Product Type: McCain Spices & Seasoning
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McCain Hash Browns
Member Name: lyndsey1989
McCain Hash Browns
Advantages: Taste, Texture, Price
Disadvantages: High fat
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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