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McCain "Purely Potatoes"

neighborguy Mar 12, 2010 06:52 AM

I don't understand this product. Does anyone have an explanation for me?

It's a bag of frozen potato cubes meant to go in the microwave. I assume the marketing it geared toward people 'too busy with life' to do the tedium of washing, peeling and cutting while still wanting the idea of the home-made comfort of mashed potatoes. Once out of the microwave, there's still the mashing and addition of flavourings, still a lot of work imho.

I just don't get this and the first time I saw the commercial I was confused. Are there people out there who would buy this? Are there marketing geniouses out there who really think this will work?

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    cheesecake17 RE: neighborguy Mar 12, 2010 07:27 AM

    people do buy it. saw one woman in the supermarket buying several bags. it's not something i would buy, but i guess i could understand it.

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      Jen76 RE: cheesecake17 Mar 12, 2010 09:44 AM

      She may have been a couponer, too. There are people who will buy just about anything if it's cheap enough (or free) after pairing a sale with a coupon. I suppose it's not really that diffferent from buying any other frozen veggie. And, if you have a freezer, you can store them there for later use. Could come in handy in hot weather places where things like fresh potatoes don't keep very well for very long.

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      Cathy RE: neighborguy Mar 12, 2010 08:01 AM

      The Mister and I have been laughing for years at the abundance of products made for people who don't own knives.

      I've seen people buying the refrigerated peeled and cut potatoes for a few years now. Seems that frozen is just another step.

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        cheesecake17 RE: Cathy Mar 12, 2010 08:04 AM

        My favorite was the red cabbage cut in half and plastic wrapped on a foam tray. Why not buy the whole cabbage? You're going to need to do more than cut it in half anyway...

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          Fydeaux RE: cheesecake17 Mar 12, 2010 08:30 AM

          Perhaps the buyer doesnt need a whole cabbage and doesnt want the remainder to go to waste?

          People buy a lot of products that we dont understand to save themselves some time or money or inconvenience. This is America and that's their priviliege. Not everyone thinks like a Chowhound; I'm OK with that.

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            LA Buckeye Fan RE: cheesecake17 Mar 12, 2010 08:38 AM

            I wish I could still get those. I live alone and usually have to throw out a lot of vegetables that come in big packages...celery, green onions, cabbage. They are limp by the time I get around to using them all.

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              cheesecake17 RE: LA Buckeye Fan Mar 12, 2010 08:59 AM

              It was both halves in the tray.

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                buttertart RE: cheesecake17 Mar 12, 2010 09:43 AM

                Did they match? Perhaps they were from two cabbages that had gotten a bit shabby on one side.

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                  cheesecake17 RE: buttertart Mar 12, 2010 09:53 AM

                  Looked matchy enough to me. There was a whole shelf of them. Red and green- and it wasn't even packaged half red + half green per pack.

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                    FrankD RE: cheesecake17 Mar 12, 2010 10:05 AM

                    You're probably still young. There are a lot of older people who would find it difficult (or dangerous) to cut through a whole cabbage, while still being able to deal with a half sitting safely on the counter. So mama can still make cabbage rolls!

                    And, while I love turnip (or rutabagas or swedes or whatever), I do find it time consuming and a nuisance to pare off the wax, and slice it into cubes. If I could buy cut and cubed turnip, I'd probably eat it more often.

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                      visciole RE: FrankD Mar 12, 2010 10:23 AM

                      But don't you need the whole head, with intact leaves, to make cabbage rolls?

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                        cheesecake17 RE: FrankD Mar 12, 2010 10:50 AM

                        I am still young, I guess :)
                        Makes sense what you're saying about older folks.

                        I used to visit and grocery shop with an older woman who couldn't see very well. I peeled and cut up most of her veggies and stored them in ziplocks and tupperwares so that she could cook them later in the week.

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                    LA Buckeye Fan RE: cheesecake17 Mar 12, 2010 10:07 AM

                    "It was both halves in the tray"

                    lol..that's very different ::said in my best Emily Littela voice::

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                    buttertart RE: LA Buckeye Fan Mar 12, 2010 09:45 AM

                    Wrap that celery in aluminum foil and it will last practically forever. I used the last of a bunch I bought last Christmas last week - was slightly the worse for wear but still green and absolutely not rotten anywhere.

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                      JerryMe RE: buttertart Mar 12, 2010 10:26 AM

                      I'm going to have to try that trick. I hate having the last of the celery go bad.

                      Thanks Buttertart!

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                        buttertart RE: JerryMe Mar 12, 2010 11:04 AM

                        You're very welcome. I learned it on CH. It really works.

              2. visciole RE: neighborguy Mar 12, 2010 09:34 AM

                Nothing surprises me after they began to pre-mix peanut butter and jelly in the same jar.

                1. MandalayVA RE: neighborguy Mar 12, 2010 09:46 AM

                  I think Ore-Ida has a similar product.

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                    cheesecake17 RE: MandalayVA Mar 12, 2010 09:53 AM

                    Steam N Mash Potatoes.

                    That commercial is ALWAYS on.

                  2. Kholvaitar RE: neighborguy Nov 20, 2013 06:20 AM

                    McCain Smiles are genius:

                    "Simple ingredients and a special touch of fun make these happy snacks perfect for young and old alike."

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