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      15.07.2013 13:25
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      Yum yum!!

      PRICE: Currently £1.65 at my local Sainsbury's for a 700g pack

      NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 100g as oven baked):-

      Calories: 170
      Kj: 711
      Fat: 6.4g
      (of which saturates): 0.7g
      Carbohydrate: 24.9g
      (of which sugars): 0.5g
      Fibre: 2.7g
      Protein: 1.8g
      Salt: 1.0g

      INGREDIENTS:-

      Potatoes, sunflower oil, dehydrated potato, salt, onion powder, dextrose

      DIETARY INFORMATION/ADVICE:-

      Suitable for vegetarians
      Kosher approved

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      Bring very fussy about my frozen potato products, it is hard to find one that I really like.

      I've recently been using McCain Hash Browns rather a lot, finding them a tasty, filling accompaniment to all sorts of meals.

      McCain Hash Browns are to be found in the frozen food section of most supermarkets and some smaller local shops, and are packed in a green and yellow coloured plastic bag (different to the image shown with this review, as it's changed recently). The packs I have recently bought have a "New, Improved" message slashed across the top, but I am unable to say if there has been any improvement to the product, due to me buying and eating them only recently. The rear of the plastic bag shows nutritional information, dietary/allergy advice, freezing/cooking instructions, plus McCain's quality claim together with their contact details. As far as I am able to determine, there doesn't appear to be any recycling information on the packaging.

      The plastic bag contains about 15 triangular-shaped pieces of hash brown, which are a golden yellow in colour. They are quite substantial, being reasonably thick, and I find that for myself, about three or four of them are more than enough to use as part of a meal.

      These hash browns can be oven-baked or grilled. I have tried them both ways, and prefer the oven-baked cooking method as I find the outsides brown too quickly when grilled, leaving the centres hot, but with the potato pieces inside being a little too hard for my liking.

      Whilst baking, these hash browns give off quite a strong smell, which is appetising and 'potato-ish' in quality. Through trial and error, I've discovered that for my own preferences, it is best to leave them in the oven about 5 minutes longer than the manufacturer recommends, simply because I like them very crispy and for the centres to truly be cooked right through.

      I find that when it is time to serve the hash browns, they slide with ease off the baking tray, even if I haven't greased it first, although whilst in the oven there is a seepage of oil from them which I like to tip away rather than put onto my plate. Once out of the oven, the golden yellow colour turns an appealing, fairly light-ish shade of brown.

      On cutting into the hash browns, they inside are made of tiny potato pieces, yet none of them are horribly hard (a thing which is common in products made from potato pieces). They are all soft and very easy to chew. The outer coating is quite crunchy and has a slightly spicy, peppery flavour that I find very appealing, For some while after eating these hash browns, my tongue can tingle slightly, but not painfully so. As well as the spicy/peppery flavour, the potato pieces taste good, almost like home-made. I am constantly delighted that so far, I've never yet found any of those nasty black particles which I often discover in other frozen potato products and cringe at....McCain Hash Browns appear to be totally free of them, which to me indicates that care is taken with the manufacturing of the product.

      It does have to be said though that these hash browns are fairly high in calories and fat, although the fat content is mostly of an unsaturated variety. However, they are totally free from E-additive 'nasties' and are suitable for vegetarians and kosher meals. Perhaps they may be considered very slightly too salty for my own palate, but not so much that it would make me rate the product down in any way.

      All in all, McCain Hash Browns are a delicious frozen potato product, which are easy to use and go with lots of different things. My favourite way of eating them is with fried egg, grilled tomato, mushrooms and sausage....they also go very well with fish and baked beans. I'd imagine that they'd appeal to children, but they perhaps aren't as cheap as some other brands, unless (as happens occasionally) they are on special offer in Sainsbury's for £1 per 700g pack. However, because they are so delicious, the little extra you pay for them definitely buys quality, and they are the very best hash browns I've ever bought and eaten.

      Thanks for reading!

      ~~ Also published on Ciao under my CelticSoulSister user name ~~

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        07.02.2012 21:53
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        nice potato

        When I heard the name McCains I always thought of oven chips, but now they have a wide range of products.
        I started buying McCains hash browns when my eldest daughter was quite young probably around 18 months - 2years. I used then as a quick easy meal with a couple of vegetable fingers for emergencies. As she grew up I didn't buy them for years but with times being hard I have started buying them again. Although I am not loyal to them and tend only to buy this brand when they are on offer.

        Recently I bought a bag from Tesco as they were priced at just £1 for a 700 gram bag from the freezer section.
        The hash browns are advertised as using the finest shredded potato with a pinch of spice. (they are potato)
        Other hash browns like Tesco's own have onion in but it suprised me that McCains don't - I just thought all hash browns did. Now I know why supermarkets own brand taste quite oniony compared to McCains.

        I think these hash browns are tasty with just the right amount of spices and if cooked correctly are a little crispy on the outside and nice and soft on the inside, but that can easily change if they are overcooked.

        Hash browns can be eaten any time of the day, some people like them for breakfast with sausage and beans which we sometimes do at a weekend. I find what is nice and filling when I am at work on a Saturday is 2 hash browns on a muffin (or barm cake whatever people call the bread thing) with a fried egg on top. Very filling.

        These are best cooked from frozen and can be oven cooked, grilled or fried. I have never fried them but find that grilling or cooking them in the oven take around the same time - about 20 minutes.

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          19.02.2010 08:17
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          Continuing on the McCain reviews I spotted these on the list and had to chuck my 50p's worth in. I like the odd Hash Brown but it's more with a McDonalds Bacon Roll that I get my fix. I didn't see the point in having these in the house, but as usual the wife had other ideas.

          She got a bag of these for £1 in Asda. I think they were on a rollback for a couple of pence and this caught her eye. She decided they would be a good buy as she'd not had them in ages and made a couple for her tea that night (along with other things of course!). I ended up having 2 of them, as I was in the mood for something different.

          You don't get many in the bag. I didn't count them, but it looked like 8 or 9 in here. They were quite thick and large enough and I guess you wouldn't need many as an accompaniment, as they were quite filling.

          Once cooked in the oven for 20 minutes these cane out golden on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The Potato inside seemed to be made up of a good few amounts of Potato slices, and this way they seemed to taste a bit lighter and not so greasy or stodgy. The coating was slightly crumb like but a batter at the same time. It was crisp and light.

          Although I wouldn't eat these very often I would be keen to keep a bag of these i the freezer as they are nice on the odd occasssion and i'm glad I tried them.

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          15.02.2010 12:47
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          Great in a big fried breakfast

          Hash browns are a much needed item in a fried breakfast and McCain's hash browns are the ones that I buy for this.

          These hash browns are made from bits of shredded potato cooked in sunflower oil. The shredded potato gives a different texture from the usual soft plain potato but it's still very soft. The sunflower oil gives the outside of the hash brown a crispy golden brown coating and more of a taste although it does make them a little greasy.

          These can be cooked either in the oven or under the grill and both take between 15-20 minutes. I prefer cooking these under the grill as it makes them slightly crispier. In the oven, these seem to take at least 25 minutes to be cooked enough to my liking and by that time the rest of my food has been overcooked. I don't like these when they're not crispy as they're far too soft. When the outside is still soft they taste a little undercooked.

          These are the perfect accompaniment to a fried breakfast or even to go with other foods for dinner - I find that they go quite well wish fish cakes or with vegetarian grills. These are very tasty hash browns but just make sure you give them plenty of time in the oven to crisp up otherwise they won't be anywhere near as nice as they should be.

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            06.01.2010 00:58
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            I Don't Know Why But A Hash Brown In McDonalds Is Deffo Better Than One For Brekkie At Home!

            I had a hash brown in McDonalds the other morning and enjoyed it so when I saw bags of frozen Mccain Hash Browns in Morrisons I brought a bag to see what they'd be like.

            They're proper nice but only as a change from chips, I don't think they are as nice as the hash browns in McDonalds and I deffo wouldn't fancy them for breakfast but with sausage and beans tonight they were yummy.

            You cook them in the oven for about 20 mins and when they come out the outside has gone a wicked golden brown colour and even LOOKS crispy.

            They have got a nice potato taste but the thing that would put me off eating them with a cooked breakfast is the greasy flavour. They taste like they should be eaten later in the day and are quite heavy when you've ate them so in the morning would be a definate no no for me.

            The inside is full of chopped little cubes of potato, it's gone quite fluffy while it was cooking but the crispy outside has made the potato taste greasy a bit. The outside is nice by the way, it's got a stronger flavour that the inside and I love how crunchy it is. That's something else that makes it a main meal food and not a breakfast one because it's a bit TOO crunchy if you know what I mean.

            I do like these hash browns. They're a nice texture and are not too greasy or too dry. I know I said about the greasy flavour but the texture isn't greasy to touch and I like how the outside feels nearly dry to help give it that wicked crunchyness.

            I put a bit of salt and vinegar on mine and either make sure they're in bean juice or have ketchup with them. That's just for a bit of added flavour though because if you have 4 on your plate the taste can get a bit boring after a bit. They go nice with bbq sauce as well but ketchup is deffo best for these.

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              03.01.2010 15:16
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              A fantastic packet of hash browns which taste great.

              I love a nice hearty breakfast from time to time and when my husband is on days off from work we can often be found in the kitchen cooking up feasts while the children are at school or even before they wake up in the mornings.

              McCain Hash Browns are our current one of choice as they have been on offer for £1.00 in Sainsburys stores and this is where I have been doing my big shops recently so I have stocked up on a few bargains for the freezer for the days when I just don't have the energy left to bother making something nutritious for myself as well as the kids.

              These hash browns are best oven cooked from frozen but can be grilled as well. I always find they need 20-25 minutes rather than 18-20 minutes on gas mark 7 as this just ensures that they take on a lovely crispy outer edge while being nice and piping hot and well cooked in the middle.

              These hash browns are shredded potato (amongst other things) and they have a lovely mildly spicy taste to them which works so well as part of a fry-up. I love mine oven baked as they are just that much more tastier than if they are grilled and I often have these with beans, sausages, bacon & grilled tomato as they really help to compliment the dish and bring yet more carbs to the carb fest breakfast. There seems to be the perfect amount of all ingredients in these hash browns and they are by far the tastiest ones I have ever had (So far anyway!) and so much tastier than any that I have ever made myself.

              You really can tell that these are a McCain product as they have a fantastic quality taste to them and they don't fall apart on your plate like some other ones I have had in the past.

              100g of oven baked hash browns contains 191 calories, 1.5g protein, 31.4g carbohydrates (0.5g of which sugars), 7.6g fat (0.8g of which saturates), 2.0g fibre, 0.27g sodium & 0.7g salt. Overall I wouldn't say that these are too bad as I usually have just under 100g or so with my meal and the fry up we have is just an occasional treat so it doesn't matter too much anyway.

              I will definitely be buying these again when they are on special offer as they don't work out much more expensive than the cheaper versions available in my local supermarket. I believe the usual price is around £1.40 which is still perfectly acceptable for a large bag of hash browns which lasts one fry up a week each for quite a few weeks.

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                24.11.2009 14:47
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                Delicious, versatile hash browns....

                McCain is always a solid brand (and perhaps the biggest player) in the world of frozen potato food products, and their glorious hash browns are no exception. A staple of my freezer, they are a great addition to the classic full English breakfast, which I seem to enjoy more than ever (thanks largely to my weekend hangovers!). Indeed the tag-line on the front of the packet reads, "An essential part of a proper breakfast"

                The Product

                McCain hash browns are comprised of shredded potato formed into wedges (or triangles) which are then cooked in sunflower oil. They are made using 100% British potatoes and the packet has a red tractor on it, showing that the British potatoes used meed high quality standards.

                Cooking Instructions

                Oven cook at 220 degrees c (430 degrees f/gas mark 7) or for fan assisted ovens that's 200 degrees c or 400 degrees 4, ensuring that the hash browns are spread in a single layer on a baking tray. Stick them in for 18-20 mins and then enjoy.

                To grill, remove the rack from a grill pan, preheat the grill for 5 mins at a medium high heat, spread the hash browns in a single layer on the grill pan and grill for 18-20mins.

                Whichever of the above cooking methods you use, be sure to turn the hash browns occasionally and serve them up once golden brown on the outside.

                The Verdict

                Once you tuck into your hash browns at breakfast time, the outside is deliciously crisp and golden brown, and the inside is moist, tasty potato goodness. The hash browns are also slightly spiced, which you certainly pick up on when you bite into them. For me, the hash browns work best with the 'moist' parts of you full english, so dip them into your runny fried egg or beans, as both compliment the hash browns. You can use them as an alternative to toast, which I find a little dry sometimes when I have it with a full English. Also, I don't see any reason why enjoying these hash browns should be limited to breakfast time, they make a great alternative to chips, and indeed on many occasions I've enjoyed them with a kiev, pizza, or a delicious Bird's Eye lattice (which I've reviewed on here too). All in all a delicious golden brown potato treat, and a great hangover cure!

                Price

                Currently on sale @ Asda.com for £1.07 per bag (£1.53 per KG)

                Nutrition Information

                Energy = 721kj per 100g frozen (172kcal), 805kj per 100g oven baked (191kcal), 805 per 100g grilled (192 kcal)
                Protein = 1.2g per 100g frozen, 1.5g per 100g oven baked, 1.5g per 100g grilled
                Carbohydrate = 25.5g per 100g frozen, 31.4g per 100g oven baked, 27.5g per 100g grilled
                of which sugars = 0.5g, 0.5g, 0.5g
                Fat = 7.2g per 100g frozen, 7.6g per 100g oven baked, 8.5g per 100g grilled
                of which saturates = 0.8g, 0.8g, 1.0g
                Sodium = 0.22g per 100g frozen, 0.27g per 100g oven baked, 0.28g per 100g grilled
                equivalent as salt = 0.6g, 0.7g, 0.7g

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                  03.11.2009 13:27
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                  thanks for reading

                  These versatile little potato cakes are an essential addition to my freezer and make a great accompaniment to meals rather than having chips or mash. They are great for breakfast if you want a fry up or with a bacon butty and even for a teatime meal with fishfingers and beans, I can always find a use for Hash Browns and absolutely love them.

                  Packaged differently to the picture DooYoo has, my packet is a rustic brown colour with illustrations of potatoes and sunflowers. You are informed that they are made with "100% British Potatoes" and GDA information lists that a 115g serving will oven cooked will provide:

                  220 kcals
                  8.7g fat
                  0.9g sat fat
                  0.6g sugar
                  0.8g salt

                  The "traffic light" warning on the pack indicates that they are "medium" for fat & salt and "Low" for sat fat and sugar, so you can be assured that they a relatively healthy choice. Its a pity McCain dont split the information into how much an individual Hash Brown will provide instead of giving it as a 115g weight, but either way I dont feel guilty eating them.

                  Recommended to be oven cooked or grilled I personally cook them in the oven on a baking tray for the suggested time of 18-20 minutes, you know when they are cooked as they turn a lovely golden brown.

                  Ingredients are listed as containing: Potatoes, sunflower oil, dehydrated potato, salt, sugar, potato starch, natural flavourings and spices. There are no allergy warnings on the pack so presumably they can be enjoyed by all.

                  McCain Hash Browns have a crunchy exterior when bit into and a shredded potato interior and are reminiscent of the ones you get with a Mcdonalds breakfast and are delicious. Some people may find them a bit greasy, but I think thats down to personal taste, I dont find them to be but I know others do.

                  Priced usually around £1.00 for a 700g bag you will find that they last quite a while as you dont need that many to satisfy. Located in the freezers at your regular supermarkets I always make sure we some in ours.

                  5/5 from me, cant fault the taste, consistency or texture and make a nice change from oven chips.

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                    29.10.2009 23:16
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                    GET THESE!!!

                    I love Hash Browns, especially the ones at McDonald's and have always tried finding an oven one that is close to it, and I have with these.

                    ~~~PACKAGING~~~
                    The hash browns come in a plastic packet and are frozen. You will need to bind it up after opening with a self seal bag, or an elastic band, so it is not exposed, and keep it from going off. This shouldn't really happen as it is frozen but keeps it away from other foods.

                    Each pack contains around 20-30 hash browns.

                    ~~~PREPARATION~~~
                    Place the hash browns on an oven tray and cook for about 15 minutes at the given temperature. Personally, I like leaving it in the oven for slightly longer (after switching the oven off), to give it that extra golden brown and crunchy texture. It is so easy to make I started "ovening" these myself when I was about 11.

                    Alternatively, you COULD fry it for that even more golden and crispy state, but it is less healthy and should not be cooked this way too often.

                    ~~~APPEARANCE, TASTE AND TEXTURE~~~
                    Once cooked, it will be a beautiful golden brown, and gives a slight crunch when you pick it up. Biting into the crunchy shell, it is a soft potato centre. These contrasting textures make it gorgeous and very close to the ones purchased at McDonald's.

                    I love eating them with ketchup and it has a real genuine potato taste. I absolutely adore the crunchiness of these!

                    ~~~PRICE~~~
                    It can be purchased for around £1 in most supermarkets.

                    ~~~OVERALL~~~
                    For a taste similar to that of the McDonald's hash brown, McCains has provided the answer. It is easy to prepare, looks appetizing and tastes fabulous.

                    I would recommend this to everyone who likes the McDonald's hash brown or just fried food in general!!

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                      25.10.2009 14:54
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                      I recently bought these in Tesco because I thought they were a bargain price, my partner was keen as he is a big fan of Hash Browns. They cost just 98p for 700g which I thought was a good price for such a well known brand, they were a good size too and the pack provided us with part of 3 main meals so they were very economical. They can of course be found in the freezer section and they come in a dark red plastic bag. There is a large McCains logo at the top with a large picture of the hash browns at the bottom. The pack tells me they are prepared in sunflower oil.

                      You can either oven cook these or grill them. To oven cook from frozen you must preheat your oven to 220 degrees and bake them for 18-20 minutes. You can grill them on medium heat for 15-20 minutes. I chose to oven cook ours as personally I prefer most food oven cooked. After 18 minutes they were a lovely golden brown colour and the outer coating looked crispy. A couple of them had stuck to the baking foil meaning they fell apart however this is of course easily remedied by oiling the foil first.

                      Cutting into them I noticed how crisp the outer coating was and how soft the inside was. The inside was not smooth like mashed potato but instead contained chunks of shredded potato. The potato was soft and cooked through. The outer coasting was crunchy and tasted really nice, they were not at all greasy and instead were very consistent and firm. The potato inside was coated in a subtle flavouring which flavoured the hash brown really well and the inside worked well with the outer coating. The two together provided me with a really nice texture and I thought they were a fab alternative to chips or mash potato.

                      100g of these baked in the oven contains 214 calories, 0.6g sugars, 11.4g fat (1.1g saturates) and 0.7g salt. I appreciate the fat is quite high, however you can also see that not a lot of this saturates so these are fine occasionally.

                      I really liked these hash browns and will be buying them again. I thought they were a really good price for a branded product and they were of very high quality. They tasted nice and cooked well and are a nice alternative to other frozen potato products. Recommended.

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                      05.07.2009 17:15
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                      NIce enough, but personally I found them rather too oily tasting.

                      I am not a fan of frozen potato products, but when my granddaughters' visit I like to have something a little more interesting than boiled potatoes and chips to offer them. I cannot remember when I bought these Hash Browns actually, just that they appeared in my freezer one day when I was searching for something else, but they came in rather handy this morning as the two older girls' both decided they wanted a full English breakfast - and of course, the humble hash brown has impressed itself onto this meal so thoroughly that a breakfast doesn't seem complete without one.

                      I was surprised at how large they were when I shook them out of the packet, rather than the three each I had been planning to serve I realised that two would be enough as we would also have the components of the rest of the breakfast jostling for room on our plates.

                      The Hash Browns take around half an hour to cook in the oven, don't be tempted to allow them to turn too brown otherwise you'll be left with very hard hash browns indeed - I find they are best eaten when they look ever so slightly undercooked actually as this leaves them beautifully crisp on the outside yet soft inside.

                      We're torn about what we think of them. Both my granddaughters' think these McCain Hash Browns are the best thing ever, whereas I just think they taste greasy. To be fair they are not overly oily to the touch and there aren't any puddles of grease on my baking tray after cooking, but the overall product has a very strong greasy taste which I didn't find at all pleasant. The crispy outside edge has a reasonably flavoursome batter/breadcrumb taste but it is very artificial and almost dusty in texture as you eat.

                      The shredded potato inside the Hash Brown is less shredded and more uniformly cut into small cubes. I do like the texture of this potato interior as it's soft and a little moist which compliments the drier coating perfectly. It's not sloppy in the slightest and the pieces of potato are all well cooked and compacted together perfectly.

                      It's the taste of grease that will probably prevent me from eating these again. Perhaps this is not so noticeable to people who eat frozen potato products more than I do, but I don't understand how anyone can not taste the oil in these. They are made using sunflower oil and perhaps it's the flavour of this which has infused the soft potato so thoroughly, but really I found the greasiness to be a much more stale flavour than this.

                      100g of McCain Hash Browns contain 214 calories and over 11g of fat, which isn't good considering this is simply an accompaniment to a meal - I shudder to think how high in fat our overall breakfast was despite grilling the sausages and bacon!

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                        04.07.2009 12:23
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                        Excellent hash browns - best product of the type currently on the market

                        These are hands-down the best hash browns that money can buy.

                        For a frozen-food product consisting basically of grated potato shaped into a little cake, I've found a surprising amount of variation between different hash brown brands - of which there are several currently available on the British market. All the different brands retail at around the £1 to £1.50 mark; Tesco - as of July, 2009 - is selling McCain hash browns at the budget price of 99p per packet (they've cost about this amount there for at least the last 9 months). In Somerfield you're looking at a relatively speaking, whopping £1.50 for exactly the same product, so it pays to shop around.

                        The taste of McCain hash browns is excellent, with a very, very faint underlying nutmeg / spiced flavour. Many other brands of hash brown taste of nothing more than bland, fried potato, but McCains definitely have a little something extra here. Their hash browns can be deep or shallow fried, or you can pop them in the oven - but even oven baked, they still taste a little bit like they've been fried in bacon oil, which is a plus point. They take quite a while in the oven to go properly crispy - a little longer, I've found, than the recommended cooking time given on the back of the packet, and also benefit, flavour- and texture-wise, if you pop a thin layer of sunflower oil in the bottom of the oven pan you're cooking them in. This will make the individual hash browns stick at first when you're cooking them in the oven, but I've found that quite reliably, when enough of a crust has formed on the bottom of the hash brown they will tend to 'unstick' themselves - at this point they're also ready to be flipped over so you can brown the other side, so this turns out to be quite a useful cooking hint. Personally I think they're at their best when shallow-fried in a frying pan, but they're quite acceptable even oven-baked, without any oil.

                        The first hash browns I ever tasted - which have become my personal gold standard for this kind of product - were from a Mexican-run diner in Los Angeles in 1980; while the McCain product looks a bit different from the pallid, splat-shaped (yet utterly delicious) hash browns I first had in the States, their flavour is comparable, as is the interior texture - away from the attractively golden and crunchy outside, this is slightly 'gluey' - but in a very good way; as you get when you've been frying up a batch of waxy potatoes. McCain hash browns are as close to those first, wonderful hash browns as anything I've been able to find, or make up myself since.

                        We usually have them with a cooked breakfast, one or two per person, but they're good as the starchy component of a convenience, bung-frozen-stuff-in-the-oven type lunch or dinner too. We don't have a freezer at the moment, but these will keep for up to a week (at the outside) in the fridge - they defrost, of course, and tend to break up if you're not careful with the bag, but do still cook up OK, even if by the end of this time they've begun to take on a bit of a 'fridgy' flavour.

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                          13.05.2009 10:58
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                          They are perfect served along with bacon and egg.

                          In Northern America hash browns are a popular breakfast dish though they can be enjoyed at any time of the day and the Swiss have their own variation of the hash brown which is called Rosti.
                          Years ago the hash brown was given the slightly longer title of the `hashed brown` but as time went by the `ed` was dropped and the potato dish became known simply as the hash brown.

                          So what is a Hash brown and how is it made?
                          A hash brown is in reality a potato cake, raw grated potato is well seasoned and then bound together and formed into patty shapes ready for cooking.
                          There are many recipe ideas on the Internet but they can be time consuming to prepare and the ready made varieties offer good value.

                          Many of us put McCains and frozen potato products in the same sentence but the company also provide many other quality frozen food products too.
                          McCains describe the humble potato as a `nutritional powerhouse`- what an amazing label for something that we take for granted!
                          The potato is rich in protein, potassium and is loaded with Vitamin C. Leave the skin on the potato and you have a good source of fibre too.

                          The 700g pack of McCain hash browns has a very eye catching plastic bag, the background of rich red bag is adorned with a cluster of happy looking sunflowers that are smiling down at you, presumably the sunflowers are there to make you aware that the product has been prepared using sunflower oil.
                          A good clean modern white font announces the contents of the bag and then sitting below the product name is a plateful of the glorious golden potato cakes.

                          The company explain that the variety of potato used will vary, each season brings a different harvest. But McCain go to great lengths to explain that they only use the best of the crop to produce their hash browns.

                          Take a wander along the freezer aisle of any major supermarket chain and you will find the frozen hash browns easily.
                          Inside of the bag are the ready prepared hash browns, in their frozen state they don't look their best.
                          Each potato patty is triangular shaped and two or three hash browns are usually adequate for most of us. Although the hash browns are uncooked the rugged surface is already bronzed.
                          Even when they are raw they still smell good, there is a sweet oily smell rising from the potato cake.

                          They can be cooked in two ways, either in a hot oven or underneath the grill. I usually plump for the oven because I can just put them in and within reason forget about them while they cook.
                          Pre-heat the oven to 220C and lay the hash browns on a baking tray, take care not to overlap them, they need their own space to cook through properly.
                          Put them into the hot oven for about 20 minutes but during that time turn them over a couple of times to make sure they cook evenly.

                          As the hot potato starts to sizzle they smell very appetizing and when the 20 or so minutes is up and you remove the tray from the oven they look more than delicious.
                          The rugged bronze surface is positively glowing and the triangular potato patty is a mass of different shades of gold as the cooking process has taken place.
                          They are easy to lift from the baking tray and keep their shape well, just one word of warning though, don't overcook them or they may be awkward to serve.

                          We generally have them for brunch, served with bacon and egg.
                          Hash browns have a unique texture, as you cut into the patty the hot grated potato still holds its own and the coating is crisp and sweet. The hash browns have been well seasoned which is good, unseasoned potato can be so bland and uninteresting.
                          As you eat them you will immediately notice the coarse and interesting texture and they are the perfect accompaniment for bacon and egg.

                          McCains hash browns contain no artificial colour or flavour and they are suitable for vegetarians.
                          The list of ingredients is refreshingly simple, potatoes, salt, sunflower oil, yeast extract, sugar, natural flavourings, spices, potato starch and dextrose.
                          Per 100g the hash browns contain 187 calories, 1.7g protein, 21.8g carbohydrate of which just 0.05g is sugar, 10.3g of fat of which 1.1g is saturate, 2.1g of fibre and 0.25g of sodium.

                          They are a very versatile product that can be served at practically any time of the day.
                          The 700g bag costs in the region of £1.07p, so they aren't an expensive or extravagant purchase, they can be enjoyed by both adults and children and I think they are a good buy.

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