Mashed Potatoes

Oh yes...I hear half of you out there going... "Mashed Potatoes? Seriously?" It goes something like this.  Over the last few years I have literally tried to get my pantry to look more likethe Johnson's:

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Notice the lack of any boxed food? No commercial products loaded with food dyes and preservatives....just the basics. Simple ingredients that when mixed together can make some amazingly yummy things.  They are my heros!

So I am down to just a few shelves left with some store canned goods, things like rice and couscous from the health food store, but very little left from the big commercial houses.  We have been this way now for well over a year.

Now I think I am going to have to come up with a sturdier shelving unit in the pantry because I have so many canned items like, pickles, salsa, tomatoes, green beans, jams etc... that I personally put up this last summer that the wire shelves are starting to bend...eeck!

Here would be my take on making the switch. It was the best thing we ever did.   We don't miss the "other stuff".  And of course we do eat crap food from time to time.  It's just that we make home made meals from whole ingredients at least 5-6 nights a week.  The kids will tell you the difference between the taste of a homecooked meal versus the boxed stuff...well there is a huge taste difference.  Home made taste soooo much better.

Now here is the thing.  Folks will pick something up at the store, like those packaged mashed potatoes in the refrigerator section, and think "Oh!  These must be natural!  And easy!" and throw them in the cart never thinking to look at the back label.  Who would?  It's just potatoes!  The thing is...they are even adding crap to the simplest food.  The first time I realized they were adding this crap to even mashed potatoes you should have heard the rant I went on.  "Why do we need this crap in this?"

Then I began talking (ok... ranting) to my pals about it, only to realize that most are now just buying the cheap/fast stuff.  Most because it is "easier" the other half because they have never learned how to make mashed potatoes.  Much like the butter making post the younger generations are growing up not knowing how the simplest foods are even made.  Not to mention they just assume it is too hard to make...hence the need for prepackaged..right?

So here is the deal... mashed potatoes are one of our favorites.  They are something I crave..lol!  Darn carbs! But they are so easy to freeze and save for the next meal.  The batch below actually made it through three meals.  I simply divide each 5 lb bag batch into freezer bags or glass jars (if you use a glass mason jar for freezing always leave about an inch at the top...it puffs up when it freezes) and plop them in the freezer till we need them.

Something else you should know....I heart the "fattening" recipe.  But this recipe is super easy to make "skinny" just switch out the cream with nonfat milk, cut the butter out (scandalous...why would anyone do that?), cut out the sour cream.

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Ingredients:

  • 5lb bag of potatoes
  • Heavy Whipping cream to consistency
  • Heaping spoonful of sour cream
  • 1 cup of butter

Start by getting a potato peeler out and peeling...I especially like this.  Gets out lots of frustrations and stress from the day...grrr

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Slice them up and throw them in a pot of boiling water....FYI~thicker slices will take longer to cook. Boil them till you can stick a fork through one easier and they kindof crumple apart.

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Drain them...

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Now here is a decision point.  You can actually freeze these cooked chunks for later use or freeze the fully mashed stuff.  If you are opting to go for the mashing... Drop a nice big stick of butter in the bottom of your mixing bowl and let the hot potatoes have a minute to melt it a bit. Then start the mixer and adding in the sour cream

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and some heavy cream...you can use milk but I prefer my tators creamy and rich.

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mix it up till it is as chunky or smooth as you would like it.

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Look what a fantastic job my new Kitchaid mixer does!  I heart my Kitchenaide!

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Awe...simply a favorite a family crowd pleaser:-)