“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Potato „
One thing I hate doing is peeling potatoes. I mean I really detest doing it, the mess, the waste and the pain of it all and so rather often I cheat and buy potatoes already done whether they be chipped or roasties or whatever. Its a time saver and saves me aggro and so I'm happy to cheat!
This container of Maris Piper mashed potato costing only a pound for 425g of the mash seemed an ideal buy for me both on price and when I looked at the cooking instructions and being told that it only took 25-30 minutes in the oven or in the microwave for around 5-6 minutes and looked a rather large portion in the container too I couldn't wait to try it out the night I bought it (It is fresh by the way). Its simply packaged with a cardboard sleeve that goes partially over the plastic topped black container and on that we are simply told what it is and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on the back of the sleeve listing other information including ingredients, nutritional information and contact details for Tesco are given although it is only a smallish sleeve there is plenty of relevant information on it.
The Mash Itself:
Well I found that there was two rather generous servings in this and the mash was pure white in colour and really smooth with no lumps in it at all and although smooth not like a paste and not too soggy and certainly not a wet sloppy mess. I was impressed that it tasted really buttery and creamy without looking or tasting greasy and we (me and my flatmate) liked the light fluffy consistency that this had to it. Its very gently seasoned and the mash simply tastes like buttery potatoes and we loved it. For me I will never bother tom make my own mash again when I can buy this for a quid and feed to people with it!
Nutritional Information Per Half A Container:
Only available in Tesco stores and at the time of writing this review you can purchase 3 containers for £2.50 so guess where I'm off to tomorrow!
I bought Tesco Maris Piper Mashed Potato because I needed something quick and convenient to eat. I paid £1 for 455g, quite expensive compared to a bag of potatoes I know, but I expected to pay more for a ready meal.
The tub looks quite small, so I cooked one each for myself and my husband (serving suggestion is half a pack per person). When I was plating it, the tub held a lot more mash than it looked. We are quite big eaters, but one pack would have been enough between us both (as a part of a meal) so that does make it a bit better value.
The mash comes in an oblong shaped black tub, sealed with a seethrough plastic with a piece of cardboard wrapped around it with the label on it. It does look quite attractive and tempting.
Each half a pack contains 175 calories and 2.6g of saturated fat. I guess if you are counting your calories a whole pack would take a chunk of your intake for the day, saying that, you need to be very hungry to get through the whole thing on your own.
As I said, it was great for convenience and I would buy it again, but I have tasted nicer mash. It was very smooth but quite heavy, I would have prefered it to be light and fluffy. Next time I would have some beans with it because it was too dry (although made with butter and milk). The taste was nice, but I had enough of it quite quickly, which maybe is a good thing because I do eat too much!!
I cooked it in the microwave. All you have to do is pierce film lid and cook on full power for 5.5 mins, then serve. It can be cooked in the oven, but it takes longer approx 25-30 mins. Needes to be kept refrigerated.
Quite nice, but have tasted better.
We've had a few different ready prepared mash brands just lately, the best one has been from M&S and it was delish but this crap Tesco stuff is deffo the worst.
It comes chilled and you can either cook it in the oven for 25 mins or nuke it for about 5 mins. I did ours in the oven because I thought it would go sloppy in the microwave, it was bad even done in the oven so I bet it would have been proper nasty nuked!
The potato is majorly pale, it looks white in the picture Dooyoo have got up and that's what it's like in real life. There's no buttery look to it and it looks proper cheap.
The taste of it is mega bland, it's like there's no salt and pepper in it because all you can taste is a boring potato flavour like it's been mashed up without having anything added to it. I don't think there's much of a buttery flavour either and even though you can taste that butter has been added a bit it could even be butter flavouring because the texture isn't buttery at all.
I don't like how sticky this mash it, it's not gone fluffy at all and even though all the potato is mashed good it sort of comes of the pile in big clumps. When I put gravy on it there was a bit of white come off into the gravy and that reminded me of instant mash and wasn't very nice.
This mash is £1.00 a tub, it would serve 2 people with a dinner so that's good value if you like it. I think the mash tastes mega cheap though and won't buy it again because I'd rather go to the effort of mashing my own spuds...... it will taste loads better!
Not recommended..... unless you're very lazy!