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Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Other Vegetables

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      20.03.2011 18:03
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      Perfect for breakfast and better than McCains

      When I can be bothered, I like to have a cooked breakfast at the weekends, and as I don't like fries, hash browns are a perfect accompaniment to my usual scrambled eggs and sausages.

      I always bought McCain's Hash Browns, as I do always go for the brand name items, but seeing that these were only £1 for 700g (as opposed to McCain's £1.59), I decided to try them out.

      They come in orange plastic packaging, with the Sainsbury's logo and a picture of the hash browns and some potatoes sitting on a wooden table - it gives the impression that these are full of potato, and indeed they are - being 83% potato. There is also 3% onion in them, along with seasonings and pea fibre... whatever that is!

      Out of the packet, they are a pale yellow and are triangular and wedge-shaped. They are made up of shredded potato and onion, like a rosti.

      You can fry or grill these, or bake them in the oven. I prefer to oven bake them as I think they would be very greasy if you fried them (not a bad thing taste-wise but I do try to be healthier).

      Once cooked, they become a golden colour, and the outside becomes crispy. Inside, the potato is soft and tasty. They taste well seasoned, with the tiniest tang of onion. I would prefer more onion in them, in my mind 3% onion isn't really enough. They are very more-ish.

      Even oven-baked, I do find they can still be a bit on the greasy side, and leave the roof of your mouth with a greasy coating. This is only a minor quibble.

      I have been buying these ever since first trying them and don't think I would go back to buying McCains. They seem better seasoned.

      These contain 205kcal, 1.19 saturated fat and 0.75g salt per 100g.

      Thanks for reading.

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      04.05.2010 08:08
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      Good value price and taste.

      I love a cooked breakfast at the weekend and love the usual bacon and eggs etc but I enjoy it more with a couple of little extra's such as these delicious little Hash Browns.

      They come frozen and I bought some recently from Sainsbury's for £1.44 for a 700g bag, they come in a plastic bag which is recyclable and inside they are a long triangle wedge shaped potato filling, and they are can be either grilled or fried lightly until golden brown. They are a shredded potato blended together to make the shape.

      They are 100% real British potatoes and each one is approximately 3 inches long, which is a good size and they do not taste mushy as I thought they would when I first started to eat them, they can taste crunchy if cooked for a little longer or they can be lightly cooked and then they are a little more mashed but not so much so they fall off the fork.

      The texture is quite a soft one and as even though they can be crunchy they can easily be swallowed.

      I place an egg sometimes on mine if I have 2 as I put 2 together and place the egg on top and if it is a runny egg it just falls into the hash brown superbly, my wife sometimes thinks I am strange the way I arrange my food at times but I like to enjoy it and the egg arrangement is one I just love lol.

      They are very nice with chips or potato wedges and beans as a meal or just on their own as a snack and sometimes I eat them with sweet corn and mayonnaise and they taste super.

      They can be found in the freezers of any good supermarket and there are around 10 in each bag and they can easily feed a family on a budget and they are often on special offer priced at just £1 and so I then buy more than one and stock the freezer.

      They are well worth every penny and I recommend them to anyone to try.

      I rate this product 5 stars.

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        21.04.2010 10:27
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        good value and taste for a lower brand of food

        Every couple of months I do a cooked breakfast for my family members who do not live with me and have done ever since my daughter left home over 10 years ago and she went to live with her long term boyfriend and she missed my cooked breakfasts so much she kept asking me if she could come to my home and for me to cook her one and she kept asking a few times and so I decided to do it on a regular basis and so when my son left too, he did the same and their partners used to also arrive on the doorstep and so it grew from there and I enjoy us all having breakfast together now and they are both married to their then partners which is even better.

        I cook bacon, eggs, sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, and much more and a must are hash browns as my daughter and I love them the most on the plate.

        These little beauties come in a plastic bag, from Sainsbury's for only 95p for a 700g bag, they are kind of shredded potatoes blended together to form a wedge shaped hash brown, they can be fried or grilled and they are nice and crunchy and taste absolutely delicious, these ones have a hint of onion added but the taste is not very strong, it is just the right amount and the onion cannot be seen as it is all shredded with the potato.

        The texture is very nice and they are very easy to chew, I love mine grilled the best as they are more crunchy just as I like them but my son in law prefers them more softer and not so well done but both ways of cooking them are delicious.

        For 100g they contain 205 calories, 2.7g protein, 26.0g carbohydrate, 10.0g fat, 1.1g saturates, and 2.5g fibre.

        There are around 10 in each bag, and go a long way as usually only one is needed as they are generally used with a cooked breakfast but are also ideal with fries.

        There are usually 6 of us now, plus a 1 year old who have the family breakfast every couple of months and 1 bag feeds us all comfortably and for the low price it is a good one to buy more than one.

        They are the lower brand from Sainsbury's and they are a good tasting food in that range and very good quality and I recommend them for anyone to give a go to see if your family like them too, and maybe the family will grow at breakfast time like mine has over the years lol.

        I give them a 5 star.

        Thank you for reading my review.

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          22.03.2010 12:24

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          Would not recommend

          Hash browns are a food that I really enjoy, breakfast, lunch or dinner. They are a great addition to any meal any time of the day. I usually purchase McCain's hash browns but when they were out of stock I decided to get sainsbury's own hash browns.

          There was a definate reduction in quality from these, the taste was not very rich, the potatoes were not mashed togther, but rather made into little processed cubes, but worts of all they were incredibly greasy. The texture of this particular brand is very poor, the taste I can handle but not the texture. Another thing to ntoe is that the fat content of these are 10% compared to 7.6% in McCains althought they have a similar salt and carbohydrate content.

          These can be purcahsed for 95p which is less than McCain's at £1.47 but you get what you pay for. I wouldn't recommend but It may have just been my method of cooking.

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          12.01.2010 21:00
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          Delicious Hash Browns.

          Now a nice fry-up is something that is thoroughly enjoyed in my house from time to time and the trimmings that we have will vary from time to time depending on what we have in the house to use up and what is on special offer as well! Therefore, when I spotted these 'New' Sainsburys Hash Browns reduced from 95p down to 71p (25% off) I just could not resist picking up a packet of these & hoping they were as good as the McCain ones I would usually purchase which are a fair bit more expensive per 700g back (£1.29 at present).

          Each 125g serving contains 246 calories, 3.2g protein, 31.2g carbohydrate (of which 0.6g sugars), 12g fat (of which 1.3g saturates), 3g fibre & 0.9g of salt so providing these are enjoyed in moderation there really is no reason why you can't enjoy a nice serving now and again, particularly if you bake them and bake the rest of your fry-up too!

          The hash browns really are the same as any others in that they are made from shredded potato and a small amount of diced onion and can be grilled, fried or baked & my personal preferred method is to bake them as they turn a lovely golden brown colour after around 25 minutes. They are then not saturated in fat so slightly healthier this way.

          Ingredients: Potato (83%), Sunflower Oil (8%), Dried Potato, Onion (3%), Potato Starch, Pea Fibre, Salt, Pepper, Onion Powder.

          These hash browns are very well held together & bake very well indeed. The shredded potato is very ample & when you cut in to them they don't fall apart or turn to mush which I always find very off putting indeed! The hash brown cooks nice and evenly and is lovely and crunchy on the outside yet soft and perfectly cooked in the middle. The outer batter is crispy and delicious and everything about this hash brown is truly delicious & it goes so well with a fry-up or as an accompaniment to a main meal. The small amount of onion is a lovely addition to these hash browns and helps to give it a nice crunchy feel.

          These really are comparable to the McCain ones and the quality is very high. I would definitely recommend these as they are cheaper & wonderfully crisp yet soft on the inside (repeating myself now!) and they have a lovely slight seasoning to them that makes them work very well with fry-ups, in particular beans and bacon. Yum! These hash browns get a delicious 5/5 from me as they taste yummy & I will be purchasing them again!

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