Red River Cereal

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Red River Cereal is a porridge, or hot cereal, made of wheat, rye, and flax, produced in USA (since 2012), with some availability elsewhere. It was first created in 1924 in Manitoba.[1] The cereal takes its name from the Red River of the North, more specifically the valley around Winnipeg. The brand name is currently owned by Robin Hood Multifoods, Inc. of Markham, Ontario, a division of Smucker Foods of Canada Co. The recipe has been altered resulting in a distinctly different taste which may irk long time consumers of this product.

The advised method of cooking, boiling, yields an impressive output for the original ingredients. Generally, the hot cereal is made with a 3:1 water to cereal ratio. For 4 servings combine 3 cups of water, 1 cup of Red River Cereal, 1/4 t. salt (optional). Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and boil gently for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until desired consistency. Cover, remove from heat. Let stand for a few minutes.

For single serving size, the instructions are confusing. In Metric it's a 5:1 water-to-cereal ratio, and in Imperial (or U.S.) measure it's a 4:1 ratio. One assumes the correct instruction is 1 cup water to 1/4 cup cereal (not 250 ml to 50 ml), given the US source of the product.

The ingredients of Red River Cereal are: Cracked Wheat; Cracked Rye; Cracked Flax; Whole Flax

As of 2014-11-18, ingredients listed on the box are: "steel cut Wheat, steel cut Rye, cracked and whole Flax. May contain Barley, Mustard, Oat, Sesame seed, Soybean and Triticale ingredients"

On September 24, 2011 the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued an allergy alert[2] that the 1.35 kg size of the product sold in Canada contained undisclosed soy, one of the nine most common food allergens. Voluntarily, the manufacturer temporarily removed the product from the marketplace. The packaging has since been altered to include a warning about the presence of soy.


  1. ^ Drinkwater, Rob (7 December 2011). "Red River cereal returning after label change". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Allergy Alert: Undeclared Soy in Red River Brand Hot Cereal". Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 

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