Onion rings are one of the guilty little treats I like to indulge in from time to time. Although my husband usually makes his own secret batter, sometimes we opt to try a new product we’ve discovered on the market shelf.
Our latest discovery is the Onion Ring Coating Mix from House-Autry. The 8-oz box indicates that the mix can coat one large or three small onions. We found that to be about right.
The directions are easy to follow. First you prepare your onion for coating. It is best to pre-separate the rings before beginning the process.
Next, you prepare the batter by mixing Â¾ cup coating mix with Â½ cup of water. You will need to whisk it until it is smooth. However, do it by hand rather than using an electric beater. The latter can destroy the consistency of the batter and make it more difficult to use.
Place the remaining dry mix into another bowl. You will use it for a second coating on the rings.
Next, dip the onion into the batter mix, making certain to get all of it covered. Then coat the battered onion with the remaining dry mix.
All that is left to do is deep-fry the onion at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 3 minutes. You will need to turn the onion ring over to make certain both sides get a nice golden brown.
Once the onion is done, place it on a paper towel to absorb the excess grease. Salt or season as you like and it is ready to serve.
House-Autry’s Onion Ring Coating Mix can also be used to deep-fry vegetables as well as pickles. It works beautifully on most vegetables that are fit for frying.
Let’s talk nutrition. House-Autry’s Onion Ring Coating Mix should make enough onion rings to feed 5 to 7 people. A serving size is approximately Â¼ cup of the mix.
There are 110 calories in House-Autry’s Onion Ring Coating Mix. Of that amount, only 10 are fat-related.
There is just 1 gram of fat in House-Autry’s Onion Ring Coating Mix. There is; however, 22 grams of carbohydrate, 310 milligrams of salt and 20 milligrams of cholesterol. The mix contains no sugar.
House-Autry’s Onion Ring Coating Mix provides 3 grams of protein and 1 gram of dietary fiber. It also accounts for 8% of the daily-recommended amount of iron and vitamin A.
Ingredients include cornstarch, corn syrup solids, egg, folic acid, iron, miscellaneous spices, niacin, paprika, riboflavin, soy flour, thiamin, wheat flower, whey and yellow corn flour. It also contains artificial coloring, monocalcium phosphate, monosodium glutamate, mononitrate, sodium bicarbonate and spice extractives.
While the mix does work, I found that a lot of it came off in the oil. It made quite a mess and ruined oil that might otherwise have been reusable.
I thought the flavor was okay but it wasn’t nearly as good as my husband’s special blend. Here is my summary review:
Freshness: 3 stars. The mix should remain fresh for quite awhile since it is sealed inside a bag as well as boxed. I did not note an expiration date on the box; however, so that leaves this category somewhat unanswered.
Taste: 3 stars. The taste of House-Autry’s Onion Ring Coating Mix is similar to that of other such mixes on the market. It’s okay, but nothing special.
Nutrition: 4 stars. While House-Autry’s Onion Ring Coating Mix is high in carbohydrates, it is relatively low in fat and contains no sugar. It also provides some positives with protein, fiber and vitamins. Overall, I think it just as nutritious as its competitors.
Packaging: 4 stars. House-Autry’s Onion Ring Coating Mix comes in a pale yellow box with brown, blue and red trim. There is a large picture of the finished onion rings on the front of the box along with House-Autry’s logo. The mix should be relatively easy to spot on the store shelf.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The box measures 6 Â¾” by 4 Â¾” by 1 Â½”. It should easily fit into any kitchen cabinet or pantry. I store mine in an over sized kitchen drawer.
Availability: 3 stars. House-Autry’s Onion Ring Coating Mix isn’t a very well known product and is carried primarily by large food chains. I didn’t see it at Wal-Mart or K-Mart; however, so it may not be something discount department stores carry.
Price: 3 stars. The mix isn’t cheap but it does save a lot of time and money, which may make the $3.99 price tag bearable.
Product purchase probability: 2 stars. I might purchase this product again for a party but will probably just continue letting my husband mix his own.
Final rating: 3.7 stars. House-Autry’s Onion Ring Coating Mix is good, but not great.
5 stars = outstanding
4 stars = good
3 stars = average
2 stars = below average
1 star = poor