Sunday, May 16, 2010
Instant Mashed Potatoes for Long Term Food Storage
I do bulk store and use fairly often instant mashed potatoes. For my food storage program they are a must because real, fresh potatoes under the best storage conditions only keep for about six months.
So that leaves me with no option but to store instant mashed potatoes. The question now is which brand tastes the best and is still affordable?
The brand I like the best and have been using is ‘Idahoan Original Mashed Potatoes’ and they also use the dehydration process to produce this product.
Good Housekeeping Magazine recently did a taste test of the ‘Idahoan Original’, ‘Betty Crocker Yukon Gold’ and ‘Hungry Jack Redskins & Yukon Gold’ offerings.
The winner was ‘Idahoan Original’ @ $.17 per dry oz.; their tasters said Idahoan was “silky smooth and has a fresh potato taste”.
‘Betty Crocker Yukon Gold’ @ $.19 per dry oz.; had a good butter flavor but the texture was runny.
‘Hungry Jack Redskins & Yukon Gold’ @ $.16 per dry oz.; was smooth but without much potato flavor.
For those who are looking at #10 cans of instant potatoes I have used Provident Pantry Instant Potato Flakes @ $.20 per dry oz. in my search for the best tasting storable instant potatoes. They are good but not quite as good tasting as the Idahoan brand. The up side for prepper’s who have no equipment to Mylar bag bulk dry foods then using the #10 cans you just put it on the shelf and you’re all set.
Idahoan directions for use (about typical for all brands):To make a 1 cup serving:
2/3 cup water
¼ tsp salt
1 tbs margarine (or make from your stocked butter powder)
1/3 cup milk (or make from your stocked dry milk)
2/3 cup potato flakes (1.5 oz)