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frozen mccan jacket potato rage!

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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

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.

NotJustACigar Fri 04-Apr-14 21:30:54

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.

TheSkiingGardener Fri 04-Apr-14 21:43:26

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.

TheSkiingGardener Fri 04-Apr-14 21:48:13

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.

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