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2008/03/04 10:25:43 (permalink)

Instant Mashed Potatoes

We're all guilty of being in a hurry,sometimes. One of the oldest time savers is instant mashed potatoes. They seem to be getting better lately. Costco just started carrying a new one. Can't remember the name ,but its the one in the light blue packaging.Close to home mashed.
How do you out there feel about using the instant???Any brands yo'd recommend.Always open to suggestions. Also ever had Instant served to you in a restaurant???
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    Rusty246
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/04 10:31:40 (permalink)
    I keep a box on hand for late night snacks every now and then, I have NEVER served them to family/friends and I'm QUITE sure I had them when I was in Tampa at the "Pancake House" among others. Seems like buffets are good about this although maybe not as much.
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/04 11:20:50 (permalink)
    I use them as an ingredient to thicken soups and to coat fish fillets - really tasty and better than bread crumbs.

    But when I was a kid it was my go-to afterschool snack - my mother was horrified!
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/04 11:27:22 (permalink)
    They are ok to keep around to make a small batch for yourself. I keep them around for my kids when they want mash instead of baked.
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/04 15:56:54 (permalink)
    I subsisted on them when I was a poor college student. Seems like plenty of restaurants serve them. I now prefer the real thing and they're not hard to make and can be made fairly quickly.
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/04 16:21:07 (permalink)
    we serve them at our church suppers. We use LOTS of butter and half and half. They come out quite tasty if I must say so myself
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/04 16:23:44 (permalink)
    Yeh, we've found that doctored instant isn't bad at all...maybe the consistancy is a little off...but pretty tasty.
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/04 17:01:15 (permalink)
    I keep them as an emergency standby. Well, roughly translated, that means " when I am too tired or hurried to make proper mashed potatoes ". So thats about 3 times a year. I use Smash. At least that vaguely tastes like potatoes, unlike the cheaper varieties, even though they've stopped making them in the " dried nugget " configuration and gone over to powder like everyone else.

    Sometimes when I am really unwell I will crave Smash mash and tinned spaghetti hoops. The Smash mash has to take up half a bowl with a nugget of butter melting into it and the tinned spaghetti hoops the other.

    Yes I have been served instant mash when I've eaten out and I was extremely cross about it. It was only in a pub but I still would expect fresh mashed potatoes.

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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/05 08:29:19 (permalink)
    I keep a box on hand, but never use it for it's intended purpose.
    As mentioned above it makes for a great thickener for soups and graveys.
    Also, if you over cook your spuds or leave them in a double boiler too long and find that they get runny, use them to tighten up the spuds.
    But they can be good for last minute unenvited guests {kids} to strech a meal. Chow Jim
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/05 08:34:58 (permalink)
    Poor kids, we tend to give them the inferior stuff...taste buds don't know better???
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/05 08:50:22 (permalink)
    I keep a box in my cabinet for out of potato emergencies like if I forgot to buy a bag or something lol which doesn't happen often but when I'm grocery shopping with an active 3 year old my brain can get a bit scattered ;)
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/05 08:50:34 (permalink)
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/05 08:57:25 (permalink)
    Oh dear.....these are my secret shame. I love them but would never feed them to anyone else!
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/05 09:02:52 (permalink)
    Why are we all so embarrassed to serve things we like?????
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/05 09:06:35 (permalink)
    IMHO...I am not a fan of instant mash, but the ones you can get from sams club in the red box..Idahoan I think is the name...It already has dry milk in it so you just add water. If you make them a little thicker than what the directions say...not bad...esp. if you use them for a sheppards pie or filler , or potato cakes , put a little chesse on top...MMmmm
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/05 13:58:47 (permalink)
    Yes,Idahoan's were sold at Costco also...and they are very close to the real thing!
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/05 15:54:45 (permalink)
    There are no circumstances under which I would use instant mashed potatoes.
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/05 16:35:47 (permalink)
    Growing up, My mama would make them all the time for us. A few years ago, she started making mashed taters from scratch. She was amazed at the difference.

    I keep a box of flakes around for things

    Breading for fried fish
    thickening soup
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/07 16:28:10 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by leethebard

    Yes,Idahoan's were sold at Costco also...and they are very close to the real thing!


    I have several of these in my pantry. I have the Yukon Gold and the original with the peels inside. I think they are very good. Obviously the real thing is better but I travel a lot and sometimes when I come home and in a hurry, these really hit the spot.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/07 16:44:13 (permalink)
    It doesn't take all that long to boil and mash potatoes. And yes, I use butter on mine, not margarine, to tie it in with the toast thread.
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 03:04:20 (permalink)
    I use them all the time. I work 12 hour midnight shifts and the wife works during the day. When I have to get up to make supper for the kids, this is what I use (depending on the meal of course). I'm just to lazy to whip up the real things.
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 13:28:27 (permalink)
    They should be banned or renamed instant white crap.
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 13:33:03 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by leethebard

    Yeh, we've found that doctored instant isn't bad at all...maybe the consistancy is a little off...but pretty tasty.



    lee do you make the fake potatoes with margarine, skim milk, and then top them with processed cheese?...Russ
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 14:29:44 (permalink)
    Instant mashed potatoes are OK, but I find it just as easy to make real ones because I just chop some russet golds with the skin on, add them to a pot, fill to the top of the potatoes with water and turn on the stove. It takes about 1 minute to toss in some milk, butter, and scallions and mash when they are done.
    I think my problem with instant mashed potatoes is that I can't find ones I like more than the ones my school cafeteria served. I hated almost everything ever served to me at school and I was always really happy whenever they had mashed potatoes.
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 18:23:36 (permalink)
    No Russ,my kids like it plain...or with lots of garlic added...1% milk and smart balance margarine!
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 18:48:16 (permalink)
    Obviously the real thing is the best but on occasion I find myself without potatoes. When that occurs, I use instant. I have the Idioahans and they are very good.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 18:59:00 (permalink)
    Instant potatoes is where my husband has drawn a "line in the sand"!!!!!
    I have never ( in 40+ years of marriage) ever even bought a box and brought it home. I fear that the DPD would be investigating a murder if that were to happen.
    Our son, however, uses them all the time and was even brave enough to fix and serve them to his Dad....of course, he never told dear old Dad that they were out of a box.....he's not quite that brave!
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 19:09:58 (permalink)
    I'll use them once in a great while. I have nothing against them, but they need some serious doctoring with butter.
    But I do suggest them to alot of my customers for rodent control. Mice will eat the dry flakes (they love the stuff). Then once the mouse drinks some water, the spuds expand in their guts killing them. Makes a nice non-toxic, organic alternative to chemicals.

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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 19:16:00 (permalink)
    wow,that mouse story is wild....true??????
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    RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 19:53:20 (permalink)
    I would never second guess Uncle Vic.
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