As many of you may remember from a recent article I wrote titled 21 home remedies for a toothache,
I just had my wisdom teeth pulled a couple of weeks ago and had to be on a soft food diet for a few days while I healed.
Well I am back to eating regular foods but not without a new appreciation for a delicious snack that kept my stomach full.
Being a southern boy, I grew up on my Nana’s home made mashed potatoes, so suffice it to say I was a little hesitant to try the instant variety.
Now I have had them before as my mother was not the best cook, but the tasteless, chunky gruel that my mother used to serve me should have never been called instant mashed potatoes.
My wife loaded me up with these nifty single serve portion sizes or Idahoan mashed potatoes.
The first bowl had me hooked and each variety I tried was just as good.
The roasted garlic with just a touch of extra butter is by far my favorite.
Now what does this have to do with survival?
After doing a little research I have found that these pouches and cups of instant mashed potatoes have a fairly long shelf life ( roughly 18 months) and I am fairly positive that they would be OK for much longer than that.
Extremely light weight
Only requires water to eat
even though you are supposed to heat it ( and it tastes better heated) I have set a bowl of it out and made it without heat. Obviously ther is something much better about a steaming pile of potato than there is about a room temperature mound of it but it is still flavorful and filling
Idahoan has a good variety of flavors
At roughly $1.00 per package they are a good investment to get a filling meal or add substance to an otherwise light meal.
While the shelf life is fairly long for a bagged food, the actual container is rather flimsy.
The microwavable cups have a very vulnerable paper top that will tear easily.
The cost of the cups with a single serving are the same as a 4 serving pouch.
The bottom line:At around $1.00 per bag these are a steal, they provide a quick tasty meal with minimal water. Even a prepper on the tightest budget should be able to make room for these.
Now I have specifically pointed out the Idahoan brand instant mashed potatoes, but I know there are several other brands available. Does anyone else stock up on these or have any alternatives?
I am going to give you a link to these so you can check them out, but if you want them I would much rather you go to your local grocer to pick them up for a lot less. Or if anyone knows an online retailer that sells them cheaper please leave a comment and let me know.