Product Type: Aunt Bessie's Spices & Seasoning
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Aunt Bessie's Homestyle Chips
Member Name: lak11
Aunt Bessie's Homestyle Chips
Date: 06/04/10, updated on 08/06/13 (117 review reads)
Advantages: Labour saving
Disadvantages: Not quite so nice as the 'real thing'
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.
Summary: Worth keeping a pack in the freezer.