Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Review & Giveaway

Ore-Ida sent me a coupon for a free package of their new Steam & Mash potatoes.

We tried them for supper last night. I chose the garlic flavor, it was abit to garlicky &/or salty for my taste but everyone else ate them w/o complaint, the girls each asked for seconds. Both dh & I agreed that while they weren't bad, they tasted more like instant potatoes than homemade from scratch ones. They also seemed pricey to me (but I'll admit, I don't normally buy "prepared" potatoes), it was around $3.50 (I don't remember exactly) for a package that was barely enough for a side dish for our family of 4 (after we each had one serving, each of the girls ate a 2nd serving and there was an extra spoonful for dh to finish up).

While it would be a selling point for most people, the fact that the potatoes are prepared IN the plasticy bag didn't appeal to me either, I question leaching issues w/ those "steam in" bags for the microwave.

So all around, it's not a product OUR family is likely to purchase again, but we are far from the average American family LOL. IMO homemade from scratch win out hands down from a cost & flavor standpoint & plain old instant potato flakes taste comparable, are equally easy to make, and while I haven't specifically priced isntant potatoes recently, I assume they'd be a cheaper option.

That said, Ore-Ida also sent me some $1 off coupons to share w/ my readers. So . . . if you'd like to try these for yourself, just leave a comment on this post before next Monday, Oct 13:00 at 8pm Eastern Time.


Anonymous said...

I would love to try these out. I'm all about convenience and mashed potatoes are feel good food!

Laurie said...

Thanks for entering my lean cuisine breast cancer tote giveaway! I'd love one of the coupons for those potatoes, though it doesn't sound like they are all that great, eh?