I know that I said in the comments from the last post, that I would write about history next, but I re-read the comments on the breakfast-post and the wheat grabbed me, so to say. I simply could not imagine, what that “Shredded Wheat” bylamplight was talking about would be, and tsduff‘s explanation made me even more curious about that strange thing. A first look in the Webster confirmed my suspicion, that it is made from a dough.
Wikipedia told me, that wheatshredding was the invention of Henry Perky, a lawyer, businessman and inventor, who lived from 1843 to 1906. Here you can see a short history of the wheatshredder’s business in Niagara Falls; there is a collector’s site too.
Modern Shredded Wheat seems to be good for the heart and anything else – at least are there many colorful sheets, graphs and whatnot that show all the nutrition-data of wheat-shred that are probably to be found: I do not understand one statistical graph, nice colors then. This is a simpler version.
The most important question is not answered: How does it taste?
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I dreamed that I was eating shredded wheat. When I woke, half of my mattress was gone! That’s how it tastes.
Sadly, what tom & icy said is true (and this did give me a giggle). Many say that the box probably tastes the same as its contents. I have a particular connection with Shredded Wheat – through my granddad but I am yet to meet anyone else who eats it willingly – at least anyone outside the UK! It tastes like toasted wheat – I dont like particularly sweet breakfast cereal so if that is your thing, jump on in to it but dont expect a ‘taste sensation’ It is a very ‘sensible’ breakfast for those of us who don’t like much of a challenge in the morning.
I never would have thought that shredded wheat would have created such interest!! I will take a picture of my cereal when my camera is charged again for you Mago so that you can see what it looks like.
Of it’s own it’s a tad bland but not bad–has a slight nutty taste. I either like the mini-wheats with the light sugar frosting, or the big wheat biscuits with a little honey drizzled on top. Then it’s very tasty!
I never minded shredded wheat, but I always added sugar. I think we should send you a box!!I wonder if it would make it thru customs.
Tastes like shredded cardboard but then I like it. Makes me think I am eating something healthy.
I have only ever seen the miniature bite sized version. I find them too bland, but I am trying to retrain my palate toward healthier foods and shredded wheat is certainly healthy. Have you ever heard of puffed wheat? Kashi makes one. Equally as bland and healthy.
MJ>Thank you, but one size fits all, as Frank Z. saied.>>Tom & Icy>“Half of the mattress” … eieiei …>>by-lamplight>“Sensible breakfast for those … who don’t like much of a challenge in the morning”. Well saied.>And thank you for the picture in advance.>>Cheesemeister>“A slight nutty taste … with a little honey drizzeled on top”. Good to see you here. No pun intended.>>Raine>“Always added sugar”.>I do not know what happens when it gets x-rayed at the airport …>>LGS>“Shredded cardboard … something healthy”. Thank you: That made it all clear! Eat it, it’s healthy – when you heard that as a child it was clear that something unspeakable was on the table …>>No, it can not be that bad! I am simply not used to the idea of this “cereal”-thing or porridge … I’ll stay with coffee and bread with jam. :)
Eating porridge and shredded wheat is a taste best acquired in childhood. I make it interesting by adding such things as honey, brown sugar, banana pieces, raisins, etc. :)>>I cannot understand how Germans can eat salty oatmeal. I’ve noticed they love to serve it in hospitals. Yuk!
portia>Puffed wheat? No. There is one “puffed daddy”, but I am not sure what that is about … “Puff” in German is a brothel.>>amanda>Oatmeal is “Haferbrei”? Oat is for horses. You are right, it is a totally different thing when a taste (or a smell) is connected with a memory, best from childhood and a not-bad one.
Haferbrei yes. Oat is good for humans too. Think Hafercookies.
I’m with you and Amanda- boiled oats should not be eaten-BLAH slimy sh*t!!! howver most everyone here does eat oatmeal….
*laut wiehernd* >“Wie wär’s mit einem Ausritt, Fury?”>>First sentence in the unspeakable TV-series from stoneage “Fury, der schwarze Hengst” … No, I am with my grandad – oat is for horses. Maybe boiled oat is good for ill people, hence you find in hospitals, but maybe that is a result of the bad financial situation in the health-care-system … :)>Haferplätzchen? Sounds healthy too … Müsli pressed in form … never had one. MAybe I should overcome these prejudices …
Sounds like something Id like to rub my back into after a hard day. Nice and gritty. I wonder if there is money in making exfoliating baths from Shredded Wheat?
knightandbaby>You need a giant bean-bag! I think the wheat-shred gets soggy and after a while it’s a big pulp – would be a little like these baths in moor or marsh.
The world is okey when people can talk about oats and shredded wheat. Puffed wheat is okey also but I don’t know about the brothel bit. All that cereal needs something for flavor be it sugar or fruit. Any one like grits?
It tastes like standing in the middle of a field in summer.
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