This past weekend, while rearranging the contents of my freezer, I came across a partially full package of Ore-Ida Tater Tots. It had been several months since I had eaten any Tater Tots, so I decided to have some with the hamburgers that I was eating that night. As I ate the Ore-Ida Tater Tots, it brought back a lot of memories for me. The frozen potato treats made me think of when I was young and how much my sisters and I enjoyed eating them when we were growing up.
Although they might seem like a fairly new product, in actuality, Ore- Ida has been producing Tater Tots for more than 50 years now. These uniquely- shaped, seasoned, shredded potatoes with the golden- brown, slightly- crunchy exterior are a great addition to many types of meals. Personally, I think that Tater Tots are particularly well- suited to be eaten alongside hot dogs, burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, tuna salad sandwiches and Sloppy Joes, as well as any type of cooked fish or seafood. To me, there is a sense of comfort and nostalgia derived from eating these potato products and the shape, consistency and flavor of them is more substantial and satisfying than most types of French fries. Another thing that I like about Ore- Ida Tater Tots is that they can be eaten with a fork and cut in- half, or eaten with one’s hands, if so desired. While I generally douse them with ketchup, sometimes I like to eat them plain, without any type of condiment. The flavor of this product is very pleasant and un- assuming and I find that once I start eating them, it is difficult to stop.
As it turned out, I ended- up heating and consuming all of the Ore- Ida Tater Tots that were in the package. The package that contains the Tater Tots is a very logically- designed product that is quite effective for storing the potato nuggets, especially for long periods of time. The package is a heavy- duty plastic bag that can be re- sealed. As was the case with my freezer, this package can be folded, balled- up or stored upside- down and it won’t accidentally reopen. Even though it had been several months since I had last opened the bag, the contents were still exactly the same way they were when I put the bag into the freezer. I was impressed to see that there was no accumulation of freezer burn and the potato treats contained no strange freezer- taste. The convenient, useful packaging of Ore- Ida Tater Tots also eliminates potential messes in the freezer, by way of crumbs scattering about.
When I cooked the Ore- Ida Tater Tots the other night, I baked them in my conventional oven. The cooking directions on the package say to preheat the oven to 450 degrees and cook the product at that temperature for designated lengths of time. I prefer not to cook at such a high temperature and find that the results I get from cooking the Tater Tots at a lower temperature are quite effective. I simply arrange the potato pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake them at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes. You can also tell when Ore- Ida Tater Tots are fully- heated by their color and softness- to- the- touch. These tasty potato pieces can also be pan- fried in a skillet or electric frypan, or deep- fried.
Ore- Ida Tater Tots are sold in 32 ounce and five pound packages. Ore- Ida also makes Mini Tater Tots, which are available in a 28 ounce package and Onion Tater Tots, which are sold in 32 ounce packages. The 32 ounce package of Ore- Ida Tater Tots contains 11 servings and each serving contains nine pieces. Nutritionally, Ore- Ida Tater Tots contain 150 calories, with 60 calories from fat per serving. This product is a good source of fiber and contains 0 mg cholesterol, 420 mg of sodium and 20 grams total carbohydrates. The retail price normally charged for one 32 ounce package of Ore- Ida Tater Tots is approximately $3.99.
All things considered, Ore- Ida Tater Tots are a great product to keep on hand for use as a meal accompaniment, or even as a snack. Their delicious flavor and fun shape are always a hit with the kids, as well as adults of all ages. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who enjoys eating delicious, top- quality potato products.
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