Product Type: McCain Ready Meals
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Mccains Original Homefries
Member Name: cazkins
Mccains Original Homefries
Advantages: Crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, a great potato taste, easy to cook & readily availabe
Disadvantages: None, unless you don't like potato!
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)
Summary: A quality potato product that never fails to disappoint when you're in the mood for warm yummy chips
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