By Darlene D
In 2012 I started seriously gathering a long term food storage pantry of items to feed our very large family—six children, three of them married, 6 grandchildren, and my aging Mom. With 18 mouths to feed, I have stored LOTS of grains including 400 pounds of oat groats.
Groats will last many years if properly stored. I have mine sealed in Mylar Bags with O2 absorbers inside of five-gallon buckets. There are over 50 buckets of grain stashed inside of our home, under beds, behind custom cabinets, inside closets, etc., but that’s another story! I anticipate using most of the oat groats for breakfast foods—hot oatmeal, or homemade granola. That requires flaking the oat groats. So, naturally, I purchased a flaker and eventually tried it out.
Several months ago, my husband came in from work and asked me what that contraption was on the dining room table. I responded that it was a piece of JUNK oat flaker I had ordered on-line that had broken on me after just a few uses. We took it apart and found the broken gear, called the company and they graciously mailed me a new part for free! Unfortunately, after replacing the part I tried it out and IT BROKE AGAIN. To the trash it went.
The old saying in our family is “For a nickel more, you can go first class.” And so I did! I searched long and hard on the internet for something other than that Chinese-made, piece of junk brand which was still being sold by lots of different websites for less than $100. I finally found a Canadian Company called Bio Supply Ltd. that was marketing a German-engineered oat flaker called the Schnitzer Campo. At a price of $229.95, I was balking at ordering it, but my husband “forced” me into it by handing me HIS card and saying he’d pay! That boy knows how to keep me happy…
I called the company and got a real live English-speaking lady on the phone who was patient with me and my questions. She even let me rant a bit about my experience with that cheap Chinese contraption. I decided on the Campo model with Steel rollers and wooden top feed funnel. It arrived in less than two weeks.
It is a simple table mount device that required no assembly, just attach the screw clamp to the countertop or table where you’ll be grinding, fill the top funnel with oat groats, and turn the handle. It flakes the grain smoothly, without jamming or wearing your arm out—I can flake 6 cups of oats in about 10 minutes. The top funnel empties nicely without having to push grain down into the rollers. The craftsmanship of the Schnitzer Campo is impressive and it screams “I’m not Chinese Junk!” It cleans easily with a simple dry brushing of the metal parts and a cloth wipe of the top funnel.
The only negative thing I have to say about this purchase is that the instruction manual is printed in German! Ah well, if I have any issues, I’ll just call that nice English-speaking lady back in British Columbia…I’m sure she’ll help me out!