Product Type: McCain Ready Meals
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McCain's Rustic Oven Chips - Less guilt costs you flavour...
McCain Rustic Oven Chips Skin On
Member Name: geodougal
McCain Rustic Oven Chips Skin On
Advantages: Chunky, filling, low in fat & calories and TINY ingredients list!
Disadvantages: Bland, boring & don't crisp up very well
Fish and chips, pie and chips, Steak and chips, cheesey chips, chips and curry sauce....the list of combinations is endless! Chips are generally a staple, convenience food in most households, however I am not a fan of greasy, dripping in fat chips that scream heart attack so I always opt for some form of 'healthier' chips when buying some for tea. Which is when I spotted these Mccain Rustic oven chips, which appealed to me because they were advertised as having only 3 % fat and their skins left on - Like potato wedges perhaps? Which happen to my favourite from of potato!
McCain's first opened on February 23rd 1957 and is one of the most well known names from the freezer isle!
At McCain, we take pride in what we do. That's why we only use the finest ingredients, simply prepared and it's this attention to detail that has made us the nation's favourite chip manufacturer.
McCain works with selected farmers, some of whom we have worked with for three generations. This means we know where our potatoes come from and what potato is right for making the perfect chip, or wedge, or any other of our McCain products!
It's also part of our philosophy to help all the McCain family enjoy our products as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Taken from http://www.mccain.co.uk/about-mccain/
As well as rustic oven chips McCain's produce other potato products such as hash browns, traditional home chips, fries, croquettes, jacket potatoes, roast potatoes, potato smiles and wedges all in different flavours.
~Price & Availability~
McCain's Rustic oven chips are available to buy in a 1kg bag from Asda, Waitrose, Tesco, Ocado and Sainsbury's for around £1.75. Which is about 50p more than your supermarket branded 'healthier 3% fat' chips.
McCain's rustic oven chips come in an orange /yellow bag with the base design as a sun rising above a field. McCain's logo is printed largely in black text on the sun and on the field is the name of the chips in burgundy. To the bottom left hand side of the front you will find a description of the product; 'oven ready chunky chips prepared with potatoes & sunflower oil'. And on the adjacent side an at a glance nutritional 'traffic light' chart. On the back of the bag you are given the McCain's potato to chips story, ingredients list, contact details, cooking guidelines, full nutritional information, storage instructions and the McCain's potato promise.
~Appearance, taste & Texture ~
Once cooked, which can take some time to get it just right - nice and crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, I was quite pleased with how these chips looked. They were nice and chunky with a nice golden brown skin and fluffy and white inside. They did look very much like potato wedges with their 'skins', however biting into one I found something was missing. They looked crunchy, but they weren't and they had been cooked for much longer than suggested. Other people in my family described these as not being very 'chip like', which I can totally agree with as they were very bland which I guess it where the extremely small ingredients list comes in. Couldn't they have had some sort of seasoning on the skins? That wouldn't have to make them an unhealthy chip as they would still contain just potato and sunflower oil with a little added oomph, it would just make them much more flavourful! On the up side, coated in salt, vinegar and sauce they were ok I was just really missing the crispiness on the outside and I couldn't find a fault with the insides, they were just as you expect from McCain's - fluffy and light potato!
McCain's rustic oven chips contain 216 calories, 4.5g of fat, 0.5g of saturated fat, 1.3g of sugar and 0.2g of salt per 165g serving, which is all coded green on the traffic light system - so for chips these really aren't bad for you at all! Plus the fact that 165g is a lot of these chips as they are very filling and they only contain 131 calories per 100g which is a substantial portion in my view.
The suggested cooking time for Mccain's rustic oven chips is 16-19 minutes at 210 degrees in a regular oven or 220 degrees in a fan assisted one. They need turning a few times throughout cooking to ensure the chip is baked on all sides.
The only ingredients they contain are potatoes and sunflower oil! You can't get any better than that now can you? No added nasties....just potatoes and sunflower oil!
Mccain's rustic oven chips are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians.
No allergy advice is given on the bag, so it would be a good idea to look into these further if you have any allergies before you buy them.
~Over all opinion ~
For a healthy chip these aren't so bad, but I just find them a bit boring and not very exciting to eat, however they are very filling which is a bonus because it stops you from eating one too many, which would draw them away from being better for you if you ate the whole bag! If your looking for a traditional, crispy oven chip then these definiately aren't for you and I can imagine you would be pretty disappointed with these, however if you're just looking for a healthier alternative to regular chips like me or you're on a diet, then you're in luck - as long as you don't mind adding some salt and pepper and maybe a splash of sauce?
Summary: You can tell these aren't your full fat friend!