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      29.06.2013 20:21
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      Handy freezer staple.

      Once again I found that at short notice I had run out of things to cook for dinner so took a wander to my local shop where the current offer was for McCains Wedges, the variety which I selected after a short period browsing was the lightly spiced flavour.

      The bag provides a few clues as to the type of spice in the bag showing a sillouette of a chilli and a mortar and pestle. The ingredients tell us that the spice flavouring contains garlic, onion, tomato, and oregano - so despite the image of the chilli there actually is no chilli present....

      The bag contains 750g of wedges. The wedges themselves are a variety of sizes and covered in a strong scented coating when uncooked.

      When cooked these turn a lovely golden brown colour, the strong scent from the spice coating. The taste is spicey but not overly so, the flavour is full without being over powering but I do like to put a dollop of mayo on the side of mine in place of any other condiments, though they are equally as good with salt, pepper or vinegar.

      I tend to serve mine along side whichever semi random chicken/quorn item is closest to the top of the freezer when I go looking for food but they can equally be served alone as part of a buffet style meal with dips or if you are as I am sometimes simply too lazy for 'real' food alone full stop, the spiced coating on the wedges mean they're not too bland for this purpose.

      The price of these is usually around £2 but they are often found on offer at £1 a bag or as part of multibuys.

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        04.06.2013 12:52
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        Filling and tasty part of a meal

        At the weekends, except for Sundays, I like to be alittle on the lazy side when it comes to cooking dinner. Rather than slave in a hot and sweaty kitchen, I like to bung stuff in the oven straight from the freezer. These wedges were bought from Tesco.com during a grocery order for £1.00 for a 750g bag, as they were on special offer.



        Why did I buy them?

        I bought them because I thought it would make a nice change from the usual fries or chips. The price I thought was good and despite the fact my little boy isn't very keen on anything made from potato, his sister doesn't have such a problem and I knew she would enjoy them ( just like me! ).



        What are they?

        Potato wedges that are lightly spiced and seasoned, that can be oven cooked or grilled.



        How are they packaged?

        They come in a plastic bag, suitable for life in the freezer! The main colours of the packaging are yellow, burgundy and black. On the front the ' McCains ' logo is in bold, and directly underneath the actual product title which is Lightly Spiced Wedges. Underneath is a picture of a bowl with wedges on it. Also on the front is basic GDA information.

        On the back is cooking instructions, ingredients list, nutritional information and company contact details.



        Ingredients

        Potatoes, Batter (Wheat Flour, Wheat Starch, Salt, Garlic Powder, Spices, Onion Powder, Tomato Powder, Oregano Flavouring, Natural Colour (Paprika Extract)) ,Sunflower Oil

        Suitable for vegetarians

        Kosher SKA

        Guideline Daily Amount per 135g serving oven cooked:
        Fat 10.4g 15%
        Sat Fat 1.1g 5%
        Sugar 0.8g less than 1%
        Salt 1.1g 18%
        Cals 252 13%


        How to cook

        Can be cooked in either oven or under grill.

        Oven-Preheat oven to 220 degrees/Gas Mark 7. Place on tray and bake for 18 mins, turn them over during cooking process.

        Grill-Preheat grill on low for five minutes. Grill for 12-14 minutes, turn them over during cooking process.



        How do I find them?

        Before they are even cooked, you can smell the light spices on them, but especially when they are in the oven. Its pleasant, not strong and very mouth watering. To look at them before cooking, they do look like wedges in shape, but they all appear to be different sizes and lengths, so no consistency. This meant when cooking I found some pieces cooked quicker than others. They kept their shape while cooking and after, and I didn't notice much oil that came out of them. They came out lightly brown.

        You do have to be careful not to over or undercook, as either way it can easily be done. With the spices on them, sometimes it is alittle hard to judge if cooked or not. Most of the time I forget when Ive put food in the oven due to distractions called children, so I have to judge food by look and smell, to figure out if they are cooked.

        Taste wise, I felt they were cooked thoroughly and the centre was quite soft. Would have liked the outside to have been a touch crisper so that the contrast would have been increased. The spices on the wedges weren't overpowering, quite mild and subtle so something all the family especially the young ones would enjoy. I don't like spice in regards to heat, but I like flavour, so this is perfect for me. You do get the smallest, tiniest kick of spice but its hardly noticeable. What it does though is give a product that could be quite bland and basic in flavour more dimension to it. Just about the right amount of seasoning, I think if you were to add your own on top e.g salt, it would be too much.

        Would I buy again? Yes I would-but only on special offer. I say that because I occasionally do my own wedges and I couldn't justify buying these at full price, but would when half price as its decent value and convenient for me when I want to cook something quick.

        Overall tasty and quick to cook. Needs more crisp and for the wedges to be similar in size.

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          23.05.2013 15:29
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          Very tasty wedges which are brilliant value for money

          One night a week I like to cook something 'naughty', this is usually a Friday or Saturday night. This usually consist of pizza and wedges, or possibly a curry. So when I went on my weekly shopping trip, I was browsing the frozen section and came a across these McCains Spicy Wedges. When I cook wedges I would normally make them from scratch, however on this particular day I was feeling quite lazy so thought I would give these wedges ago.

          They cost me £2.00 from Tesco's, and came in a 750g bag (they are currently on a half price offer at Tesco's). I found this to be quite a reasonable price, as I know that McCains sell good quality food, and is a very well known brand.

          These wedges come in a orange and brown bag. On the front of the bag is the McCain logo, a picture of the wedges and the nutritional information. On the back of the packaging is the ingredients and the cooking instructions. The wedges are a good mouth sized chunk, and are a browny/orange colour - due to the spices. A 750g fed me and my partner easily, and could probably serve up to four people as a side.

          How to cook:
          OVEN

          Preheat the oven to 220°C / 430°F / Gas Mark 7.
          For fan assisted ovens that's 210°C / 425°F.

          Spread the wedges out evenly over a baking tray. Cook for 18 minutes, turning them every now and again. Once golden and crispy, remove and eat!

          GRILL

          Preheat the grill for five minutes at a low heat. Spread your Wedges evenly in a single layer onto the grill pan. Grill for 12 - 14 minutes, turning them every now and again, until they're golden and crispy, remove and eat!



          **** My Thought ****
          These are the best wedges I have ever eaten, even better than the ones I prepare from scratch (and cheaper). The first thing that hits you, once you have removed them from the oven, is the smell. The paprika and garlic aroma's are very apparent. They smell so delicious, that I couldn't help eating one straight away and burning my mouth (it was well worth the pain!). They are crispy, golden brown, and lightly spiced on the outside, and fluffy and soft on the inside. The taste is great, especially when paired with ketchup. The spices are not too overpowering, just enough to give a little flavour and kick. You can definitely feel the spices once you have swallowed, but they are not too strong, as I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to spiciness. I did not find these to be very greasy, which was a definite plus, as there is nothing worse than biting into something and grease pouring out of it. The main problem with these wedges is that they are very more-ish, and once I have eaten my portion (extremely quickly), I am always looking at my partners plate so that I can steal his as well.

          The cooking instructions suggest that they take 18 minutes, I actually find that they are still quite hard, and have to be left for additional 10-15 minutes. This is not a problem , as I take this into consideration when preparing. I normally east these with a pizza or chicken, but they are great on there own with some yummy sauces.

          **** Would I Recommend? ****
          Yes, yes, yes! They are so tasty and quick and easy to make. They are on offer for £1.00 at the moment which is a bargain, but I am still happy to pay the full cost price when they come off the offer. I Also recommend the mexican wedges by McCains as they are equally as good.

          Please see www.mccains.co.uk for all ingredients and nutritional values.

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            29.08.2011 16:45

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            I'm a big fan of these wedges. They don't leave you feeling guilty and greasy like oven/regular chips do and yet they're not dry inside like some wedges are.Only take 20mins in the oven so they're quick and easy to throw on the plate at teatime. Not too hot to put off kids but the light spicing makes them a bit more interesting.

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            25.03.2010 17:28
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            Yummy

            I was shopping yesterday for something to go with last nights supper. I was cooking fajitas and I knew that if I served them up alone my husband would just wonder where the rest of his meal was. He has a huge appetite and really fast metabolism so always manages to eat a huge evening meal after a really busy day at work. I was strolling round our local Sommerfield not quite sure what to buy when I spotted these on special offer in the freezer section.

            A 750g bag of these McCains Lightly Spiced Potato Wedges normally costs approx £1.65 but the were reduced down to a very reasonable £1. This was perfect as I thought they would also go really well with the rest of our meal and provide my husband with his beloved carbs.

            That evening I popped them in the oven and set about preparing the rest of the meal. When the buzzer went I pulled them out and was really impressed with how delcious they looked. They had turned a gorgeous golden brown and looked really crispy.

            I couldn't resist and picked one straight off the oven tray. They were completely scrummy, really crispy and crunchy on the outside and then the middle was really quite light and fluffy. They were fabulously spiced and seasoned and had a kick without it being overpowering and you really did get the flavour of potato which I always like. I was kind of expecting these to be a bit chip like but instead I was chuffed to find proper potato wedges.

            I served them up with our meal and my husband also commented on how much he enjoyed them. They were alongside our spicey fajitas and tasted gorgeous dipped in sour cream. They really completed our meal and made a really nice change to rice or oven chips.

            I will definately buy these again and keep some in the freezer. While I will try and snap them up while they are on special offer, I think I would be willing to pay the full price for them as I did enjoy them enough to make this worthwhile.

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              11.01.2010 11:48
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              Delish Potato Wedges From McCain

              Being as I've just told you about how horrible the Tesco Finest Jumbo Wedges are I thought I'd write about my current fave wedges which are made by McCain and are called Lightly Spiced Potato Wedges.

              These are delish, my mum makes wicked potato wedges but she works long hours sometimes so we always stock the freezer up for the days that she can't be bothered when she gets home. These wedges from McCain are deffo the best frozen wedges you can buy and they're not too expensive either with a bag costing about £1.50.

              They are quite small wedges, not very big from end to end but I do like how fat they are because it means the potato goes lovely and fluffy inside as they're cooking. They haven't got a greasy flavour or feel at all and I love how they actually taste of potato, I say that because a lot of frozen wedges taste proper fake even though to be fair McCain's stuff does usually taste a lot better than most brands.

              The wedges are lightly spiced and I think the flavouring is perfect because you can still taste the potato through it but the spice deffo adds a bit of interest to the wedges. Don't let the word spiced put you off because they're not hot at all and the spice just gives them a bit of extra flavour. I think the main things you can taste in the coating are paprika and black pepper and that's wicked because it makes them taste yummy but means you can still taste the potato in them.

              The only downside to these is that they don't go crispy like my mums home made wedges, this isn't major but I think they would deffo taste that little bit more special if they crisped up a bit.

              I can't really knock them though. They cook in about 25 - 30 mins so are mega convenient for putting in the oven at the same time as your chicken or whatever you're eating them with. They also go delish with gravy poured over them so sometimes I have them instead of roasters when I want to do a quick hot dinner.

              Recommended!!!

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              17.11.2009 22:16
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              Worth it?

              Had these for tea tonight with lasagne and peas, so thought I would tell you all what I thought of these.

              I went into the Co-Op in search of any old wedges and saw these were two for £2.50, I love a bargain so I thought, why not?

              These lightly spiced wedges are made by McCain and they are cook from frozen.

              To cook 500g of these you can either put them under the grill or in the oven.

              If you want to put them under the grill you should preheat it 5 minutes before and grill on medium heat for 12-14 minuted not forgetting to give them a little shake around!When they have reached a sort of Golden Brown colour, take them out and serve immediately.

              If however you want to cook these in the oven, simply cook for 18 minutes at 220C (425F) gas mark 7 and remove when golden brown.

              If you have a fan assisted oven you can reduce this temperature by 10 degrees.

              The packaging of the wedges makes them feel quite authentic and fresh. This is because they actually have a picture of the wedges on the front. Good if you like to see what you are buying first! They are in a plastic like bag which you would normally find garden peas in or something along those lines and also they have other products advertised on which is quite good for marketing purposes.

              The wedges look just like any other wedges they range from around 5-9cm and I usually tend to eat about a handful.

              Per 100g there is
              Energy kJ: kj
              kcal: 187kcal
              Carbohydrate: 26.5g
              Protein: 2.8g

              These wedges are only lightly spiced and it is just enough to give it that extra bit of flavour. They are not too hot because the herbs cool them down and they make the extra dish with a nice main.

              Ingredients: Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, Batter (Wheat Flour, Wheat Starch, Salt, Garlic Powder, Spices, Onion Powder, Tomato Powder, Oregano, Natural Flavouring, Sugar, Natural Colour (Paprika Extract)

              Good points about these are that they are not to spicy, McCain's have a very good reputation so if you have any problems they will get back to you as soon as possible, they are sold in supermarkets and in some convenience stores and they taste good!

              Bad points are that they are a little expensive because if I was to buy one pack in the Co-Op it would have been £2,09 and there are cheaper alternatives. These are also quite high in salt which is not too good and they can also be very filling.

              I like these because they make my dinner taste lovely. I like to have lots of colours on my plate and as we all knows Britain's are crazy about potatoes in all kinds of ways so here is another...

              4/5 from me.

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                30.07.2009 13:37
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                Very tasty and handy to keep in the freezer

                I have recently started keeping a bag of these in my freezer as a quick and convenient way of completing a meal because they cook pretty quickly (around 25 mins in a hot oven at 220 degrees) and taste very good. They can often be found on offer in the supermarket freezer aisles for around £1 a bag but full price they retail at around £1.60.

                I first tried them at a friends house when she served a bowl of them to share with a fajitas meal, I was very impressed with the texture which is wonderfully crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The coating is nicely seasoned with a great mild spice to it, rather like a smoky flavour which might be because when I checked the ingredients on the back it lists paprika and garlic along with mixed spices as being the flavourings.

                Whatever the mix is it certainly works and tastes very good on these wedges. I know it is pretty easy to make your own from raw potatoes bu sometimes its great to just chuck some of these on a baking sheet and be lazy.

                The size of these wedges is pretty uniform which is handy and is, in my opinion, one of the benefits over making them yourself from scratch. It means that they cook evenly and you dont end up with some which are still raw in the middle as I usually find the potatoes I have in the house are intended for jackets and make very large wedges indeed, medium sized potatoes seem to be the optimum size for perfect wedges and thats what McCains seem to have used here.

                It is pleasing to note that McCains now make these with sunflower oil which is better both for your waistline and the environment than the nasty palm oils which some manufacturers use.

                100g of these (cooked weight) contains 187 calories and 0.8g sat fat which equates to 4 weight watchers points. I have found that 100g is around 7/8 wedges which is a fair enough portion if you are watching your weight, the difficulty with these wedges is that they are quite moreish so sticking to your portion size is not always easy and the temptation is always there to stick another couple in the tray!

                A great, tasty and not too unhealthy potato product which is a great staple to keep in the freezer for when you cannot be bothered to cook them from scratch.

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                  29.07.2009 11:46
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                  McCain Wedges

                  Boyfriend got these whilst shopping at the weekend & I decided to try them tonight after I'd had a quick look on dooyoo to see whether they were here......


                  Packaging:

                  The wedges come in one of the usual sort of plastic bags that you find frozen potato products in. This one is predominantly brown & has the McCain logo on the front as well as "Lightly Spiced Wedges seasoned with herbs & spices". At the bottom of the bag there's a picture of some rather tasty looking wedges. The back of the bag contains the usual cooking guidelines, ingredients, nutritional information, storage instructions etc.
                  There's also pictures of McCain Sea Salt & Black Pepper Wedes and McCain Southern Fries. Have you tried them?

                  McCain also tell us that they're using local communities to source their potatoes to reduce transport times. You can find out more at:- www.mccain.co.uk



                  Appearance:

                  To be honest with you, these don't look the most appetising thing in the world when you take them out of the bag. They look like bits of potato that have lain too long in baked beans sauce which has then congealed. Sizewise they're bigger than chipshop chips as the word "wedges" might suggest. I'm hoping that they taste better than they look, so it's on into the oven to road test them.....


                  Cooking guidelines for 500g of wedges (reduce cooking time accordingly for smaller quantities). For best results cook from frozen. Do not overcook.


                  Oven Cook: Cook for 18 minutes at 220C (425F) gas mark 7, turning every now & again until golden brown. Fan assisted oven users can reduce the temperature to 210C/410F.

                  Grill: Preheat grill for five minutes. Grill for 12-14 minutes on a medium heat, turning every now & again until golden brown.



                  Nutritional Information per 100g Oven Baked {per 100g Grilled in brackets}

                  Energy kJ: 783kJ {734kJ}
                  kcal: 187kcal {175kcal}
                  Protein: 2.8g {2.7g}
                  Carbohydrate: 26.5g {24.6g}
                  of which sugars: 0.6g {0.6g}
                  Fat: 7.7g {7.3g}
                  (of which saturates): 0.8g {0.8g}
                  Fibre: 2.6g {2.6g}
                  Sodium: 0.32g {0.30g}
                  Salt equivalent: 0.8g {0.8g}

                  Ingredients: Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, Better (Wheat Flour, Wheat Starch, Salt, Garlic Powder, Spices, Onion Powder, Tomato Powder, Oregano, Natural Flavouring, Sugar, Natural Colour:- Paprika Extract)

                  Allergy information: contains wheat


                  Taste:
                  After cooking, these looked a lot more appetising that they did when they came out of the bag & were placed onto the oven tray. The orange colouring has faded somewhat & now looks closer to brown than it did.

                  I push my fork into one & then take a taste. The outside is just crispy enough, not too hard and not too soft. I can taste the paprika flavour with a hint of something else. It could be the oregano, or the onion, or the spices, or a combination of all three. Whatever it is, it's more subtle rather than completely in your face so it's difficult to determine what that other underlying taste is. The nice thing is that McCain haven't overdone it on the paprika either. It's not, for example, as prevalent as it is in paprika flavoured Pringles so even people who aren't fond of strongly spiced food might find it easy to eat these. All in all these have a nice consistency & a nice taste which makes them a pleasant change from chips, croquettes, waffles or mash etc


                  Price:
                  Despite the fact that it has "Now! £1.29" emblazoned across the front of it we paid 99p for a 750g bag of these wedges in my local shop.



                  Opinion:

                  A quick rummage through my freezer tells me that these wedges are a bit higher in fat content than potato waffles are & just slightly higher than Aunt Bessie's potato croquettes. 100g provides almost one sixth of your Recommended Daily Amount of salt so this is something you may need to be aware of if you're monitoring the salt intake in your diet. Tastewise they're one of the nicer tasting potato products on the market, the coating meaning that there's no need to add sauce or vinegar to get this particular potato product to taste of something.

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                    McCain's are an amazing brand who do some amazing food products. One of their fantastic items is the McCain's lightly spiced potato wedges.

                    These can be found in all supermarkets including Asda, Tesco, Ocado and so on. They can often be found also in smaller shops, newsagents, and petrol stations, but not very often. As they are frozen chips, they are obviously found in the freezer section of the supermarkets and this is where they should be stored once you take them home, even once they have been half opened.

                    They come in one size only and this size is 750g. This is a decent size for a bag of wedges and is a nice substantial amount. The bag costs £1.67. I had mixed feelings about this price. On the one hand it is quite a good price especially for the amount however in other brands you can get over 1kg for little more than a pound. None the less, McCain's is a very well known brand and therefore you expect to pay a little bit more.

                    The bag Is made out of an unusual material. It is more cardboard like than plastic. I was a bit scared it would rip on the way home but the wrapper was surprisingly thick. This was great. Not only did the cardboard give it a rustic feel but the colour scheme and design did too. The main colour was a dirty brown and gave a very earthy feel. On the back of the packet was all nutritional information and the stuff you expect to find like ingredients. However on the front was the brand name, a brief product description and then my favourite bit; some delicious looking potato wedge pictures. Splendid!

                    The bag was easy enough to open and you simply had to tear the end of it. Once I had removed my wedges from the bag I sealed it again with a bag sealer to keep them fresh and them popped them back into the freezer. You bake these wedges in the oven. I put them onto an oven dish and put them in for around 25 minutes. The time varies depending on your oven! By the time they have cooked a delicious, slightly spicy smell begins to waft around the house gorgeous.

                    The wedges are really hot once cooked so be careful when serving them up and biting in to them at first. The potato wedges aren't huge in size but I'd say they were a "medium size". they aren't tiny that's for sure. Whenever I have cooked them they have been golden brown and very crispy on the outside especially the smaller ones. Inside the potato is fluffy and is really light. The potato is not dry at all and is very moist. When it comes to the spices I'd say they've got it just about right. They are actually fairly spicy however some of the wedges don't seem to be spiced at all! Overall the taste was magnificent!

                    100g of these baked in the oven contain 187 calories and 7.7g of fat. However I feel a typical portion is more than 100g so you have to be careful not to go overboard as the calories and fat can add up. They are low in sat fat though with only 0.8g per 100g. This is superb.

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                    05.04.2009 21:07
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                    I would recommend these wedges as a great replacement for chips.

                    Potato Wedges are a great staple item to have in your freezer and are a slightly healthier replacement to oven chips and an even better replacement for normal fried chips!

                    The wedges are lightly spiced and seem to be fluffy inside which is just the perfect combination when put with the crispier outside. The spice is nothing too overpowering and is just lovely when dipped in to barbeque sauce.

                    These are easy to cook just pop them in the oven, I never pay much attention to the 20-25 minute guideline and normally cook them for around 30 minutes along with chicken or whatever I am cooking that evenings tea. I find that this helps to ensure that the larger wedges get cooked too. It also states on the packet that these can be barbequed and I bet this would make the flavour much more intense and I can imagine they'd be delicious from the barbeque!

                    I would definitely recommend these but be sure to cook them for a good few minutes extra than advised on the packet to make sure you don't bite in to a wedge that's not quite cooked as it can completely put you off them (as it would for me!).

                    There are 144 calories per 100g so providing you don't go overboard with these they can be a great addition to a main meal to help keep things healthier. You should get a good 5 or 6 reasonable sized portions out of this bag.

                    A 750g bag is currently on offer in Tesco for £1.00 as opposed to the usual price of £1.69.

                    I am rating these wedges 4/5, the flavouring could do with being a little stronger for my taste but then these are advertised as lightly spiced wedges and that's definitely true! I would probably have rated them 3/5 if they weren't currently on offer. Now is definitely the time to head to Tesco and stock up on these!

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                      05.04.2009 19:48
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                      McCains usually come up trumps with their potato products in my book, and their lightly spiced potato wedges are no exception. They usually cost £1.69 for a 750g bag which I think is very reasonable, and they're even better value for money at the moment in Tesco as they're on offer for just £1 a bag.

                      You can cook these on the barbecue apparantly which I haven't tried yet but definetely will in the summer time. They boast that they're a 2008 official barbecue food (whatever that means!). I'm sure they are tasty cooked on the barbie though so I'll give that a go later on.

                      For now, I've had these oven cooked everytime and highly rate them like it. I know that fried pototoes tend to taste that little bit nicer, but you really can't tell much of a difference between these when cooked in the over, and wedges you buy fried in the chippy or kebab shop. I think that's a sign of really good seasoning as well as good quality potatoes.

                      These have a very nice, mild and light coating on them that is barely spicy, more a little bit sweet and tangy I think. The outer shell is nice and crisp when you bite down, but not overly thick. Inside, I find that nearly every wedge is fluffy, soft and mouthwateringly tasty. These really are the nicest potato wedges I've had in a long time and will be stocking up while they're on offer.

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                        Yum.

                        These are a staple for me. While I like real chip shop chips, I find oven chips bland and boring, so they're a good alternative when I'm feeling lazy.

                        They come in your average oven chip sized bag, good for about four to six plates, but they're quite big and chunky so you might not use as many as with fries. The wedges themselves are just what they sound like, nice filling slices of potato..stuff. I use the word "stuff" though, not "whole potato". I might be wrong, but they seem to be made of the same pre-prepared mash that oven chips are. Despite that, they have whole skins (mock or not) which add a bit of fibre to the usual pallid yellow. The wedges are coated with spicy seasoning, I think they describe it as Cajun but it reminds me of the flavouring you get on something like Chilli Heat Wave Doritos, which is good. I like it, but some people might not. Ask yourself whether you like ready salted crisps, or something with a lot of flavour?

                        I have found, with MY oven, that the cooking times are slightly too short, and if underdone they are quite hard and unpleasant. On the back though, they warn strongly against overcooking, so there is a slight hassle element worth noting.

                        I'd say these are good for students, or perhaps parents who like to have something easy in the freezer. You might save on ketchup, too, since they're fine alone.

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