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      02.06.2010 06:52
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      lovely crispy tasty chips

      It is years since I threw out the chip pan, It was much too convenient to stick on the chip pan at night to save time, and it was chips with this and chips with that and Benn junior begging for chips all the time we all soon piled on more weight than was good for us. Also as my downstairs is open plan the carpet and the furnishings used to smell of fat ugh! So I binned the chip pan and solved the problems. We now have chips about once a month and when we do I buy McCain's 5% oven chips which are quite a healthy option as far as chips go and are so quick and easy to cook with no fat fumes or fat smells and nothing to clean afterwards. McCain's 5% oven chips are frozen chips containing only 5% fat. McCain's only use sunflower oil and British potatoes for these chips and they do not contain artificial colours or flavours and no hydrogenated fats Perfect for us as Mr. Benn has to watch his cholesterol and I like to watch my weight. Years ago when I tried oven chips they were pretty grim and seemed so far away from the taste we were used to when we made them from scratch in the chip pan, but McCain's oven chips are probably the nearest thing to home cooked chips that I have found to date. Cooking them is simple; line an oven proof tray with tin foil, pre heat the oven, place the frozen chips in a single layer on the tray and cook in the oven for around 20 to 25 minutes or a little longer if you like them really crispy. I usually shuffle them around the tray once in the middle of cooking. When cooked they are golden brown, crispy and are not greasy at all. I serve them on the table in the tray which keeps them nice and warm, and when finished throw away the tin foil so no need to wash anything. They will never taste quite like home cooked chips but are definitely nicer than today's chip shop offerings just looking at the amount of grease on the paper they wrap them in puts me off. McCain's oven chips can be found in the freezer compartments of most supermarkets, they contain 158 Calories, 3.8g of fat per 100g, of which 0.4 is cholesterol so very good if you are trying to cut down on cholesterol. They are sold in various sizes and a 907g bag is currently £1.52 at Tesco.

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        14.03.2010 05:17
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        I like them but I don't love them

        ** McCain 5% Fat Oven Chips ** In place of the normal supermarket budget brand chips that are normally lurking in the second shelf of our freezer I found a bag of McCain 5% Fat Oven Chips. I was going to cook chips anyway and never one to look a gift horse in the mouth I got my scissors and got stuck in. I am not usually very health conscious and had it been me who'd bought the chips instead of another family member the promise of only 5% fat wouldn't have swayed me at all. I judge chips on taste. I know it isn't a popular view but I don't think it matters how little fat there is in something or how few calories if you eat too much of it you are going to gain weight and not be as healthy as you could be. Unless they had chips with warnings like danger if you eat these chips you will fall down dead because they are poisonous then I pretty much ignore all the heath and nutritional information. So moving back to the criteria that I judge chips by I put them on a baking tray after pre heating my gas oven. You can grill them as well according to the instructions but I find that dry the ends chips out too much so I don't cook chips that way if I can help it. Along with a couple of burgers I put the McCain 5% Fat Oven Chips in on gas mark 7 for 20 minutes. Despite followingthe packet instructions I found that 20 minutes in my oven wa inadequate as the chips were still a little pale and undercooked so I cooked them on gas mark 8 for a further 6 minutes which did the trick. Once cooked the chips were a lovely golden brown colour but still soft and slightly moist on the interior just the way I like chips to be. Adding a little salt and vinegar to my plate of burgers chips and peas -I microwaved the peas - I tucked in. I won't say the McCain 5% Fat Oven Chips were exceptionally tasty. They had the edge on the Tesco value one's we often have though not by much. I suppose the selling point of the McCain 5% Fat Oven Chips is their low fat rather than their taste which is great if you are very health conscious I'm sure. But it just is not what I want from my chips. ** My conclusion ** I would buy them again if there were no tastier options in the supermarket but I wouldn't crave for McCain 5% Fat Oven Chips they just don't have a taste spectacular enough for me to want to add them to my shopping trolley. Thanks for reading my review. Mike xx

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        21.02.2010 12:58
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        Highly Recommended

        McCain Oven Chips nearly all contain 5% fat now, and most of the competition are offering about the same. The big 'only 5% fat' logos they display on packets of these chips are really just a marketing thing rather than part of the actual brand. A big 1.81kg bag of these costs £2.44 in Tesco, which I think is reasonable. They're often available on offer too. These chips aren't the quickest in the world for cooking in the oven. The packet suggests that they take around 15 - 20 minutes, which is a little longer than some of the others on the market. I find they take more like 25 minutes myself but then that's because I rarely bother to heat the oven up properly! These need turning half way through cooking if you want them to come out edible too. Once cooked these are decent oven chips. They're not as think as they're chunky homefries are (which are my faves) but they're substantially sized chips. I do think that's important to note because I've found a lot of the of the cheaper brand's over chips are actually just slightly bigger than usual fries. I do like fries, but when I buy chips - I expect chips! These have a slightly enhanced flavour to them which marks them out from the crowd a little. The ingredients list includes only potatoes and sunflower oil, so I can only assume that this is down to Mccains using good quality ingredients. I like that they've forgone the spices and chemical additives here as it means you can give them to kids without feeling guilty about filling them up with junk. These aren't my favourite potato product, but then chips generally aren't. They are definitely top of my list where oven chips are concerned though. They're free from rubbish, they're relatively easy to cook and they taste like the premium branded product that was paid for. I think four stars is a reasonable rating for these.

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        20.02.2010 05:15
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        Mccains do tasty tatties!

        I absolutely love chips but it has to be said that using a chip pan/fryer in a caravan is never a good idea which is why me and my mate stick to having chips either from a local chippy or to bung some in the oven when we are on our travels. We spotted these in Asda costing a pound a bag and thought we'd give them a go! The Packaging: Bright yellow plastic bag with a photograph of potatoes and chips on there and I'm told that they are McCain 'The Original' Oven Chips and that they are prepared in sunflower oil and contain 5% fat and that they are made from 100% British potatoes and the size is stated (which in this case is 21bs). Other information on the back of the bag includes being told a bit about the product, ingredients and nutritional information is listed as well as storage details, the best before date is clearly stated as are the cooking instructions and contact details for McCain also given. Informative enough, easy to open and reseal it, it's a decent bag! The Chips: Well with these you can cook them a couple of ways. Either pop them in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or you can grill them for about 12-15 minutes. Although we are not told to fry these my Step-dad always does as he is a junk food fan lol! These are chunky chips. Large in size and all they are is potato and sunflower oil and that is it. They cook and go soft on the inside and crispy and golden on the outside and of course as no seasoning or anything is added you can add your own if desired. Verdict: I actually like these. Usually I don't like oven baked or grilled chips as I'm a rather unhealthy person and like a severe helping of grease on my food such as chips but I like the fact that they are fluffy on the inside, slightly crispy to the inside and hold well and cook with ease in accordance to the cooking instructions given on the packet! Easy chips that taste purely of potato McCain once again serve us quality and these are rather healthy too people! Nutritional Values Vary depending on how you cook them but for 100g oven baked portion, calories are 119 with 0.4 saturated fat or grilled for the same size portion 150 calories and 0.4 saturated fat. Suitable for Vegetarians, and gluten and cholesterol free. Available in all good supermarkets etc priced at around £1.50 a bag.

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          06.02.2010 19:38
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          Good for an easy way out.

          A chip is a chip - wrong ! It is hard to beat a GOOD plate of hot golden crispy chips, straight out of the fryer, a shake of salt and a liberal sprinkling of vinegar and a slice of fresh bread and butter to make a chip butty if the mood takes you. I reckon the key to a good making a good chip is the type of potato that is used to produce it, some potatoes make awful chips but the `reds and Maris Piper` always seem to make great home-made chips. No one has ever really expected a chip to be the healthy option, a chip without the fat is like a window without any putty. Chips for school dinners ? OMG, that lunch box has to contain a muesli bar, a packet of rustic low fat crisps, an apple and a Petit Filous. Chips, you mean to say that you had chips for tea? Oh how many points are they worth on the Weight Watchers diet ? So in that case why do many of us slide into the double doors of our local chippy and drool as the fryer lifts the basket of freshly fried chips and tips them into the warming cabinet ? Add a piece of battered cod, wrap it all up in a few sheets of paper and we are like cats with ten tails. ( Well I am anyway!) Lets just get things straight, McCains Oven chips will never take the place of the great home made British chip that we all know and love. Oven chips are fine for a quick meal and kids seem to love them served up with a few chicken nuggets or a couple of fish fingers. McCains crinkle cut oven chips are on offer in Tesco at the moment and the special offer price is £2 for 1.81kg. So for every two pounds of ready prepared oven chips you are paying the grand sum of £1.10p. If you want rustic oven chips or straight cut oven chips then that will cost you at least an extra 25p more for a kg. I have watched pounds of oven chips that are cosied up to chicken nuggets being hurled into the oven and I only speak the truth when I tell you that the kids plates come back empty and they declare that the meal was the best they have ever tasted. But I want to take a look at what McCains are doing with those potatoes that make the oven chip so popular. OK, the first thing that I notice is the Red Tractor logo, that signifies that McCains are only using British potatoes but it still fails to tell us what type of potato they are. The information states that the ingredients are simple, well I will say they are ! Potatoes and Sunflower oil - Bobs your Uncle. No problems with anything alien being added, artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. The crinkle cut oven chips are cholesterol and gluten free too and make a fine meal for the vegetarians among us. One serving contains 168 calories - all in all it could be far worse ! Given the choice I would prefer straight cut chips, especially if they have to be cooked in deep fat. The crinkle cut frozen chips always seem to absorb the fat like blotting paper. So at least these crinkle cut chips can be oven cooked which is a far better bet. But although they are very easy to cook I still tend to shy away from oven chips and I will tell you why. Take the McCains oven chips out of the bag and they already look quite sun-kissed and admittedly they smell good too. But once the potato chip starts to cook in the hot oven I find that it dries out too much for my liking, the kids in the family would totally disagree with me on this one. When they are cooking they smell great but when they hit the china plate they even `sound` a bit on the hard side. The crust of the crinkle cut oven chip feels far firmer to the bite than an ordinary home-made chip but once you get into the middle of the chip it starts to play a different tune. Inside of the chip is quite soft and fluffy and something that you could adapt to if need be. We have looked at the good and the not so good points of the McCains crinkle cut oven chips and what are the conclusions ? The kids just love them. They look and smell good. Inside of the chip the potato is soft, fluffy and appealing. The chips need no preparation. I feel that the chips are quite expensive, even when they are on a special offer. The cooked chips are quite hard on the outside. The good points far outweigh the bad. Have you ever made you own home-made oven chips ? Well I just want to say that they are as easy as pie to prepare, they are simple to cook and they are far cheaper than buying bags of ready prepared oven chips. You just need to scrub the potatoes and remove any eyes etc. Then chip them ( skin off or skin on - take your pick ) Chop the potatoes into nice big chunky chippies and then roll them around in a couple of tablespoonfuls of oil, I use Sunflower oil. Put them onto a baking tray , put the tray into the oven on a Gas mark 6 and they will take about 40 minutes to cook through. Make sure and turn the chips over a couple of times as they are cooking. When you take them out they look and smell beautiful and taste gorgeous. In a hurry ? Use McCains - If you have time on your hands then make your own.

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            03.11.2009 15:35
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            Ok

            I really love to eat chips and when I get the opportunity to have them I prefer home made chips or chips from the fish and chip shop. I don't really like frozen chips but I do buy them as there are times when you need to have food that is quick and convenient and you don't get much easier than popping then onto a tray and putting them in the oven for 20 minutes. Over the years I have actually tried many frozen chips, thin chips, fat chips, crinkle chips, straight chips. McCain, Home Fries, Aunt Bessies, shop's own brand. It is surprising how many different kinds of chips you can buy but none taste as good as home made chips. If I do have to have oven chips though the best available are McCain Oven Chips. I buy these chips from Tesco, you can either get a samll bag or a large bag but it works out better value money if you buy the larger bag. The last bag I bought was 1.81kg for £2.24. McCain Oven Chips contain no artificial ingredients or flavours, no hydrogenated fats and the ingredients are potatoes and sunflower oil (simple). The chips contain less than 5% fat and in a 100g of oven baked chips there are 158 calories. The chips are really easy to make, you can grill them, something which I have never done. The other option is to cook them in the oven for 15-20 minutes. I actually find it quite difficult to get the timing right when cooking these chips, I either undercook them or they get slightly burnt and a little too crispy. When it comes to taste the chips taste ok, nothing overly nice just ok. That is of course I manage to cook them right, it's a bit bad when I cannot even manage to cook oven chips. I like these chips because of their size and thickness, they're not scappy thin fries with no potato in but they're not really thick chips that contain too much potato. They have just the right balance. Overall these chips are about the best of a bad product. I don't really like oven chips but the best on the market is probably McCain Oven Chips.

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            15.10.2009 19:47
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            great oven chips with nice taste for an oven chip

            Oven chips are usually ok at best, lets face it,their not up to chippy standard or ones you make yourselfs or infact deep fried but im reviewing these as oven chips and they are one of the best oven chips on the market, with just 5% fat aswell they arent as bad as most fatty chips on the market, ill give a rundown on what exactly is in these chips: Ingredients Potatoes, Sunflower Oil Allergens None Per 100g Frozen Energy kJ 584kJ Energy kcal 138kcal Protein 2.5g Carbohydrate 26.2g of which sugars 0.6g Fat * 4g of which saturates 0.6g Fibre 1.9g Sodium 0.063g equivalent as salt 0.2g so as you can see there not all that bad, chippy chips are much worse to be honest and deep fried even worse! They take about 20-25 minutes in the oven depending what oven you have and then there cooked nice and crispy. The quality of the chip is pretty good aswell, the potato is of a nice quality and is easily chewable and easy to swallow, i like to add a bit of reggae reggae sauce to dip the chips in, really enhances the taste and flavour of the chip. I also like to put paprika on the chips before i put them in the oven, they taste great Overall a decent nice oven chip which arent too fat and taste great once cooked crispy.

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              21.08.2009 22:11
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              Take a look in Tesco as they are currently only £1 a bag!

              As a family we love chips but as much as I love home made chips I really hate eating food that is deep fried. Last week while I was doing my shopping online I noticed that Tesco`s were doing an offer on McCains chips at just £1 for a 907g or 2lb bag so I decided to buy a pack. **Packaging** The chips I bought are oven chips, they come in a plastic orange bag. On the front is a picture of a sunflower and potates with the McCain logo and there is also like a green ribbon that tells me that there is only 5% fat and the chips are prepared in Sunflower oil and Cholestral Free. It also says on the front of the pack that per 135g serving oven cooked is *Fat 5.1g - 7% GDA *Saturates 0.5g 3% *Sugar 0.8g 1% *Salt 0.1g 2% **Ingredients** Potatoes & Sunflower **Cooking instructions** Oven - Gas Mark7 spread chips onto a baking tray and place into the top of the oven. Bake for 15- 20 minutes turn the chips every so often until they are crisp and golden. You can also grill the chips which I have not tried. **What do I think?** Well I had these for dinner last night it took a lot longer than 20 minutes to cook the chips, it was more like 35 minutes. I followed the instructions and at the end of cooking I had lovely golden brown chips. What I really like about these chips is there was no grease on the tray or on the chips! The chips were crispy on the outside and soft white potato on the inside, they tasted quite nice especially with some tomato ketchup! Also the chips were not too thin like some brands of oven chips and not too thick either. The other thing I like is the fact that there are only 2 ingredients listed so often these days there are so many added ingredients which are not always a good thing. While these chips will never taste like home made chips they will definitely be going on my shopping list in the near future as all 3 of us really enjoyed them.

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                06.07.2009 20:38
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                Good all round chip, makes a good part of most meal.

                I love chips! I can eat them by the bucket load so what better for someone like me to have some that are less than 5% fat! Now I do tend to re-strain myself from having a bucket load but even so they are great for someone watching their weight. They come in a distinctive easy to spot bag, it's yellow/orange and has the McCain's logo on and also the words every dieter wants to see - Only 5% fat! (Cue angles with harps) I personally only go for oven chips as I'm not a fan of fried foods and these are as easy as they come to make, just pop them on a baking tray for 20-25 mins and their ready. They are quite thin which makes them unusual to have less fat as most dieters will know the thinner the chip the worse it is for you! They come already golden brown and this can be deceiving when cooking so I tend to cut one open and have a look and maybe a taste, but overall they make a good accompaniment to most meals. Not so great on a chip butty though, don't know why but they just don't make the cut for this!

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                17.06.2009 21:40
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                Give them a miss

                When you think of McCain you tend to think of quality, although I have to argue that in this case. Although they are good value for money they simply taste vile. They always very dry, regardless of how they are cooked and tend to taste powdery instead of like a potato. They take longer to cook than stated on the pack and when cooked for 20 mins as stated they are still partially raw. Also they are coated to look like they are already cooked, so when they are actually cooked in the oven they tend to look burnt. Cook best in the middle of the oven on a medium heat for about 30 mins and even then they still taste very bland. I imagine they are good for people who are wanting to watch their weight as they are only 5% fat but this seems to be the only upside to them. I won't be buying these again as they are totally tasteless, are limp and floppy and not crispy in the slightest. The wedges are much better than these chips

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                09.06.2009 00:16
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                A classic chip for all the family

                The McCain label has always been a sign of great quality; a brand you can trust. As a massive fan of oven chips, these are my chip product of choice. A great all-rounder, this chip offers the diner a well refined and modern take on a classic theme. McCain has designed a chip of just the right thickness, meaning they remain evenly cooked, without any hard insides or burnt ends. Taste-wise, these chips cannot be beaten. McCain haven't messed with the formula, but have improved upon it. These chips go great with a range of food products. In a butty, with some beans, you name it. If anything is going to signal the end of the local chip shop it is this product. These oven chips represent great value for money, particularly for large families or students on a tight budget. A fantastic base for any meal, you can't go wrong. I highly recommend this product.

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                  30.05.2009 07:43
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                  Eat only now and then as a treat

                  Chips are pretty hard to resist for most people but they are seen as the enemy in terms of the health issues that they carry with the. This product, advertising itself as 5% fat - and that fat being sunflower oil as well - might seem like an exception to the rule. Certainly, the chips themselves are delicious; They are lovely and fluffy on the outside and evenly golden browned on the outside. It is obvious that they have used quality potatoes because the result is so pleasing. They are especially good with ketchup and folded into 'butties'. The chips are quite a decent size (not too huge that they take ages to cook, not too skinny that they constitute health hazard french fries. They are also evenly sized so that you don't find one or two raw chips in your food - which happens when you have some brand with a variety of sizings. It's not a pleasant experience. Cooking them is simple - just sling them in the oven for just under half an hour on a moderate heat. The chips contain 138 calories per 100g - which is not too bad if you are counting calories. That green flashing, which is a major selling point worries me though because I recall reading something about different fat types and 'acrylamide'. A quick dip into my nutrition research books throws up (sorry) a lot of food for thought. It seems that the damaging effects of frying food depends on the oil type, the temperature of the oil and the amount of frying time. The Optimum Nutrition Bible states: 'Ironically, it is the polyunsaturated oils that oxidise (produces dangerous free radicals that are associated with cancer) most rapidly becoming undesirable trans fats. Frying with butter, coconut oil (saturated fat) or olive oil is therefore safer' Sunflower oil is a polyunsaturated fat. Most interesting. Acrylamide is a cancer-promoting substance found in foods cooked at high temperatures with or without fat. Chips and crisps have been found to contain more than 100 times than the safe limit. Frying your own chips (especially when overdone) creates more acrylamide than oven cook chips (don't overcook them though). Both bad and good news together here. So, that selling-point flashing is not the complete off-the-hook healthwise thing that it promotes itself. So, the message is, all things in moderation - even those 'healthy' chips. Only three stars because of the health issue.

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                    23.05.2009 22:04
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                    A fantastic bag of oven chips with less fat than many others.

                    McCain oven chips come in a few different sizes & I brought the 907g bag from Asda for £1.55 although this is available cheaper elsewhere so shop around! They come packaged in a familiar bag (to me at least) with a McCain logo and a picture of chips on the front as well as a logo telling me that they are just 5% fat and this really is my main reason for purchasing them when there are cheaper bags of oven chips available. They are also cholesterol free as they are cooked in sunflower oil. The chips are very easy to cook simply pour them out on an oven tray and bake in the oven for around 25-30 minutes (depending on cooking method) and there are 138 calories & 4g of fat per 100g of chips so providing you enjoy these in moderation it's fine to have them as an occasional treat, even if you are following a diet. I find that the chips cook fairly evenly in the oven and go lovely and crispy on the outside while remaining nice and fluffy on the inside. I love them with pretty much any meal and they are just so crunchy and tasty with the gorgeous soft fluffy potato centre. I enjoy them with a number of condiments and as a side to most meals as well as in a delicious chip butty! I think most people enjoy chips and if you are watching cholesterol or just fat levels then these are definitely the chips for you. They require minimal effort as you can just throw them in to the oven and leave them to cook. I love to eat these chips as they are almost guilt free and therefore I can have a few more! I would recommend these chips & I am rating them 4/5 for the reasons above.

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                      13.02.2009 18:15
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                      another great potato product from MCains

                      We eat a fair number of chips in our house so am constantly looking for good offers on good ones & couldn't resist buying these in Iceland the other day. why? - the price was only £1 - the bag is big - 907g - there's less than 5% fat - The other McCains' products I've tried have always been of a high standard in my opinion. The large plastic bag is easy to spot amongst the other other frozen chips as it is a bright orange with pictures of scrummy chips, the logo & 'oven chips' printed in large letters on the front. The chips are a bit on the skinny side for me - I prefer chunky or choppie ones - but my daughter loves these. I say they're a bit skinny but they are more substantial & less fatty than McDonalds. The ingredients (clearly stated on the pack) state that there are 'natural selected potatoes' & a 'dash of sunflower oil' - great - no additives, preservatives, colourings or any other dubious things added for a change. Cooking couldn't be easier - - either stick in pre-heated oven at 220 for 15-20 minutes - or grill for around 15 minutes I prefer to bung chips in the oven than I don't have to keep turning them too much & it seems safer this way as our grill is getting past it's sell-by date. The chips are really tasty - crisp on the outside & potatoey inside & you wouldn't be able to tell they were lower in fat as nothing is lost in the taste. The chips are pretty uniform in size although the smaller ones were a little burnt around the edges (only a few though). The colour is great too - a lovely golden brown & look very appetising when served. I've tried similar but cheaper frozen chips - eg Iceland's own & Tesco ones - in my opinion McCains are much nicer - they taste better, cook in the time given & most of the chips are the same size. I gave up on cheaper ones the packs contained some huge chips & some minute ones so I ended up either burning/ ondercooking some of them So, for a few pence more, I'll buty these again. summary ~ - good price at the moment at Iceland. - big bag = big servings. - 100g = 172 calories & 4.9g fat. - more or less the same sized chips. - easy to cook. - good taste, texture & colour. - recommended product if you like oven chips.

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                        07.01.2009 15:38
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                        Though they lack texture appeal they're still a good tasting lower fat alternative

                        I was tempted into trying these a while ago because they're advertised as only 5% fat. I don't like buying into the whole diet industry, but at the time they were on offer and worked out a lot cheaper than other varieties, especially considering you get a lot in the bag. Although I'm not so keen on skinnier chips, I do like these and have bought them regularly since trying them. These Oven Chips are produced by McCain and I tend to stick with them for frozen chips as they're a brand I trust for quality food. Because they're so popular, they're readily available in most supermarkets and can be found in the freezer section in a big golden-coloured bag. On the front there's a nice picture of a few chips to tempt you, along with some potatoes (I presume this is just incase you thought chips are grown on a tree out the back of McDonalds) and a scroll across the bottom to highlight that they're only 5% fat. A 907g bag usually costs around £1.69 in Tesco, but they're regularly on offer (at the moment they're discounted to £1 which is a bargain - 7.1.09). McCain have got a lot of knowledge and experience in their products and have taken steps to make the previously 'bad' and 'unhealthy' foods that bit healthier. Their oven chips are now made with a "dash of sunflower oil", one of the healthiest oils to use, making it lower in fat and saturated fat. I've always thought that larger chips are healthier than thin fries, though it also depends on the oil used to prepare them and the method used to cook them. Per 100g of these chips once oven cooked there's 172 calories and 4.9g of fat, which works out a lot less when compared to full-fat versions of larger chips. What I like is that you can have lots of these on your plate if you want to go by their recommended serving suggestion which is 135g. (I was curious as to the difference between the weight of these chips from frozen to once cooked, so sad old me weighed them and they do decrease in weight slightly once cooked, just incase you were wondering!) These chips are halfway between fries and regular chips, not so skinny you can't pick them up with a fork but not substantial enough to want to serve them with a steak necessarily. I'm not a big fan of typical fries like McDonalds, but I quite like these chips. They suitable for oven or grill cooking: Oven - Preheat the oven to 220°C. Spread out the chips on your tray in one layer and leave a bit of space between them to ensure they all get the benefits of the heat and cook for around 15-20 minutes. I tend to turn them quite regularly and find they take 15 minutes. Grill - Similar to above, just switch to grill at a medium heat. This takes a similar amount of time but a bit more turning of the chips to make sure they get cooked all the way through without burning. I find that some look more cooked than others which can be a bit annoying, so instead of a tray full of golden chips, I end up getting a bit of a mish-mash. Despite them not all looking the same, as long as they're left in for at least 15 minutes so that they're properly cooked, they always taste good. McCain emphasise their use of 'specially selected' potatoes, so you know you're getting natural and quality chips. You can taste the potato-y goodness and they are delicious, but I wouldn't say they're anything spectacular. It really does depend on how you manage to cook them - if they're well-cooked for quite a while they tend to turn out better than when taken out earlier as they're sometimes quite limp. Being soft is a good thing, but I quite like chips to be crisp and you don't really get that with these (though they've been more crisp and less limp when I've almost burnt them!) All in all they're a good lower-fat alternative if that's what you're looking for. They taste delicious but lack that crisp texture and size that other chips have, and in my opinion that's the way chips are intended to be eaten. I still choose quite often when having chips but go for chunkier chips if they're to be served with steak or similar. Still, not bad for a huge bag of low fat chips at only £1.

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