I have a love/hate relationship with making dinner. I used to love it, but it seems like the more kids that I pop out the less I enjoy making dinner. There is always some reason or excuse. I don't have the time to grocery shop. It takes too much time to make dinner. Nothing sounds good. There are too many kid activities. I'm lazy. Really the last one is the most important one!
So, when I do actually make dinner I like short cuts. We used to really enjoy the pre-packaged meals (before kids and before I learned how to really cook) that come in a box and you just add meat. Ahhh...that was the life...the life before I knew how much crap was actually in those meals. Well, fast forward to now. I still like pre-packaged items (seasoning mixes/marinades, stuffing, rice, etc) so when Influenster sent me Idahoan Signature Russetts Mashed Potatoes (check them out here) I was game.
We use the dehydrated potato mixes already but this brand was new to me. It had two methods of making it. I thought surely one will be stove top and one will be microwave, but I was wrong. They were both on the stove top. The only difference was one included milk, water, and butter AND...one didn't. We opted for the first choice.
It didn't take much time to make at all and the consensus was pretty even across the family. The potaotes were just OK. The flavor was fine but the texture seemed to be a bit off. We made it exactly as described on the package but I probably would have tossed some salt in the boiling water and added a bit more milk. I can't imagine making these the second way..yech.
Was it easy? YES.
Did it taste good? Ehhh, it is what it is for what it is.
Will I purchase this again? Hmmm...probably not. If I'm going to go the dehydrated potato route I'll probably just stick with the brand that I have.
By the way, I received this product free from Influenster. My opinion is my opinion :)