“ Brand: Aunt Bessie / Type: Chips „
Chips are a teatime favourite in my house, and while I usually go for skinny chips, I couldn't help but be allured by the mouth watering picture on the front of Aunt Bessie's Home Style Chips bag, and so it found its place in my shopping trolley.
The chips come packaged in a plastic 'bag'. As the chips are chunky, the bag is also chunky, so make sure you have plenty of room in your freezer before purchase. Again, bearing in mind that these are chunky chips, it takes some trial and error to get to a point where the chips are fully cooked on both the inside and the outside. I put a bowl of frozen chips in the microwave for about five minutes, this ensures that the inside gets heated up nicely, as the outside gets soft and soggy, I then put them in the oven, making sure to separate each chip, do be careful when doing this as they will be hot. I then turn the heat up to just below 230 degrees c, for around 12 minutes. This helps the inside to continue cooking, whilst also making sure the outer layer gets nice and crispy. Once the 10 minute mark is hit, turn off the oven, and leave the chips in there for a couple more minutes.
I put some salt and ground black pepper on the cooked chips, a little ketchup on the side, and they are ready to be eaten. Simply put, the chips taste great...when cooked well. The closest chip product I can compare them to, are the chips sold by Superfish, the fish and chip shop which seems to be cropping up all over the place. So, again, when cooked right they can taste quite 'professional'.
I have tried deep-frying the chips as well, and tend to come up with similar results to baking, except a lot quicker, and a lot oilier, so I go for the healthier baking only method as it tastes pretty much the same.
The chips smell like...chips...potato...nothing extra, unless you cook them oil, then they get the added smell of oily chips. The chips are very filling. I am a small person and find myself full up after eating around 5 or 6 chips, at times they can be addictive, and will keep eating beyond my stomach's capacity. The chips also make me very thirsty, so I always have my 1 litre bottle of cold water next to me whilst eating the chips.
These are the only chips I buy nowadays. I rate these chips 5 stars.
Oven chips are always a problem for me because most brands that I buy are so hard to cook because they either come out half uncooked or half overcooked but never just right. Well that is until I tried Aunt Bessie over chips.
Aunt Bessie chips are quite thick and probably about the same size as chip shop chips which makes them all that more fulling when eating them. Thick oven chips are usually a problem but with Aunt Bessie ones I just put them in the oven for about 20 minutes and they come out perfectly. For thick oven chips it's a decent time for them to be cooked in about 20 minutes because what I find with thicker chips they take a long time sometimes 30-40 minutes. When Cooked Aunt Bessie oven chips have a soft skin layer and then inside it soft potato also. The main thing I like about these is that they are not crispy as I'm not really a fan of crispy/crunchy chips. These are soft and nice like chip sop chips although when overdone they do taste crispy/crunchy. I'm not really a sauce person so when I eat these I usually just put a bit of salt on them and then they a good to eat.
When it comes to portions I usually only have about 15 chips with whatever else I eat weather it's a burger or fish etc. Simply because they are quite massive. When cooked the chips come out golden coloured and smell like fresh potatoes.
One thing that I don't really like about these chips is that if left for more than say half an hour before eating they tend to get rather soggy just like when you go chip shop and don't eat you chips straight away. So if I'm honest it's best to eat them near enough straight after cooked. This is never really a problem for me because I usually eat them straight away because they are half of what I call emergency meals.
Aunt Bessie oven chips are available to buy in all supermarkets from about £1 - £1.30 the price varies and the lower price of £1 is usually only when they are on offer. One bag is worth the price to be fair because it lasts me about 2 weeks and I eat oven chips about 2-3 times a week.
The quality of the chips is the main thing that draws me to buy them every time instead of changing brand. They cook very well every time and they are very consistent. In each bag I buy the chips are always roughly similar sizes and I never get an odd bunch that just taste abit off. Usually when I have brought oven chips in the past they tend to have either burnt, green, skin or dark bits on the chips and have to leave them in the bag because I like my chips clean cut so it seems like I never eat a full bag. With Aunt Bessie this is never the case because 95% of the time almost all the bag is full of clean cut chips.
Overall very nice chips and would definitely recommend.
Like every self respecting northerner, I love nothing more than a hearty portion of chips every now and then, preferably soft and dripping with vinegar! Of course, the best place to get a good chip experience is your local chippy (and it has to be a chinese or english takeaway, fried chicken and kebab type places just don't measure up on chip quality!) but sadly in these health conscious times its harder and harder to justify eating such a greasy, fatty and unhealthy treat. Like lots of people I have turned to oven chips to get my fix!
Aunt Bessie's Homestyle Chips are big, chunky chips, no attempts at American style french fries for me! They come frozen in a 1kg bag for £2 from Tesco, which isn't bad value actually. Supermarket own brand oven chips might be cheaper, but as these are an occasional treat for me and I prefer Aunt Bessie's I don't mind paying a tiny bit extra. The bag is pretty big so if you're on your own they'll last a good while in the freezer, if you have a big family maybe not so much but there are enough in the big to at least get a good portion out for a fair few people, unlike some smaller bags that wouldn't feed a family of 4 with big appetites!
The chips take about 20-30 minutes in the oven, I like to leave them in a little bit longer than the instructions suggest as it seems to take a while for the chips to cook thoroughly all the way through and there's nothing worse than undercooked potato. I quite like them crispier on the outside and softer on the inside so it works out fine for me. The batter on the outside of the Homestyle Chips crisps up very nicely without getting burnt on the edges as long as you keep your eye on them, they don't go floppy or disintegrate when you pour far more vinegar than is sensible on them!
Unfortunately, while oven chips are a healthier alternative to chippy chips, or a deep fat frier, they're still not exactly a diet food, and they aren't exactly the most nutritious, so probably best to have them as a treat every now and then or to accompany something with a bit more value. 100g has 196 calories and 8g of fat, which isn't terrible at all, but the 27g of carbs might out off the Atkins enthusiast!
So all in all, I'd still generally prefer to pop to a good quality chippy, but these are a more than adequate substitute and the best frozen oven chips I've tried so far, I have half a bag in my freezer at the moment and when that's gone I'll probably get another bag!
==Aunt Bessies Homestyle Oven Chips==
As a household we don't really eat too many chips as I much perfer a bit of mash potato or some real home made roast spuds. However we do still buy chips from time to time and more often or not I tend to buy which ever pack of chips is on offer.
This week at Morrison's these Aunt Bessies Homestyle Chips were on offer for £1 for a 1 kilogram bag. This is a slight saving although I don't think they were more than £2 when not on speical offer. I do like a lot of the things from Aunt Besies range (especially her Yorkshire puddings that you have to cook from frozen mix) so these seemed like the best option to buy.
The style of packaging is pretty much what you would expect when buying an aunt Bessie product int he fact that the colouring of the plastic bag in which the chips are held is blue and has the picture of some old lady on there (presumably Aunt Bessie although I am sure she does not really exsist!)
The chips cook from frozen in an oven preheated at 230 degress and take around 20 to 25 minutes depending on whether you have a fan assisted over or not. We do have a fan assisted one and the chips were done in just under 20minutes (we were in a rush and took them out as soon as they looked edible!).
The chips are descibed as having been cut from the finest selction of potatoes and before cooking I noticed that all the chips actually seemed to be of a rather even size and none of them had any of those little black eyes from the potatoes. After cooking they did look really lovely and golden in colour and the smell coming from them was especially tempting too.
however it did appear that the chips seemed to have far more grease coming from them than my usualy choice of skin on chip from McCain but i guess this is why they tasted to nice!!!! The chips really were a oy to eat and made me think we should eat chips far mroe at home! They were nice and chunky and had a good amount of the fluffy soft potato filling whichi really enjoy. The outer skin of the chipd was beautifully crunchy and gave a lovely texture difference between outer and inner parts.
i really thought these chips were the tasties we have had in a long time and I would probably buy them again if I saw them on special offer. As with most chips they aren't very health concious and I expect becuase of how much grease was in the oven tray that these are even worse than most. 100 grams of cooked Aunt Bessies chips is 196 calories and 4.4 grams of saturated fat so to be honest I probably won't be choosing to eat chips more than we do otherwise i would have to spend the rest of my life on the cross trainer!
All in all though a really tasty chip that was cheap in price and one that i would have again (but not too often becuase of the greasy fatness of them!)
I think a score of 5 out of 5 stars for taste and price is fair for this chip and recomended as an occasional treat!
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Aunt Bessies is a household name in oven baked food, mostly known for her Yorkshire Puddings (which are awesome by the way) but it seems recently there is actually quite a large range of products from the Aunt Bessies range.
One of these new items is Aunt Bessie's Homestyle Chips. These are nice, thick oven chips with a slightly crispy coating which you buy frozen and then cook in the oven (hence oven chips lol). They take around 20 - 25 minutes in the oven, and when cooked, are just lovely.
They are nice and fluffy in the middle, with a nice crispy coating and they taste beautiful. A more perfect chip could not be found I think.
These chips come in a blue bag, with Aunt Bessie depicted on it, and the Aunt Bessies logo, as well as a picture of a bowl of cooked chips, which actually look just like the Aunt Bessies chips once cooked. You can buy these in most supermarkets for anything between £1 - £2 a bag, but the best place I find to buy them is in Iceland where they are usually £1, being the cheapest place I have found to buy them. The back of the pack has nutritional information and some information about the Aunt Bessies company itself.
If you are a chip lover, then these chips really are for you, they are the most perfect oven chip I have ever had, and I can not find any fault with them. Totally recommended with a 5 out of 5.
When I was younger, there was no such thing as oven chips. If we ever wanted chips either I'd have to pop along with 17p to our local chippy, or my mum would fry ours in a pan of hot oil.
Nowadays times have moved on. Okay we still have our local chippy (now £1.20) but now very few people fry their chips in oil. These days us health conscious Brits tend to use oven chips. There are a number of manufacturers of these golden beauties, but my favourite has got to be Aunt Bessies.
I normally buy my Aunt Bessie oven chips when they are on offer. The offer price is usually a £1. However you can expect to pay upto about £1.70, with the average being about £1.35.
This is for a 1kg bag.
The chips straight from the bag (before you splash vinegar, sauce etc. on them) have around 130kcal per 100g and only 5.6g of fat, which I think is quite healthy. The bag does our family two sittings, although to do add a lot of veg etc to our plate. The crispy oven chips are cut from real potatoes and cooked in a light batter. You are meant to leave them in the oven, on a baking tray, for about 25 minutes or so. I often find myself leaving them in the oven a lot longer, to get them piping hot. I guess that is because I have too many in the baking tray at one time, so be warned.
The larger chips come out really golden brown and tasty, but there are a lot of very smaller chips (to make up the weight I guess) and they just burn to a frazzle. The other chips are quite crispy.
Batter (Wheat Flour, Modified Potato Starch, Modified Tapioca Starch, Rice Flour, Salt, Skimmed Milk Powder, Dextrose, Colours (Curcumin, Capsanthin)),
Contains: Wheat, Gluten, Milk, Made from Real Potatoes, Free from Colours, Preservatives or Flavours
I enjoy these chips but I really do think they should remove the small ones, before bagging. They must realise that these are going to waste, if they don't realise - they should do. The chips don't taste half as nice as my Mums chips or the Chippies, but they are a lot more healthy. As for recommendation. Yes I would recommend them. They are a healthy alternative to other greasy chips but are not as tasty. You really do need to add extras to the chips, and whether this removes all the health benefits I don't really know. 3 dooyoo stars.
I'm quite a fan of Aunt Bessie's products having tried the roast potatoes, stuffing balls & yorkshire puddings so when I saw Iceland had the chips on offer for £1 I thought I was going to be in for a treat. Alas this wasn't to be & I have to say I was very disappointed in these oven bake chips.
They come as shown in the picture & the bag I purchased was 1kg which looked great value. It tells me on the front of the smart pack that they contain no artificial colours or flavourings & are described as 'crispy oven chips cut from real potatoes, cooked in a light batter sauce'.
When I opened the bag & put a serving onto the tray I was surprised to see how different they were in size. With the risk of sounding like Goldilocks I found some were way too fat, others just right & some were tiny - I'd expect that from lesser-known or own brands but not from Aunt Bessie!
I cooked them for the recommended 20 -25 minutes & of course, due the variance in size, some weren't cooked thoroughly & the smaller ones were hard, burnt & inedible.
Although they looked a lovely golden brown the taste disappointed me as they didn't seem to have much falvour & I found I had to add more salt & vinegar than I would normally use. I also found them quite difficult to digest & when I did they seemed to 'stick' in my stomach as they were rather dry.
Out of interest I looked on the pack to see how much fat was actually in these & was pleased to see it's only 7.8g per 100g serving & I reckon I'd consumed around 190 calories in my portion so they are healthier than some oven chips.
I'll finish the pack I've opened but next time I cook them I'll throw away all the small bits first & have my salt, vinegar & probably sauce too at the ready or serve with a casserole/ gravy.
In conclusion I'd have to say I probably wouldn't buy these again as I've tasted better oven chips which have only cost slightly more & feel that, on this occasion, Aunt Bessie has really let me down.
I often buy oven chips but don't tend to stick to the same brands. This week I bought Aunt Bessie's Homestyle chips. They are lush!!
You will find them in the freezer departement of you supermarket and other good shops that sell frozen foods. They caome in a blue pack with a picture of 'Aunt Bessie' on the front. I'm sure they do make different types of chips, so make sure you choose the ones with 'Homestyle Chips' written on them. I bought th 1kg bag for £1.32
They are made from real potatoes and are cooked in a light batter. They are free from artificial colours and flavours. When cooked in the oven the chips become quite crispy and have a nice colour. I tend to cook them on the oven's top temperature for crispyness.
100g oven baked contains 191kcals and 4.4g of saturated fat.
They are easy to cook, put one layer in an oven proof dish (straight from the freezer) and place dish in a pre-heated oven on gas mark 8 (9 for me!), 230 celsius, 450 farnheight. Turn chips half way through cooking ang put back in the oven. Cooking time 25 mins. I tend to leave them in a little longer. It is recommended that you cook them from frozen, but if they defrost for some reason they tell you not to re-freeze, but to cook within 24 hours.
I don't cook chips very often but when I do I much prefer to fry them and use 'real' potatoes that need to be peeled. I know this isn't the healthiest way but I really believe you can't beat the taste of 'proper, home made, chips'. My husband will peel the potatoes and cut them quite thickly, so that they don't absorb so much of the vegetable fat that we cook them in. Lovely!
Occasionally we will have oven chips. Although these are a healthy alternative to fired chips I don't find them nearly as good but, as an occasional labour saving product I think it's worth having a pack of frozen oven chips in one's freezer. I use these if we have been out for most of the day and are feeling weary so,really can't be bothered with peeling potatoes and frying them.
I have tried many brands of oven chips including stores own brands. Most I don't like. These, Aunt Bessie's, on the other hand, are good and definitely, in my opinion, one of the best range of oven chips. I would say Aunt Bessie's products are generally of a high standard and because of this are often pricier than most brands. That said, I often find offers on this brand. Iceland is generally the best place to buy these products, I believe, in terms of price.
Aunt Bessie's Homestyle Chips are found in the frozen foods compartment of supermarkets. They are easy to spot being in a blue bag with a picture of some crispy looking fries on the front and a picture supposedly of Aunt Bessy! They are chips, and I quote, 'cut from real potatoes and cooked in a light batter.
They can be cooked in a conventional or fan assisted oven but are not suitable for cooking in the microwave. For best results you need a hot oven, (Gas mark 8/230o C/ 450o F) and cook for around 20-25 minutes. I turn these frequently so they cook evenly and don't stick to the baking tray.
Potato (90%), Vegetable Oil, Batter (contains: Wheat flour; Modified Potato starch; Modified Tapioca Starch; Rice Flour: Salt; Skimmed Milk Powder; dextrose; Colours: Curcumin, Capsanthin).
These poatatoes are suitable for vegetarians.
* This product contains: Wheat, Gluten, Milk.
I enjoy these cooked with the usual foods that go with chips i.e. sausages, beefburgers (Quorn or soya in my case) and chicken style Quorn products. Of course, a dollop or two of tomato sauce doesn't go amiss!
As I have said, I don't consider these to be anything close to the taste and texture of home made chips, BUT as a brand of frozen oven chips, I believe they score highly. Thus the four star rating.
We often have Chips in our house. Probably every night for me, and not so much for the wife. I'm sure she would have them every night, but she's always lecturing me that they aren't that good for you. I know this!
You get these in the freezer section next to the other Chips and Potato products. These come in a 1kg bag and cost around £1.40. Pretty average priced.
The bag is alright. It is a deep blue colour and has a nice picture of a big pile of Chips on the front. The Chips look thick enough and crisp too. Would they turn out like that? Pictures are usually deceiving.
Since we have some of the bag still in the freezer i've just had a nosy at the important stuff. Per 100g of these cooked in the Oven they have 191 calories and 7.8g of fat.
You just cook these in the oven for about 25 minutes and they came out crisp on the outside with a nice medium golden brown colour and the inside was fluffy.
The Chips were nice and chunky. The odd skinnier one and some a little bit shorter than the others, but most of them were a good thickness and made a nice plateful of Chips.
I would have these again. They tasted good, weren't greasy or soggy and the price was alright.
Auny Bessie's wins again.
I wanted burger and chips recently and these are what we had in the freezer, apparently they cost one pound from Morrisons but I have never seen them before although I love chips, yummy!
Made by Aunt Bessie's these 'Homestyle Chips' come in a 1 kg plastic bag with a smiling cook on the front of the big packaging...
Advertised as: 'Crispy oven chips cut form real potatoes, cooked in a light batter' these are really good for frozen chips! :)
There are no artificial flavours or colours and these are suitable for vegetarians too.
The chips are chucky cut and are covered in a light batter to make them crispy which really works...
Calories are 191 for 199 gram cooked and need to be cooked on gas 8 for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. The instructions say to turn once during cooking and you can't microwave these, and they are to be baked straight from frozen .
The fat content is 7.8 g per 100g but there is only 1 g of sugar.
These homestyle chips are really crunchy on the outside and fluffy and light in the middle. I think the batter really works and reminds me of Aunt Bessie's roast potatoes.
The chips are greasy at all and they are really tasty and good to eat and go really well with ketchup as well.
I wouldn't say they tasted like home made chips at all but that's probably because of the crispy coating but it's still lovely...
Five stars for a great product I think these are awesome!
Wow nice big fat chips for only £1. These chips are nice fat ones, when done in the oven they have a gorgoeous crispy taste. The chips are not full of air like most chips that go crispy quite quickly. Instead they are full of nice fluffy potato.
These chips are them kind that make a nice chip butty, of those big juicy chips that go great with a steak. They come very close to being like home cooked proper chips.
They took 25 minutes to cook, which is exactly what it says on the cooking instructions.
Although they are only £1 you dont get many chips in a bag. Unlike mcCains oven fries. I would say that the bag will do four people before they are all gone. But for us that is ok because there is only the two of us and so it does us for two meals each. However its not so good for families with kids.
They are also more in calories than McCains chunky chips so watch out weight watchers!