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May 22, 2013 03:31 PM

Bob Evans' Store Bought Mash Potatoes

If you haven't had these, you are missing out on the absolutely best mash potatoes I have ever had.

Anyone have a recipe as good, or ideally the same?

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  1. Peel potatoes, boil until done. Drain. Mash with milk/cream & butter. So simple. Every time I see those Bob Evans mashed potatoes in the grocery store I always think to myself who would buy something like that. But I gather it's quite a convenience for some. To each their own I guess.

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      1. re: miss_belle

        I tried, so help me God I tried, to like the bought mashed potatoes because I adore mashed potatoes. But they seem watery to me and I am turning out to like chemical additives less and less as time goes by. I give up: can't do it. So I peel and boil up a whole bag of real potatoes and mash them with butter and hot milk and Kosher salt and then I freeze a zillion individual portions and happily work my way through them.

        1. re: Querencia

          How do you cook the frozen portions? Does it stay creamy?

          My quick and dirty mashed potatoes is to put cut potatoes, milk, cream, butter, crushed garlic into a rice cooker and cook as I would rice. Mash when ready for dinner. It makes Thanksgiving so much easier.

        2. re: miss_belle

          excuse me, but we were brought up on home made mashed potatoes and they are wonderful but my elderly mom recently became a widow and has physical problems so it is very convenient for her to buy already made potatoes. yes, to each their own. It amazes me how people are so quick to judge others, even about food!!!!!!!

          1. re: ETandKiska

            Well,,, this is a HOME COOKING forum, in which prepared foods and frozen microwaveable meals are seldom discussed.

            Tes, my now deceased mother ate the microwave mashed potatoes because she was only allowed to use the microwave and not the stove.

            Once a month I'd come over and make her a real meal with real mashed potatoes.

   is a wonderful site for prepared foodm fast food and convenience foods.

            I myself don't consider microwaving a Stoffers tray of mac and cheese "cooking." Is it yummy? Hell yes. Will I suggest it to friends ? Sure. But it's nothing I can give a recipe for since I have no access to the wonderful chicals Nestles uses to make it.

            You can call it all :semantics:, and I'm all for convenience, but prepared packaged food from a factory is still what iit is. :-(

        3. I agree that they are very, very good. The best I ever had? Dunno, but they sure are convenient.

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              1. I'd guess that the key is to use more salt, butter and cream than most folks think that they "ought" to.

                When we get convenience mashed potatoes we buy another brand, but we've had the BE sweet potatoes, which are also tasty.

                Why get these? They're great for anyone who's not skilled with peeler or knife (younger children, those with arthritis, some spouses... you know who you are...) The convenience of a) not needing to buy/store raw potatoes that rot while waiting for the cook to get around to using them, b) not needing to peel / dice raw potatoes and c) not needing to wait an hour between "let's have mashed potatoes" and "YUM, mashed potatoes!"

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                1. re: MidwesternerTT

                  I used to buy them at my supermarket that sells great fried chicken but not-so-great mashed potatoes in their deli section. The 2-pack single serving product is still on the Bob Evans website but has unfortunately disappeared from all the supermarkets in my area. I cannot buy the regular size as I am weak in the presence of that quantity of mashed potatoes.

                  1. re: MidwesternerTT

                    More fat (and salt) is probably the key. There are 7 grams of fat per 1/2 cup so that's about 2 tablespoons of butter/ margarine.