Instant Mashed Potatoes

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leethebard
Sirloin
2008/03/04 10:25:43
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???
Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/04 10:31:40
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.
Lexi
Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/04 11:20:50
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!
mikez629
Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/04 11:27:22
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.
Earl of Sandwich
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/04 15:56:54
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.
bakman_01570
Hamburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/04 16:21:07
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
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/04 16:23:44
Yeh, we've found that doctored instant isn't bad at all...maybe the consistancy is a little off...but pretty tasty.
MissKitty
Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/04 17:01:15
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.

Jimeats
Filet Mignon
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/05 08:29:19
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
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/05 08:34:58
Poor kids, we tend to give them the inferior stuff...taste buds don't know better???
Leania_1stone
Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/05 08:50:22
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 ;)
myterry2
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/05 08:50:34
will_work_4_bbq
Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/05 08:57:25
Oh dear.....these are my secret shame. I love them but would never feed them to anyone else!
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/05 09:02:52
Why are we all so embarrassed to serve things we like?????
TraderJ
Junior Burger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/05 09:06:35
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
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/05 13:58:47
Yes,Idahoan's were sold at Costco also...and they are very close to the real thing!
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/05 15:54:45
There are no circumstances under which I would use instant mashed potatoes.
CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/05 16:35:47
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
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/07 16:28:10
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
Knoxville, TN
uncledaveyo
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/07 16:44:13
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.
tkitna
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 03:04:20
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.
db1105
Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 13:28:27
They should be banned or renamed instant white crap.
Russ Jackson
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 13:33:03
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
Porcelina
Hamburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 14:29:44
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.
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 18:23:36
No Russ,my kids like it plain...or with lots of garlic added...1% milk and smart balance margarine!
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 18:48:16
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
Knoxville, TN
mland520
Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 18:59:00
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!
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 19:09:58
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.

leethebard
Sirloin
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 19:16:00
wow,that mouse story is wild....true??????
Greyghost
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 19:53:20
I would never second guess Uncle Vic.
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 19:57:56
True...stil...
Russ Jackson
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 20:16:53
Only thing I have ever used instant potatoes for is breading to fry stuff. They also make a pretty good thickening agent. Making real mashed is so simple why bother?
lee do you use margarine and water milk because of health reasons? Or because you like it better that way? ....Russ
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 20:21:45
Both Russ,we've really grown accustomed to the Smart Balance and the 1%..or sometimes 2%...just can't take the excess fat...we choose our poisons!
UncleVic
Sirloin
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/08 20:38:17
quote:
Originally posted by leethebard

wow,that mouse story is wild....true??????

Yup, it be true. You can Google it to verify. 1st time I read about it I was a kid.
jellybear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/09 09:49:34
TraderJ has got it right,The ones from Sams are a staple in my house.I will put them up against fresh any day.
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/10 07:55:15
Yes, they're the sam one's from Costco and they ARE pretty tasty!
David_NYC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/10 15:06:09
quote:
Originally posted by TraderJ

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

TraderJ:
Could you tell us if you buy the Idahoan Real Premium Mashed Potatoes:
http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?dest=5&item=193850
or the Potato Pearls Excel Potatoes:
http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?dest=5&item=339971

A manager for Old Country Buffet told me about Idahoan Real 10 years ago after I asked him how I could make potatoes as good as they were serving at the time. I was buying them in supermarkets in a approx. one pound package, but they started to disappear from supermarket shelves. While I doctor them up with butter, sour cream and black pepper, they are closer to made-from-scratch than any other type I ever tried.
Robearjr
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/10 20:53:09
As a kid I loved instant mashed potatoes. I'm not sure why, it was probably because they didn't have the lumps that my mom's potatoes had.

I still don't like my mom's mashed potatoes, but I also turned against the instant kind as well. I much prefer red bliss potatoes that are smashed.
bob12312357
Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/10 22:53:40
quote:
Originally posted by leethebard

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???
Ohh,bro that stuff is good eats. Even got pieces of skin in there. Doesn't taste at all like dried potatoes from KFC or somethin. Heck,the instant is better then my moms homemade. Paradise somethin its called.
David_NYC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/11 00:28:43
Thanks for the tip. Paradise turns out to be Paradise Valley Creamy Instant Mashed Potatoes. From this I learned that the Idahoan Real potatoes are also now made by the same company, North American Foods, LLC. It is a merger of RD Offut, Idahoan Foods and United II Potato Growers of Idaho. This may explain the rejiggling of former Idahoan products.
Shara
Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/11 01:16:35
I never thought to use them to thicken soup (a great idea!) or as breading. Does the breading with them come out similar to panko (Japanese) breadcrumbs? I'm addicted to those and make great oven baked chicken fingers with them. It seems like they would be similarly crunchy or should I just stick with the panko?
bwave
Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/11 01:29:35
Oh god no, how hard is it to make mashed potatoes?? And mashed potatoes shouldn't have cow juice in them, just potatoes and margarine.
brittneal
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/11 05:14:45
We keep a boiling vat of Hungry Jack over the front door. This is only to discourage salesmen and Jehova's Wittnesses.
britt
sftreat
Junior Burger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/11 05:17:19
All of you upper crust snobs who have the gall to say I would NEVER serve instant potatoes make me gag. I suppose you roast and grind your own coffee beans and also grind your own peanuts for peanut butter. Oh yeah, and churn your own butter. Get off the horse and join the real world. We all use premade products every day. Every one every day. Got it?
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/11 05:21:17
sftreat,
Good points...I bet some of them are the same folks admitting to eating at Arby's or ,gag,Pizza Hut for lunch,then going home at mixing some instant mashed potatoes!!!Some of us have fickle stomachs,indeed!
rebeltruce
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/12 10:42:59
I like instant mashed potatoes, if I don't have any potatoes in the house and have a craving for mashed potatoes I always have a box on hand.

Even Julia Child said they are OK with cream and plenty of butter, if they are good enough for Julia then they are good enough for me, she happens to be a personal hero of mine.

I wouldn't hesitate to serve them to friends. With enough cream and butteer they are fine!
brittneal
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/12 16:10:01
Baccccccccck in my Chef says it was the mark of an inferior cook t thicken clam chowde with instant spuds. Noone would ever know unles you told them and the result is suprisingly good.
For a fish coating I mix 1/3 breadcrumbs, 1/3 bisquick and 1/3 instant mashed. Its delicious. It tastes like the fish has a french fry batter.
britt
Rick F.
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/12 23:14:50
Not "instant," but I suppose equally contemptible, are the tubs of pre-mashed potatoes sold under the name, "Country Crock." We use them all the time here, lumps and all.
tkitna
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/13 01:22:04
quote:
Originally posted by Rick F.

Not "instant," but I suppose equally contemptible, are the tubs of pre-mashed potatoes sold under the name, "Country Crock." We use them all the time here, lumps and all.


I use them on a regualr basis too Rick. The kids and wife like them and so do I. Oh well.
TooPhat
Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/13 10:06:46
I also use the pre-mashed potatoes. The brand I use is Yoders, don't know if these are regional or not. I add some extra butter, salt and pepper. They taste great, my family loves them. Really handy when everyone is tired and ready to eat.
Pam
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/13 10:59:54
Sounds like Amish mashed potatoes...common Amish name!
dancinhomer
Junior Burger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/13 11:05:01
Idahoan brand are far and away better than any other instant mashed potato you will find.
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/14 05:21:39
I have not found a better mashed brand yet..if there is one let us know!!!!
mbrookes
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/14 16:27:56
I use instant potatoes for thickening gravies, soups, stews etc.because I can't have gluten (wheat,barley, rye, oats)
Please, someone, tell me how to use them as coating for fried fish.
baileysoriginal
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/14 16:49:49
mbrookes - go to the Hungry Jack website - they have recipes for oven fried chicken and oysters so you can probably get an idea for how to do fish using seasonings and such to suit your taste.

I really didn't know that instant potato flakes could be used in so many different ways.
roossy90
Sirloin
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/18 13:05:20
quote:
Originally posted by Greyghost

I would never second guess Uncle Vic.

Neither would I!....
TraderJ
Junior Burger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/03/18 13:55:07
quote:
Originally posted by David_NYC

quote:
Originally posted by TraderJ

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

TraderJ:
Could you tell us if you buy the Idahoan Real Premium Mashed Potatoes:
http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?dest=5&item=193850
or the Potato Pearls Excel Potatoes:
http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?dest=5&item=339971

A manager for Old Country Buffet told me about Idahoan Real 10 years ago after I asked him how I could make potatoes as good as they were serving at the time. I was buying them in supermarkets in a approx. one pound package, but they started to disappear from supermarket shelves. While I doctor them up with butter, sour cream and black pepper, they are closer to made-from-scratch than any other type I ever tried.


The Idahoan Real Premium Mashed Potatoes...I haven't tried the other you mentioned...but heck...for $5.00 and the box makes 64 servings..it's cheap enough to try them all!
godsil
Junior Burger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/04/07 22:13:44
God bless y'all! Fakey flakey dried tators are a guilty pleasure to me. I worked for a few years as the dreaded "school cook". We worked with all the somewhat scary "commodities" from Uncle Sam. Believe me, those commodies were used gratefully at times and other times, with humor. ( OMG...what to do with 20 large cans of low quality salmon with bones...umm, salmon patties that the kids called "cat food".

But, I digress. I came to love and appreciate dried tator flakes done up with reconstituted dry milk and LOTS of real butter. Made in a huge Hobart floor model mixer.
Scarlett
Cheeseburger
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/04/07 22:35:47
Idanoan's are what I buy. I always have them on hand so, I make them when I want them, in single servings, and to me they are good.

I don;t like the 'powdered'instant potatoes but do like the 'flake' type.
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
RE: Instant Mashed Potatoes 2008/04/08 01:19:17
quote:
Originally posted by UncleVic
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.


UncleVic,
But how do you sleep through all those little mouse explosions? -- I would think that it might get a bit noisy at your place....
Come To Poppa, Un-Mouse-Housed Ort. Carlton in Otherwise-Varmint-Filled Athens, Georgia.
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