“ Brand: Country Store / Type: Frozen Food „
These hash browns are one of Tescos Discount Brands items, they come in at around £1 for 750g - they did used to be cheaper I believe, the gap is much smaller between the price of these and the McCain ones (currently £1 for 700g) than it was. The bag is quite boring really, it has the common nutritional thing on the front and an ingredients list on the back and such. The recommended serving is 3 hash browns which are 240 calories, 0.8g of salt, 10g of fat. All of which are higher - albeit only slightly so - than the mccain ones. Cooking: These are meant to be cooked in an oven for 18-20 minutes at 220C/Gas mark 7. At that temperature I think around 30 mins is needed to get the outside as crunchy as I like unless you have a crisping tray (one with small holes on the bottom) - I do find the outside goes lovely and crunchy without being hard though. They can also be shallow or deep fried (not done) or grilled (I find about 15 mins on medium heat works well), but not microwaved. Flavour: I find the onion flavour in these more pronounced than in most - and I love it, I love hash browns but I can find some very bland, these I find have lots of flavour for me, they are by far my favourite brand, so even now they're not so cheap I'd go for these every time. Texture: The chunks aren't as small as some so I find they're not too mushy, even when crunchy they're moist enough they can fall apart, which for me is much better than the rock solid ones. They're also thick enough that the middle stays soft even if you overcook the outside slightly, but not so thick the outside ever seems to end up cooked and the inside raw, even if on a high heat on a grill. I tend to be a somewhat hap hazard cook so these are all handy things for me - also makes things easier if other things are cooking a bit quickly/slowly! I think it's quite obvious I love these, the flavour is so much better than other brands! I'm between 4 and 5* on these - I think due to the extra cooking time needed over the stated and the fatc they're not reeeeally "discount" as claimed they perhaps should lose one, but they're soooo nice I don't think I can!
The other week my mum asked me to get a bag of Hash Browns, she usually gets the Mccain ones but Tesco didn't have any in so I got a bag of Country Store Has Browns. They was 79p for a 750g bag and that's good value I reckon because the Mccain ones are £1.45 for a smaller bag!!! I had a couple with a cooked breakfast yesterday and they're quite nice but majorly bland tasting with hardly any flavour to the crunchy outsides of the hash browns. They look like the Mccain hash browns and are small cubes of potato all pushed together with a crispy batter coating over them. They take about 20 mins to cook in the oven and you can grill or fry them as well. I did mine in the oven because I was waiting on my sausages being done anyway, I turned them a couple of times while they was cooking to make sure they cooked through evenly. They smell proper greasy when they go on your plate but hardly any fat comes out of them in the oven. The outside isn't THAT crispy and that's because it's very fatty feeling and it's like the grease has stopped the crispiness from coming through. There's not much taste in these hash browns at all. The potato inside is a bit sloppy and like I said the outside that should be crispy is majorly disappointing because it just tastes and feels like fat. The taste is like there hasn't been any salt used in them at all and after you've got over the thick greasy taste of them you'll realise pretty quick that there isn't ANY other flavours in the hash browns! It's like the blandest potato you've ever eaten.... and then blander!!! lol I don't think that much of any of these sorts of hash browns, I love the ones you get from McDonalds because they've got a yummy flavour that goes proper nice with the other breakfast stuff they have on their menu. The problem with these is that they're sooooo boring that I ended up eating everything else on my plate and leaving these because even putting ketchup on them didn't help them taste any better and they're just proper bad quality. Not recommended..... cheap but dead greasy tasting and bland potato inside!!!