Product Type: McCain Ready Meals
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Chips in their jackets
McCain Rustic Oven Chips Skin On
Member Name: GentleGenius
McCain Rustic Oven Chips Skin On
Advantages: Tasty, comparatively healthy, reasonably priced
Disadvantages: A little floury inside, a tiny bit dry
Price: £1.75 for a 1kg bag at my local Sainsbury's
Nutritional information (per 100g oven-baked):-
(of which saturates: 0.3g)
(of which mono unsaturates: 0.7g)
(of which polyunsaturates 1.5g)
(of which sugars: 0.8g)
Potatoes, sunflower oil
Suitable for vegetarians
Being lazy yet loving chips (sometimes) and feeling that living alone isn't worth the trouble of peeling potatoes and cooking them from scratch for myself, I frequently try out different frozen potato products. In general, I find McCain branded foods to be of reasonably good quality, so thought I'd try their Rustic Chips.
McCain Rustic Chips can be found in the freezer department of most decent-sized supermarkets, and many other grocery outlets. They are packed into an orange and yellow coloured plastic bag which bears the company logo and an image of a few of the chips on the front. The rear of the pack shows nutritional information, dietary/allergy advice, ingredients, storing and cooking instructions, recycling advice for the packaging and the manufacturer's quality claim together with their contact details.
These chips are made from unpeeled potatoes and are cut quite thickly. On opening the packet, their appearance isn't immediately appealing as they have a strange almost orange-ish coloured hue to them. However, they mostly are free from those horrible black bits that some brands of frozen potato products are riddled with.
Because they are cut thickly, I find I only need a few to make a substantial potato addition to a meal.
These are oven-bake chips, claiming to be soft and fluffy inside once cooked. Having experimented a few times in order to get them as closely to the way that I like chips to be, I find that I have to increase the recommended cooking time by about 8 minutes.
Despite looking tiredly orange in the pack, once cooked, they take on a lovely golden brown colour and smell good whilst in the oven. However, they still don't look like home-cooked chips as although they are different sizes, the ends of them are too square whereas whenever I make my own chips, the ends tend to be pointed. That doesn't matter to me though, because it is the flavour and texture I go for above anything else and I don't really care what shape anything is.
On cutting into the chips, sometimes the potato skins can need a bit of a grind with my knife (I assume the reason for that may be due to me keeping them in the oven longer than the manufacturer recommends), but they aren't tough to chew on. Despite McCain's 'soft and fluffy' claim regarding the insides of the chips, I personally find that not to be quite the case, the middles coming across to me as more of a slightly floury, yet simultaneously creamy texture. However, such isn't at all unpleasant.
The chips taste good with a strong potato flavour, being at least equal to many other quality frozen potato products, but you can tell they are oven chips. For some reason, all frozen potato products to me have a slight under-taste - some stronger than others - and McCain Rustic Chips are no exception, but that under-taste isn't overpowering.
£1.75 may sound a little on the expensive side for a bag of frozen chips which probably wouldn't last a family very long, but I can eke them out for 6 to 8 meals (depending on how hungry I am at any given time) just for myself.....hence, they do work out reasonably economical for a single person or a family with miniscule appetites.
In their cooked state, McCain Rustic Chips are a little on the dry side, but not so dry that they stop me enjoying them. I had wondered whether the slightly dry consistency may have been due to me cooking them for longer than recommended, so I tried an experiment, sticking strictly to the manufacturer's instructions the next time I ate them....and, the result was the same....a tiny bit dry. They are very tasty though!
All chips have at least a fairly high fat content, but considering how substantial these are and bearing in mind a small portion would be enough to satisfy most appetites, they are quite kind in that department. Also, there are no additives, the only ingredients being potatoes and sunflower oil. I did say above that these chips do have a faint trace of that under-taste which one would assume could come from additives, but perhaps it is down to the freezing process?
Another nutritional advantage is the higher fibre content (higher than most other varieties of frozen chips) due to the skins not having been removed from the potatoes.
All in all, McCain Rustic Chips are a tasty, comparatively wholesome way of having your 'chip fix' without needing to worry all that much about scoffing loads of junk food, because they do contain some nutritional value above other brands.
At the moment, my local Sainsbury's are offering 2 x 1kg packs for £3.00, so it may be an idea to stock up if you have room in your freezer.
My summary? These chips come highly recommended by me and although they aren't the same as home-cooked, they definitely are a cut above the rest.
Thanks for reading!
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Summary: Ideal for hungry, busy or lazy people!
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