frozen mccan jacket potato rage!

(130 Posts)
wonderingsoul Fri 04-Apr-14 20:46:04

this is obviousely light hearted.

i saw an advert for mc cains frozen ready meal jacket potatoe... it gave me the rage the more i thought about it.

i mean why?.. seriousely why? just why?

surely you have to put it in the oven/microwave the same way you would put a normal bloody tatty in right?

are people really that easly fooled by advertising?

they cant be lazy as there doing the same amount of work by using them.. infact its costing them MORE?

do people need a box with instructions to know how to cook one?

i dont get it.

i reaally reallly dont fecking get it!

i cant be the only one.

i realize its not rational to be THIS raged when i think about it.. but i dtiabu

MorrisZapp Fri 04-Apr-14 20:48:03

The potato is ready cooked, so when you buy it you just microwave it and have a proper jacket potato. Or that's the theory, they're not that great in reality.

For me, it's the convenience of having them in the freezer for when I haven't shopped and come home late etc.

TheScience Fri 04-Apr-14 20:48:35

I bloody love them grin

I'm never organised enough to think that I'm going to want a jacket potato in 2 hours, I'd better put one in the oven now... 5 minutes in advance is perfect though.

DontCareAboutYourShoes Fri 04-Apr-14 20:50:08

Way quicker than a normal potato. Filled too.

gordyslovesheep Fri 04-Apr-14 20:50:33

yes they are ready cooked

they are crisper

they are ready to go

I don't have bags of spuds lying around

they are in the freezer for when I fancy one

letsgotostonehenge Fri 04-Apr-14 20:50:40

I wish you'd put lighthearted in your thread title, I am now visibly upset sad yours sincerely, mr potato head

wonderingsoul Fri 04-Apr-14 20:51:04

but surely they take 10-15 minutes 30 minutes max.. in the microwave? if you want easy.

i will have to buy some just so i can feel fully justified in my rage of them. a bit like some one who hates a book but has never read it.

tripecity Fri 04-Apr-14 20:51:13


cakeymccakington Fri 04-Apr-14 20:51:37

but why can't you just put a regular potato in the microwave and cook it?
that's what i do. then crisp up in the oven if i can be bothered

southeastastra Fri 04-Apr-14 20:52:48

ds (20 yes 20) did one of these the other day and what did he have with it?? yes chips hmm

MammaTJ Fri 04-Apr-14 20:53:35

10 minutes in the nuke box and 20 minutes in the oven, perfect jacker spud in half an hour! No need to McCains to take my hard earned!

ohmymimi Fri 04-Apr-14 21:06:25

cakey Me too. 10 mins in microwave, 5 mins in halogen oven to fluff and crisp. Apparently, you can buy frozen mash, too. I just do extra, then freeze. Never thought of freezing baked pots too, must give it a try. Has to be way cheaper than the McCain's version.

VelmaD Fri 04-Apr-14 21:08:58

I did proper jacket potatoes the other day. They took an hour, and tbh weren't all that.

These take something silly like four minutes and are loved by both children and boyfriend in a hurry.

Worth �1 for three imo.

ChickenPoxSucks Fri 04-Apr-14 21:08:59

Microwave potato for 5 minutes. Put it in the oven for 5 minutes to crisp up. 10 minutes and done smile

CaptainTripps Fri 04-Apr-14 21:10:53

Thanks for reminding me - just put these on the delivery for tomorrow!

santaandthearmadillo Fri 04-Apr-14 21:11:02

I'm a fan, I hate my spuds being done in the microwave usually, these taste like they've been done in the oven and ready in three minutes, great if you're lazy like me in a rush.

DS usually sense when I want to eat and will wake up the minute I stand up to go to the kitchen.hmm

TheScience Fri 04-Apr-14 21:11:58

Microwaved jacket potatoes from raw are horrible unless you stick them in the oven at the end anyway. 5 minutes in the microwave is much quicker.

I buy frozen mash too.

ephemeralfairy Fri 04-Apr-14 21:13:41

I quite like them. They're good for work, when there isn't an oven to perform the 'crisping up'! I keep them in the mini ice box in the top of the fridge which I suspect defrosts them slightly and makes them cook faster.
I've never had a microwave at home though, so have always done them in the oven.

ShakesBootyFlabWobbles Fri 04-Apr-14 21:14:09

YABU because we rarely eat baked potatoes so I wouldn't normally have a bag of fresh spuds in. Will sometimes have these in the freezer, as they won't start sprouting because they've sat in the cupboard for too long and have to be thrown away. So, slightly more expensive to buy but they will get eaten rather than go to waste so for me, better value.

Feminine Fri 04-Apr-14 21:15:39

How much do they cost? :-) please?

chicaguapa Fri 04-Apr-14 21:17:22

They're also perfect for wrapping in foil and 'cooking' in a campfire/ BBQ as they're much quicker.

We have them too. I feel ridiculous but no more than when I buy grated cheese. grin

ShakesBootyFlabWobbles Fri 04-Apr-14 21:17:36

About £2 for 4

squoosh Fri 04-Apr-14 21:18:37


I'm with you OP, frozen baked potatoes sound crap. I love making potato skins at home when I need a carby feast.

squoosh Fri 04-Apr-14 21:19:03

And expensive!

TruffleOil Fri 04-Apr-14 21:19:40

I think people don't know that you can make an excellent baked potato in the microwave in 12 min... followed by 8 in the grill. Jamie Oliver taught me this.

ThatBloodyWoman Fri 04-Apr-14 21:22:18

I'm with you op.

We had proper jackets tonight.

Hour and half in the oven.

Literally forget about them,

And cheap as.....well......chips, I s'pose.

ThatBloodyWoman Fri 04-Apr-14 21:23:53

BUT we don't have a freezer, so frozen jackets aren't that convenient.....

OooOooTheMonkey Fri 04-Apr-14 21:24:43

Truffle - I am looking up this Jamie recipe! I am with you OP, frozen jacket potatoes, mash, ready grated cheese, carrot batons - all the height of laziness IMHO. Maybe I should embrace all this time saving though...

TruffleOil Fri 04-Apr-14 21:27:10

OooOoo I wouldn't have believed it possible.

Put potatoes in a glass bowl, cover with clingfilm & stab w fork. Microwave until they're soft enough to eat. Then cut them criss cross, drizzle with olive oil garnish with a sprig of rosemary and put until the grill for 8-10 min.

I can't tell the difference.

SnotandBothered Fri 04-Apr-14 21:27:42

I was just about to post this EXACT SAME THING OP. Just saw an advert and got the complete 'people are being conned' rage.

I was also going to say the microwave for 10 mins and the oven for 10 thing.

But, oh dear. Having read the whole thread, I now kind of want to try one blush

OneDayWhenIGrowUp Fri 04-Apr-14 21:29:02

YANBU I really don't get it either. With a microwave and then finished off in the oven if you want them crispier, jacket potatoes are already a convenience food. In my mind it sounds as logical as a frozen boiled egg or something.

But then there seems to be a market for ready-made frozen omelettes too.....that actually makes me feel sad! An omelette takes 2-3 mins max, you couldn't open a frozen packet and microwave a rubbery ready made one quicker than that.

I do kinda get frozen mash though.....althought only having a teensy freezer box not tried it myself, I have fallen back on ready-made fresh mash and it has made sense.

I do microwave then oven (and will have to try the grill). But my guess is that for people who do an hour and a half in the oven these McCain ones would eb cheaper than running the oven for that long (unless it's an Aga).

Logg1e Fri 04-Apr-14 21:34:31

I don't get it either.
See also chopped onions and batter in a bottle.

allalongthewatchtower Fri 04-Apr-14 21:38:41

I want to try them now, too.

I bought Waitrose frozen potato for the first time last month. DH and I don't eat it so I used to make big batches of mashed potato and freeze portions for the kids, but they hardly ate it and I used to get the rage throwing it away after peeling spuds for hours.

The frozen stuff is genius and my kids prefer it

TheScience Fri 04-Apr-14 21:38:56

I buy frozen onions too - hate chopping onions.

There's nothing really to "get" about frozen jacket potatoes. They're just quick and easy. For the once a month or so I think at 12.30pm "I fancy a jacket potato for lunch" there's just no point in me buying a bag of raw potatoes.

BlackholesAndRevelations Fri 04-Apr-14 21:39:23

How do you microwave your potatoes so that they don't turn into a half rubbery wreck? I put mine in for ten mins and the bottom is so solid that I can't cut it. The majority of the skin is like rubber. What am I doing wrong?!

TruffleOil Fri 04-Apr-14 21:40:51

BlackHoles do you have a spinning plate in the middle? Do you stab it with a fork? I do normally 2-3 for 12 min so maybe you're doing it for too long - my microwave was less than 100GBP so I suspect low wattage perhaps?

susiedaisy Fri 04-Apr-14 21:40:56

Bought a box when they were on offer. they are horrid dry and powdery Won't bother again.

I don't get the frozen jacket potato thing at all, but each to their own I guess.

What is boggling my mind now is that people don't have potatoes in the house.

gordyslovesheep Fri 04-Apr-14 21:45:49

why is it mind boggling grin we don't eat them much!

TruffleOil Fri 04-Apr-14 21:48:03

We don't eat them much either (my children don't like them, why?) and my husband is perpetually on low carbs so they tend to rot in my drawer and they are vile.

Just so different from me I guess. They are a staple that has to be in the fridge here.

DameFanny Fri 04-Apr-14 21:48:38

We've got a toaster oven so baked potatoes in that for about a fifth of the electricity of the normal oven.

The thing that would put me off the McCain ones though - what are the other ingredients?

Beamur Fri 04-Apr-14 21:52:50

I like the Bannister Farm ones - less dry and floury. They're still quite cheap and you get a proper baked spud taste in 5 mins, ideal if you're in a hurry.

TheScience Fri 04-Apr-14 21:53:38

DameFanny - I buy the Asda ones and the ingredients are just potatoes and olive oil.

DoJo Fri 04-Apr-14 21:57:14

I'm guessing that for most people it isn't a choice of frozen ready-to-eat potato and freshly cooked jacket from the oven - it's probably more likely to be frozen jacket vs frozen ready meal/convenience food, which makes a lot of sense really in terms of the healthy benefits of one over the other.

Beamur Fri 04-Apr-14 21:58:42

Not for me it's not. I don't eat ready meals, but I do have frozen jacket spuds for convenience. I do make jacket potatoes from raw too, just depends on how much time I have.

TheScience Fri 04-Apr-14 21:59:37

For me it's mostly a choice of microwave a jacket potato or make a sandwich/have some toast/tinned soup for lunch. Basically I want something I can make in 5-10 minutes while the baby tolerates being put down grin

scottishmummy Fri 04-Apr-14 22:00:00

I've seen frozen omelettes,that baffled me.
given how easy they are to knock up

ohmymimi Fri 04-Apr-14 22:00:53

They're £2.00 for four! I'm much too stingy, they won't be crossing my threshold. But, I have discovered that Aldi 450g grated cheddar is cheaper than a block. Great (!) to freeze and use as required with your baked pot or for a quick mac cheese.

Babymamaroon Fri 04-Apr-14 22:03:14

I hear what you're saying but they're great for when you're in a hurry and you want a properly cooked potato not a microwaved one that goes funny during the cooking process.

scottishmummy Fri 04-Apr-14 22:05:12

You can freeze cheese?well I never

SaucyJack Fri 04-Apr-14 22:07:53

Never tried these, but I have become a recent convert to tinned fried onions.

Fantabulous. Not having to chop onions is well worth the extra 20 p.

scottishmummy Fri 04-Apr-14 22:13:00

You know you get frozen chopped onin

TheScience Fri 04-Apr-14 22:15:35

I've a big fan of frozen veg full stop - love that there is no waste and you never have to use up the last of whatever is lurking in the fridge (thinks back to all the veg stew nights we had when we got a veg box delivered).

Dubjackeen Fri 04-Apr-14 22:17:09

Love them, very handy to have a few in the freezer.
So, for the first time on MN, I'm going to say YABU.

Mygoldfishrocks Fri 04-Apr-14 22:19:35

why not wait for a time when you've got a spare few hours and cook up a batch? add cheese. cool, wrap individually and freeze. take out when you fancy a five minute microwaved potato ( that'd be never for me)

I've just saved you a few quid surely?

wonderingsoul Sat 05-Apr-14 07:49:06

okk well im glad i have a few on emy side grin

i will how ever have to buy some tonight to try smile something stupied will prob happen and ill end up liking them ill end up having rang in my rage!

PasswordProtected Sat 05-Apr-14 07:54:17

Never heard of these, but not in UK.
Another example of processed food for the sheeple?
Don't ovens have timers on them anymore?

Lovecat Sat 05-Apr-14 07:55:02

Never mind that, I was amazed when I was flicking channels and caught the following gem off Superscrimpers -

"When making a baked potato, save time and energy by putting a metal skewer all the way through it to conduct heat to the middle and cook it in only an hour" said a smiley lady as if this were the key to the knowledge of the Ages, putting a single potato into a cavernous oven.

a) I thought that was common knowledge
b) Heating an entire oven for 1 baked potato is surely the antithesis of scrimping/saving
c) Erm... microwaves?

RedFocus Sat 05-Apr-14 08:01:28

I've used them and I think they are great. Already cooked and cut so you are basically just heating them up. Quick for those times when you are in a hurry too. Could take them to work if the fridge has a small freezer compartments. Easy peasy. grin

MorrisZapp Sat 05-Apr-14 10:41:54

In my local shop (which happens to be M&S simply food!) two baking potatoes cost £1.20, or a pack of four for two quid.

The frozen ones aren't that much more expensive.

If you want to talk rip off though, I give you Oats so Simple etc. They are just small packets of porridge marked up by many 100%s.

wowfudge Sat 05-Apr-14 10:50:30

I am a frozen baked potato fan - quick, easy and a proper baked potato without turning the oven on. As it's often only me I'm feeding then it's a sensible solution. Frozen mash fan too - thank you Delia for showing me this a few years ago. DP loves mash and I'm not a big fan so give him mash and I'll have couscous or lentils instead.

Frozen chopped onion is brilliant - especially if you are cooking a big batch of something or conversely just need a bit of onion for one person.

Convenience foods at their best IMO.

KurriKurri Sat 05-Apr-14 11:06:24

My mum is in her nineties, lives on her own and has limited mobility. She uses these a lot (a sainsbury's version I think) -she wouldn't be able to fiddle about cleaning a potato to microwave it (although she did try once -forgot she'd put it in and blew up her microwave) if she buys a bag of spuds even a small one, she can;t get through them before they start sprouting. Also she can't eat a whole potato - the frozen ones mean she can do a half potato with a bit of salad (which she buy in packs ready chopped) and she's got a hot meal. (She actually couldn't really make herself a meal and wasn't bothering to eat properly, then she discovered frozen baked spuds and the world was her oyster! grin)

A lot of convenience foods are good for old people who can't stand around in a kitchen (if my mum stands for too long she wobbles and falls and moving from sink to oven to bin etc etc is quite an effort of manouevering her walking frame in a small space). So they have their place for some people. smile

I just bought some this morning after reading this thread. They are 4 for £2 at Tesco at the moment.

For those that say just bung them in the oven for an hour, do you really not realise how daftly wasteful it is to run your oven for an hour just for a baked potato?

NuggetofPurestGreen Sat 05-Apr-14 11:24:19

Also when I come in in the evening I don't want to wait over an hour for my dinner, I'm hungry! Or even half an hour. These take 5 mins.

FrankelandFilly Sat 05-Apr-14 11:30:14

Jacket potatoes in the slow cooker are amazing.

Just thought I'd throw that into the mix!

Fortysomethingwinelover Sat 05-Apr-14 11:30:15

I got banned from another forum because of the McCain frozen potato debate confused

I love them for lunch at work. They're so quick to make and we don't have the luxury of an oven.

Fortysomethingwinelover Sat 05-Apr-14 11:31:50

frankelandfilly How long do you put potatoes in the slow cooker for? I didn't know you could do them in a slow cooker.

whatever5 Sat 05-Apr-14 11:36:28

I haven't tried them but I presume the point of them is that they are quick to cook but taste like potatoes that have been in the oven for an hour as opposed to the microwave for ten minutes. I don't like microwaved potatoes much if even they have been "crisped" in the oven for a few minutes. They don't taste the same to me.

Regarding cost, although potatoes themselves are cheap it costs quite a lot in gas/electricity to cook them in the oven so overall the McCain's potatoes might not be more expensive.

FrankelandFilly Sat 05-Apr-14 11:38:30

I'd put them in before work in low and when I get home about 9 hours later they'd be perfect.

Pierce the skins
Rub them with a bit of olive oil
Wrap in foil
Put about 1cm of water in the bottom of the slow cooker
Put potatoes in

The skins don't get crispy in the slow cooker, so I would put the oven on high and pop them in for 10 minutes just to crisp them up.

Say you're the only one in the house who wants a baked potato. It costs on average 30p to run an oven for an hour. If you put them in for an hour and a half that's 45p you've spent just to bake the potato. A microwave costs about 1p to run for five minutes. So you've saved 44p on cooking costs, not to mention an hour and 25 minutes of your time.

At the moment these potatoes are 4 for £2 at Tesco so 50 p each, total cost including cooking 51p.

As you spend 45p just to bake the oven potato, you would need to buy a full sized baking potato for 6p or less in order for it to be as cheap as the McCains. You can't do it grin.

NuggetofPurestGreen Sat 05-Apr-14 11:43:08

That's my understanding too whatever. I don't like microwaved 'real' potatoes and I can't be arsed waiting for the oven cooked ones and these are fine from the microwave. I also like the ones from Tesco that have the cheese and the butter put on them already grin

wonderingsoul Sat 05-Apr-14 11:45:50

notjus i am in awe of your maths skills.... and your comment to prove a point grin
ok ok i will take it that i abu purely for that answer alone.

MoominIsEightNinthsManatee Sat 05-Apr-14 11:48:34

I'm a student and even I think these jacket potatoes are unreasonable grin and we're supposed to be the kings and queens of lazy cooking and eating!

I tend to buy a bag of jackets, cook them all in one go, then stick them in the freezer and microwave when needed.

I am definitely going to try slow cooker jacket potatoes though!

Oh you can just tell me I'm pedantic, wondering soul, it's the truth grin. Thanks, though!

mrsjay Sat 05-Apr-14 11:54:00

I am with you on this frozen things that are idiotic do my head in farm foods used to do frozen sandwiches confused

PrimalLass Sat 05-Apr-14 12:04:10

I do three tatties in the mw for 7 mins. Then into the oven for 25-30 mins.

I get a short lunch break window and there are 10 of us in the queue for the microwave in our office... A 5 minute jacket spud is more practical (and less selfish/microwave hogging) than a 20-30 minute potato that ends up soggy and uncrispy! Plus they really are quite nice! grin

mrsjay Sat 05-Apr-14 12:07:31

that is how i do baked spuds microwave then oven it is fine

mrsjay Sat 05-Apr-14 12:08:00

yes ok i get it for work and if you are in a hurry etc smile

NuggetofPurestGreen Sat 05-Apr-14 12:09:10

Yeah but Primal's way takes over half an hour. The frozen ones take 5 minutes!! What's not to understand? grin

NuggetofPurestGreen Sat 05-Apr-14 12:09:37

X-post mrsjay grin

whatever5 Sat 05-Apr-14 12:14:21

*I'm a student and even I think these jacket potatoes are unreasonable grin and we're supposed to be the kings and queens of lazy cooking and eating!

I tend to buy a bag of jackets, cook them all in one go, then stick them in the freezer and microwave when needed.*

Would they taste better than the McCain ones if you cook them yourself and then freeze them though? If not have you worked out whether it saves money to do it your way compared with buying frozen ones. I doubt that it does if you can buy four frozen potatoes for two pounds.

whatever5 Sat 05-Apr-14 12:15:05

I think I'm going to buy some frozen baked potatoes today. This thread has convinced me to try them!

MoominIsEightNinthsManatee Sat 05-Apr-14 12:21:09

whatever - The last time I did it, I was living somewhere that all utility bills were included in the rent I'd already paid, so it really was just a case of paying for the raw products themselves. In that situation, a bag of 8 jackets worked out cheaper than a box of four. They always tasted nice to me grin

This time I'll have to work it out now that I'm paying utility bills. Definitely food for thought (no pun intended) grin it may indeed turn out cheaper.

whois Sat 05-Apr-14 12:29:45

Never had them but can def see the point - an actual nice jacket pot in 5 mins. No muckin about heating the oven up, no wasteful electricity use for an hour and a half for one pot, and you eat 10 mins after getting home.

TulipOHare Sat 05-Apr-14 12:56:21

I buy these! Mainly because I'm funny about potatoes, they have to be the right texture, and these are perfect 9 times out of 10.

And I don't own a microwave so it's 40 minutes for these vs. 2 hours for ordinary jackets in the oven.

I know it's not economical. I just can't seem to care smile

Groovee Sat 05-Apr-14 13:02:46

You sound like my work colleague, she gave me the same spiel when I said I was having one for lunch.

AskBasil Sat 05-Apr-14 13:22:15

"I got banned from another forum because of the McCain frozen potato debate"


What can you possibly have said that was so offensive about a jacket potato?

squeakytoy Sat 05-Apr-14 13:40:37

I love them! They are quick easy and handy to have in the freezer.

Nokidsnoproblem Sat 05-Apr-14 14:10:19

Does anyone have the ingredient list of these wonders?

squeakytoy Sat 05-Apr-14 14:12:28

Potato and sunflower oil..

whatever5 Sat 05-Apr-14 14:13:11

I just looked it up. They are just potatoes and sunflower oil so no different from the ones you bake yourself, just quicker and more convenient.

Nokidsnoproblem Sat 05-Apr-14 14:47:29

Cool, but didn't someone say that they are filled? What are they filled with?

RabbitPies Sat 05-Apr-14 14:54:04


I have seen some filled with cheese, or ham and cheese on them though.

TheScience Sat 05-Apr-14 14:54:17

Not filled.

RabbitPies Sat 05-Apr-14 14:54:36

I haven't tried either,but I may do so now. Out of curiosity.

wowfudge Sat 05-Apr-14 14:55:03

Yes - you can buy filled ones too. I like the plain Bannister's Farm ones myself: potato and olive oil.

LordPalmerston Sat 05-Apr-14 14:55:12

its good for people who works shifts or rarely eat at home?
I care more about your terrible spelling than this tbh

RabbitPies Sat 05-Apr-14 14:59:03

2 hours for a baked potato? Is that how long it takes in the oven?shock

If I had my oven on for two hours,or even one,I'd want something more interesting than a baked potato to come out of it.

I microwave mine,then bake them for 20.

squoosh Sat 05-Apr-14 15:00:57

Perfect baked potatoes only take an hour in the oven.

Parker231 Sat 05-Apr-14 15:04:02

We love the frozen jacket spuds - taste great and only take 6 minutes. We often work late and these help to get a meal on the table quickly and the kids can sort out their own if they are starving !

I will have to try cooking them in the oven then freezing them. I'll do it when the oven is already on to save electricity.

Can't stand this namby pampy faffy ready made stuff. Potatoes taste fine in the microwave if turned over every three minutes. A girl at work was asking me how to cook a potato in the microwave the other day, the mind boggles.

MusicalEndorphins Sat 05-Apr-14 22:04:04

You can bake or zap and bake some potatoes, wrap in foil, then in plastic and freeze. No chemicals and will save a lot of money. You can freeze stuffed ones too if you have any left over.

Misspixietrix Sat 05-Apr-14 22:11:51

I'm with TheScience on this one. Not the normal mcain ones. The kids version's 'jacket potatoe smileys'.I could seriously eat all three that come in the box! grin. There's a Banners farm range that they do in Farmfoods which are delicious and done in olive oil. I would like to say that's my only weakness but you must try Icelands cheese and ham potatoe skins. < lets herself out of thread>

JsOtherHalf Sun 06-Apr-14 10:37:00

Aldi sell the bannister's brand:

I am not sure how much they are, but definitely less than £2. They get eaten here on a week night when we've both been at work.

Mintymoomoo Sun 06-Apr-14 12:03:49

I can make a jacket in 15mins so even if I'm home late etc it's always a quick good meal for the kids!

Stick spud in mirowave for 5-7 mins while oven is heating then pop in oven for 10 mins to finish off, throw on beans and job done!

I certainly wouldn't waste my money buying then

Nottalotta Sun 06-Apr-14 12:10:59

I have them at work for a cheapish lunch. A potato cooked solely in the microwave is not nice but these are much more acceptable. I don't have them at home though.

Bedsheets4knickers Sun 06-Apr-14 12:22:32

Boring potato fact, you put a metal skewer through it and cook it on the rack not on a tray it half a the cooking time :-)
Your very welcome lol

Loopylouu Sun 06-Apr-14 12:25:34

I love them. I lived off them in pregnancy, they were quick and easy and the only things I had a hope in hell of keeping down.

Jackets are my favourite food, but I hate them done in the microwave and oven ones take too long. The frozen ones are brilliant.

wonderingsoul Sun 06-Apr-14 12:40:28

is it sad that im alittle bit happy that this is my first thread to reach 100 hmm

the trick in the microwave is is turn then regulary so you dont get that hard skin.. or p utting them on toothpicks.

i tried some.. i didnt reaally like them, it was tesco one i tried, maybe other brands are nicer?
i do prefer them in the oven though.

ProlificPenguin Sun 06-Apr-14 12:58:58

A proper jacket potatoe done in the oven is very different from one just stuck on microwave, these are pre cooked and bloomin lovely. Better than micro/grill Jamie style

Misspixietrix Sun 06-Apr-14 13:34:11

I don't like them in the oven. I much prefer the non crispy ones. <teeth like a 90yo here>.

Surely the McCanns should be spending more time looking for their missing child, not fucking about with potatoes! wink

Ahh i seen these! I wanna try them but i dont have a microwave so it would be pointless. Plus we hardly ever have baked potatos anyway. Its just lazy cooking tbh (coming from someone whos getting a pizza in tonight!) because they know theres a market for it. People are in such a rush that they dont have time to wait hours on something cooking.
Its funny how you can get the rage over daft things isnt it?
Mines is micro chips! My mum sometimes gets them. Half undercooked/half overcooked and thats in the same pack. Plus their all soggy too. Though i will eat them and keep my mouth shut ofcourse wink

SugarMouse1 Sun 06-Apr-14 17:33:46

Frozen jackets are usually vile and tasteless

Never tried mccains though mind, might give them à try.

Misspixietrix Sun 06-Apr-14 17:51:51

Microchips grin

Fortysomethingwinelover Sun 06-Apr-14 18:00:12

"What can you possibly have said that was so offensive about a jacket potato?"

Posters were getting all heated on the thread because people dared buy frozen baked potatoes. I made a joke of #potatogate then started a thread asking what people's preferred toppings were for frozen spuds. I apparently breached the Coffeehouse posting etiquette for some reason. Lol They banned me for life as I also breached the swear filter confused

Fortysomethingwinelover Sun 06-Apr-14 18:02:03

"Surely the McCanns should be spending more time looking for their missing child, not fucking about with potatoes!"

This comment made my Sunday ha ha ha ha ha

Misspixietrix Sun 06-Apr-14 18:10:13

Fortysomething that's funny! Can I suggest baked beans first, then cheese - has to be this way round or the cheese don't melt properly. Oh and a nice big dollop of coleslaw after right at the very top <slattern>

SoleSource Sun 06-Apr-14 18:43:15

Potato rage? Are you Keith Lemon?

SoleSource Sun 06-Apr-14 18:45:13
BikeRunSki Sun 06-Apr-14 18:45:54

They are actually not bad. Not quite as lovely as an oven cooked jacket spud, but far, far nicer than a microwaved spud. I usually have a box in the freezer at work for lunches.

Fortysomethingwinelover Sun 06-Apr-14 18:51:33

solesource my daughter loves that Keith Lemon potato voice lol

wowfudge Sun 06-Apr-14 21:03:55

I've just enjoyed a frozen baked potato with beef in red wine stew. Yum.

passmethewineplease Mon 07-Apr-14 00:42:24

ok fortysomething how on earth did you breech the filter? intrigued. shock

I love that on mumsnet you can swear without it being starred out. grin

Misspixietrix Mon 07-Apr-14 13:02:59

chica I buy grated cheese too. I see as a service to the DCs in ensuring I don't serve them grated fingers too smile

GatoradeMeBitch Mon 07-Apr-14 16:49:59

I never really liked them. The skins don't go crunchy like oven baked ones, and that's the best bit!

MinesAPintOfTea Mon 07-Apr-14 17:42:33

I only make jacket potatoes in the oven (aka properly) if its already on for a casserole/pulled pork. Or I'll have baking in there too.

They only take four minutes each in the microwave (turning after 2) when using raw potatoes because they don't need cooking from frozen.

Also I buy a few kg of potatoes for about �2-3. But we get through a lot of them (got the smaller ones boiling now for mash with dinner).

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