“ Brand: Schwartz / Type: Garlic „
Each packet cost 94p at the moment from Tesco, it is the Schwartz brand and this product is meant for adding flavour to wedges.
It states on the packet that it serves 4 people, but if you like a lot of coating like me I think it only really serves two.
The packet states that there are no added preservatives and Msg in this product and also no artificial colours.
The way I like to use these is by part boiling your wedges and then placing them in a bowl and add the mixture onto the potatoes and mix.
I them lightly grease a baking tray so they don't stick and cook for roughly 30 min s or until brown and ensure than you turn them so they cook on both sides.
I have to say these make my wedges taste delicious! In the packet it looks like breadcrumbs with a bit of greenery and don't look very appetising at all, it smells a lot of garlic and not much else.
However, the taste is much better; it really turns boring wedges into something a bit more exciting. You can taste the garlic AND the herbs they are in this coating. The only downside to these is that you could probably do it a lot cheaper just buying garlic and herbs but if you're lazy like me, this is a fast way to add a bit of flavour to your meals.
I would also like to point out that I have not only used these for wedges but also roast potatoes. I have also used it for a coating for chicken wings. Simply rub this into the skin and deep fry for about 5 minutes (until chicken is cooked) its transforms a boring wing into something bursting with flavour. I stumbled across this by accident when a chicken wing fell into the mixture I fried it and they tasted gorgeous.
So although this is meant for wedges you can use it for other uses and I am sure there is other foods your can add it to.
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+++ Ingredients +++
Breadcrumbs, dried onion, dried garlic, flavourings, fat powder, parsley, black pepper, celery seed, paprika, herbs, vegetable oil, garlic oil.
****The Schwartz garlic and herb mix****
The Schwartz garlic and herb mix is a powdered coating primarily potato wedges. It is available in a 38g packet and whilst this does not appear to be much it is adequate for up to 2.5lbs of wedges, which is more than enough for four people, unless you have very large appetites.
****Ingredients of the garlic and herb mix****
This garlic and herb mix contains loads of different flavours and ingredients including breadcrumbs, dried garlic (11%), fat powder, parsley, black pepper, celery seed, paprika, herbs and garlic oil amongst much more.
One thing that concerns me is the amount of flavourings, different 'chlorides' and silicon dioxide that is present in the mix. I wouldn't like to imagine what these other ingredients are or what they do to you, but given this meal is a rare treat I am not overly bothered by this. I would not, however, recommend eating this mix on a regular basis.
As you can see there are some pretty powerful ingredients in the mix, obviously the garlic but also the pepper and paprika, and this is clearly evident as soon as the packet is opened. As soon as the packet is opened the smell is instant and just hits you. Garlic is clearly evident and it is very strong. Despite being strong the smell is not overpowering, which surprised me somewhat.
The ingredients work well together and compliment each other very well. Nothing is too overpowering which I found surprising given the powerful ingredients used.
These wedges are the easiest of things to prepare and cook and require few ingredients. Absolutely anyone can do regardless of their culinary skill, or lack of as the case may be.
According to the packet the only ingredients required are as follows;
i) 1.5lbs of unpeeled potatoes
ii) 2 tablespoons of oil
iii) 1 packet of garlic and herb coating
The packet states that only 1.5lbs of potatoes is needed per packet of garlic and herb mix. Personally I find the coating is too thick using this amount of potatoes so I always go for between 2lbs to 2.5lbs. I find anything over 2.5lbs too much for one packet of garlic and herb mix and the coating is then too thin. It is down to personal tastes and takes a bit of experimentation to get it how you like it.
The type of potatoes is entirely down to personal preference. I'm sure there are people out there who can actually tell the difference between varieties of potatoes but I am not one of them, and in my opinion a spud is a spud so I always use the first ones that come to hand, or the container with the fewest people around it in the supermarket.
Like the potatoes the type of oil is down to personal preference. I use olive oil, or chilli olive oil for most of my cooking but I find there is no need to use such flavoursome oils when preparing these wedges. Personally, I think the plainer the oil the better purely because the garlic and herb mix is so potent. I should point out that you have to use liquid oil, as solid fats, such as lard, just won't work.
****To make the wedges****
i) Wash and peel the potatoes before cutting them in to wedges
ii) Put in a bowl and pour over the oil
iii) Add 1 packet of garlic and herb mix and toss to evenly coat
iv) Put in a baking tray and put in a pre heated oven at 200 degrees centigrade or 400 v) degrees farenheit
vi) Cook for 45 minutes or until crispy, turning once during cooking
I found that if I used raw potatoes and cooked for the full 45 minutes the coating would burn, go hard and taste awful but the wedges would be cooked through. If I cooked the wedges for less time the coating would be spot on, and as it should be, but the wedges would be hard in the middle. To over come this I parboil the potatoes before cutting in to wedges and coating in the mix and this works very well. In addition this method allows you to have the potatoes as crispy or non-crispy as you want them safe in the knowledge the wedges will be cooked all the way through.
As previously stated the smell hits you as soon as the packet is opened, and it doesn't stop there. The cooking process seems to really bring out the smell and it isn't long until the whole kitchen has a strong garlic aroma. The smell is weird and quite artificial. It doesn't smell like fresh garlic, which is not such a bad thing.
I wouldn't say the smell is pleasant but then it is not nasty either and I found myself indifferent to it.
I love the taste of this spice mix. It is very strong and fragrant, and is delicious. Like the smell, the taste is a bit artificial but you can definitely taste a hint of garlic, the black pepper and the paprika, which is not really surprising
A 38g pack provides 106kcal, 4.3g of protein, 17.4g of carbohydrates, 1.9g of fat, 4.4g of fibre and 1.3g of sodium.
The above obviously excludes the nutritional values provided by the potatoes and oil. What amazed me about the above was the high level of carbohydrates, and providing potatoes are high in carbohydrates on their own the combined wedges equal one heck of a carb fest. Not good for those following the Atkins, or any other low carbohydrate diet. I was also surprised by the high amount of fibre, but at least it will get your guts moving.
This product carries an allergy advice in that it contains celery, milk, mustard and wheat, so this product is not suitable for anyone with intolerances to these food groups.
****Price and availability****
The Schwartz spice mixes are widely available from all major supermarkets, convenience stores and corner shops so finding it will not be a problem.
Expect to pay between £0.90 and £1.20, obviously depending on where you buy it from. Personally, I think this mix represent great value for money.
This mix is a fantastic addition to potato wedges to really give them a bit of a kick. The mix is very strong and will leave an after taste for a long, long time afterwards. It's great if you want to keep your work colleagues away from you for a few hours.
I have tried it on turkey steaks and chicken legs but the combination does didn't work for me. That said, being a dried mix makes this very versatile and it can be added to almost anything. The opportunities are endless and what works for one person may not work for another so it pays to experiment.
(This review has been posted on other review sites under the name of Yackers1)