Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bulk Cooking- Mashed Potatoes

I wasn't really taught how to cook. I mean, I got to stir the gravy for Thanksgiving dinner and bake cookies to my hearts content but I wasn't ever really taught how to cook, let alone how to cook in bulk to make things easier for me.

For our family, having me be a stay at home wife and mother means we can't eat out every day of the week. We might eat out once or twice a month. But eating at home has opened up a new avenue to me that I never knew was there before. I've had many trials and errors in the kitchen. My poor family! I am getting better though and I hope I can pass on some of my knowledge here. I've learned so much from the internet!

Long ago, I learned that homemade mashed potatoes were much tastier then the boxed flaky version. The problem was that I didn't have the time or energy to peel, cook, or mash potatoes every time we wanted them. That's a lot of work hence the boxed version for convenience. I knew that you could buy frozen mashed potatoes but for the price they aren't for a family on a budget! Instead, when I was learning about freezer cooking I came across a homemade mashed potato frozen version.

It's very simple!

Just peel, cube, and cook a whole bag of potatoes.

After they are cooked, drain the water and mash them. I used my Kitchenaid Mixer and I added sea salt and a whole stick of butter.

When it's all mashed scoop some into your muffin tins and freeze overnight or for 24 hours.

Don't forget to have a taste too. That's the best part about cooking, right? Mmmmmm…….

After that pop them out and put them into a freezer bag. Each muffin cup size of mashed potatoes is about a serving size.

When we want some, I'll pull out about 6, put them in a microwave safe bowl and microwave them for 2 minute intervals, stirring in between, until hot. These are much tastier, I've done less work, and we are still able to eat homemade by mom!

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