Instant Mashed Potatoes
Instant Mashed Potatoes
Instant mashed potatoes offer a quick, easy way to make mashed potatoes, a common side dish that many consider comfort food. You can make the best instant mashed potatoes with just a little butter and milk, or jazz them up with sour cream, chives, cheese, bacon bits and various spices. Some instant potatoes come with extra ingredients in the mix, so ensure they're as nutritious as the real deal.
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Are Instant Mashed Potatoes Healthy?
While real whole potatoes are healthier, instant mashed potatoes made from real potatoes that have been dehydrated generally provide the same vitamins except for vitamin C. Like real potatoes, instant potatoes contain potasio, an essential mineral for regulating fluid in your body’s cells.
However, many instant mashed potatoes contain slightly more salt than you might add when cooking mashed potatoes from scratch, so keep this in mind. Adding shredded cheese and other toppings could also impact the health factor.
How Long Do Instant Mashed Potatoes Last?
Like other foods, instant mashed potatoes have a "best by" date on the packaging. Most companies don't recommend using instant potatoes past this date as the dehydrated potatoes start breaking down, potentially affecting quality and taste. When stored at room temperature, the shelf life of most dehydrated potato products is 1 to 2 years.
Once prepared, instant potatoes usually last 3 to 5 days stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. However, the potatoes may separate and require stirring with a sturdy spoon.
Are Instant Mashed Potatoes Gluten-Free?
Homemade mashed potatoes typically only include potatoes, with butter and possibly whole milk added, making them gluten-free. Several brands of instant mashed potatoes are considered gluten-free, especially plain versions, because they're made the same way. However, read the ingredients list to see what's been added to loaded mashed potatoes and other varieties with additional ingredients to learn whether they contain gluten-free cheese or other items that would cause them to no longer be gluten-free.
Do Instant Mashed Potatoes Contain More Calories?
From a calorie standpoint, it varies based on the type of instant potatoes. When preparing Betty Crocker brand instant potatoes, creamy butter potatoes contain 90 calories per packaged serving and 150 calories per serving if made per the instructions on the bag. However, the sour cream-and-chives variety has 160 calories once cooked, and the four-cheese flavor has 170 calories per serving cooked.
The overall calories always increase once you rehydrate the potatoes. Calories can also vary if you prepare your potatoes differently than instructed, such as using water instead of milk or olive oil instead of butter. The calorie count also generally increases if you add ingredients, such as shredded or cream cheese.
Does CVS Sell Instant Mashed Potatoes?
Yes, CVS Sells a variety of Instant Mashed Potatoes. Browse our selection in stores and online.