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Country Crock Mashed Potatoes admission

I started to write this post with a bunch of excuses as to why a made from scratch girl would visit the dark side of prepared foods land and gave up. I tried Country Crock Mashed Potatoes at a party and thought they were good. Bought them for dinner and was even more happy with the product. So there you have it, no excuses, if you are significantly pressed for time and want mashed potatoes I suggest giving them a try.

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  1. I share in your pain and addiction to MPs.

    My SLIP (Serenity Lost Its Priority) into the Dark Side is generally caused by the taters suddenly spoiling on me -and-or- total lack of energy to stand in front of the sink to peel them. Country Crock is up there perhaps a 3.5 on a 5 scale with some equals or inferiors like Simply Potatoes(=), or Bob Evans(-).

    But, now I keep a bag of raw shredded potatoes in my freezer. Those are ready to boil and drain. Then mash(with very little effort), milk, butter, and season for a definite 4.0-4.5 MP fix. It's much closer in real taste and texture if done right.

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    1. re: RShea78

      "But, now I keep a bag of raw shredded potatoes in my freezer."

      Please explain exactly what you do to prepare them. Don't they turn color?

    2. I was feeling lazy one night and wanted mashed potatoes and was going to pick up one of those country crock things, until I looked at the price and thought - I could buy 5 lbs of potatoes, a stick of butter, and a small carton of milk for less than they are getting for small container of mashed potatoes. Laziness is quite expensive.

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      1. re: LStaff

        I absolutly agree, but with 6 kids I take all the fast, shortcuts I can. Try Diners Choice MP cheaper than CC and just as good. Especially the garlic, my kids love them.

        1. re: LStaff

          > > ""I was feeling lazy one night and wanted mashed potatoes and was going to pick up one of those country crock things...""

          Like I tell my sis, "Never shop for an item your hungry for, because them store keeps have their pricing system coordinated with your stomach." So SHE is the one dishing out something like $4.59 for a container of MP. It can rot at that price. My last containers of CC was a 3 for $5 deal. (~$1.67 each) Now, they are worth it.

          > > ""Laziness is quite expensive.""

          I would say "temptation is even more expensive".

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          1. re: LStaff

            I wasn't being lazy. I had been working long hours all week and wanted a home cooked meal. I agree it wasn't the most economical choice but compared to the cost of eating out or ordering in it was a happy medium. Sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girls gotta do!

          2. I also have a secret addiction to a prepared potato product, if it makes you feel any better! Ore Ida Twice-baked Potatoes, particularly the cheddar ones... my grandma used to fix these for me with extra cheese and a pat of butter on top and I loved them! (I actually make homemade twice-baked potatoes often, with all kinds of fillings, but these just hit the spot sometimes.) I haven't had them in ages! Think I need a fix soon!

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            1. re: Katie Nell

              Katie, you can keep the Twice-baked Potatoes.

              I mean that, I won't even get refried beans- because they didn't get them right the first time. <wink>

              1. re: Katie Nell

                I love those twice baked potatoes. I completely forgot about them, thanks for jogging my memory.

                1. re: Katie Nell

                  Katie, if you like twice baked potatoes, I have successfully frozen them. You can buy a large quantity of baking potatoes, bake them, fix with butter, sour cream, chives, cheese, whatever you like and freeze individually on cookie sheet. I store them in Food Saver bags and take out 1 at a time as needed. You can nuke them or heat in toaster oven. Great for nights when we don't all get to eat together as a family.

                  1. re: Diane in Bexley

                    That is a fabulous idea! I may try that this weekedn so the husband can have them whenever he wants.
                    Thanks!

                2. I also love mashed potatoes and any meat gravy, and sometimes the "need" to have them is on a work night, and I do not have time to peel the potatoes, cook them, etc...unless I want to eat after 8:00 p.m.. So I have tried these country crock, and another brand I cant remember prepared mashed potatoes, and they are ok.

                  Nowhere near home made with the heavy cream, and sometimes the garlic I add, but they feed my craving for them as I said.

                  1. Haven't tried any of the refrigerated MPs, mostly because of the cost factors noted elsewhere, but partly because I can easily feed my MP addiction with those bags of frozen potato balls. Half a bag in a six-cup covered dish with milk and a glob of butter-like substance and some pepper, zapped with a stirring session halfway through, and there we are. Okay, it's a much finer purée than I really prefer, but the flavor is excellent. Besides that, even if we don't factor in the time it takes to make them from scratch, figuring the cost of decent potatoes and the gas to cook them makes the frozen ones a real bargain.

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