We've been asked a ton of questions over the years!
Here are the answers to our most common questions!
- Stovetop method:
(this is my favourite way, not a big fan of microwave cooked food)
- Measure out a serve that suits you into a cooking pot eg. 40-60 or ½ to 1 cup.
- Add in ½ cup of water per ½ cup of oats and a pinch of salt.
- Preparing your oats the night before and leaving them to soak overnight will ensure that they are easier to digest, check out our article “How to soak your Oats”. The rolled oat is lovely and moist as they draw up the liquid and will cook very quickly for you.
- Cook on a medium heat stirring periodically so the oats do not burn. If the oats start to dry out, add in some more water or your preferred milk or milk alternative.
- Once the oats are of a creamy consistency it is cooked.
- Follow the quantities above and add to a microwave dish.
- Cook for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on high.
- Cooking time may vary but take the oats out and stir or add more liquid and then cook again for another minute until it is soft and creamy in consistency.
- Here’s a Youtube clip on cooking our quick oats: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99_BUW2Zt6Y
- Watch video on soaking oats: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GX8y8NbxaUQ
- If you like your oats super creamy here’s some tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-gGpat0lPw&t=48s
- Or you can read our blog on cooking our oats here: https://gfoats.com.au/how-to-cook-gf-oats/
The results of our Arsenic and Microbiological properties are shown below.
- Total Plate Count <50,000 MPN/g
- Yeast & Mold <500 CFU/g
- Coliforms <100 MPN/g
- E.Coli <10 CFUY/g
- Salmonella spp Negative
- Vomitoxin <1 ppm
- Alfatoxin <20 ppb
- Ochratoxin <20 ppb
Lead (pb) – Test Method ESM02 – Unit mg/kg = <0.01
These are the same oats sold and labelled as gluten-free in the USA, Canada, UK and parts of Europe. However, we have our latest Gluten-Free Test results displayed on our compliance page with corresponding batch numbers to show you that these oats are tested to <3ppm. (less than 3 parts per million)
It is still a matter of controversy whether or not oats are safe for people with coeliac disease. Can coeliacs eat oats? Read more…
These oats are grown and produced by the Smith family in Wyoming who are a family of Coeliacs, so they understand the disease, its complications, and the need for pure, uncontaminated oat products that customers can trust… Please read more and also refer to the latest research update & statement by the Coeliac Society.
Due to restrictions in the current Australian labelling laws, we are unable to claim on our packaging that any product containing oats is gluten-free. However, we have our latest Gluten-Free Test results displayed under the compliance page with corresponding batch numbers to show you that these oats are tested to <3ppm.
Oats are generally contaminated at the farm level as farmers grow other gluten-containing grains and then use the same machinery in their processing, storing, or carting. Please refer to the statement released by the Coeliac Society.
Check out this video to find out where GF Oats are sourced from. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBu_LXUdbsQ
It is important to remember that a wheat–free claim on products is not the same as gluten– free. The adoption of oats that are labelled “Wheat-free Oats” here in Australia, has come about due to the fact that we are unable to label any product that contains oats gluten-free here in Australia due to an outdated labelling restriction. GF Oats Australia has never solely adopted the label of their oats as “wheat-free”, instead preferring to share it as one of the benefits; because essentially GF oats are certified gluten-free around the world! Each batch meets Australians strict threshold of nil gluten tested. Please refer to our compliance page for testing results published on each load.
Our farmers are also certified with the “Oats Purity Protocol” identifying their oats as amongst the purist in the world. A gluten–free diet for those who have an allergy or have gluten/wheat sensitivity requires them to eliminate barley and rye in addition to wheat from their diet. A “wheat-free claim” can essentially contain contamination from wheat, rye, or barley. The farmers growing wheat-free oats do not source their seed stock from pure uncontaminated sources and do not have exclusion zones around their farms to prevent cross-contamination. Also, processing plants are not dedicated to just gluten-free grains, so cross-contamination is a concern. So please be mindful and aware. Read all about the different types of oats on the market here.
You will notice that in the Allergen section on our packaging that it says “contains cereal oats, may contain gluten”. We are forced to put this on our packaging as part of the Australian Food Standards and labelling laws with reference to oats, as no product that contains oats can be called gluten free in Australia. Sorry 🙁
Please visit our compliance page to view the gluten free tests we do on every batch we currently receive.
Many products can claim their products are Organic but be careful as they claim generally means that there can be only 1 ingredient that is certified organic. There are several companies in Australia that you can be certified with however here at GF Oats we are certified with the Australian Certified Organic or ACO. You will see this ACO bud on all our certified organic oats. Ps: note our biscuits are Organic but we don’t certify them as this will add additional cost to that product which we did not wish to incur and subsequently charge our customers. For that product, 95% of the ingredients are certified organic.
We also don’t use any pesticides in our warehouse or in the supply chain of this product.
Please read our blog about this here.
Great question, I did a whole blog on this. You can read it here…
We are very excited to tell you that the entire range of GF Oats has no exposure to any chemicals at the farm level during processing or during the importation process. As the oats are already processed and are not in their Raw seed form we are not required to adhere to any irradiation procedure at customs. Read our Allergen Statement here.
Great question, I tackled this question in a blog recently. You can read it here…
Please read our blog all about Batch Numbers and Best Before Dates HERE.
Please read our blog about Food Labelling Standards for Australia HERE.
The yellow flakes found in some shipments of oats are field peas or lentils that are grown as an under crop with the oats to help with weed control and as an organic fertiliser for the oats. This kind of under crop is very common with organic crops and depending on the field, some batches may have more or less of these picked up during harvest.
GF Harvest states on their specification sheet: “Naturally occurring oat crop variations and growing conditions may result in deviation from these specifications”. Their guarantee is that GF Harvest Products are Top 8allergen free (wheat, fish, shellfish, egg, peanut, tree nuts, soy and dairy) and in the USA the oats have been certified as gluten-free (however, Australian labelling laws prevent us from labelling our product as gluten-free here in Australia).
An example of this may be seen here.
Please read our blog about the Glyphosate statement HERE.
GF Oats are proudly supporting Legacy. Please read our blog post about how we are supporting Legacy here.
All the GF Oats go through the process from seed to steaming and rolling. During this process the Oat hulls, also known as oat husks, which are the outer, light shells of oat cereal grains are removed. The oat hulls are a waste by-product of oat production, produced from the milling of the highly nutritious oat groats (or kernels) from the oat grain. This is all done by machines and due to this there is a small % that get through the steaming and rolling process. Samples of each batch are kept at the processing facility where they check that there is an acceptable % of husks in each batch, as it is impossible to produce oats with a nil husk count.