Product Type: Aunt Bessie's Spices & Seasoning
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Aunt Bessies Roast Potatoes
Aunt Bessie's Roast Potatoes
Member Name: rji0907
Aunt Bessie's Roast Potatoes
Advantages: Quick, convenient, quite tasty
Disadvantages: Still prefer homemade roast potatoes, quite high fat content
I love a good roast dinner, but as we all know time can be somewhat limited within the working week, so as much as I do try and prepare one from scratch, sometimes I have to admit I do cheat and use Aunt Bessies Homestyle Roast Potatoes instead of preparing my own from scratch.
Aunt Bessies Roast Potatoes come in a large bag which is suitable for home freezing, so are a great product to keep in the freezer in case of emergencies. The potatoes inside the bag come in all different shapes and sizes like you would get if you prepared your own so they look pretty authentic too. I used to buy supermarkets own branded roast potatoes but found they tasted a bit artifical and ruined my roast dinner somewhat so I went for what I believed would be the best brand on the market - Aunt Bessies!
These roasties take no preparation at all. You simply tip the desired amount onto an oven tray and place the tray in the oven. In my experience they generally take around 35-45 minutes to cook through thoroughly in the oven. You can leave them a bit less time than this if desired but if you leave them this long then you tend to get a crunchier skin and therefore a more traditional potato. One word of advice when cooking these is to keep an eye on them, purely because as the size varies somewhat in the potatoes, then some can cook a lot quicker than others so its worth keeping an eye on them and taking the ones out which cook quicker if needed.
When cooked I have to say as frozen roast potatoes go, these are the best I have triedl. Don't get me wrong, I still much prefer genuine homemade roasties by far, but these are a perfectly good sustitute if you are limited with time. The potato inside is really light and fluffy and the skin is really tasty. I'm not going to pretend these taste like traditional roasties because they don't, but they do have a nice taste to them and do not have that 'artificial' flavour that I mentioned earlier.
~Nutritional Info (per serving)~
Calories - 178
Sugar - 1.0g
Fat - 8.0g
Saturates - 3.9g
Salt - 0.2g
For those of you who may suffer from allergies, these potatoes do contain wheat, gluten and milk. However they are free from any artificial flavours and preservatives and are suitable for vegetarians. The fat content is pretty high in these, but apart from that I don't think the other statistics are too bad really. The bag does state that these are made from real potatoes, which is reassuring!
You can find these in the freezer department of a supermarket or frozen food shop alongside all other potato products. You can't fail to recognise the distinctive Aunt Bessies packaging with royal blue bag and the huge red/white famous Aunt Bessies logo strewn across the top.
A 907g bag of these potatoes costs £1.66, which for me is good value for money as a bag can last a family of four a good couple of roast dinners.
Overall these are definitely a favourite in our house when it comes to frozen roasties. If you can, then certainly prepare your own as they are far better but these are pretty good too. The coating doesn't get overly crispy, but it is rather tasty and a lovely golden brown colour which compliments the fluffy mashed potato inside to make a nice, flavoursome roast potato which no longer spoils my roast dinner.
These are quick, convenient and by far the best frozen roastie I have tried (and I have tried a few!). So if you are someone who like me struggles for time in the week then it may be worth you giving these a go. A nice, but not perfect product from Aunt Bessies.
Summary: Make your own if poss, a good substitute though