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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?

  1. Kholvaitar 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."

    1. MandalayVA Mar 12, 2010 09:46 AM

      I think Ore-Ida has a similar product.

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      1. re: MandalayVA
        cheesecake17 Mar 12, 2010 09:53 AM

        Steam N Mash Potatoes.

        That commercial is ALWAYS on.

      2. visciole Mar 12, 2010 09:34 AM

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

        1. c
          Cathy 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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          1. re: Cathy
            cheesecake17 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...

            1. re: cheesecake17
              Fydeaux 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.

              1. re: cheesecake17
                LA Buckeye Fan 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.

                1. re: LA Buckeye Fan
                  cheesecake17 Mar 12, 2010 08:59 AM

                  It was both halves in the tray.

                  1. re: cheesecake17
                    buttertart Mar 12, 2010 09:43 AM

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

                    1. re: buttertart
                      cheesecake17 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.

                      1. re: cheesecake17
                        FrankD 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.

                        1. re: FrankD
                          visciole Mar 12, 2010 10:23 AM

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

                          1. re: FrankD
                            cheesecake17 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.

                      2. re: cheesecake17
                        LA Buckeye Fan 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::

                      3. re: LA Buckeye Fan
                        buttertart 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.

                        1. re: buttertart
                          JerryMe 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!

                          1. re: JerryMe
                            buttertart Mar 12, 2010 11:04 AM

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

                  2. c
                    cheesecake17 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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                    1. re: cheesecake17
                      Jen76 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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