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How to make cereals - in four simple steps!

We want our breakfast cereals to be nutritious and tasty when they reach your breakfast table. So we rely on simplicity when we make them and try to keep things in our factories as homely as possible - actually, the way we bake is not a whole lot different from the way you bake. There's nothing complicated and fancy about making breakfast cereal!

1.Milling: illustration of milling wheat

From golden grain to whole grain flour

When the grain has been ripened by sunshine, harvested and then cleaned, it's brought to our factory. At most of our factories, we mill it ourselves, as this cuts the time between the grinding of the grain and the finished product (about two hours!), so the flour is really fresh. We want to hold on to as many of the grain's nutrients as we can, so for our breakfast cereals made with whole grain we keep all nutritious parts of the grain and discard only the inedible bits. And by doing our own milling, we only produce as much wholegrain flour as we need - so no waste!

How would you do it at home?

Well, you probably wouldn't grind the grain yourself - unless you live in a windmill! But the whole grain flour you use for your cookie dough is going to be pretty similar to what we're using - only ours will usually be fresher. Thats because, where we mill it ourselves, it goes straight from the mill into the mixer.

2.Cooking: illustration of the cereal cooking process

Mix it together, then turn up the temperature!

Before the milled grains are cooked, we mix the flour with water and other ingredients, including the vitamins and minerals we add, and cook the mix into a dough vacuum blender to create a dough. (If we're going to coat the finished product later on, we keep back a few additional ingredients like chocolate.)

How would you do it at home?

This is the whisking, mixing, beating part of the home baking process. That bit where you throw all the ingredients into a bowl and put in some serious elbow grease! If you're baking bread, it's where you knead that gloopy goo into a soft, supple dough (or save yourself the hard work and toss it all into the breadmaker. Whatever would grandma say?!). By the way, cooking our ingredients to make the dough is a bit like you proving your bread mixture in the airing cupboard and waiting for it to rise.

3. Shaping: illustration of the cereal shaping process

Creating those cookies and clusters

Then the dough goes through one of our special machines - think pasta press or sausage maker - to create the cereal shapes you know and love: hoops, balls, flakes, cookies and clusters.

How would you do it at home?

When you get out the cookie cutters to make your favourite biscuits or gingerbread people, you're shaping your dough, just like we do.

4. Baking: illustration of the cereal baking process

Crispy cereal fresh out of the oven

Finally, we put the cereal shapes into one of our large ovens where they're toasted for just the right amount of time. Imagine a huge, very hot tumble dryer, except this one doesn't dry your socks - it gives your cereal a lovely golden colour and crisp crunch. When they're done, we let them cool (some of them get a final coating of flavour, like a touch of chocolate, mmmm!), then we pack them up and ship them off to the shops. Job done.

How would you do it at home?

This is the "pop-your-pastries-into-a-preheated-oven-for-40-minutes" bit. We've just got a bigger oven.

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    How can I find foods made with whole grain?

    Two things to remember: • Look for food labels where the word 'whole' appears in front of the name of the grain, like “whole wheat” or “wholemeal bread”. • For foods with more than one ingredient, make sure whole grain is listed towards the top of the ingredients list. The further up the list it is, the more whole grain has been used in the recipe. And look out for the percentage of whole grain. You should find this in the ingredients list too. It’s easy to know if a Nestlé breakfast cereal is made with whole grain: just look out for the Green Banner and whole grain tick on top of the box.

    What should be in a complete breakfast?

    A complete breakfast should include a balance of nutrients from each of the major food groups. As a guide, it might look like this: • 1 grain-based starchy food • 1 dairy food • 1 portion of fresh fruit • 1 glass of water • Optionally, an additional source of protein Nestlé breakfast cereals are a nutritious breakfast choice as they are: • A source of fiber and whole grain • Low in fat (most have low levels of all types of fat, including saturates) • Fortified with vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, calcium and iron • A lower calorie per kilojoule, fat and sugar choice than many other breakfast food options

    Do breakfast cereals contain too much saturated fat?

    No. Breakfast cereals aren’t a major source of saturated fats, and contain no added trans fats. Some grains, such as oats, can be higher in fats – but these are naturally present in the grain, and tend to be ‘good’ fats, not saturated fats.

    Can processed foods be made with whole grain?

    Yes. If a food product has the word “whole” listed on its ingredient label – wholewheat pasta or wholemeal bread, for example, then you know it’s been made with whole grain flour, even if the other ingredients are processed. By the way, even whole grains need to be processed: removing the inedible outer husk makes them safe to eat. But they’re less processed than refined grains, which require additional steps to remove the bran and germ.

    Do breakfast cereals really make a significant contribution to vitamin and mineral intakes?

    Research shows that adults and children who regularly eat fortified breakfast cereals are more likely to reach their daily requirements of vitamins and minerals, including the B Vitamins and Iron. Eating whole grain breakfast cereal with milk is a nutritious way to start the day and can be part of a healthy, balanced diet.

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