How to Make Instant Mashed Potatoes

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Instant potatoes have been a staple in many kitchens for decades. They are one of the best-selling items in the grocery because they are inexpensive, very easy to prepare and have a long shelf life. In recent years, the flavour has improved and instant potatoes taste more like the fresh, made-from-scratch variety. There are many flavours available, but you can create a side dish that tastes homemade using some creativity with spices and other items found in your kitchen.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Sauce pan
  • Instant potatoes
  • Measuring cups
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Margarine or butter
  • Spices or other toppings
  • Fork

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  1. 1

    Read the package instructions. Measure out enough potato flakes to make the desired number of servings. You can use the basic ratio of 1 cup dry flakes equals 1 1/2 cups of cooked potatoes as a guideline.

  2. 2

    Add the correct amount of water to a saucepan. You will need about 1 cup of water per cup of potato flakes. Bring the water to a boil and add margarine (if desired).

  3. 3

    Remove the water from the heat and add the potato flakes. Add milk if desired and stir. You can add more water or milk to taste.

  4. 4

    Add any additional spices or toppings that you desire. Stir spices such as garlic or pepper into the potatoes and add toppings such as cheese or butter after you have mixed the potatoes.

  5. 5

    Fluff the potatoes with a fork before serving. Serve the instant mashed potatoes while hot and store leftovers in the refrigerator, to be used within 3 days.

Tips and warnings

  • Allow your family to add their own toppings to the basic potato recipe.

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