Product Type: Colman's Spices & Seasoning
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Tasty but not time saving
Colmans Season & Shake
Member Name: mumto3
Colmans Season & Shake
Advantages: You don't need all the different herbs and seasoning
Disadvantages: You still have to prepare the meal so it doesn't really save you any time
I have just tried my first Colman's Season and Shake and am wondering what all the fuss is about.
I saw the advert some time ago and it had the desired effect on me and I went out in search of this wondrous new timesaving dinner kit. I am a housewife/farmers wife and so I am not rushing about trying to find a nutritious meal that takes no time to prepare but sometimes when you are doing your fourth school run of the day and you still have to collect drugs from the vet and get the kids to brownies and beavers it is nice just to throw something in the oven that doesn't need a lot of preparation or can cook itself while I get on with other things.
It took a while after the seeing the advert for the Colman's season and shake to become available through the Asda online shopping site that I use. The packs are available for £1.46 at Asda but this may vary depending on the offers that they have. At the moment the only flavour that I can buy online are Mediterranean, Paprika and Rustic but I believe there are others available.
For my first attempt with Colman's Season and Shake I chose to try the Mediterranean flavour as I quite like Spanish Chicken and I imagined this would be similar.
The pack is made up of two parts. The top part contains your bag and a little tie to secure the bag once it has been filled and the bottom half contains the herbs and seasoning.
According to the pack the ingredients are as follows:
Potato Starch , Tomato Powder (21%) , Salt , Potato Flakes , Sugar , Spices (7.5%)(Paprika, Garlic, Cayenne Pepper, Black Pepper) , Flavoring , Yeast Extract , Onion , Herbs (2.8%)(Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, Bay Leaf) , Vegetable Oil .
and the nutritional values are:
Typical values Per 100g as sold
of which sugars 27.5g
of which saturates 0.8g
It took me a while to get round to actually try this because I wasn't sure what to put with it and I knew that none of my four children would eat it so I just had it in the cupboard for ages. Occasionally it is just me and my husband and our youngest around at dinner time so I thought I would give the Colman's packet seasoning a go and see what happened.
The directions suggest you use fresh chicken pieces with chopped tomatoes courgettes and peppers. I am not keen on courgettes and didn't have any fresh tomatoes when I decided to try this out so I added mushrooms sliced carrot peppers and a tin of chopped tomatoes.
I chopped some chicken breast into chunks and added it to the bag with my vegetables except the tinned tomatoes. I then added the seasoning section of my packet and gave it a good shake making sure that everything was well coated in seasoning. I then added my tinned tomatoes and gave the whole thing another good shake. Unfortunately I did get a small hole in the bottom of my bag during this process so I was obviously shaking a little too vigorously.
Once everything was evenly coated in the seasoning mix and the tomatoes juice I put the bag into an ovenproof dish and placed it into the preheated oven as instructed. The packet recommends a temperature of 190 degrees but this will obviously differ for fan ovens.
After about 40 minutes or so I removed the dish from the oven and although there had been some leakage the majority of the contents were still in the bag and it had puffed up quite a lot. The instruction do state that you should not let the bag touch the side or top of the oven and that this puffing up will occur. Getting the contents out of the bag was a little tricky as there is a lot of steam when you open the bag so I cut down the top of the bag opened it out and removed the contents with a large spoon. You could tip the contents into the dish if this was easier.
I served my chicken and vegetables with some pasta and I admit it looked and smelled lovely. There was quite a lot of watery juice left over but this was probably down to the tinned tomatoes and mushrooms. I was worried that cooking without any liquid might produce quite a dry meal but I imagine the bag will contain any moisture and juices but how much I don't know. My husband likes to have sauce with his meals and so having the tinned tomatoes juice produced the effect I had been looking for.
The chicken was very moist and the vegetables weren't over cooked or sloppy like they can be when casseroled. The flavour was quite a pleasant tomato and herb and even had a bit of a kick to it. Overall I was quite pleased with the end result.
My main problem with this product is that I can't see what you are gaining by buying this packet rather than just using your fresh ingredients a casserole dish and some tinned tomatoes dried herbs and garlic. When you use the Colman's season and shake you still have to take the time to prepare the fresh vegetables and provide an accompaniment for your meat so it is still taking the same amount of time as throwing in some dried herbs and tomatoes.
Maybe I was expecting too much from a packet of seasoning.
Summary: Not sure what all the fuss is about but very tasty anyway