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History of Hash Browns

One reference on the Idaho Potato Comissions website states that Hash Browns became a popular breakfast item in the 1950s. They were "invented" in New York City in the late 1890s when hotels would dice them up and serve them with peppers and onions in a cakelike mass.

Other people talk about fine hotels using the left over baked potatoes from the night before to serve as an option. There are restaurants today, here in the community where I live, that do that. They will slice up the whole baked potato and then cook it on the grill.

Another citation on Wikipedia states: "Originally, the full name was "hashed brown potatoes" (or "hashed browned potatoes"), of which the first known mention is by American food author Maria Parloa (1843–1909) in 1888. The name was gradually shortened to 'hash brown potatoes'".

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Intro

I've rated some more common brands out there and hope to expand this as I move along through my busy mornings.

There was one I am looking for - perhaps you know it - that I used to find at Dollar General. They have sinced replaced it. It was in a greenish bag and they also had the rounds you can get that are like tater tots.

I've looked everywhere for them and to no avail.

But please enjoy, let me know what you think of my opinions, vote in my polls and share your perspective at the end.


thanks again.

Signature Select - Country Style (Safeway)

Overall Rating: 7.5

Well this is Safeway's brand of hash browns. They're pretty good for the shredded variety and cook up pretty quick. They brown nicely but you have to be careful not to use too much oil.

One of the downsides of frozen shreded potatoes is that they're dry and crispy. If you like yours a little on the crunchy side, this is probably a plus. You might want to try to cook them a bit longer at a lower temperature.

I usually cover mine for about fifteen minutes and then remove the lid.

When you're in the mood for country style that you get at a restaurant, these suffice.

And they go well with just about any item.

Your Choice!

Lamb-Weston

Overall Rating: 7

This seems to be one of the newer brands - at least in this area. This company makes their potatoes available in various forms. The ones in the picture are the country style variety.

Not bad really, they come out crispy and nice. The dices are not too small.

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There seems to be a thin batter covering them, which I find distracting from the potato taste. It gives it a heavier flavor. I found it to be a bit overbrearing from some of the other choices.

They cook up pretty quick and can burn if you're not too attentive.

For those who like their hash browns diced up in small squares, this is a fairly good choice. If you want, you can add onions, peppers, tomatoes etc.

Certainly you will be better of, if you took your own spud and cut it up. But this saves time.

Ore-Ida

Overall Rating: 8.5

This is probably one of the better well-known options out there. Ore Ida is famous for its fries, tater tots, and hash browns of all kinds.

Their breakfast brands include shredded, diced plain, O'Brien, and patties. They even have some rounds which are available that you can microwave and those aren't half bad.

They usually cook up pretty crispy. The one downside is that sometimes the onions and peppers burn a little. There aren't enough of them and they are way too small. I like my potato pieces to be a little larger too.

Otherwise, these are great. They are easy to prepare and done in a flash. They are a great side with any morning meal option.

Recommended highly.

The Contenders

BrandTasteTextureValue (price)Overall

Signature Select (Safeway)

7

7

8

7.5

Lamb-Weston

6.5

7

7

7

Ore-Ida

8.5

9

7

8.5

Signature Select Patties

7

7.5

8

7.5

Simply Potatoes

9

9

8

9

Ore-Ida Crispy Rounds

7

6

6

6.5

Signature Select Patties

Overall Rating: 7.5

Well, this is another Safeway brand product. For it's price, it's pretty good. If you like patties, this is probably a good option for you.

They are a little difficult to cook. You have to be conservative on the oil and cook it at a lower temperature to avoid burning. If you do this anyway, then there should be no problem.

A little greasy and if you like McDonald's style browns then this is pretty close, although not quite the same in the taste department.

Mine always come out crisp, but a little sinewy and I much prefer a fuller potato flavor.

For the price it's pretty good, although you have to probably put them in a freezer bag once you open up the package.

Not everyone likes patties though...and if you like yours shredded or diced, pass on these.

Simply Potatoes

Overall Rating: 9

Probably one of the better brands out there. These products are sold as "fresh" potato options and are usually kept in refrigerated section of the store, rather than a freezer.

They are pretty good and cook up very nicely. The options available include diced (little squares) or shredded. The shredded variety include plain, O'Brien, or southwestern style.

The only downside to these is that once you open them, you have to finish them within three days. I guess you really cannot freeze them - or it is not recommended. But then again, I think you can freeze anything. I could be a marketing ploy.

A little more expensive than most brands and you don't get that much as far as content.

For taste and appearance however, these are definitely the best.

Ore-Ida

Overall Rating: 6.5

Ore-Ida means Oregon and Idaho - I take it the origins of the potatoes which go into the products. I knew Idaho was a potato state, but I guess because of its proximity to the spacious northern territory, Oregon inherits the accolates.

I can't imagine a production company being right on the state line.

I am always disappointed with these when I purchase them. I have baked them and fried them. And either way, they don't come out the way I like.

Deep fried: they come out too crispy on the outside, shurnken and dehydrated on the inside, and greasy overall. Even if I were to cook it at a lower temperature, or even oven fry them with a light drop of oil on each.

Baking is not much different except they come out too soft and soggy. There is very little potato flavor - just the seasonings from the crust.

I am not sure who produces the ones for the popular restaurant chains, but honestly, those are not much better.

There was one brand I found to be perfect everytime. I have looked for those every time I go shopping and I don't know what happened to them. I forget what the name of the company was, but they were in a green bag. If you know, give a holler.

I would not recommend these at all.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Finn

Comments

Paul Christian Labor from Philippines on April 26, 2020:

Wow! looks yummy.

Finn (author) from Barstow on March 30, 2020:

yes tater tots are good because they are enveloped in crispiness

Mitara N from South Africa on March 30, 2020:

Love hash browns of all kinds, can see you're a fan of it as well.

These are really quick and goes as a side to any quick grills.

Haven't tried tater tots, but wish I did, they sound even more delicious

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on November 07, 2019:

Pass me the hashbrowns (as long as they're nice and crispy). Thanks for your article and for making my mouth melt!

Finn (author) from Barstow on October 21, 2019:

tater tots are good. definitely

amy lujan on October 21, 2019:

The pictures make me want some tator tots. lol

Finn (author) from Barstow on October 20, 2019:

thanks...they are that's for sure....

Rida Verduax from Seattle on October 20, 2019:

Interesting read! I love restaurant hash browns and they are so hard to replicate at home!

Finn (author) from Barstow on October 20, 2019:

yes i like them fresh too. Especially reds. But they are a hassle and to get them right -is difficult.

thanks

Lori Colbo from United States on October 20, 2019:

I no longer eat frozen potato products because of added stuff. Especially tater tots and hash brown patties. I love them fresh though.

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