Product Type: Colman's Spices & Seasoning
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Perfect dinner in a shake
Colmans Season & Shake
Member Name: kiss_me_now9
Colmans Season & Shake
Advantages: Taste great, cheap, easy to use
Disadvantages: Portion sizes are off
At uni I don't get much chance to cook properly; so when I come home the first thing I do is raid the cupboard and have a look at what my parents have found in the supermarkets whilst I was away. These shake bags by Colmans have definitely become a staple!
Shake bags are so simple and easy to make; all you do is get the ingredients on the back (or the ingredients you want to use) prepared, put them in the bag, put the seasoning in the bag, shake and bake! The ingredients list states the amount and how you should put the ingredient in the bag - for instance, potatoes in the sausage casserole bag need to be sliced or they won't cook. There's also a full text and picture guide on the back which clearly states cooking times and how to do it perfectly which is helpful. The bag must not touch the side or top of the oven otherwise it'll melt on and ruining your dinner (and oven!).You're not meant to put more than the stated amount of ingredients in - I'll talk about this more in a bit.
So far we've had the Mediterranean chicken and sausage casserole from this range, and we're trying the garlic roasted chicken tonight. Each different variety has different instructions - the casserole requires 150ml of water in it (though personally as we like more gravy in this house we put a bit more in) and the roast chicken bag needs to be slit 15 minutes before the end of the cooking time. Each different bag also requires different vegetables to compliment the meat and herbs. The other varieties in the range include a lemon and dill salmon and a sticky rib combo, as well as some other chicken flavours.
The only trouble we've encountered with these is that the portion sizes seem to be massively off - the sausage casserole is meant to serve 4 people but if we had only put in the amount the packet told us, it would've been about 5 sausages and a small potato per person. Definitely not enough! As a result the nutrition info may be a bit off if you want to actually have enough food to eat... Price wise they're not too bad; at the moment they're three for three pound (normal price £1.50 odd) so they're a pretty good deal. The best thing about them is that you can just stick them in the oven and let it cook!
Summary: Fantastic family meal that you can just stick in the oven at the end of a hard day!