Thanks to She Speaks, we had the opportunity to try Ore-Ida’s new Steam n’ Mash potatoes. (To be eligible for future offers sign up for She Speaks HERE.) I was so excited to try these because my family loves mash potatoes but I don’t have much time to prepare home made mashed potatoes. So they usually have to settle for boxed potatoes. However, these just aren’t going to cut it for my family.
To make these, you leave place the unopened bag in the microwave on High for 10 minutes. Let cool for 2 minutes. You then pour the potatoes into a large bowl. Add 2/3 cup milk and 2 tablespoons of butter and then mash. Sounds simple enough. I found the potatoes very hard to mash by hand.
Despite being 100% potatoes already scrubbed and cut for us, the consistency of the potatoes fell short of flavor. The were very dry and just didn’t taste right. They tasted more fake to me than the fake potatoes. I even tried to add more butter, milk, and sour cream and it didn’t help much. My kids weren’t impressed and said they preferred instant potatoes over these. We tried to the Cut Russet Potatoes. Ore-Ida offers other varieties such as Sweet Potatoes, Garlic Seasoned, and Three Cheese Potatoes.
Sorry Ore-Ida. I usually love your products but this just doesn’t cut it for us.
Verdict: I would not pay for these potatoes. At $3.99 a bag, you are better off just buying a bag of potatoes and doing the dirty work yourself. I really wish I felt differently about these potatoes as I would love a quicker alternative to home made mashed potatoes. (I just found out Ore-Ida has a great resource on their site – recipes to use with their Steam n’ Mash products. I think these potatoes would be great to use in any of these recipes. We just didn’t like them plain. So try one of their recipes and let me know!)
My alternative at this point is to make ahead real mashed potatoes by buying a big bag on sale for $2.99. I spend a Saturday morning, peeling, cutting, boiling, and mashing. Then I freeze what I made into smaller containers. All I have to do then is reheat.