“ Type: Frozen Food „
I love oven chips, rather strangely, more so than fried ones because I tend to have issues with worrying that fried chips will not be cooked the whole way through or get a greasy coating in my mouth. I also worry that chips bought from a chip shop might have been cooked in the same oil used to cook meat products and like all my chips to be of similar size. Apart from my weird obsessions (now that they're out of the way) I am going to tell you my experience of McCain Home Fries.
McCain Home Fries have been on the market for several years and in my opinion they are the best chips out there, they are available in 500g and 1.5kg bags and come in either crinkle cut or straight cut variety - in my experience, the only difference in these is the shape, they taste exactly the same.
They are available in most big supermarkets and I have been known to also find them in local corner shops. They are priced at around the £2.50 mark for the larger bag but very often they will be available on special offer so keep your eyes peeled. They are the perfect accompaniment to various quick dinners such as pizza, burgers, curries etc and are very simple to make. Simply spread an single layer of the fries onto a making tray and cook them in the oven at 220 degrees for 20-22 minutes - although keep your eye on them while cooking as some ovens tend to be quicker than ovens and at my parents house, they're ready in about 18 minutes.
Once they have cooked, be prepared for a taste sensation - if you're like me, you will douse the fries in vinegar and apply a mammoth helping of tomato ketchup. The fries are tasty and satisfying, they have a crispy and golden outer coating and a soft and fluffy potato inside. I have very rarely found any hard or 'bad' bits in these chips and on the odd occasion that I do, its because I haven't cooked them for long enough. This crispy taste means that they tend to feel relatively healthy for a chip - you tend not to get that greasy coating that is common of fried chips, but potentially most importantly for me (although I doubt many people have my OCD) they are all of a similar size! Yay!
100grams of McCain home fries provide the following:
Calories 202 Protein 3.2 Carbohydrate 33.6 Fat 6.1 Fibre 3.2
Really not very bad at all when compared to fried chips
The one thing I really do like is chips. Although I know they are rather bad for me I consume them almost on a daily basis! There is nothing better than home made or shop bought fresh one's but of course I can't always be bothered to make my own and certainly don't want to become known in the local chippy so occasionally I will buy a bag of frozen one's which these are. I purchased these the other day in Asda as they are on offer at a pound a bag at the moment and of course I recognise the name that is McCain as a quality and a trusted brand so I actually bought a couple of bags and hoped they be nice!
The bag is dark blue with a photograph of a sunflower and a picture of the cooked chips on there. I am clearly told in white, red and light blue writing that they are McCain Homefries 'Chips as chips should be' and these are straight chips and that they are 100% British and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. Other information given on the back of the bag includes being told a bit about the chips, how to cook them, ingredients and allergy advice is given as well as a full nutritional chart, the best before date is clearly stamped on as well as being told that they are suitable for Vegetarians and are made with sunflower oil and contact details for McCains are listed. Nice enough, easy to tear open bag this is and of course it is informative enough.
Well you have a few options of cooking these and I have had more that one bag now and cooked them in all the ways listed on the back of the bag! You can oven cook them in about 20 minutes (which I'm actually doing as I write this review lol) in the oven, you can grill them under a very hot grill in about 15 minutes or deep fry them in alot of very hot oil for around 3 1/2- 4 minutes. I personally love these fried though I do worry about how fattening they are which is why 9 times out of ten I prefer to bung some in the oven and for me I find the grilling option to dry them out a bit too much for me!
All ways though of cooking these is rather nice to be fair. They are simply potato's thickly cut. They contain no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat. They look great with a yellowy colour to them and they cook really well in the times given on the bag. Course if you deep fat fry them they contain more grease, oven cook them or grill them any fat within them actually comes out and they becomes really crispy and dry!
They taste and look great. Soft but not mushy they hold well and for me simply taste like a good quality potato and that does me just fine thanks!
Recommended from me totally!
Nutritional Information Per 135g Serving - Oven Cooked:
Available in all good supermarkets and if not on offer expect to pay about £2.00 a bag.
Mccains Original Homefries
Description: Crispy delicious chips.
We don't eat chips nearly as often as I would like to in our house. Don't get me wrong, it is good to be health conscious and I understand that it is important to get the right balance of foods along with your five a day of fruit and vegetables, but let's face it, sometimes, there is nothing better than a plate filled with decent chips and served with some bread and butter, oh and some salt and vinegar and ketchup of course!
Now there is absolutely no substitute for home made chips which should always be cut chunky, but sometimes there just isn't enough time to make these and so frozen chips are a great stand by to keep in the freezer and throw into the oven as and when you need them. I have tried many different brands and there is something about these ones which is a little better than the rest.
A 2kg bag costs around £2.50 and can be found in most supermarkets in the freezer section. They come in a blue plastic bag with the McCain logo on the front and a picture of the chips.
I prepare these by putting them into a preheated oven for around 15 minutes. Check the back of the pack for precise cooking information as this will depend on the kind of oven that you have.
Per 100g, these chips contain;
3.1g of protein
6.2g of fat
These chips are a decent size and a great combination of crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside, making each one a tasty mouthful. They are an enticing looking golden colour and cook very evenly too. As far as frozen chips go, these are possibly as good as it gets and certainly worth trying, if you haven't already!
Mccains Original Homefries
Description: Crispy delicious chips.
I am not really a big fan of chips and so we don't have them very often in our house. If we do have them, it tends to be when we fancy a fish supper and pop to our local chip shop. Now Mr Siamese is the opposite, and he loves chips. This basically means that every time I go away, I come back to find them in the freezer!
Last weekend, I went to London with friends and had a fantastic time drinking cocktails and clubbing. Mr Siamese was left at home to look after the pets and of course, eat chips!
When I came home on Monday night, I was a little hungover and fragile feeling so being the lovely boyfriend that he is, he made me dinner. Naturally, this included chips. Now to be fair, these were actually quite nice and I would recommend that you try them if you like frozen chips.
A 2kg bag costs around £2.50 and can be found in most supermarkets in the frozen food section. They come in a blue plastic bag so are quite easy to spot.
To cook, you can either deep fry, grill or over bake but we chose to oven bake because this is the healthiest and easiest way. They took around 15 minutes but please check the label for cooking times as we have a fan assisted oven which tends to cook things faster.
The chips are quite a good size and golden and crispy on the outside. When you bite into them you will find that they are light and fluffy inside, just like a good chip should be.
These are never going to be as good as freshly cut home made chips, but for frozen food, they are probably one of the better options. The chips are delicious (and that is coming from someone who isn't a big fan!) and very easy to prepare. Now that I know how good these are, I may have to keep some in the freezer as a stand by.
Nutritional information per 100g is as follows;
3.1g of protein
6.2g of fat
If you are a fan of frozen chips then these are well worth trying, they are much better than I expected and a decent stand by to keep in the freezer!
I have to admit my partner and I usually buy Morrisons own brand oven chips because we like them and they are pretty cheap but recently we ended up doing a bit of shopping in the Co-op and chips were on the list. McCain Homefries were on offer on this occasion, two 1kg bags for £2 so we decided to get some of these.
I love Homefries and always have but they are usually so much more expensive than the ones we normally buy that we don't have them often. I can't really justify spending more than twice the price on these when the Morrisons own brand are perfectly acceptable so I was looking forward to having some of these chips.
We got the standard straight ones and I notice these can be cooked in the oven, the grill or deep fried but we always cook ours on a baking tray in the oven. The nutritional statistics are per 100g: 181 calories, 3.1g protein, 28.1g carbohydrates of which 0.5g sugars, 6.2g fat of which 0.8g saturates, 2.4g fibre and 0.7g salt. Those are the statistics for oven baked chips and there's very little difference if you grill them. If you deep fry them surprisingly there's only about a 1g difference in fat and that's all. As you can see these chips aren't really bad for you, not too much fat and very little in the way of sugar.
McCain Homefries are big chunky chips so you don't need many to fill you up. I find they take about 18 minutes to bake in our fan assisted oven so they don't take long to cook either. What I really like about these though is the texture. It's really easy to get them all crisp and avoid any soggy chips. I can't bear soggy chips from the oven and usually pick all the crispy ones out for me and give those ones to my partner who doesn't mind them but with Homefries they all get crispy on the outside. I think one thing that makes this possible is the chips are all about the same size so no tiny bits that will turn into burnt bits and no chips that are way bigger than the others that won't cook through properly.
The centre of the chips is always lovely and soft and really tasty once you've cut your way through the gorgeous brown crispy outside. They don't taste like proper chip shop chips but then I've never found any oven chips that do. Maybe if these were deep fried they might but as I haven't tried them I can't say for sure.
Like all oven chips these are perfect to have with other bits of food such as meat, ommelettes, salad, fish or just on their own with some nice sauce to dip them in. They are suitable for vegetarians too. They taste like they cost as much as they usually do and are superior to cheaper brands if I'm honest.
Overall though they are convenient, not too bad for you, readily available and sometimes on offer. They crisp up perfectly without drying out the inside potato. I'm going to enjoy the two bags we've bought because I won't buy them at full price so it will be a while before I get anymore! Four stars from me, they lose one for being overpriced at full price but if you see them on offer give them a try.
Having been out all day yesterday checking out the Sales I came home and wanted something quick to eat. Rummaging through my freezer I came across a bag of McCain Home Fries that I'd forgotten about. I set my oven to the required temperature and set them cooking.
McCain Home Fries can be found in the frozen foods section of most supermarkets. They come in various sizes - we have a 2Kg bag as we have a fair few hungry mouths in the house! This is prices at £2.49 in Tesco. The packet is plastic and blue in colour with the McCain logo on the front, along with the word 'Home Fries' emblazoned in red. These are straight cut oven chips and there is a catchphrase on the front saying these are 'Chips as they should be'. They also point out that the chips contain 100% British potatoes.
There is also some brief nutritional information on the front, using the traffic light system that has been adopted by many manufacturers. If you haven't come across this it is basically a system that has been introduced by the Food Standards Agency to allow you to make an informed decision on how good a particular product is for you. A red light indicates something that you should be trying to cut down on, but it's ok to have these types of foods occasionally. An amber light means that the product is not too high in anything bad for you but neither is it great so products with this colour should be eaten in moderation. A green light means that the product is a healthy choice and can be eaten often. The McCain HomeFries are mainly amber and green so seem a fairly good choice.
On the back of the packet is a blurb from McCain explaining that they take real, simple ingredients and prepare them with care. Their products contain no artificial colours or flavours and no hydrogenated fats. They say that their product is a real convenience food that can be trusted and enjoyed. All seems very promising! A quick scan of the ingredients confirms that this claim is true and it is reassuring to see that all the ingredients can be found in my kitchen cupboard and there is not an E number in sight!
The chips can be cooked in various ways. The healthiest obviously would be to oven bake or grill but they can also be fried. My preferred way is to bake them and they take around 20 minutes at Gas Mark 9. The chips themselves are very chunky, very much like the chips you get in the chip shop. This is just the way I like them so all good so far! The first thing you notice when taking them out of the oven is that there is not a drop of grease in sight! You might think that this would make them dry but you'd be wrong. Biting into these you crack the crispy outer shell (they appear to have been battered slightly) which then brings out the most creamy and fluffy potatoes that almost melt in your mouth. The crisp/soft contrast is lovely. I love my chips with vinegar and they take up the flavour really well - I was initially worried that the crispy coating would prevent them from taking up the flavour.
Nutritional Information: Well being chips they're not going to be great for you but if you bake or grill them they're actually not all that bad. The nutritional information has handily been split into 3 columns depending on whether you bake, grill or fry these. A 100g of baked chips will cost you 181 calories, give you 3.1g of protein and 6.2g of fat. So whilst this is not the healthiest of products it doesn't seem to be a bad choice.
Overall I am really pleased with McCain HomeFries. I have been buying them for a while now. I like the chunkyness of the chips and the fluffiness of the potatoes is beautiful. This will be something I will be buying for many years to come!
I do line the odd Chip, and although I probably prefer Chippy Chips, often it is annoying when they are a bag of Mush. It is lovely when you get a nice Crisp oven chip which is golden and crisp on the outside and Fluffy on the inside. These Chips are one of the best i've tasted so far.
Found in the freezer section, I thnk you can get these in 2 different sizes, but we buy the large bag due to them working out cheaper than the smaller ones. They keep for ages being in the freezer as well.
The large 1.5kg bag costs about £2.60 in my local Tesco and Asda.
The pack looks alright. The bag is a plastic bag which is easy enough to open. Normally I just snip the end of these slightly and just pour them out as needed. The bag is a deep blue colour and ther writing is in red on the bag. There is a nice picture of some golden, chunky chips on here and the reference to Sunflower Oil on the pack as well.
Although it is best to Oven cook these, you can chuck them in a fryer, but they will be slightly more greasy. The take approx 20 minutes in the oven, and just keep an eye on the colouring when in the fryer and you will see when they look ready.
These are long thick Chips. They really are nice and chunky, and you don't get any small skinny Chips in here. As I mentioned the outside coating of these have a nice crisp outside and when cooked right the Potato inside fills the Chip well and tastes fluffy and fresh.
100g of Chips Oven cooked have 123 calories and 2.6g fat.
One of the nicest frozen Chips i've tasted as they taste so nice.
We all enjoy chips at some time during the week so when I was in a hurry the other day I grabbed a 1.5kg bag of frozen ones from our local corner shop for £2.49.
I've always been pleased with most of McCains products & thought these would be a 'safe' buy. They come in a choice of original or crinkled & I chose the original ones.
The bag's as shown in the picture & is bright & cheerful, sturdy plastic, clearly marked & showing images of sunflowers, potatoes & a bowlful of cooked chips.
There's a circle with a union jack & it states these are made from '100% British potatoes'. The nutritional values are also clearly marked on the front of the bag as well as the back. I won't bore you with all these but just to let you know if, like me, you're watching your weight, then each 100g portion is 197 calories & 6.5g of fat. I think this is very reasonable really comapred to other frozen chips & defintitely much more 'healthy' than eating chippie chips.
You get loads of servings from this which makes it a pretty good way of satisfying that need for chips & as most of them are of a uniform size you don't find that some are overcooked whilst others undercooked.
Full cooking directions are provided on the reverse & you can grill, deep fry or cook in the oven. I prefer thamm cooked in the oven to save calories & to save having to keep an eye on them, turning them etc.
The ingredients include potatoes, sunflower oil, rice flour etc & the lovely taste & colour I think, comes from the turmeric & paprika extract. They do contain wheat though so not suitable for those with allergies.
If you want information about potatoes, GDAs, storage & contact details they are all provided on the pack.
As soon as you cut/tear the plastic open you get the smell of chips but obviously they smell a lot better whilst cooking lol!
I like the way they don't stick to the bottom of the baking tray so they're easy to just tip out into a serving dish. I didn't find them greasy either which made it an easy job cleaning the tray afterwards, no sticky fingers or lips & more of a taste of potato than oil.
The whole family enjoyed these & agreed that the golden brown chips from McCain deserved a 5 star rating.
Although I do try and be good with my diet most of the time and ultimately chip shop chips are pretty much as unhealthy as you can get, although they taste amazing. Therefore I have always been on the search for a decent oven chip that would satisfy the craving I have to indulge in chips without all the fat and grease.
Up until discovering Homefries I had always been hugely dissappointed by oven chips, I had always found them to be bland, dry and tasting an awful lot like cardboard. I had resisting purchasing Homefries for a while as they did seem quite pricey compared to the supermarket own branded chips. I believe a 1kg bag comes in at around £2.05. Anyway a few months ago they were on offer at my local Tescos and I decided to give them a go.
Well....... tried them, loved them and haven't looked back since. They are simply head and shoulders over any other oven chip I have tried. Provided you cook them for the right amount of time at the right temperature the end result is a chunky chip that is a golden colour and will be deliciously crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the centre. They are incredibly moreish and will provide the perfect side dish to a tasty steak or will also be fantastic in between thick crust bread with lashings of ketchup.....mmmmmmmm.
Now I really would consider buying or even trying a different oven chip as Homefries tick all the boxes I need them too and i no longer feel the need to visit the local chippy.
When it comes to chips I think that only the best will do, and I tend to stick with McCain as I've never been disappointed with their yummy potato products.
McCain Foods Ltd was first established in 1957 in Canada and is now the worlds largest producer of chips. During this time, they've expanded both their range of potato products and 'lite bites' (pizza slices etc), and have become extremely popular. Their knowledge and experience in their yummy pototo products has led them to become more nutritionally conscious too, so their chips now have those traffic light labels to let you know they've done their bit to reduce the 'bad' offenders like saturated fats.
Homefries come in a big blue bag with a tempting picture of golden chips on the front. Judging by the name, I expected them to be more like fries than chips, but I'm happy they're not thin and measely like fries. (though if you want proper chunky chips you should opt for their 'chunky homefries'). I'm not adverse to thin fries, but they just don't go as well with a nice piece of steak! Because McCain are such a popular brand they're easy to come across in most supermarkets and are frequently on offer so I tend to buy a few bags in whilst they're cheap. A 1.5kg bag costs around £2.08 (Tesco) but should last you a while as there's plenty in there.
They are suitable for cooking in the oven, under the grill or even deep frying...
Preheat to 240°C. Lay out the chips in a single layer on your baking tray leaving a bit of space between them to give them equal heat coverage. They take around 20 minutes to cook, but turn them over every now and again to make sure they're done thoroughly inside and you should end up with golden, slightly crisp chips.
Preheat the grill for 5 minutes at a medium high heat (I tend to use 200-220). Spread the chips out, again in a single layer, onto your tray. This takes slightly less time, usually under 15 minutes if you have the rack high up. Make sure to keep turning them to get all sides cooked evenly.
Heat the oil to approx 175°C. (I've only done this once because this was the way my mother always cooked chips when I was younger so it bought back some nice, although unhealthy, memories of chips!) The bags suggests you put your chips in for around 3 1/2 - 4 minutes, but mine took a little longer. Just keep your eye on them and when they look golden, take them out and give them a good shake. Blot on paper to get rid of the excess oil because you don't want them too greasy.
Per 100g when oven cooked they contain 6.2g fat and 181 which doesn't seem too bad for chips. That said, they call a serving 135g which was a lot less than the 350g my serving weighed in at!
When oven cooked or grilled, they have a lovely golden colour and a nice crispy outside texture, whilst being fluffly and light on the inside with a lovely potato taste. They're not greasy and don't feel unhealthy in the sense that they go down very nicely! When deep fried, they're obviously more greasy, but they're more crisp on the outside. It depends what you fancy and although it's not the most healthy way of cooking them, it makes a nice change because they still taste delicious.
Overall I would reccomend these because they're quality chips. You know you're getting proper potoato without any artificial colours or preservatives and no hydrogenated fats. They're easy to cook, a good buy when on offer, you get plenty in a 1.5kg bag and taste delicious. Who can resist some chips once in a while?! :o)
I don't eat chips very often, but when I do I always go for oven chips as I don't have a chip pan or deep fat fryer and oven chips are a healthier option anyway. I usually buy a lot of own-brand food, but when I was in Somerfield recently, I noticed that McCain Homefries were on special offer, so I decided to try them.
~About The Product~
Made by McCain, these are described as being extra chunky. They are made from 100% British Potatoes, and contain no artificial colours, flavourings or hydrogenated fats.
The chips come in a dark blue plastic pack like the one pictured above. The pack contains 1kg of chips and has a very appetising picture of the chips on the front, as well as a logo telling us that these are made from 100% British potatoes and a table showing nutritional info.
There are clear instructions for cooking on the back of the pack.
The first thing you will notice about the chips is the size of them. When they call them extra chunky, they're not kidding! It could be because I'm used to the piddly little own brand chips, but these seem really massive - they are both long and wide. I also find that they are all pretty much similar sizes, which helps when cooking as they cook at the same time, rather than the little ones becoming charred.
The chips can be cooked in three different ways. You can either cook in the oven on a baking tray, grill them or deep fry. I always choose to oven cook them because I find it easiest. They guidelines tell you to leave them in for 22-24 minutes, and I have found this to be quite accurate. I remember buying some Weight Watchers oven chips and even after leaving them in for 10 minutes longer than recommended they still weren't cooked properly.
When you take them out of the oven, they look absolutely delicious. They go a gorgeous golden brown colour, and look very appetising.
Taste wise, these are lovely. They are lovely and crisp and golden on the outside, and the potato on the inside is soft and fluffy. They don't go all hollow like oven chips sometimes can either, and they're not as greasy as chips you buy from the chippy.
They taste lovely and are great in a sandwich or as an accompaniment to other things. As they are so big, you need a lot less - you can literally make a chip buttie with just two chips - they're so massive!
Per 100g Oven Baked....
Calories - 123
Carbs - 22.6g
Fat - 2.5g
I paid just 99p for a 1kg bag of these when they were on special offer, however they normally cost about £1.99 and are available at most supermarkets.
These chips are lovely - definitely some of the nicest frozen chips I have bought. If you like chunky, fluffy chips these are fabulous, they look nice and taste even better. Definitely recommended.
Looking for an alternative to fried chips and finding there was a variety of these oven style chips to choose from I decided to try out the Mccain Homefries chunky chips..
These potato chips are quite remarkable and really do taste like real chips from the chippy after cooking the way suggested in the oven for the required time of up to 40minutes on 200c or around 5 -6 gas. The come out crisp and lightly browned and quite fluffly.
A nice changed to the greasy mess you normally get with fried chips. There was no mess of frying and no greasy taste, which made a refreshing change and I think they boast 95% fat free on most of the bags too. Quite something in todays market.
I find in general unless they are on offer they average cost is around £2.98 or thereabouts. I have bought them on sale at £2 a bag but this was an offer.
Being remarketed in February 2008 the bag and adverts took a change which is where we are now with the new style bag mainly blue with homefries in red across it and a bowl of chips on the front of it. It does stand out in the freezer and I suppose that is the whole point.
I liked the texture and taste of these chips with its crunchy outside and the fluffy potato middle as there is nothing but potato in these unlike some varieties of processed potato snacks.
Crispy delicious chips!