It seems like it has been absolutely forever since I’ve done my standard Saturday post of reviews. And I guess it was three weeks ago, which isn’t quite forever, but long enough. I am pleased to say that both my computer and I are back to feeling healthy and normal again. Phew!
Kirkland Signature Facial Cleansing Towelettes – I hadn’t ever used these before, though I know that they sell them in the US too. I used to buy the ones from Dove and thought that they were okay, but didn’t use them all the time because they were kind of a pain because you still had to rinse your face (or at least felt like it) and then put on moisturiser. And they really didn’t make a dent in my eye makeup. However, the KS ones rock. I like to wash my face at night before bed, and sometimes in the morning before I work out, and these KS cleansing cloths make that so much quicker. Each cloth is quite moist so that you can clean your whole face without it getting dry and this also means that you have enough moisture to tackle things like taking off mascara. I was amazed at how well it could handle mascara removal, even the water proof kind. Then, after you are done cleaning your face you don’t have to rinse! And that eliminates a lot of water splashing about and time. But even better, your face does actually feel moist enough to skip putting some type of moisturiser on, if you wanted. I like that because it means that when I’m exercising I can avoid having a layer of anything on my skin that will clog pores. I’ve got dry skin and never go without moisturiser on my face too, so I was really amazed by this. The moistness probably comes from the fact that there is no alcohol in them, no oil either. What they do have is Vitamin E, chamomile, and a triple tea complex. I don’t know about the triple tea complex, but I know that the other stuff is used in a lot of skin care products to keep your skin moist and blemish free. The cloths are divided between six different packages: two are small travel sizes with 15 towelettes each and then four are the full sized ones with 30 towelettes each. The travel sized ones are in little packages with a sticky closure, like if you buy Wet-Ones. The full sized versions come with a plastic snap closure to make sure that the moisture doesn’t evaporate before you use them. I love that closure because it really works and that was always one of my big complaints with the Dove version, the package didn’t seal well so the cloths would dry out before I got through the whole container. 150 towelettes for £8.49 (US: $13.64). Item #: 0368491.
Kirkland Signature Cinnamon Pecan Cereal – And here’s another Kirkland Signature product that I tried for the first time and now love. This cereal is absolutely delicious! And I love and am impressed by the whole pecans in it. It’s so rare to get a cereal with whole nuts in it, usually it’s just little pieces so they can say it’s got nuts, but skimp on the price of actually producing it. The cereal is a mix of granola, oat clusters, wheat flakes, pecans and obviously cinnamon too. The only sweetener is cane juice. Just opening the bag you get this huge punch of cinnamon that definitely continues once you pour some milk on it and start eating. I love the cinnamon and granola together; so good. And then of course, there are these huge, whole pecans too, which go perfectly with the whole mix. And I’ve gone through a whole bag of it now and haven’t had one funky tasting nut, which is so rare in cereal with nuts sadly. Somehow it manages to stay really crunchy in milk too. Of course, it is pretty nutritious too with all the grains, oats and nuts. For a 100 gram serving it has 387 calories (about 20 more than my regular granola), 9.7 g protein, 53.7 g carbohydrates, 14.8 g fat but no trans fats and no cholesterol, and 13.8 g fibre (double my normal granola), as well as 180% of the calcium RDA and 30% of the iron RDA. So, healthy and tastes good, that’s a hard combination to beat. I’ll definitely be buying this again. It seems really bland now when I have a bowl of my favourite granola now. 2, 17 ounce bags for £6.99 (US: $11.23). Item #: 0286772.
McCain Hash Browns – I love that on the bag they say that these are an ‘essential part of a proper breakfast’. I don’t know about that, but if you cook them right, they are properly delicious. I am a big fan of the potato in all its forms, really. And I love a nice crispy little hash brown like this with breakfast or even with various things for dinner. We have breakfast for dinner quite a bit because we usually don’t get a chance to do it at the ‘normal’ breakfast time, so it’s a nice change from the usual dinner fare. As you can see from the picture on the bag, the hash browns are in little triangles of potatoey goodness. They have a nice taste if you add just a smidge of salt to them when you are cooking. The other trick is to actually cook them long enough to get them crunchy, I think. If you don’t like the crunchy outside, then just disregard this. But if you want crunchy, you’re going to need to cook them slightly differently from the instructions on the bag. They say to cook them at 200C/400F in a convection oven (that’s what we have) for 18 – 20 minutes, which we did initially and they turned out to be a little floppy and weren’t quite golden brown and delicious. However, I found that at 220C/430F for about the same amount of time they came out nicely crunchy on the outside but still moist and fluffy on the inside. When cooked until crunchy they are the perfect partner to some nice, fluffy scrambled eggs. And I also have to mention that these are a real bargain at Costco when compared to either Ocado or Tesco, where they are £2.26 per kilogram; twice as much as Costco. 2 kilograms for £2.25 (US: $3.61). Item #: 0002992.
Wild King Prawns with Panko Breading – I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I got these but thought I’d give them a try anyway. Sometimes the frozen, breaded seafood like this can be a real disaster but we didn’t find that to be the case with these at all. Inside the box, there are two individually wrapped trays of prawns, so you don’t have to make them all at once. They also include two packets of a kaffir lime sauce to give them a nice citrusy partner with a bit of a Thai influence. The sauce really packs a citrusy wallop too, so definitely taste a bit before you dredge your shrimp in it or pour it over them. We actually ended up making some Thai rice noodles with some stir fried chiles, broccoli, onions and mushrooms and then mixed the noodles and veggies with the sauce to serve with the shrimp. If I do say so myself it was pretty awesome, a great combination of flavors and textures. The shrimp are really easy to deal with because you cook them right from the freezer, so you don’t even have to think too far ahead to have them for dinner. They take about 15 – 20 minutes in the oven and come out with a crispy panko crust and amazingly tender shrimp nestled inside. Yum! So, in the end this turned out to be a good gamble. 600 grams for £9.99 (US: $16.04). Item #: 0093458.
Ziploc Gallon Freezer Bags – I know Ziploc bags aren’t all that exciting but they are something that we all buy, probably. I love Ziplocs for a variety of things from storage in the kitchen and other places around the house, as well as for travel. The big gallon size are perfect if you want to marinate meat or fish. I also use them a lot to coat veggies and bread with oil and spices: put it all in the bag togehter and then toss until everything is evenly coated. The big gallon freezer bags are also great for when you have a partially finished bag of things like the hash browns above because you can put them in a Ziploc and know that they won’t be getting all yicky and freezer burnt. We use the smaller quart sized freezer bags when we get back from Costco to separate things like our chicken breasts or hamburger patties into sets of two or three. Dividing them up like that makes it so easy to grab a bag from the freezer for dinner and know that there will be the right amount of chicken breasts. At Costco, the price is quite competitive too. Apparently, you can’t actually get Ziploc bags at the regular supermarkets here because all I can find is the store brand zip top bags. At Waitrose or Ocado (where I normally buy groceries), store brand large freezer bags are £0.064 per bag compared to £0.057 per bag at Costco, which comes to a difference of £1.08 higher for the same amount of Waitrose or Ocado. The difference is even bigger at Tesco where their store brand medium freezer bags are £0.071 per bag! I know that isn’t a huge amount, but it all adds up. And really, is the store brand quality as good as a Ziploc? My guess is probably not. So, Costco wins again. 4, 38 count boxes (152 bags total) for £8.65 (US: $13.89). Item #: 0074005.