Finn lives in California's central valley. He enjoys writing food reviews.
Simply Potatoes Brand
I often see the Simply Potatoes brand of freshly prepared potatoes near the eggs, butters, or juices. It is usually located away from the produce and a safe distance away from its frozen cousins.
Fresh always sounds good, but when it is packaged, you recognize that traveling down a roadway away from a factory is a trot that takes some minutes.
These looked pretty good, and you can get a feel for what the product is like because the package it comes in is malleable.
It is a little more pricey than other frozen brands, but I thought I'd give this one a try.
Opening the Package
The photo above shows what the potatoes look like when you open the package.
It wasn't quite what I had expected because I thought the seasonings would be more visible. But that remedy has an easy solution if you don't mind opening up a pantry door.
I did notice the sample seemed moist, as if they had just been pulled out of a cold water solution designed to remove the starch from fresh shreds.
This could be an attribute, though. I recall hearing that in order for hash browns to crisp, it is important that all excess water be removed.
When I cook hash brown or diced potatoes, I like to use an appropriate pan. One of my choices is cast iron. It retains heat nicely and provides a tough surface that simulates a professional grill you see at the diner.
I don't know if this is a personal issue or not, but when I cook potatoes in a skillet, I always have difficulty obtaining the perfect golden sheen. My potatoes either come out cooked too well on the outside—or with a nice veneer—but not quite finished on the inside.
This fact made the preparation that I anticipated difficult to achieve. The browns did manage to achieve the desired color, but the texture wasn't quite what I had hoped for. However, I managed to avoid the consistency of mashed.
The hash browns made a pretty nice breakfast side. I enjoy a good meal: usually bacon, an egg, bread, and of course, some variety of breakfast starch. This is one of my favorites because it's very quick and simple. And it leaves you filled up.
Simply Potatoes does look good on a plate. There are the golden brown slivers that look as relaxed as a haystack. Please see my overall commentary on these below.
Well, I did find that these contribute to a pleasant breakfast experience. There were some good points and some not-so-favorable remarks to be made. I will start with the positive.
- The potatoes had a fresh flavor.
- Hash browns colored up nice
- Easy to make.
- The potatoes stayed moist. When they came out of the bag, they looked and felt like they had just been freshly shredded, even after browning.
- They're not as seasoned as I had anticipated. The package said "Southwest," and there were images of what I thought were peppers.
Overall, this is a nice option. It's a little more expensive, but I will definitely try it again. I think the bland flavor might have been purposeful in order to appeal to a wider audience. Some people have a higher sensitivity to spice.
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