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.