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Wednesday, November 26

A Sandra Lee "Steam N' Mash" Taste Test

Thanksgiving (in USA) is tomorrow. Everyone going crazy planning their menus?

Well, will cutting out the mashed potatoes save you some headaches? That's what Sandra Lee wants you to think now that she's endorsing Steam N' Mash potatoes by Ore-Ida, the microwaveable mashed potatoes.

So, being the dedicated blogger that I am, I just had to taste test them before Thanksgiving in case any of you are looking for any last-minute shortcuts tomorrow.

Take a look:



The verdict? They're not bad. As you saw, the bag gave me the most trouble. You could probably make them creamier by using real cream that was heated a little more than the milk I used. But if your family is bigger than like 2-3 people, you're gonna need more than one bag, which would end up taking just as long (or longer) than boiling real potatoes.

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19 Comments:

At 11/26/2008 8:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You like being on camera now, don't you? The sickness grows inside you. lol. Kidding.

What's the point of this, though? Mash potaotes are really easy to make, and any sort of fake-mashed product always tastes like what one might imagine boiled toilet paper might taste like. And I'm sure someone will whine "I have kids and I work and blah, blah, quickness, ease, blah, blah." Fine. Feed your kid boiled toilet paper. See if I care...

 
At 11/26/2008 8:40 AM , Anonymous Laura said...

How much was the bag of "steam N smash. If you have more then the 2-3 people to feed, then I'm guessing this route could become costly to make. I love mashed potatoes and doubt I would ever try these. As anon above said, mashed potatoes are easy to make and take no time at all.

 
At 11/26/2008 8:52 AM , Blogger Jenna said...

Jacob,

You are just a doll and I love seeing you on the blog!


Much love and Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks so much for this site!

 
At 11/26/2008 9:04 AM , Anonymous Gen said...

Ditto for anon 8:31. I bought these and thought they would be good. Wrongo. They taste like gritty cardboard no matter what you put in them. I put in butter, half and half, fleur de sel, pepper, sour cream and garnished with chives. They still tasted blech. Never again.

 
At 11/26/2008 10:05 AM , Blogger Becca said...

If you're really lazy, like Sandra Lee, just buy some red potatoes, leave the skin on, and make smashed potatoes. Really about the same amount of work as the bag o'mush you prepared, might take 10 minutes longer. Lots cheaper! For those of us who can't spend unlimited amounts of money on crappy food and tablescapes.

 
At 11/26/2008 10:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

NO! Real potatoes only. Especially on Thanksgiving. Did you buy the frozen green bean casserole too? LOL.

 
At 11/26/2008 10:22 AM , Blogger rebekah said...

cute jacob.

i fail to really see the point of these types of potatoes. heh this product reminds me of a lolcat caption "they sure come up with funny ways to show that you're lazy."

totally ignore the lolcat thing. i'm not that big of a dork, i swear. (sort of).

 
At 11/26/2008 11:05 AM , Blogger Freddy said...

Great video, very adorable! I was wondering about those potatoes, but your verdict is just about what I was expecting. Have a Happy Thanksgiving with real mashed potatoes :)

 
At 11/26/2008 11:23 AM , Blogger Cyndi said...

What's the point? Makes perfect sense to me. All those manufacturers make next to no money by putting raw potatoes in bags or bins and shipping them off to market. The money is in processing. By cooking, adding God knows what, and packaging ordinary potatoes into new products, they can jack up the price. Now all they have to do is convince Americans that they have no cooking skills and can't even boil a potato, which, unfortunately, way too many people believe.

 
At 11/26/2008 11:34 AM , Blogger jacob said...

I think they were like 3-something and I had a coupon for $1 off. I guess for people using all of their burners, these would be an option?

As for me, I'm actually making Tyler Florence's whipped sweet potato and bananna thing. No traditional ones this time. Boo hoo.

 
At 11/26/2008 12:37 PM , Anonymous laura said...

So if you spent 3-something for one bag that feeds 2-3 people, then to feed say 20 people is going to cost a lot of money. Let's face it, what these people consider a serving is not what I end up eating. Go with made from scratch.....

 
At 11/26/2008 1:10 PM , Anonymous brian said...

I agree with everybody else. How is this so much easier than making them from scratch?

 
At 11/26/2008 7:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great video Jacob--I hope you do more of these!

 
At 11/26/2008 8:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real deal is always better & a money saver. The spud is still a better value for your $. Save on the big ticket food. Thanks Jacob for the video. Let us know how Tylers dish turns out!. Happy Thanksgiving. Now that we are into the holidays/new FN shows in Jan I am looking to you for all "the scoop".

 
At 11/27/2008 1:17 PM , Blogger Schottzie03 said...

These seem best suited for a 2am mashed potato jones for those of us with that kind of lifestyle choice.

 
At 11/28/2008 3:31 PM , Blogger David said...

I like that you shop with coupons.

 
At 11/30/2008 4:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mother and aunts love this stuff.

 
At 12/01/2008 6:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

MORE VIDEOS OF CUTE GUY, please!!!!

 
At 12/05/2008 4:24 PM , Anonymous Addictedtotheaddict said...

Why have you not signed up to be on the Next Food Network Star?!?!? You are a natural in front of the camera!

BTW, I can eat the hell out of my Idaho Spuds, so don't knock the flakes! They got me through college.

 

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