Instant Mashed Potatoes: Most Versatile Food

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  1. 3855singleshot

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    I have been buying those for years! I use the garlic/parm and a little corn meal to bread my fish.
     
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    My son is 14 now. He hated potatoes except fries, chips and sweet potatoes until he was maybe 9 or 10. Same deal - dry heaves and crying. We always put them on his plate and made him try a bite, and he had many a battle with relatives and Scout Leaders, who expected him to just eat them. One day I was out of fresh potatoes at home, so I subbed Idaho instant onto my Shepherd's Pie. That's one of his favourite meals, and he's eaten potatoes ever since.

    He did like sweet potatoes when he was little. Called them "peanut butter potatoes" for some reason. I'd try to cut white and yellow potatoes with them. It sort of worked, until the ratio was more potato than sweet potato, and then he wouldn't eat them. KIDS!! LOL!
     
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    I wish we could get those up here. We see retort pack tuna sometimes, but never salmon, chicken or even Spam. :(
     
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    WHAT? NO SPAM???

    Nooooooooooo....

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    I'm not a prepper so much that I have my basement full of SHTF supplies but I do pay attention to things I think make sense.

    one time I read that it's important to have a food that children will eat as they will literally starve before they will eat something they don't "like".

    their brains will not let them eat it hence the physical reactions of gagging/vomiting/etc.

    I'm just glad I was a perfect child...

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    Only by the full-sized can. HRUMPH!
     
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    I grew up fairly poor, in Idaho. Simplot dried milk and instant taters were regular fair. Back then they never tasted quite right. But that's been..a very long time. I should try them again. But I'll admit I say the title of the thread and had a rush of negative memories. They weren't gross, just never really tasted like proper potatoes.
     
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    I too could always tell when mom tried to slip instant potatoes by... I need to try them again!
     
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    no. say it ain't so...

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    Mix em thick and make potato pancakes. Add some butter buds and absolutely whatever topping you desire and you’re in the breakfast business! Doc.
     
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    hmmmmm..... Our house has been smacked down by the flu this week, but it IS Pancake Tuesday...... Challenge accepted!!

    Buttermilk with bananas and a blueberries is our usual. I have mixed instant potato flakes in before, but have never tried them solo. This will be interesting!
    blueberry pancake.jpg
     
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    I will add this to the cheap easy food. A friend from Alabama showed me years ago that all you had to do was add water, stir, and fry up johnny cakes. Better than bannock. It's also better than pure cornmeal for frying fish.
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    I didn't finish the bacon quickly enough, and my hubby took over the pancake making. There's a special secret recipe that's been handed down from father to son, for generations, in his family. It's very serious business. And messy. And not at all the way I do it. I told him that I'm not cleaning up in the kitchen when he's done. LOL! So.... Idaho instant potato pancakes are on the breakfast menu tomorrow. I think I'll make them tonight to let them firm up. ;)
     
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    The smell of the cooking bacon must have drawn him into the kitchen ;)
     
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    That sounds really good !
     
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    instant spuds are convenient, and taste ok. They are not very high in nutritional content though, and contain a lot of sodium and a lot of ingredients that you can't pronounce. I use 'em, but not that often. I get very tired of them quickly, just like with those nasty ramen noodles. :)
     
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    LOL!
    Do you think?
    *sniffs the air for bacon cookin'*
     
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    I used to like SPAM more than I do now...did they change it? Or was it always so greasy and salty? It's better cooked for sure.
     
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    @Wasp - the trick with most sauces AND soups is to let it rest or sit overnight. When I make spaghetti sauce I make it a day ahead of time and after it cooks but it in the fridge overnight or if cool enough it can sit on the stove overnight as long as you boil it very thoroughly the next day. This allows the flavors to blend and become more robust and complex. Like several others said you can also take Ragu and "doctor" it with additional things like fresh onions and garlic and seasonings. And what soup is not better on the second or third day? That is why it appears I am cooking for an entire army when I make sauces or bean soup, borscht or chili.
     
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    Never really thought of dried mash
    Do like the idea of it
    Dense, versatile , takes on just about any flavor you add
    May have to experiment
    Anyone try dehydrating their own?
     
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    love both these for trail food. i usually mix cornmeal into my bannock with other things and it turns out really good. have to try johnny cakes some time.. never made them any suggestions for recipes or how?
     
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    Another good thing to use is stove top TM or other stuffing mix. Make stuffing, add can of chicken, stuff pie-hole. Filling, and light to pack.
     
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    I have always thought that instant mashed potatoes taste MUCH better than "real" mashed potatoes, much to my wife's chagrin...:11:
     

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