Taste & Tell

Which supermarket's oven chips came tops in our taste test?

Our taste testers have spoken: here's which retailer's own-brand oven chips are a must for your freezer

17 March 2019 - 00:00 By Hilary Biller
Why bother peeling potatoes when you can grab a packet of oven chips out the freezer?
Why bother peeling potatoes when you can grab a packet of oven chips out the freezer?
Image: 123RF/magone

HOW WE CONDUCTED OUR TASTE TEST

IT'S FREE AND FAIR!

The Taste & Tell series is a monthly feature where the same or similar supermarket items are put to a taste test by a panel. (This one was made up of teachers from Bryanston High School.)

We work with chefs who assist with any preparation that's necessary; reheating and cooking is done strictly to package instructions. (All of the chips in this tasting were baked in the oven on a baking tray and served lightly sprinkled with salt.)

Items are categorised, numbered and stripped of all their packaging before being served. A food expert in the kitchen oversees the entire process.

The tasters undertake a blind tasting and the food is judged on a score sheet and is rated according to appearance, taste, quality of ingredients and whether the taster would consider buying the product. Each category is judged out of 10 points: 10 is excellent, 5 average and 1 extremely poor.

An auditor checks each score sheet and collates the results.

THE RESULTS

FIRST PLACE: WOOLWORTHS

Steak House Chips

Price: 1kg for R51.99

What the judges said:

  • Dean: Crisp, light, seasoned. Best ever.
  • Phuti: Lovely and chunky just like steakhouse chips.
  • Stefan: Very good chips, good body to them yet crispy and soft inside.
From left: oven chips from Woolworths, Checkers, Pick n Pay and Spar.
From left: oven chips from Woolworths, Checkers, Pick n Pay and Spar.
Image: Christoph Hoffman

SECOND PLACE: CHECKERS

Housebrand Potato Chips

Price: 1kg for R29.99

What the judges said:

  • Sam: Balanced flavour but a bit small.
  • Wian: A good chip to dip in a sauce.
  • Brad: Light and crisp, they remind me of Steers chips.

THIRD PLACE: PICK N PAY

Straight Cut Oven Potato Chips

Price: 1kg for R31.99

What the judges said:

  • Stefan: Too bland, bit tasteless and hard on outside.
  • Adam: Good size, lacking in flavour.
  • Sam: Looks can be deceiving.

FOURTH PLACE: SPAR

Potato Chips Straight Cut

Price: 1kg for R29.99

What the judges said:

  • Phuti: Very dry chips, they lack flavour. Pale and pasty.
  • Stefan: Not enough body to these chips.
  • Adam: Crunchy chips to the bite but bland and grainy centre.

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