|Uncle Toby's on the left, mine on the right|
Thing is, at standard (non-special) prices via Woolworths online at time of posting, Weetbix is about 41c per 100g (1.2kg pack), plain savings brand oats are 17c per 100g, and I can get my oats in bulk bags of 25kg which is cheaper again. So when you work out the sachet packs are $1.28 per 100g, it's a bit nuts really for what's in them (not a whole lot) especially considering that's way more than Sultana Bran etc.
That said, the lure of the warm porridge that they can make themselves, is helping with the getting out of bed on the cold mornings. I appreciate not having to stand at the stove and stir (Brooke appreciates it too, I'm sure, though Jake did stir sometimes) and oats are a good start for the stomach in the morning. But the cost is not something that makes sachets an everyday option.
So this morning I thought I'd make my own 'sachet oats'. Used the chopper to blitz some plain rolled oats to the same consistency as the Uncle Toby's sachet oats. Opened a sachet pack to see that theirs and mine were roughly the same texture. Yep, righto. Blitzed a heap of our rolled oats to the sachet consistency and put in a container. Side of the Uncle Toby's box says each sachet is 35g, which is roughly (because I have terrible kitchen scales that don't measure that finely) 2-3 tablespoons or one of our little measuring cups. So on the top of the container of blitzed oats that I made, I have an instructions label - take one scoop oats + 1/2 cup milk, microwave for 90 seconds. So it's exactly the same procses for my sachet oats, as the Uncle Toby's oats. Then add your toppings and you're done. Final costings work out like this:
Weetbix - 41c per 100g (1.2kg pack)
Savings brand oats - 17c per 100g
Sultana Bran - 79c per 100g (1.15kg pack)
Nutrigrain (for example) - $1.08 per 100g
Uncle Toby's Quick Oat Sachets - $1.28 per 100g
Springer Oats (bulk oats) - 17.1c per 100g (25kg bag @ $42.75 per bag)
Says it all really, $1.10 odd cheaper (or one seventh of the price, roughly) per 100g, to make my own... and yes I did have to double check my maths on that one because I was sure they couldn't be THAT cost effective... and yes, I know that doesn't include the 'flavours' like mixed berries, dried apple or honey or cinnamon on top etc but I am almost sure that small amount of flavouring could not cost more than $1 per 100g to put on especially if you added it in the same quantities that are in the sachets (not a lot at all). That one requires more brain power to work out the per 100g cost of the flavours, so that can go on the 'eventually' list.
I also realise that me making it at home doesn't include the cost of packaging it up. However, it would be interesting to see just how much it does cost (6 sachets, 1 box + ink, processing, shipping) and how much this really adds to the product cost overall. The flip side is that for me at home, and this would be a doozy to work out for 25kg worth of oats (!), I don't have to dispose of 6 sachets and a box each time (which can go to the worm farm, it's true). For 25kg of oats processed and packed like this, I think would be a LOT of extra packaging, that I am now not purchasing and disposing of. So it works in that sense too.
And that's that. Sachet oats for 17c per 100g instead of 1.28 per 100g and following the same 'add milk and microwave for 90seconds' method. For flavourings they can add tsp jam (sometimes homemade but otherwise Anathoth), cinnamon and sugar (want to put a mix in a shaker thing otherwise we'll go through too much cinn/sugar), honey etc. Breakfast is ready!