“ Brand: Aunt Bessie's / Type: Potatoes „
It is very rare for me to buy frozen roast Potatoes. In fact it wasn't me that bought these it was my partner. I have had frozen roast Potatoes before, in various roast dinner meals for one etc. and a long time ago when I bought some for convenience reasons. However I have always said that Roast potatoes are best cooked from fresh potatoes and I still stick by this. However, recently I was cooking dinner for myself and my partner and it was getting a bit late as I had been out. I already had Chicken in the oven and my partner reminded me that he had some frozen Roast potatoes.
I was slightly dubious, but he told me they were Aunt Bessie's; I am quite a fan of Aunt Bessie's products and was pretty sure these would be fine. I was very pleasantly surprised at the outcome.
It only takes around 30 minutes to cook them in the oven and they were great! I was most surprised at how fluffy the potatoes were on the inside. They were soft and tasted very good. The outside of the Potatoes come out quite crispy too. I have to say that these are definitely the best frozen roast Potatoes I have ever eaten. Unfortunately, in my view, nothing can beat fresh cooked roast spuds; but these are certainly the next best thing. I really enjoyed my Roast Chicken dinner with these potatoes and the quality of the Potatoes was very good.
Aunt Bessie states that "I've selected the finest Potatoes to create my delicious roasts and now it's over to you! Perfect for your family Roast. Bake for just 30 minutes for Potatoes that are crispy on the outside, fluffy and light on the inside. Irresistible!"
Potato (91%), Vegetable Oil, Batter (contains Wheat Flour, Dextrin, Salt, Modified Tapioca Starch, Skimmed Milk Powder, Dextrose, Turmeric Paprika Extract), Stabiliser (E450)
*Allergy Advice; Contains Gluten, Milk & Wheat*
*100g of the product contains 167kcals*
These Frozen Roasts only cost a £1.00 per bag (907g) at Asda which I think is great value for money.
Good quality potatoes used for a good tasting Roast Spud! Worthy of 4 Dooyoo stars in my view
I do really enjoy making meals from scratch and it does save a lot of money, but there is one thing I can never get right and that is roast potatoes. I have tried many times, using proven methods, but no matter how proven they are, they never quite work out for me. I am then left frustrated at the waste of time, effort and food.
This all came to an end, when one Christmas we decided to try out Aunt Bessie's Roast Potatoes. To be honest I wasn't expecting that much, so was pleasantly surprised to find they were delicious and tasted just like the ones, my mum used to make. I have now taken the easy option and given up trying to make my own. From now on it's Aunt Bessie's all the way!
Aunt Bessie's Roast Potatoes come in a blue plastic bag, with 'Aunt Bessie's' in curly white lettering, sitting on a red, oval background. There is also a picture of a very happy Aunt Bessie and a close-up of her delicious roast potatoes.
Inside the bag is enough potatoes to easily feed the five of us and there are usually a few left over. They are a variety of shapes and sizes, which makes them look homemade and I am sure if you were serving them to guests, they wouldn't know that they'd came out of a packet.
They are very easily cooked, straight from the freezer, by placing them on a baking tray in a pre-heated oven at 230C / 450F / Gas Mark 8. They should be cooked for 30 minutes, until crisp and golden brown.
These roast potatoes do taste like the real thing. They have a crisp, golden batter, with just a little oil in it which stops the batter from being too dry, but not enough to make it soggy either. The potatoes are soft and fluffy, with no hard lumps to spoil the smooth texture.
I have no doubt that really good homemade roast potatoes, would be even better, but these are definitely good enough for me.
*Nutritional Value Per 100g Oven Baked*
Energy - 178 kcal
Protein - 2.5g
Carbohydrate - 24.2g
of which sugars - 1.0g
Fat - 8.0g
of which saturates - 3.9g
Fibre - 3.3g
Sodium - 0.07g
This product contains gluten, milk and wheat. It has no artificial colours or flavours and is suitable for vegetarians.
Aunt Bessie's Roast Potatoes are available from Tesco in a 907g bag for £1.65
We don't eat roast potatoes that often, but when we do, it's always Aunt Bessie's that I buy. They really are lovely and are much better than anything I could make.
I know I should try to perfect my own homemade ones, but I personally think, that live is just too short!
If I had to choose to live on only one type of food I would opt for potatoes. Potatoes...I just love 'em. My mouth waters at the thought of buttery mash, fat golden chips, jacket potatoes with a nob of butter melting on top, or various fillings, Sizzling wedges straight from the oven or crispy roast potatoes. The list goes on. Potatoes are so versatile and go with anything.
Now my late mum taught me how to roast potatoes and hers were the best- even my husband says so! After peeling and rinsing she would put them in a large saucepan and add boiling water, add a pinch of cooking salt and then bring back to the boil. After that the potatoes would be left to simmer until they began to soften and then be strained and added to a roasting tin with hot fat and then placed in a hot oven. Not that healthy and sometimes dripping was added. ( That was before I stopped eating meat!) Now this, to my mind is the best way to have your roast potatoes BUT I must admit I've got very lazy and quite often use Aunt Bessie's Homestyle Roast Potatoes.
I think these are very good but not as good as the real thing. I wouldn't dream of using them for special dinners, especially not for a Christmas roast. Never the less just think how much quicker these are to prepare. Also, one of the worst jobs you could ask me to do in the kitchen is to peel potatoes...so, although I am just a trifle ashamed, I, and my family, are a regular consumers of these time saving potatoes.
I mostly buy these from Iceland but they are readily available from most supermarket freezers. It is hard to give a price because they seem to change every week. The 970g pack that I used today cost around £1.60 from Sainsburys, but I try to stock up (although they do take up a lot of space in the freezer) when I see them for £1.00. That's a much more reasonable price to pay.
I have tried other brands of frozen roast potatoes with varying results. Bisto and McCain's are pretty good but I think Aunt Bessie's are superior. I've also tried many supermarket own brands but I haven't been overly impressed. I now only buy other brands if I my supermarket has run out of Aunt Bessie's. This sometimes happens when they are on offer.
Today my husband and son had pork chops which I cooked in a baking tray with some onion slices. I used a second baking tray for the pack of potatoes, and I also added some onions to this for extra flavour.
The instructions for these potatoes are thirty minutes in a conventional oven ( I have gas) at 230o centigrade, 450o Fahrenheit or gas mark 8. Cook straight from frozen.
Because I was using two trays I swapped these around and cooked the meal for a little over an hour. Along with vegetables and gravy, I think everyone enjoyed their meal. Well, there were no complaints, but then again, if they had complained Aunt Bessie and I would not be happy!
I like my potatoes soft inside and crispy on the outside. It's easy to achieve this with Aunt Bessie's, whether they are cooked around a joint of meat or by themselves. For extra flavour I recommend adding some onion or if, like me, you don't eat meat, then stir a small dollop of vegemite in with the vegetable fat or oil before adding the potatoes.
I also put a tray of these potatoes in the oven in the summer when we have a barbecue, although admittedly there wasn't much opportunity for this in the U.K. last year. Fingers crossed for better weather this year! I find the roast potatoes go down well with the meats, quorn and salad. I like to have something substantial to offer and, as I've said, I love potatoes!
The ingredients are:
Potato-(88%), Vegetable Oil, Batter (Contains: 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.
For more information on this reviewed product or other items from the Aunt Bessie's range visit the website- www.auntbessies.co.uk
When we fancy a roast dinner, but don't feel like cooking from scratch, we always give our trusted Aunt Bessie a call. This clever lady has produced a full range of cook from frozen foods, which are all very well priced!
Using her foods, we can be sat at the table within 45 minutes, the potatoes are no exception, just throw them in the oven, and they come out looking not much different from home made.
These are perfect for people like us, we can come in from work, have a dig in the freezer and find these, no peeling, chopping or washing involved, straight from freezer to the oven, simple as that!
We hate making roasts from scratch, we had a nice new kitchen fitted when we bought the house, and intend to keep the oven sparkling, making fresh roasts makes a hell of a mess, where as these just seem to cook dry, no oil needed! Bonus!
Opening the packet, you find exactly what you expect, lots of frozen potatoes, the packet says 30 minutes cooking time, we cook with gas, and find leaving them in around 45 minutes, you get a lot crunchier coating, with a fluffy centre. The packet says turn once during cooking, we usually turn 4-5 times or they tend to stick to the roasting tin, this could be because we have cheap tins though!
They taste lovely, and with the batter like coating, they are always crunch too, a real treat even though it is a cheat.
Aunt Bessie isn't greedy when it comes to selling her food, a pack of these roast's will set you back around £1.45, and sometimes on offer for £1, i think thats a bargain!
A little tip, i eat a lot of salads, and find eating these roast potatoes cold the next day is excellent, just chop them up and mix them in! Next time you are using them, chuck a few extras in and give it a go, let me know what you think.
To sum up, these are well worth buying. Many thanks Aunty Bess, keep up the hard work!
Although it is mostly Chips that we go for in our house, we like the odd wedges and waffles. Sometimes we have these Roast potatoes, but to be honest not that much, until the other week when we had them a couple of times which made us remember how much we like these and they are so tasty.
The said bag of Potatoes had been in the freezer since Christmas, which is when we bought them last. They were on a buy one get one free offer, so the original bag was scoffed and this just stayed in the freezer.
You get these in a 907g bag, which sounds like you get loads for this, but some of the Potatoes are kind of heavy and chunky, but you still get a good 4 portions out of this bag. The bag is a plastic bag which looks nice enough with the nice picture of the Potato on the front.
You just put these in the oven from frozen for about 20 minutes and that makes the outside a golden brown colour and a bit crisp, and the inside is nice and fluffy.
You get larger chunks of Potatoes and slightly smaller ones. There isn#t a huge amount of size difference and they are sort of quarter shaped. You find that the cut edges crisp up more than the other parts.
These are a tiny bit greasy, but not that much. Just a nice moistness.
These make a great side of Potatoes and the best ones out there. Brand is best for this item.
I think a bag costs about £1.60 and is worth it in my eyes.
I was quite surprised to see so many positive reviews on this product on dooyoo.
Being a bit of a potato fanatic - my mother being raised in an irish family with two kinds of potatos being served every dinner time, I have love for each method of cooking potatoes on my plate and definetely prefer potatoes to rice, or pasta as other sources of carbs.
In the past my mother has spoilt me with her lovely home cooked roasties, but on occasion I have been served these Aunt Bessie's substitutes.
I don't really see how they really are like proper roast potatoes.
They are really really dry and powdery inside, with no glistening crispy exterior at all, just a really over processed rounded edge to the potatoes kind of like scotch eggs in colour.
They are really round like round triangles, and the texture in my mouth wasn't exactly appealing.
Even though I love potatoes, I find myself leaving these on my plate when I have these just because I would rather not eat them.
I don't really consider them a good alternative to roast potatoes.
I'd much rather make my own even if it takes a little longer to cook, there is no real comparison.
Sorry aunt bessie, I don't think I'll be getting these anytime soon.
As a man that loves to cook and swears blind that anything I make is better than can be bought frozen or the likes but I have to admit that when it comes to roast potatoes I have a penchant for Aunt Bessie's frozen roast potatoes.
Aunt bessies frozen roast potatoes are a delicious bag of frozen potatoes that are quick frozen to lock in the taste and they are then cooked simply by placing them on a baking tray and popping them in an oven pre-heated to 230c for 30 to 35 minutes.
I have tried other frozen roast potatoes but they were not a patch on Aunt Bessie's or my own homemade potatoes. Other frozen roasties tend to be a bit chewy and do not go very crisp unless you over cook them and then they are even worse inside.
Aunt Bessie's are always very soft and fluffy inside and taste like proper potatoes and they always go very nicely crisped and golden brown on the outside.
A 907g bag of these typically costs between £1.50 and £1.60 but Asda do from time to time have them on offer at only £1 per bag which I think is great value for money.
With 100g of these potatoes containing only 178 calories and 8gms of fat, they are most probably better for you than roasting your own too so if you are looking for an alternative to roasting your own potatoes then Aunt Bessie's is the way to go.
I'm never one to 'blow my own trumpet' but over the years many people have commented on how good my home-made roast potatoes look & taste so I feel guilty & lazy if I don't prepare them from scratch. However I was tempted to buy a bag when I got sent a booklet of money-off vouchers from Iceland last month which included 50p off a 907g bag of Aunt Bessie's Roast potatoes.
I paid just £1 for the bag - just a standard bag as shown in the picture - without the frills around the edges! It's pretty strong packaging & I needed a pair of scissors instead of just ripping the bag open. Phew! - hard work done! - all I needed to do now was to pop in a pre-heated oven for 30 - 35 minutes & serve..... It states that you should turn the potatoes over halfway through cooking but to be honest I forgot yet they came out brown all over, crisp on the outside yet fluffy on the inside & they were really nice.
I've tried frozen roasties before without much success - either they've been undercooked, not crispy, chewy or with little flavour - but Aunt Bessie has got it right here both in terms of texture & taste. They came out of the oven looking almost home-made with a lovely golden-brown appearance &, apart from 1 or 2, they seemed to be of a similar size meaning that none were burnt/ overcooked.
At 178kcals & 8gms of fat per 100g isn't too bad for roast potatoes so I don't feel bad eating a few now & again. They're suitable for vegetarians too plus they don't contain any artificial flavourings or preservatives. However, as the poatoes have a light batter on them (I didn't notice this when eating them) it makes them unsuitable for those with a wheat/ gluten/milk allergy.
Apart from my own (of course!) these are the nicest bought roasties I've tried to date & therefore I'd have to recommend trying them especially if you see them on offer.
I have to admit it, I am a roast potato snob, and even I will eat these! I have been spoilt and been lucky that my Dad has always made gorgeous roast potatoes every Sunday. He always makes extra special ones at Xmas with goose fat, and therefore I have always been so wary about trying other brands as they just wont live up to the home cooked magic!
I foolishly agreed to cook for a group of people and I had my heart set on doing a roast. As it was one of the first times I had cooked for so many people I wanted to play it safe so went to my local supermarket looking for roast potatoes. These seemed like a superior brand, and if I had to buy any they looked the nicest, came with the Aunt Bessies stamp of approval, and were the most expensive, I just hoped I was getting what I paid for!
It was a bit of a risk, not trialling them before serving them to guests, but it all worked out for the best.
The potatoes come in a plastic bag, I am not sure if this is recyclable or not, it would be a massive plud point if it was. On the front is the traditional Aunt Bessies logo which is a sign of quality!
The roast potatoes come preshaped and frozen, so you just pop them in a hot oven, no need to do any preparing or anything. They smell delicious when cooking, you would not notice any difference.
Taste wise they tatse good. They are not as good as home made ones, but I would never expect that anyway. They are crispy and quite tough on the edge but very soft and fluffy in the middle.
From now on Ill keep a bag of these in the freezer for emergencies, and the extra price is worth paying to save cutting and peeling potatoes!
I sometimes cook Sunday dinner for my family but I'm quite a novice cook so am not very good at getting everything cooked all at the same time yet even though I can usually get all the seperate things cooked nice it's just that some of the things might be cold by the time the rest of the meal is done!
Last week I brought Aunt Bessies roast potatoes because I wanted everything to be just right and I knew I'd be able to get my timings right with such straight forward cooking instructions.
They are proper nice and even though you can tell they're not home made they're still dead tasty and are lovely and fluffy inside. Before you cook them they feel dead greasy on your fingers and while they are cooking loads of fat comes out of them and they sort of roast in it because the thin coating goes wickedly crispy but the middle goes dead soft and when you cut them in half and let them soak in the gravy they are even more yummy.
They look nice as well and are golden brown and all different sized and shape potatoes are in the bag so they don't look too much alike because then they just look too mass produced and not very good on the dinner. I had some of Tesco own brand roasters when I cooked last time and they were quite nice but looked proper crap because they were all the same size round potatos and looked proper basic and naff on the plate.
These Aunt Bessies ones have got to be the best frozen roast potatoes and even Delia Smith agrees because she's put her CHEAT label on the bag but I bet she don't use them because her timings should be better than mine for proper roasters! FOr me though I think they're wicked, they're easy to cook and taste delish. They taste like proper potato and not the manky synthetic flavour that a lot of frozen roasters have got and I love how fluffy the potato is inside and the crispness of the outside. They have got a nice clean potato flavour and I like that because even though I love home made roasters I think they can taste a bit dirty because the meat thickens the oil up and the potatoes soak it up.
I think they're wicked and I asked everyone what they thought of them and they all thought the spuds were nice but my mum said they tasted a bit greasy to her and I reckon they did a bit too but it was a nice sort of greasiness that went lovely with the gravy and made them taste like a proper treat.
I must admit that since becoming a mom, life has become too short for a lot of things. One of these is making roast potatoes from scratch. I know it's cheaper to buy proper potatoes and make my own, but then because we don't eat a lot of potatoes I often end up throwing mouldy potatoes away.
The answer came in the form of frozen roast potatoes. 30 minutes in the oven to perfect crispiness, with a fluffy centre. Just how I like them. They are quick and easy to cook and taste delicious. I like the mix in size, sometimes small they get very crispy and others on a larger size so more of the fluffy centre. Also a lot less washing up!
They are very useful to have in for knocking up a quick dinner for a two year old when you need to produce something quickly. He also loves them and he's a very fussy eater!
They can be expensive so look out for deals but they are the best frozen roasties I have tried.
Can Queen Delia be wrong? Erm, well no, not on this occasion! I like to think I am a fairly good cook, and I love a roast dinner with all the trimmings. This always includes peeling spuds, part-boiling them, bashing them (!), heating the (goose) fat, and waiting, waiting, waiting for them to get all crispy. My boyfriend has introduced me into the world of Aunt Bessie and like many people I scoffed at the idea. However, unless you try something you can't really pass judgement can you? These pop into the oven for 30 minutes at 220, straight from the freezer. The result is actually rather good. They are better than many a roast potato I have paid for at so-called carverys. In fact they are pretty darn good. They are an assortment of sizes so don't look processed and they have a golden crispy shell with a lovely fluffy inside, just as they should be. I have now bought my third packet! I tend to use them mid week with pies and things like that! They also make a great late night snack!
I am trying to decide how I can get Aunty Bessie to come and live with us.
Whilst I think about it I will make do with buying her Roast potatoes once in a while.
If you are rushing and don't want to faff about peeling spuds, drying them, getting the oil hot in the pan and then basting your roasties, these are the thing for you!
Open the freezer, shake some out onto a baking tray. Cook in the oven for half an hour and they are done! Absolutely no messing about! It says on the packet to turn them half way through cooking but I have never done so and they have cooked perfectly. They come out a lovely golden colour and smell gorgeous!
They have a slight coating of batter on them which sounds odd but contributes to their crunchiness. It's already seasoned so the autocondimentors amongst you, take note! You might not want more salt on them.
The roast potatoes are crunchy, tasty and are lovely and light and floury inside. They don't taste quite like home my home made ones because I toss mine parboiled in cornflour before cooking. They do taste very good though and all my family accept and enjoy them as an alternative. (Not that they get too much choice in the matter.)
They cost between £1.00 and £1.50 per 900g bag, depending upon where you shop and what time of year it is.
Following Delia Smith using them on her 'How to cheat at cooking' programme, they disappeared out of the shop freezers as soon as they were stocked, such was their sudden popularity. Fortunately you can find them in most supermarkets now.
They are a little higher in calories than normal roast potatoes because of the coating but only a little. If you are eating roasties I doubt you are worrying too much about that anyway. My lot don't!
Aunty Bessie produces a range of products including Stuffing balls, Yorkshire puddings and Dumplings. They are all okay but for me the Potatoes are the best value.
Batter. (Batter contains salt, milk powder,colourings.)
The packet doesn't say which type of potato are used. (My guess is Rooster because they are so floury)
These Aunty Bessies Roast Potatoes are a good way to save time and mess in the kitchen, they taste good and aren't over expensive.
You can pretend they are all your own work if you remember to stuff the empty bag far enough down in the kitchen bin. (Not that I would ever be so deceitful you understand!)
There is a strange sense of shame attached to what I'm about to write - most of us are time pressed these days but I still feel pressure to cook from my family from scratch. However, when I saw the Aunt Bessie's Roast Potatoes in the £1 end of aisle display at Tescos, I thought 'just this once'.
So I cooked them up on a busy evening with left over roast chicken breast, vegetables and gravy and served them up with as innocent look as I could muster. I expected my family to eat them up without a query but I was quite intrigued as to how they would come up. They had taken just half an hour in the oven and they looked lovely and crispy on the outside.
They were as good as they looked, crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle and with a lovely floury flavour. OK, the ones that I dig out of the garden probably do taste better but they don't last all year and these were easily as good as the shop bought ones and a really lovely cheat when you can't be bothered to peel chop and boil. I have to say that some of them were a lot larger than the others and these didn't seem quite so well cooked so it might be worth sorting them into groups of roughly the same size and cooking all the small ones in one batch and ditto the larger ones.
At £1.86 for a pack, they obviously aren't all that economical but sometimes, when you're prepared to pay more for convenience, they are a great product.
Confession is supposed to be good for the soul! Don't laugh now!
I spent 3 years at college learning management for catering and Housekeeping. I could already cook, having been taught by my Mother when I was only 11 as she had had an operation and couldn't use her arms, I have got an A Grade Advanced GCE in Cookery, I am also a Woman's Rural cookery Judge and yet I confess I bought Aunt Bessie's Homestyle Roast Potatoes. There I've said it! I had seen these in the freezer but not given then more than a cursory glance, whoever buys frozen roast potatoes.
Well I confess I did both for Christmas 2007 and again for last year as they were actually not bad and so easy to cook. We had been discussing convenience foods when driving to judge at a show and one of the ladies said she bought them. As she is a farmers wife I was surprised, they grow their own potatoes why buy them? She explained they were really tasty, quick to cook and saves the effort when she is in a hurry. She still cooks a meal at lunch time for the farm hands, and sometimes arrives home late after a morning out, doing the things farmers wives do (like having coffee!) she throws a tray of these little beauties in the Aga and pops some chops on to grill and has time to chop the carrots and cook them before the men come in. They all think she cooks the best roast potatoes! Even her husband doesn't know the secret, which I think is known as Delia's cheat ingredient!
Enough about how I came to buy them and a quick mention where you can buy them. I got them in Tesco but I think most supermarkets will have them in the freezer, they are in a blue plastic bag, displaying an old fashioned kitchen, with the red and white logo containing a picture of an old fashioned cook holding a baking bowl. There is a dish of the golden crispy potatoes and it tells me that they are cooked in a light batter for a crispy taste. The bag contains 907grams. There is a long shelf life, my packet says April 2010.
88% is potatoes, then vegetable oil and batter. The batter contains salt and milk powder plus some colourings, so you should remember not to add extra salt before tasting! Also these may upset people with milk allergies.
Once baked these contain 178kcal per 100grams and 8 grams of fat, but bear in mind most people will eat more than this! A boiled potato contains 80kcals, and if roasted just in oil will be around 160 kcals, so the batter does add to the calories a little.
How to cook
Place the potatoes on a baking tray with space around them, and bake at Reg 8 or 230C for 30 minutes. Turn at least once during cooking, to brown evenly. Cook at a slightly lower temperature in a fan assisted oven. Ok they are easy to cook, and you're not basting potatoes with hot fat.
Well what do you expect? They taste like potatoes, not as good as my roast potatoes mind you, I think the batter which contains wheat flour, modified potato starch, tapioca starch, salt, skimmed milk powder, dextrose and colouring has the answer to the flavour, but the potato is very soft and a different texture to my Roast potatoes. It does depend on which type of potato you use, there are some much better for roasting and baking than others, and it doesn't tell me what Aunt Bessie uses. I am aware of the taste on the coating, and it isn't like the outside of a roast potato, some people may like it better this way.
Will I buy them again?
I've bought them twice for Christmas, just to make it easier for myself, but really I do prefer my own Roast potatoes, so next year I think Auntie Bessie's potatoes may stay in the supermarket freezer.
Now £1.86 a bag although I got mine on offer before Christmas for £1.00.