An-10-Eye has grown tired of his usual food - rusty nails and diesel oil sauce.
With Screen he searches for an acceptable alternative that is eaten on
earth. At Kilkeel Primary School they find the children eating their packed
lunches. An-10-Eye picks up on the word "crisp" because it reminds
him of the crunchy nails and wants to know more about this "strange"
food. The class is discussing potatoes prior to a visit to Tayto Castle
in Tandragee. Mrs McVeigh is telling the children about her own younger
days when everyone in the countryside helped to gather potatoes.
By following this trip An-10-Eye and Screen see all the stages in the making
of potato crisps.
It starts with gathering and sorting potatoes on a County Down farm near Rathfriland. Even this process
is mechanised although a farmer still has to do the final check by hand.
The potatoes are packed into large wooden crates, each holding one ton
weight, and are loaded onto lorries to be transported to the Tayto factory.
On arrival, An-10-Eye is delighted to find that all the work is done in a real castle! Before
the children enter the processing area they must get safety instructions
and put on protective clothing. There is a funny dressing up sequence
which serves to emphasise the company rules of safety, hygiene and quality
The class follows the various processes which turn the potatoes into crisps; unloading,
storage, cleaning and peeling, slicing, cooking and flavouring. The highlight
of the trip is tasting the newly cooked crisps before the flavouring is
In the packaging department, An-10-Eye even discovers one of his mechanical ancestors whirling around
and wrapping boxes of crisps. Huge pallets stacked with different varieties
are loaded onto lorries and the children are finally seen buying crisps
at their local school tuck shop.