Cornmeal there is the possibility that they could contain trace amounts of these grains. For these reasons, we've never claimed these products are gluten free.
Barley naturally contains gluten and is a gluten source.
We recommend storing all grain-based products in a clean, cool and dry location.
Yes, you can prepare it in the microwave:
*For crunchier cereal, use less time. For softer texture, add more time.
Most Quaker Snack bars have a 6 or an 8 month recommended shelf life. While boxes of Quaker Snacks display the "Best Before" dates on the outer packaging, individual packets of Quaker Snacks generally display either a Best Before date or a code representing the manufacturing date.
An example of a manufacturing code is: 12H10C.
12 = 2012
H = the production facility
10 = 10th day of the month
C = March
Starting at the left side, the number 12 indicates the year the product was made, that is 2012.
The first letter identifies our production facility.
The next two numbers represent the day of the month, and the last letter signifies the month of the year with January = A, February = B, March = C and so forth.
The last numbers or letters represent additional plant information.
The manufacturing code referenced above indicates product made March 10, 2012.