Dollar Store Frozen French Fries/Onion Rings
While not many 'dollar stores' will let you have a bag of frozen french fries or onion rings for a dollar anymore (its more like $1.29 now; but Dollar Tree still holds the line), there are some diamonds in the rough there. For years now, stores that sold "budget foods" had bags of frozen french fry products and onion rings for sale. Some of the brand names are Interstate, TJ Farms, Hailey's Harvest. The names on the bags are all those of brokers. They seem to market the culls of large manufacturers.
Interstate and the budget line of TJ Farms are known as sub-Grade A. The bag contents consist of tiny chips of potato products which tend to not cook evenly. But Hailey's Harvest are a different story. While their bags also contain tiny pieces, they appear to be culls of high-end food service products. It suggests Lamb Weston, which are better than the mass market consumer brands such as Ore-Ida and McCain's.
If I find some Hailey's Harvest products at Dollar Tree or another store that still sells them for a dollar, what I do is hand-select the large pieces and throw away the tiny pieces of potato. I also find that baking them rather than frying keeps them from getting burnt.
Does anyone else have experience with budget brands of frozen french fries/onion rings?
post edited by David_NYC - 2009/04/01 08:48:34