“ Type: Frozen Food „
The family are very fond of McCain Wedges. They make a delightful change to run of the mill oven chips, which we find generally rather bland.
For some time we have enjoyed both McCain's Lightly Spiced Wedges, and the Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper Wedges. They both have great flavour, and if cooked properly have a wonderful texture - slightly crispy on the outside, with a soft and fluffy inside.
I say, if cooked properly. We oven cook ours, rather than grilling. But we find it important to keep turning them during cooking to ensure they cook evenly. We run the oven on maximum - around 240 degrees C, and I guess that kind've compensates for any heat lost when you open the oven to turn them, but if you don't do this, there's a tendency to overcook the tops, smaller pieces, or ones around the side of the tray, and the undersides aren't properly cooked, or more importantly, don't crisp up.
But then recently, we noticed new flavours appearing in our local Morrison's - McCains Winter Herb Wedges, which are gorgeous, and about which I will write separately, and most recently, the Summer Wedges with a hint of shallot and lime.
These sounded wonderful, and so I had no hesitation in putting a few bags into my trolley, especially as they were on offer at just £1 each.
To be honest, we were a little disappointed by the Summer Wedges. The texture was fine, as we had come to expect of McCains Wedges. But there was very little flavour of either shallot or lime. 'Hint', in this case, was something of an overstatement. In fact, we could've been eating just plain wedges.
We've eaten two bags now, and the result was the same. We've got another couple in the freezer and so maybe we should reserve judgement, but at this point we're wondering whether they just don't come up to McCain's normally excellent standard, or perhaps their quality control let them down this time.
A shame - they sounded so appealing, too!
It was whilst I was shopping in my local Farmfoods frozen food store a few months or so ago that I was picking up some frozen bits and pieces to re-stock my freezer. One such item on my list was frozen potato wedges. I did reach for the bog-standard 'own branded' wedges but noticed the brightly coloured packaging of the "McCain Summer Wedges" as I did so, and after scanning the packaging for the McCain offering I decided instead to go for this option.
The bag for the potato wedges informs me that the contents are "Potato Wedges with a hint of Shallot and Lime". It is quite easy to see from the picture on the front of the bag that the potato wedges have a bit of a coating on them, which looks to me to be little flecks of herbs or something similar.
Anyway, we have bought these wedges twice more now and they have definitely proven to be a bit of a hit in our household! After the first trial, we did see them in our local Tesco supermarket and opted to buy them again.
I find that the McCain Summer Wedges are as easy to cook as any other brand I have used before. I find that I can just 'shake' the right amount from the bag directly onto a baking sheet and pop them in the oven. They take around 20 minutes or so to cook, which is again on a par with other brands of potato wedges that I use regularly. There are also instructions for grilling the Summer Wedges, should this be your preferred method of cooking such items. I do find that the Summer Wedges are very attractive-looking, and with all the little 'flecks' of flavouring sitting on the top of each wedge, I think they have a kind of 'home-made' look to them.
I find that it is very difficult to over-cook the McCain wedges, which is a definite bonus in our house, when it comes to my other half making dinner which he does from time to time if I am feeling a bit under the weather. He tends to make potato products such as wedges with a side order of charcoal, and over cooks everything from tinned peas to pasta! (Sigh...!) I have known him to keep these wedges in the oven for nearer 35 minutes, rather than the recommended 18-20 minutes and it wouldn't have been particularly obvious to others that this had been the case, in my opinion. I didn't find that the extra cooking time tarnished any element of the flavouring, or made the potato inside the crispy wedges overly dry.
The seasoning and flavouring on these McCain Summer Wedges is definitely what sets them apart from other brands. I do find that the seasoning is quite noticeable when eating the potato wedges, but not so much that it overpowers any other tastes from other food on my plate. I find that the lime flavouring on the wedges is what they predominately taste of, and also that this flavouring has a nice 'tang' to it as you would expect. The Summer Wedges are very nicely seasoned and I didn't find them to be overly salty which surprised me at first, as I think products like this can quite easily be too salty for my own palate.
I find that the delicately seasoned and deliciously flavoured summer wedges tend to really compliment my meal, particularly if I am having a piece of fish with a creamy sauce or something similar. I find that the coating on the wedges goes with anything from fish or meat to something more 'snacky' like pizza or something. These wedges are just as versatile as other brands, in my opinion.
The potato inside the Summer Wedges has never been anything but light and fluffy, and in my opinion the whole texture is exactly how potato wedges should be! I find there is nothing worse than biting into a potato product like these and finding that they are quite hard in the middle! How off-putting...! In my experience, this has never been a problem with the McCain wedges.
I can see from the reverse of the packaging that these wedges don't contain any artificial colours or flavours, and no hydrogenated fats which surprised me as I generally think all of these 'processed' frozen products must be quite unhealthy! Whilst I am on the subject, I would point out that I didn't find these potato wedges were overly greasy, whilst they were cooking and when I was eating them. I quite often find that alternative brands leave quite a greasy 'film' on the baking sheet when I am serving them, but the McCain Summer Wedges didn't appear to have this problem!
I can also see from the reverse of the packet that these potato wedges are suitable for vegetarians, and there is suitable allergy information given, so that consumers can make an informed choice about the suitablity of this product.
The nutritional information informs me that 100g of oven-baked wedges will provide 6.9g of fat, alongside 181 calories. There is information for the wedges being grilled as well as baked though so that any calorie-counters out there can make an informed choice about the best way to cook this product for their diet!
The McCain Summer Wedges are available from major supermarkets and frozen food stores where the 750g bag costs anything from £1 - £1.75. I generally pay around £1.19, and I know this isn't as cost effective as other, cheaper brands of frozen potato wedges but I do find that the flavoured seasoning on this brand sets them apart from cheaper offerings... In my opinion, these wedges are definitely worth paying a bit extra for!
Overall, I find that the delicate flavouring to these wedges really compliments my meal and I for one will continue to buy these potato wedges and I really do recommend them quite highly... Full marks from me!
Now I know that we are heading towards Autumn ( well after going shopping today and buying my winter woollies!), but I cannot not tell you about these delicious McCain Summer Wedges!
I discovered these about 2 months ago when browsing around in one of our local Morrisons and thought that these would go nicely with the B-B-Q that we was going to have that afternoon. They were on special offer for only £1 so I grabbed two bags as my son and his girlfriend were coming over.
Well when we do a B-B-Q I love to cook a few extra things indoors to compliment the food being cooked outdoors. So these wedges went into the oven with the garlic bread following on a bit later! On opening these I smelt a lovely limey smell and thought hey these smell different from the usual run of the mill ones we usually have. Well they were absolutely gorgeous and we got through the whole 2 bags!!
They come in a soft plastic bag with the McCain logo on the front. With lettuce in the background and a large bowl of these wedges on the front.
The wedges are fairly chunky pieces of potato and have a slight coating on them that is the shallot, lime and sunflower oil. You cook them from frozen in the oven which takes about 20 minutes on 220c/ gas mark 7. Just spread them on a tray and whack into the oven. You can also grill these wedges, but I'm a bit lazy and don't like having to stand there and keep turning them over all the time. When put in the oven you can go and join your guests in the garden and forget about them!!
They go crispy on the top and when you bite into them they are all soft and fluffy. They are also great to have with dips as well. I don't know what it is, but these just taste wonderful and all the family couldn't get enough of them. I now buy them on a weekly basis as they are so popular.
They come in a 750g bag and have per 100g serving;
I have tried their Sea Salt and Black Pepper ones as well as their Lightly Spiced ones which have both been very nice, but these just have the edge and are very tasty and morish. They contain no artificial colours,
flavours or hydrogenerated fats. They are also suitable for vegetarians.
I think that to buy them now they cost around £1.69 and I'm not to sure if they are a permanent product or just about for the Summer as they are called Summer Wedges. I hope they are here forever as they make a nice change from jacket spuds and you don't feel that they are to bad for you or your family on the odd occasion as a treat!! These would be great to have on bonfire night !!!!
I'll give this product 5 stars as they are so tasty!