Someone has helpfully shared a behind-the-scenes peek of Wetherspoons’ chip-measuring methods, including daily staff ‘grab tests’ and the pub chain’s ‘official chip scoop’.
A post on the Wetherspoons Paltry Chip Count Facebook group appears to reveal the company’s policies surrounding the proper portion size.
The group was created last year but has surged in popularity recently.
Almost a quarter of a million people are now taking part in the chip count, posting photos of their Spoons meals.
The results have varied wildly across the country and between pubs, with counts ranging between 10 and 41 fries.
While it seems like it comes down to luck, there are rules that Wetherspoons chefs are supposed to be following.
One group member has shared a ‘Love your chips’ poster from a wall in a Spoons venue, which outlines a surprisingly lengthy guide to creating and serving the perfect portion.
Of the Dos and Don’ts listed, instructions include, “Don’t use anything other than an official chip scoop” and “Follow the oil management guidelines.”
A highlight of the document says: “At the start of the shift, ensure all team members perform a grab test on a standard 275g portion and record this in the Kitchen DMLB,” suggested that Spoons chefs are subjected to portioning drills.
The correct portion size is supposed to be 275g for adults, and 150g for children, measured while frozen.
The chips are supposed to be cooked for three minutes and 15 seconds, made to order, as ‘customers want hot, fresh chips every time’.
He was banned, then apologised, and now all seems to be forgiven.
But the internet does not forgive so easily.
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You can buy half Christmas trees so you don’t have to decorate the full thing
December is nearly ready for rolling around once again.
It’s time to reach out the decorations out and get into the festive spirit, but for those who’d consider themselves a bit lazy, there’s an invention that could be a life saver, and it’s quite honestly genius.
You can now buy ‘half Christmas trees’ – otherwise known as or ‘against the wall Christmas trees’.
Unless your tree’s going to placed in front of a street-facing window for rafts of passers-by to see on a daily basis, it can be really tempting to just not decorate the back of it at all, right? The faff off trying to evenly-distribute strings of lights, tinsel and baubles around a full tree is often a lot more trouble than it’s worth, especially when it’s not going to be properly seen anyway.
Some would probably say it’s pointless, and it’s this thought that has presumably prompted companies to start selling these ‘half Christmas trees’.
If you’re wondering what a ‘half Christmas tree’ is, it’s basically exactly as it sounds – half a tree.
Half Christmas trees – which are also a great option for those with slightly less space to dedicate to seasonal decorations – are available in various places, and for all manner of budgets, so it should be fairly easy to get your hands on one this festive season.
According to the product description on the Very website: “This may look like a regular Christmas tree, but it’s been cleverly designed so that one side is completely flat, so no matter how limited your space might be, you and your family can still enjoy the magic of having a tree in your home,”
“Standing an impressive 6ft tall and featuring 511 tips for a lush look, you can stand it flat against the wall to save on valuable floor space,
“It also means you don’t have to worry about any of your favourite decorations being out of sight at the back”.
If you’re looking for something a little cheaper though, then there’s plenty of different options available on eBay and Amazon too, and our pick for this would be the vidaXL Artificial Half Christmas Tree – which is currently being sold on eBay by a number of different sellers for prices starting at £24.