“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Potatoes „
I bought this for two reasons. Firstly, it's cheap. Secondly, I couldn't be bothered with peeling, chopping, boiling and mashing potatoes from scratch. Now I realise all that effort is certainly worth it.
It sounds very simple to make, and it is. You mix some water and milk, boil it, then stir in half the packet of instant mash mix. I like to add a little butter to any mash I do, instant or from scratch, so I popped a little bit in. You could even add cheese if you like.
Once it's all mixed together, the consistency is there, it certainly looks and feels like mashed potato, but there's something not quite right. I can't quite put my finger on it, maybe it's a little too thick, maybe it's a bit off colour, I don't know, perhaps even it's just knowing that it isn't what you'd normally pass off as mashed potato, but there is something nagging at me.
Now, the taste. Even with a bit of butter added, there just wasn't any. As I mentioned before, it feels like mashed potato, and looks like mashed potato, it certainly has the texture of traditional mash when you put it in your mouth, but it just tastes of nothing.
I thought I'd messed up somewhere, so tried again another day, this time adding more butter. But no; it still tasted of nothing. It almost felt as if someone had pulled the plug on my tastebuds.
All in all then, not worth the bother. Especially when you consider that buying a single potato will cost much less than the 45p Sainsbury's charge for a packet of this stuff. Yes; it takes far more effort, but trust me on this, it's worth it.
Not being in the best of health at the moment due to a back problem that will soon put me in a wheel chair i can't stand for periods of time to cook. I live alone so have to things as easy as possible to fit in my life style. I do prefure cooking everything from scratch as a rule but this just is not possible at this moment in time.
Comes in a white packet with the Sainsbury's logo clearly visible at the top. It shows me the nutritional content that you will see below.
The weight of the packet is 250 grams. This product is not only suitable for vegetarians and vegans and I am pleased to say is safe for coeliacs too.
To boil on the hob.
measure out 425 ml of water and add 145ml of semi skimmed milk in a saucepan and bring to the boil. then add liquid into a mixing bowl folowed by the contents from the packet (125 g)
tir briskly and add butter and or season to taste.
The mash is like snow flakes before it is made in to mash. when the mash is made up it is not very bright like real mash is. However this mash does the trick it is quick and easy to make and can feed a family of four at least. It tasts rather bland on it's own however I was quite suprised to see it binded together rather well it wasn't wet and sloppy like some I have used in the past. I did add cheese and butter to mine to give it extra flavour.
Not as good as smash but not awful either. I had mine with cumberland sausage and green beans and gravy a real treat with hardly any effort.
Available from Sainsburys stores only costing 99p.
Living alone and only cooking for one person I tend to be rather lazy I have to admit to that! I tend to eat alot of convenience foods or take aways at the minute and when I do cook well I cook for me and my mate who lives in the flat downstairs.
I live in a flat as does she and sometimes it seems silly as we spend most of the day together than dinner time we both go in our kitchens and cook so sometimes we take it in turns. She makes a great chicken pasta and I do her favourite...bangers and mash and I take it down like meals on wheels lol Yep it really is a case of upstairs downstairs here at the moment believe me! lol
So the other day I was in Sainsbury's with another mate browsing when I decided to grab a few bits and pieces. I got some nice sausages and stumbled across this instant mash. Now usually I would make my own but to be honest I've completely revamped my kitchen and don't wanna make a mess of it so decided to cheat....see if my mate noticed! Just add water and cook sounded quick and easy to me and all so in my trolley it went!
The bag is white and orange in colour and plastic and not resealable. On the front of it we are told that it is Sainsbury's Basics Instant Mashed potato Mix 'Less White, Still Alright' and that it is suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans and and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. On the back of the bag other information given includes ingredients, allergy advice and a full nutritional chart is given along with being told how to make it up, the size is given (which is 250g) and contact details for Sainsbury's are also stated. Its cheap looking and very economy looking packaging is this but informative as it needs to be just a shame the bag can't be resealed.
The Mash Itself:
The product is flakes of off white, well flakes. They are small and thin flakes and all you have to do is mix up some water and milk (the exact measurements are on the bag) and bring it the boil and mix up with the flakes after a few minutes. Its simple to do this and then you have to simply mix it all up till a smooth firm mix and potato looking mixture is apparent and then finally seasoned it and add a knob of butter or whatever to finish it off.
Making it up really is simple and when made up it does look like a smooth, moist mash really. Not too soggy and if mixed well you get no lumps at all.
However what lets this down isn't its appearance but simply the flavour of it. It tastes a bit like potato but with a weird artificial sweet taste and I couldn't detect any seasoning at all. It did taste better when I added my own seasoning to it and a knob of real butter and I can't complain on the lumps not being there as I hate them but although it was moist it really did dry my mouth out terribly as it was being consumed.
I wasn't one bit keen on this and all I can say is that I don't hate it and would eat it if strapped for cash or in a hurry to eat or something it really isn't just something I'd go out of my way to track down and eat again...however my mate loved this and believed I had made it myself (something I didn't correct her on!). Her little one and half year old girl though wasn't fooled and did tip it on her own head and gave me funny looks mind you!
Not horrid but not wonderful either, just easy to make up and looks like mash!
Nutritional Information Per Sixth Of A Pack:
Sat Fat: 0.1g
Total Sugars: 3.8g
Only available in Sainsbury's stores costing 99p a bag and this should make 3 decent servings.
Okay so there are two potato camps in the world; there are those who love light, fluffy, fresh mashed potato involving peeling, boiling, pulverising, seasoning, and adding hot milk and butter... then there are those who tip a packet into a bowl, pour on hot liquid, stir, and tuck in. I have a foot in each camp, because I find real mashed potatoes such an amazing comfort food, yet since i was a little girl I fell in love with the smash aliens and more importantly, the taste of instant mash. I know that instant is really not to everyones taste, I realise that in order to use this stuff, you have to actually enjoy the flavour and texture, so I guess this review is more for the instant camp than the real camp, but I will try to comment for both markets here!
So, I was introduced to value mash brands in the form of Asdas basics, half the size bag to sainsburys, and a few pennies more in price. You get more for your money with the Sainsburys brand, not that either are expensive at around 18p and 22p.
In the Sainsburys version, the instructions ask you to add hot milk and water, whereas many brands of instant mash just require a kettle boil. This makes things a little more inconveniet but lets face it, you've already cut out a hell of a lot of work on peeling, boiling etc!
Some instant mash packets come as grains, others as granules, some as a powder (as per the Asda Smartprice); this product is in little flakes. Every packet I've bought has lovely white flakes and makes white mash, although the outer statement says 'less white, still alright'. I've found that the flakes make it much easier to mix and are less likely to clog together into lumps. Beware when adding the liquid though, as the flakes absorb the water all at once, but not immediately, and you are more likely to add too little liquid thinking you've overadded, if like me you rarely measure anything!
Okay so taste-wise, well, this hasn't got a lot of flavour really. It's okay, but what do you expect for that price really?! I usually end up adding a little butter, some pepper and extra salt for adults, and that perks it up a lot. The real attraction for this product is the price and of course the convenience. But on a score of 1 to 10 where Smash gets a 9 I would rate the Basics at a 5.5. It's perfectly edible, it tastes okay, you can add extra to make it taste better, it's very cheap and it's easy, when you need easy.
What I wouldn't do with this, is use it to top a pie. It hasn't got enough flavour for that, and I'm dubious as to how well it would brown or cope with the oven. If you want convenience, I'd suggest frozen mash for those sorts of recipes (as does Delia Smith!). There are also too many additives for my liking so my toddler doesn't get to eat it.
I think one last thumbs up is to that fact that one packet of this should serve three, or four portions at a push. It doesn't clearly say on the packet how many servings there are, but kind of refers to three 232g portions on the back of the pack.
I really want to give this 3.5 stars but I can't. I'm feeling generous and prefer it to the Asda Smartprice version so I've landed on four stars.
For many years I have bought instant mash potato as I have found it a very good food, if I have been out for the day or in a rush to go out, or my wife and myself just fancy a quick meal instead of slaving over the stove cooking and peeling potatoes.
I have bought this mash from Sainsbury's many times and I like it, it comes in a plastic bag, with the usual colours of Sainsbury's cheaper brands of products, it is priced at around only 20p for 250g, I just pour boiling water into a large jug or pan and pour some of the dried mash into the water and mix it together with a fork, I find if I add a little at a time and blend it, it does not go lumpy, and it depends how much or how many people it is serving, to the amount I use, once it has been used a couple of times the amount becomes second nature.
It is a dried mash potato and the contents of the bag are dried flakes that are very fine and soft, and it is a nice substitute for mash if in a hurry as I often am, especially at the weekends, it does taste like mash potato and I always add a little butter or margarine after I have mixed the flakes with the water and it becomes nice and soft and the texture is smooth and it is easy to spoon onto a plate along side other foods it is being eaten with.
This one is a very good quality dried mash potato and I enjoy eating it, and I have eaten it with sausages, burgers and many other foods that I eat with mash potato and I have always found this one is worth the price.
I also add a little milk after the butter and the combination of the 2 in the mash is very tasty, and my older grandchildren like this one, but I have not given it to my little grandchildren as I am not sure it would be healthy enough for them and so they have not tried it, but my older children aged above 8 have been fine eating it.
I sometimes also add a little of this mash to home made soups, to give a little extra flavour and to thicken them a little and it dissolves nicely and the thickness is super and tastes very nice eaten this way too.
I recommend this for anyone to try if they have a busy lifestyle or if in a hurry as I think it is a very good, quick alternative to grown potatoes and I will continue to buy it in the future as it is a very good price and it suits me and my family well.
I rate it 5 stars.
Sainsburys Basics Instant Mashed Potato Mix is very reasonably priced at only 16p for a 250g packet (which should serve 3-4). It is also fairly easy to make, and certainly less hassle than making the real thing.
That is where the praise for this product stops however. Despite the fact that this product contains 98% potato I can honestly say that it tastes absolutely nothing like the real thing. After mixing it together as per the instructions I was left with a soggy, tasteless, glue like paste that repulsed me as soon as I looked at it. Bangers and mash with baked beans is one of my favourite meals ever, but even this was completely ruined by using Sainsburys Basics Instant Mashed Potato Mix. I have to say I would give it a 0/5 in the flavour department.
That being said, I have since tried branded versions of this product and have found them to be equally repulsive. Compared to the branded varieties, Sainsburys Basics Instant Mashed Potato Mix is considerably cheaper and is no worse in taste than Smash. So, if you are already a fan of instant mash it could be well worth giving the Sainsbury's Basics range a go and saving some money. If like me, however, you were expecting an easy and convenient version of real mashed potato, don't be fooled by this gruel-like concoction.
In terms of nutritional content, this product isn't as bad for you as I was expecting. At 75 calories per 100g serving and 0.2g of fat, there are far worse options to go for (although undoubtedly these would taste better).
Sainsburys Basics Instant Mashed Potato Mix is really quite revolting in my opinion. However, it is no worse than it's branded competitors and is considerably cheaper. I still wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless you are already a fan of instant mash.
1 out of 5!
sainsbury's basics instant mashed potato mix.
This is one of their basic range from Sainsbury's, and a whole packet of this although basically rapped up in a plain wrapping which is white with the orange strip across the top displaying the sainsbury's basics range logo, they are really cheap, costing a mere 34pence.
You get a whole bag full of these finely flaked potato, and they come in a handy bag containing 250 grams.
Their ingredients are potato 98 percent, so thats really good.
Mono and Diglycerides. of fatty acids.
Acidity regulator and preservatives.
Store in a cool dry place.
Place 425mlitres of water and semi-skimmed milk, as i prefer this, into a saucepan and bring this to the boil.
Pour the boiling liquid into a bowl that is heat proof and quickly mix this with 125 grams of the basics potato mix.
You can usually guage how much or how little of the mash to put in, too much and it will become stoggy.
Too little and it will become too runny, so you will get used to knowing how much to add of the potato mix.
Season to taste, I usually add a knob or two of butter into this mixture and use a potato masher, to mash this just as you would do to ordinary potatoes. You can also just boil a kettle add the boiling water to the mixture of potato mash, with a little milk and a little butter, makes a really great tasty potato, which if you are in a hurry is just the job, to add to any meal, of meat and vegtables, with of course a little gravy.
this is suitable for vegetarians and also suitable for coeiliacs.
I thought that this tasted really good, having been a fan of smash potato, i would go as far to say that I actually prefer this as it just tastes so natural, and you could just get away with believing that this is a proper mash potato and can impress your friends, I like the fluffy ness of this potato mash and it tastes not too chemicial either yes what great value for money.
also suitable for vegans. calories per sixth of a packet are as follows :
total sugars 3.8 grams.
they use a trace of salt, but i prefer to add my own salt and pepper just to give that seasoned taste saturated fats are 0.1grams, so that ok.
After mashing these, you can put them into an ice cream scoop and make presentable little scoops of potato and a little goes a bit further that way and fills the plate in abundance. i will deffo be buying these potato mash again, I like to add a little bit of extra butter to mine, to give them that really creamy texture, and I love this mash potatoe so will be giving this full marks.
The packet unfortunately is Not Recyclable.
With money being so tight all the time I'm slowly working my way though the Sainsbury basic range changing my everyday purchases for a cheaper option. By doing this every month I'm saving a huge amount of money.
I usually purchase the leading brand smash for my local supermarket but being priced at £1.31 for 280g. I then saw Sainsbury's basics mash potatoes being priced at 34pence for 250g. Although the packet is smaller that's a saving of 97pence.
Sainsbury's basics mash potatoes contains only 73 cal per 100g and only 0.2g and one packet will serve up to 6.
It's very easy to make. All you need to do is add boiling water depending on how thick you like your mash, a small amount of milk to give it a creamy taste and then a spoon of butter. We also add a pinch of salt just to add a bit more flavour as we have found it a little bland compared to smash.
The mash is very tasty and a regular purchase for our household and in future we will defiantly pick up the basics mash rather than the more expensive smash. It's not as flavourful as smash but it's very close.
Good food at only a fraction of the price.
Sainsbury's Basics Instant Mashed Potato Mix
Description: Manufacturer: Sainsbury's / Type: Vegetables
Anyone who has read some of my earlier reviews (many thanks, I do really appreciate it!) will know that I review a lot of products from the supermarket ranges which offer savings to customers by spending less on posh looking packaging. As we all know, the packaging just gets thrown away anyway so it makes sense not to spend extra on it. Personally, I have better things to waste cash on as I am sure you all do!
I have recently started buying from the Sainsbury's Basics range, whereas before, I must be honest and admit that I passed it by, assuming that the cheap and nasty packaging meant that the product would also be cheap and nasty. I have been pleasantly surprised to find that on many occasions, this isn't the case and the products have actually been really good.
Now let's face it, instant mashed potato is never going to be as good as the real thing, but as far as convenience goes, it certainly has its place and at just £0.33 for a 250g bag, this one is significantly cheaper than Smash.
The packaging is like all items in the range, plain white with orange writing. To make up the mash, you simply need to boil a kettle and add the required amount of water to the powdered potato. What could be easier!
The mash is a bit disappointing compared to Smash, it is quite bland and tasteless, however, adding cheese, mustard, spring onions or butter makes a huge difference. It is never going to be home made potato but can actually be pretty tasty with some other stuff in it. I like to mix it with cheese as a quick topping for a shepherds pie and by the time I have browned the top, the cheese has melted and it tastes great.
Nutritional values pr 100g are as follows;
Sat Fat 0.0g
Total Sugar 1.6g
This is always going to be a stand by but for quickness and convenience, it is a lot better than you might think. I reckon that you are either going to be one of those people who likes instant mash, or one of those who doesn't though. If you like it, then give this product a try, if you don't then it is probably best to avoid it!
When my 10 year old sister was doing a bit of cooking at school they sent a list home of what she needed to take in. One of the things on the list read:
ONE LARGE SACHET INSTANT MASHED POTATO (SAINBURYS BASICS WILL DO!)
That was exactly as it was written on the list so that's what we brought for her because we don't use instant mash at all so the cheaper the better! lol
It turned out she only used half of the packet and brought the rest home so instead of wasting it I did it up for my other sisters dinner the other night. You have to tip the dry mix into a bowl and then stir in boiling water until you get something that looks similar to mashed potato, it doesn't look exactly like mash but has got a nice buttery looking colour and don't look too bad.
The taste of it isn't as rank as I thought it would be either. It's very dry tasting even though I added quite a big lump of butter to it when I was mixing. It goes mega sloppy if you let too much gravy go by it too so I deffo recommend not pouring the gravy over the top of it or you'll get a right sloppy funny looking mess on your plate.
My sister had hers with sausage but it's not like normal mash where you can scoop some up and have it with a bite of sausage, it's too slippy for that and like a knob I'd put the gravy on it before thinking about making it sloppy.
This mash tastes quite nice but is mega fake tasting, I've had that Smash before and this one doesn't even taste as authentic as that! lol And Smash is pretty crap too! It's got a bit of a potato taste but it's not very strong and there's no way you could tell someone this was proper mash because the taste isn't there. It's got quite a dry taste and is a bit salty too and I think that makes the flavour even dryer.
At school my sister used it with grated cheese and made like a cheese and potato pie, that was quite tasty but you could still tell it was instant mash and not real cooked potatoes.
A 250g bag of this instant mash only costs 35p so if you like the flavour then you're on to a winner. I won't buy it again because making my own mash is no stress and it tastes a million times better.
Having a meal and realising there isn't quite enough of everything is awful. You feel like you're depriving everyone around you of basic essential nourishment... this is when you grab a bag of the smash. Or at least the basics brand!
Obviously, a mashed potato mix is no contender to an actual mashed spud... but sometimes it's too late when you've plated up and need a quick extra bit of padding! It's alright if you already have a good main meal consisting of something like a burger, or sausages, or something along those lines with veg. I think to pull it off you need other lovely components to your meal... here's why!
To make up, hot water is placed in a bowl and then you add the mashed potato mix into it. Beat it together with a fork to get it to a creamy and thick mashed potato consistency. I suggest adding some milk, seasoning such as salt and pepper, and also a tad of butter/marg will perk it up a lot. Which, I can tell you, it needs it! If no seasoning is added, or you have no gravy/BBQ sauce/ketchup/anything, it's incredibly bland and quite disgusting. With seasoning, it's only just bearable.
1 packet of the basics mash mix makes six servings. It's good value, as I've only used a small amount for two medium portions and still have over half the packet left. Plus, it keeps for a stupidly long amount of time, so no worries about it going stale (although, you wouldn't notice due to the taste anyway!)
Personally, I feel the instant mashed potato is just passable. However, I wouldn't consume regularly at all. Only in absolute emergencies... even then, It would be an absolute last resort. It tastes typically like packet mash does. There's not any difference between this stuff and any other's I've tasted. Just make you sure you use a lorra flavouring to make it edible!
Per 100g, the mash has 73 calories. Other nutritional information -
Sat Fat 0.0g
Total Sugar 1.6g
The taste was just as I expected, bland, fake and boring. However, adding sauces/gravy has made my mash experience from awful to acceptable... It was easy to make, and leaves a nice creamy texture. The creamy texture is slightly odd though... similar to baby food. It's fine as a meal filler, but only fill your families meals! Don't expect guests to be oh so thrilled with your mash!
Thanks for reading.
Whilst I do like to do a lot of cooking from scratch, sometimes I'm feeling too tired or lazy, and like to cheat a little - especially when cooking for my daughter, who tends to get hungry a lot earlier than me . She just isn't going to wait while I make real mash to go with her sausages - if she wants dinner, she wants it now!
So, instant mash is a little bit of a godsend when it comes to convenience - it comes in a white back with orange writing on it, and costs 34p for a 250g pack . The pack contains all the relevant nutritional and ingredient information, as well as instructions to make it - which is pretty simple , measure out the required amount of mash powder, and add boiling water to theis, stirring until it's all blended . If you find it a little runny, add a little more powder to thicken, or if it's a little thick, add a little extra water .
This comes out lovely and fluffy, with no lumps at all in it . While it tastes different from home-made mash, it is definitely potato-ey, and with the addition of a little butter and some chopped spring onion, its delicious . It's very filling, and certainly very convenient as it only takes as long to make as it does to boil the kettle and stir a little .
Per 100g there are 73 calories, 0.2g of fat, and 1.6 g of sugar, so actually it's not at all bad for you.
If I had time, I would definitely prefer to make mashed potato from scratch, but whenever I don't this is a very convenient substitute that takes only a few minutes to prepare and tastes great!
Have you ever tried to make a meal including mashed potatoes when camping? I don't think anyone does it because it's too hard to do in a tent. This is when Sainsburys Instant Mashed Potato Mix comes into its own.
I think just about anybody writing a review will explain emphatically that they prefer genuine mash to the real thing. I'm no different - but when I'm off in the great outdoors it's a different thing. A bag of instant mash is great (I put it with tinned peas, tinned sweetcorn and some Linda McCartney veggie sausages - quick, easy and tasty camping dinner).
I thought the packaging was surprisingly large when I first saw it - especially when I saw the teeny price of 34p. The packaging is nice and simple - and if you're buying instant mash then you cannot be snobby about the orange 'Basics' logo!
It also has a sign on the front proclaiming it vegetarian and vegan (you would hope so with potatoes really) and a stapline which says, ' less white, still alright'. I don't know about it being less white - the mix just looks potato colour to me.
To make up, hot water (and some milk - I use soya milk) is placed in a bowl and the mix is put into it. You need to stir it briskly with a fork to get it to a mash consistency. Seasoning can be added (I recommend it). Salt and pepper and a knob of butter/vegan marg really helps the taste.
1 packet of the potato mix will make six servings. I used it for two camping meals and I still have quite a lot of the pack left (and camping days seriously dwindling).
I found the instant mash very acceptable. I wouldn't say that it tasted exactly like real mashed potato - but then I did not expect it to. I actually think all instant mash should taste like 'Smash' used to many years ago - the gold star of mash in a packet! Smother the stuff in gravy and you cannot distinguish a flavour anyway.
Per 100g, the mash has 73 calories. Other nutritional information -
Sat Fat 0.0g
Total Sugar 1.6g
The taste was definately much less synthetic than I thought it would be. It was easy to mix up and did not leave any lumps. The consistency was fairly smooth. It was very compatible with the food that I put with it and the other people that ate it with me ate it all up.
The potato mashers at the side of this review amuse me. Not needed here!
SAINSBURY's BASICS INSTANT MASHED POTATO MIX.
Yes i know it is cheating, but sometimes i find that i dont have much time, and this instant mash is really not too bad at all.
The Packet **********
Instant mashed potato comes in a basic's packet made basically of a bag which is white in colour with the familiar orangy red band across near the top of the packet. This i found easy to tear open and it has a picture of a bowl of mash in a little bowl illustrated on the front right hand side of the packet.
The packet contains 250 g of this instant mash potato and it advises you to mix the powder type mixture inside with boiling water, and stir. I prefger to add some hot boiling water to mine, with a drop of milk, and i tend to make it up not too runny so that i can add a knob of butter too this combination with a little salt too and i use a masher to mash it all together and this makes a more realistic serving of mashed potato.
The Taste **********
Well for a mere 35p i was more than supprised at the taste and i guess it does help in the way that you prepare this mixture too, as i have described above, and well i liked it, obviously you can add cheese melted into this mash or some chives to add a slight variation to your usual mash, if i am serving this with sasages i usually make a gravy containing onion to make the mash taste even better.
It is very quick and easy to make and i found that this is great for a rainy day so to speak, or on a day when you dont have a lot of time on your hands, obviously it will never replace the good old fashioned home made mash potato but as a quick alternative and as a basic product it simply is not too bad at all.
I dont usually like instant mash and dont like smash, but to be fair i did actually enjoy this. I had mine with a serving of sasages, vegtables (fresh) and a nice thick onion gravy and it was yummy.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.
Sometimes you simply don't have time to boil up some potatoes and mash them by hand. For all those times when you need to whip up some mash in a hurry, there are instant options. This mix is the cheapest of them.
And it tastes it. You have to add a certain amount of water and a certain amount of milk - any less and you end up with a gritty flaky tasteless substance, any more and you end up with a soupy watery tasteless gruel.
The tastelessness can be dealt with by adding salt and peppper until you can taste something, though the texture is still not pleasing as it is difficult to get it to the right consistency. Also, there can be an unpleasant after-taste at times, no matter how much salt or pepper you add.
I often recommend Basics brand products due to their surprisingly good quality - sadly, this is one of the exceptions. You are better off saving your pennies and splashing out on Smash instead.