Product Type: Colman's Spices & Seasoning
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Colman's Season and Shake - even someone who can't cook could manage this!
Colmans Season & Shake
Member Name: karlsm93
Colmans Season & Shake
Advantages: Easy to use, great tasting food.
Like most people, I have watched the cheesy tv adverts promoting the Colman's Season and Shake range , but to be honest, thought there wouldn't be much difference between using a Colman's Season and Shake pack in comparison to me making a similar dish myself. However, with a young baby in the house now, cooking dinner is more challenging, especially if my daughter is getting cranky and tired, and so I am now willing to try anything ,with the exception of ready meals, to make dinner time easier for me, but still getting the home cooking. So, when Tesco had the Colman's Season and SHake range on offer at just over 70p I thought it was definitely worth trying and purchased two - one for chicken and one for sausages.
Colman's promote these packs as being 'easy and mess free' as well as having no artificial colours or preservatives and having no added msg. This range of season and shake cover chicken, fish and red meat dishes, so there should be something to suit most people. Within each packet, there are two sections. The top section has the clear roasting bag inside, with a blue tag that is later used to secure the bag and its contents whilst cooking in the oven. The second lower part of the pack contains the seasoning which you can put on when everything is in the bag, before giving it that all important 'shake' as you see being done on the TV!! I found opening the pack and ensuring you don't open the seasoning part before needed is very easy. The bag is sturdy in that you an add your contents, and it won't collapse or burst the bag. The blue tag that is used for securing the top of the bag when all your seasoning and shaking has been done is also easy to attach and tighten as you wish, and I have never had a problem with this tag not staying secure throughout cooking.
The other great benefit of using these packets is that the bag itself keeps all the juices from the meat within the bag, and so you aren't losing any of these and therefore not compromising on taste either.
THe instructions on the back of each pack should be followed carefully but are easily done so with great success. I first started with one of the chicken packets, which meant you could throw in all your vegetables and potatoes in with the meat and therefore involving no other cooking! The first time I did this however, I probably didn't slice the potatoes as thinnly as I should and they were slightly harder than I would have liked, but it was my own fault. Second time around I sliced them a lot smaller, and they were done perfectly.
I really couldn't believe how easy these packets were to use. The instructions were easy to follow, and the smell when you took the food out of the oven was very yummy, and filled the kitchen with homely smells. IN fact, when my husband came in from work, he commented on the lovely smell the first time I used these packs. Not having to pre boil potatoes or vegetables is a real time saver in my book, and the fact that it is literally throe everything in the bag, add the seasoning and shake before cooking, couldn't be simpler, even for those who claim not to be able to cook at all.
The food itself that came out was delicious each and every time, and I have now used four of these packets and bought more. My husband immediately said 'I hope you make that again!' and it really does feel like a fully home cooked meal. THey are ideal when you don't have a lot of time in the kitchen but want something that still tastes great without resorting to a ready meal. Even at full price, these packets are still a great idea in my view as you whole meal can be made and put in the oven in one go, meaning you have very little washing up, and very little mess to clear up. What more could you want?!
Summary: A great way to make an easy all in one meal
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