Product Review: Shnitzer Brand Oat Flaker

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!

Comments

  1. goldielocks says:

    I’ve owned the same flaker a few years now. It works perfectly. It’s beautiful mounted on my counter. And its a great conversation piece. Oatmeal flakes can be used for more than breakfast cereal.
    Breads and baked goods and as a meat extender. Need to purchase more oat groats! Thanks for the nice review.

  2. Thanks for the info. Personally, I have found that quality pays. I do have some inexpensive prep items, but most of my major items I save up and buy top quality.

    Remember, when you are going to need it most, a “good warranty” isn’t worth what you saved. (one of the reasons I won’t buy High Point firearms for my personal use – great warranty that needs to be used often.)

  3. Can this be used on other grains too, like, say, barley?

    • I have never bought barley so I don’t know…but if it’s similar in size and texture as oats, I imagine it would flake it just fine.

  4. Thanks for the review. I really like oatmeal and need to see about storing the groats and a flaker. Growing up oatmeal was often using as a meat extender, esp in hanburgers, meatloaf, taco filling, sloppy joes. Also maybe used in baked goods. And don’t forget no bake candy cookies: butter, sugar, milk, cocoa powder, peanut butter, and oatmeal!

  5. Where do I find oat groats? I keep reading that they can be obtained from any feed store, but haven’t found any in our area. The feed companies act as though I am from some foreign country and should have brought them with me.
    Thank you for the recommendation! I have looked at on on-line but will check the brand.

    • Honeyville.com

    • Encourager says:

      I can buy them through my food buying club. You can also get them through food co-ops. I buy organic ones through a company called UNFI that delivers to our club.

      You could also grow them.

  6. I think BC needs to get one of these and figure out how it works. Then he can make them cheaper and we can all buy one from him. 🙂

  7. I purchase my oat groats from Honeyville and have been happy with their prices, timely shipping, and quality.

  8. Nice review but pricey . Hope I’m not out of line but here is what we use.

    http://thewholetruth.org/Res_Oat.asp

    Much cheaper and probable looks like the one you stript the gear on but better made. 3 years use a minimum of 3 times a week and no problems.

    • Yup, that’s the one that didn’t hold up well for me at all! Was yours made in China, like mine was, or was it manufactured somewhere else?

  9. It is China made but the specs are diferent that that peace of junk called fox run on Amazon . That’s why it’s priced higher . There are 9 families with this roller in the area and no problems with them at all

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