“ Brand: Asda / Type: Potatoes „
I tend to do a lot of home-cooking, but there are times when I just want to bung something in the oven and have no effort. We always have a box of waffles in the freezer for just those nights.
The Asda waffles come in a pack of 12 (680g) and cost 87p currently, a little cheaper than their branded rival Birds Eye. These are a processed food so they're not going to be great for you, but the basic nutritional stuff is 107calories, 5.4g fat and 0.3g salt per waffle. Dietary wise, despite being made of potato, these contain wheat and gluten (I think like many potato products they use flour to stop them sticking together when frozen).
We always cook these in the oven (20-25 mins at 200 degrees), but apparently you can also deep fry or even toast (!) them. They come out gently crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. They are pretty bland in taste, but are a quick and easy base for beans, egg, ham, whatever you have handy that is quick and easy. Although they're processed so not brilliant, they are also not so awful nutritionally that you will be racked with guilt for feeding them to your children. Oh, yeah, and your kids will probably like them.
I can't tell the difference between these and the branded (Birds Eye) ones, but there's hardly a difference in price either. I think the current 87p price is one of Asda's rollback deals, it's normally about 98p, and the Birds Eye ones are £1, so this is probably one of those products where if you like your brands but are trying to save money, it's not really worth it. I like to save even pennies where I can, which is why we buy these.
I am normally a Tesco online shopping for my weekly food shop. This is mainly because I've been doing it this way for the last couple of years and it is just too easy for me to consider changing. This does mean however that I miss out on actually strolling down the aisles and picking up spur of the moment bargains or impulse buys.
Despite this, I do love shopping in Asda, I think they have a fantastic selection and it always amazes me how much I get in my trolley while spending less than I usually do in Tescos. Unfortunately I do not have a local branch of Asda and the nearest one is about a 30 min drive. On the odd occasion when I am in that town I do indulge and take the opportunity to do my grocery shopping in this new exciting store.
A couple of weeks ago I did such a shop and it was quite a nice experience to actually stroll round the store taking a look at what was on offer. When I got to the frozen section, I was taking a look at all the different products when I spotted these Asda Potato Waffles. i used to love potato waffles when I was a student, so these immediately jumped out at me. I would never have dreamed of buying themn as part of my online shop but I was feeling particularly indulgent and into the trolley they went.
I believe a pack of 12 waffles cost 96p which I personally think is quite reasonable as this will certainly do a few meals. Later that week I spotted my waffles in the feezer and decided to make myself a real student meal of waffles, baked beans and poached eggs. I was most excited and hoped that the waffles lived up to my expectations.
You can cook these waffles in a number of different ways and apparently you can even pop them in the toaster... not sure about that though! I usually go for just popping them in the oven and I think they take about 20mins before they turn a lovely golden brown colour.
I served up my waffles with the rest of my supper and eagerly tucked in. While they were perfectly fine, they just failed to blow me away. They tasted quite bland and the filling wasn't as fluffy as I'd hoped or the outside as crispy as I wanted. They tasted very plain and in need of seasoning and luckily the flavours of the rest of my meal made up for what they were lacking. So to sum up they were ok but next time I think I might try the leading brand.
Potato waffles are a big thing in my house, my wife and I love them and the grandkids love them. I have mine with meals on occasions but mainly as snacks with either beans, cheese or even just on their own with plenty sea salt and pepper.
It is always Birdseye potato waffles that we buy but the other day on a trip to Asda we ended up with Asda`s own, the reason for this was the Birdseye ones had been on offer at only £1 per box and had sold out.
The Asda ones were 88p for 12 waffles (Birdseye are usually £1.29) so these were a bit cheaper but time would tell if they were any good.
You can cook these in the grill, in the oven, fry them or even do them in the toaster, I always grill waffles so that is what I did and I have to say they went a nice golden brown like Birdseye do and there looked like there would be no difference but sadly there was.
These waffles were very dry compared to Birdseye ones and the potato just simply wasn't as nice, I had them the first time with just salt and pepper but the second time I decided to smother them in melted cheese to hide the fact that they were not Birdseye.
Even with the cheese on the difference was noticeable, not as much granted but still noticeable enough for me not to enjoy my snack as much as I usually do.
Would I change to these to save 40p per packet? No definitely not and I would not recommend these to others either, not because they are awful, because they are not but simply because Birdseye are much better and not a lot more expensive.
I brought these last week because Asda didn't have any of the Birds Eye Potato Waffles in the freezer, these are 88p for 12 waffles so a bit of a bargain if you end up liking them.
You can cook them in the oven, fry them and even put them in the TOASTER for quickness! We haven't got a toaster at the minute so I haven't tried that and I don't think I would either because I don't fancy waffles cooked in 2 mins!
I did mine in the oven and wasn't very happy with how they looked when they was cooked, they're majorly pale looking but I couldn't leave them in any longer or they'd have gone hard. I wasn't expecting them to taste that nice but they actually surprised me and don't taste that much different to the Birds Eye ones.
The potato inside the waffle is light and fluffy and has the exact same taste as Birds Eye waffles, it's only the coating that tastes different to me. THe coating is a lot greasier feeling than the ones we usually get but I put mine on some kitchen roll for a bit and that soaked most of the oil off them. I deffo wouldn't fancy putting them in a toaster because you'd get a lot of fat sticking to the crumbs in the bottom and that would be rank!
I reckon oven cooking is the best thing because as soon as the greasy feel goes these get a nice flavour and actually start feeling a bit dry the more you eat. I put salt and vinegar on my waffles and that makes them taste a bit like chippy chips, you'll never believe me I know but they have got that sort of taste to them once you season them and stick some sauce on the side.
For the price I reckon these are a proper bargain, I know Birds Eye waffles are only cheap but these are cheaper again and once you get past the greasy feel on the coating I reckon you'll be well impressed. I especially like the coating actually because when it dries out it gets a gorgeous crispy texture that doesn't happen so much with other waffles.