“ Brand: McCain / Type: Frozen Food „
My boyfriend is a really, really fussy eater and the other night, me being low on funds didn't know what the heck to get to go with pizza for our tea. I always get plain chips but to me, they are so boring so when I spotted these in Morrisons (and all other good supermarkets) on offer at a pound a bag (but if not on offer priced more around the £1.50 mark) I thought they sounded interesting for me, the boyfriend and my flatmate to try out.
The plastic bag the chips come in is brown in colour with a pictiure of some potatoes on the front of it and then a steak meal with the cooked chips on. Also on the front of the bag we are told that they are 'New' McCain Beer Battered Ridge-Cut Chips 'Ridge-cut chips cooked in a delicious crunchy beer batter' and that they are made with 100% British potatoes. On the back of the bag other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, there is a full nutritional chart displayed along with cooking instructions given and contact details for McCain are given. It's a nice enough looking, informative bag though a right pain to reseal (but do-able!).
In appearance the chips are really chunky and rather long with a couple of engraved ridges down the length of the chips and mainly they are a yellowy sort of colour with some parts of the chip being orange with like a colouring on. Soon as I opened the bag I could smell a real rancid smell of malty beer but was impressed really by the chunky look of the chips and simply hoped that they wouldn't taste the way they smelt!
To cook these you simply grill them on a medium high heat for about 13-15 or you can oven cook them in 20-24 minutes and they need to be cooked from frozen. You are not meant to fry these because they are all coated with flavour that of course would come off if cooked that way.
They looked a bit crispy after I oven cooked ours, my kitchen smelt boozy and I was the first one to nibble a chip to which I thought tasted revolting and spat out in the bin. I decided not to say anything to my fussy boyfriend about them and to just see if he liked them and he apologised he hated them and his also went in the bin. My flatmate/bestmate will seriously eat anything but she hated them as well and binned hers. We all simply hated the taste of these lol.
As I stated earlier the chips look nice and the potato itself isn't the problem as such. Its the beer batter that really isn't a batter but just a flavouring that we found to make the chips soggy, the smell was horrid and the flavour was of malty beer mixed with onions.....revolting and they were far too salty too.
I willl never, ever purchase these again I simply thought they were one of the most revolting things I have ever put in mouth and they get a huge thumbs down from my household.
Nutritional Information Per 100g Frozen (The Important Bits!):
I am a big believer in the chip, not it's spindly Americanised cousin the "french fry" but a good British Chip. A great potatoey ambassador on the world stage of food. Mccains are a british based company which is nice and they are well known for making quality chips made from specially selected spuds.
A good chip should be fat, have a crisp outside and a soft smoking hot center. While I would say that while mccains chips do meet these strict criteria usually no oven cooked chip compares to that of a good old fish & chip shop chip.
However there is one type of chip where the oven variety wins out (as I have never even seen them down my local chippy) and that is the succulent beer battered chipington.
I must confess I am partial to the odd ale at christmas ; ) So the marriage between my two favourite passions (second to a lovely curry that is) was an intriguing one.
I was a little sceptical about it's beery properties, I couldn't help thinking the beer used in the batter would just make it crisper rather than actually imbibing said spud with a beery flavour of it's own. I was very happy to be proved wrong, sure the batter was delightfully crisp juxtaposed wonderfully with the soft yielding potato, but my god!!! There was a definate and unmistakeable taste of beer.
The beer batter that gives these chips their unique taste also gives them an unforgettable crunchiness which is the hallmark of a really excellent chip.
I have one gripe and one gripe only about these chips, they do sort of smell like old pub, it isn't overwhelming or even enough to put you off but it is there. But ignoring the ever so slight stale smell what you're left with is a chip that ticks every box as well adding some new ones to.
An interesting idea, beer battered chips. Having tried beer battered onion rings and fish, I decided to take a punt at McCains offering. The first thing I'll note is that a standard 1.81kg bag of crinkly oven chips usually costs me about £1.70, and that these bad boys cost the same for just 750g. So you're paying a premium, already.
The taste, after a fairly long cook in the oven of nearly fourty minutes - and double the cooking time of crinkly chips - isn't discernibly different from ordinary oven chips. They're pleasant for large chips, which I don't normally go for, but are you going to be tasting beer on the coating? Probably not. Beer battered fish for example has a noticeable taste in the coating, so it is a little disappointing here. Nevertheless, they are good oven chips, they are very soft on the inside and the slightly tougher skin complements this well. I guess if you have money to spare, they are slightly better than the standard supermarket offerings. If however you aren't looking to frivolously spend money, there's better chips for the job.
I love all kinds of chips so usually buy whatever is on offer. The latest I spotted were these McCain Beer Battered Oven Chips at £1 for a 750g bag. Bargain!
The packaging is eye catching which attracted me as well as the price. The large image instead of block colour gives it a rustic feel which made me anticipate a hearty home cooked tasting chip.
The chips are crinkle cut and have an orange coloured coating. They're a similar size to other crinkle cut and steak cut chips I've purchased- about finger sized, maybe a little wider with some little ones that go extra crunchy.
The back of the pack says to cook these for 20-24 minutes in the oven, but I found this left a few of them a bit burned. I tried cooking them for a shorter time which was perfect, so I recommend about 15-20 minutes instead. Once cooked the chips turned a tempting looking golden colour.
The chips were delicious. The potato was light and fluffy and the beer batter gave them a nice crispy coating. The crunch when you bite into them is lovely and well complemented by the soft middle. These are the tastiest oven chips I've had and I'll definitely buy these again.
For those of you interested in the nutritional content, these contain 220 calories and 10g of fat (1.1g of which is saturated) per 100g. This is pretty average for oven chips and while they're not healthy, cooking them in the oven means no extra fat is added so they're not as bad as they could be.
I've tried Beer battered Fish before, but never the Chips. I like Beer, and obviously knew they you wouldn't actually taste the Beer in these, but guessed it would give a bit of a different flavouring to a humble Chip. The wife turned her nose up at such things, but since she likes an offer and to try new things then we were "allowed" to get these.
These only come in the 1 size of 750g and usually cost about £1.60 . They were on Asda Rollback to £1.20, so not a huge saving, but enough to get us interested.
The picture on the front of the pack looks quite tasty with the pile of Chips. Pity I didn't have the rest of the meal to go with it.
You could easily do it the whole bag with just the 2 of us. It gives a generous sized portion, or 3 smaller portions if you just want a little drop Chips.
These were pretty chunky Chips and when cooked they had a slight dry texture to them, but with a nice amount of grease to them as well. We over cooked them, but you could cook these in a fryer as well.
The Chips tasted fluffy on the inside and the outside Crispy part had a slight tang to it, which I would assume is the Beer. They don't taste Beer like and even the wife was impressed.
We would buy these again as they were tasty, flavoursome and nice and crispy.
We do love chips in our house. There are one or two favourite fish and chips shops that we go to but mainly we make our own. When we saw these new chips in our local supermarket we thought it our duty to try them. This is what we thought.
What is the product ?
Beer battered chips (ridge cut)
Who are they made by?
McCain ( who know a thing or two about making chips)
Size of bag ?
Easy to find in the supermarket ?
Yes, they are in the freezer cabinet and the McCain name is quite easy to spot.
Are they expensive ?
Not really, I have found that they are often on special offer. Expect to pay between £1 and £1.59
How many does it serve ?
Well. they (McCain) reckon on four servings per bag. Personally I would say no more than three.
The packaging ?
A square bag with the McCain name clearly on the front , you can't miss the Beer battered writing on the front either. There is a nice picture of steak and chips on the front of the bag and this does make the chips seem very apertising and appealing.
What's the first thing you notice when you open the bag ?
this has got to be the beer smell. Ooh, it's fantastic. not too strong or over powering, but there is certainly no mistaking that these are beer battered chips.
So look of the chip...
uncooked - the first thing I notice when I take them out of the bag is that these chips are big ! These chips are long and fat. They are cut in a ridge style - like crinkle chips and this makes them look lovely and you can't wait to eat them
cooked - they brown up very nicely. a gorgous golden colour
Because these chips are cooked in the oven they are not dripping with fat, making them the healthier option chip, and they are very very crisp to bite into. The potato inside is light and fluffy .
So they are cooked in the oven ?
You can cook them in the oven on quite a high temperature of 240*c for 20 minutes or you can cook them under the grill on medium heat for about 15 minutes.
The nutritional information is on the packet and it is easy to follow.
Would I recommend this chips ?
They are made by McCain who know all there is to know about chips. They are frozen so will not go off, they are very reasonably priced, the beer flavour is perfect, the chips are big and very filling so you don't need too many, the chip looks very appealing and when cooked is golden brown, they are very crispy, light and fluffy.
Baked in the oven so a healthy option.
I would give this product 9 out of 10
As you may know from my other reviews, that we do like like our wedges. So I thought I would tell you about these McCain Beer Battered ridge cut Chips.As they are really delicous!!
One day I was in my local Morrisons when I saw that these were in their end freezer where they do the special offers and were on price for £1 a packet. This bags weighs 750g and hold the most tasty chip ever. This bag is very eyecatching as it has a large white plate on the front cover with a crisp green salad, rump steak and these golden crispy beer battered chips! With a sack of potato's to one side. With the McCain logo and Beer Battered Chips emblazoned across the middle.
Now I've snipped across the top of the bag and when peering inside you will find a large amount of finger sized crinkley orange looking chip that has a golden looking coating sitting in the ridges. This must be the Beer Battered coating, these chips are quite thick as well.
You can cook these under a grill on a medium heat for about 13-15 minutes making sure to turn every few minutes. I prefer to cook mine in the oven ( as I've said before I'm a bit lazy as I like to mingle with family & friends rather than stand over a grill turning things!).Now to cook these in the oven turn it on to 240C/475F/Gas 9, spread out a single layer on a baking tray and cook for 20-24 minutes. It does say keep turning, but I tend to just turn them the once which seems good enough and they turn a lovely golden crispy colour!
Once dished up they disappear of the plates in no time, on tasting them they have a delicous crispy coating, different from any other chips I've ever tasted and as you bite into them it turns to a soft fluffy potato. There is a different taste to these but it is hard to describe except to say that these really are very moriesh indeed. My son and his girlfriend had seen these in Iceland and didn't buy them as they said that they definitely would not like the taste of these, so when they popped over one night as I was dishing these up for the rest of the family they had some as well.
Not liking them was the understatement of the year, I think there would have been a punch up if I hadn't put another bag into the oven quick!!!
So another two people converted to these fab chips!
These chips per 100g oven cooked are;
These are suitable for Vegetarians and are made with Sunflower Oil, the funny thing is that these chips are alcohol free!
So these chips will get a big fat golden 5 stars from me and all my family!!
McCain Beer Battered Chips are more expensive than the regular McCain oven chips, because McCain want you to believe you are getting a superior product.
The chips are very nice but they are not really that different than the regular oven chips. When I read "beer battered" I expected them to have a coating on like you would get from a sausage in batter or a piece of fish from the chippie. However they just seem to have a tough sort of coating on them.
They take about 45 minutes to cook and they are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, very light and fluffy. They have a pleasant texture and taste in your mouth, I was unable to taste the beer in the batter though.
I bought these when my local supermarket had them on special offer, otherwise I probably wouldn't have tried them as they are quite a bit more expensive then the regular chips. After trying them I can honestly say even though I enjoyed them I would not buy them again unless they were on offer because there is not a noticeable difference between these chips and the regular ones.