“ Brand: Asda / Type: Potatoes „
I have been trying out a lot of the products in the Asda Smart Price range so this is my opinion on the Asda Smart Price Instant Mash Potato. I usually make my own mash but find it a bit of an effort peeling the potatoes, boiling then mashing. I had tried instant mash before and didn't like the taste, then I tried this smart price mash.
I was very shocked at the price of this 120g packet of mash, at 16p this was a product I just had to try! The packet is a little polethene bag with the token green and white Asda Smart Price colours. The contents feel powdery and soft.
Reading the packet, it contains dried potato flakes and it also contains no artificial colours or flavourings which is a bonus as some other brands do.
This mash is very easy to prepare, just pour the contents of the packet into a microwavable bowl and add 570ml of cold water, add a teaspoon of salt (I'd recommend Low Salt) and stir. This is then microwaved for 6 minutes by which time all the water is absorbed and you are left with very smooth thick mash potato. The mash looks very appealing in colour, it looks like home made mash that has been worked on until every single lump disappeared! The consistancy is very thick, this may be too thick for some but you can break this up a bit by adding a little butter or milk.
I know some people do not like to use microwaves and I have read reviews on this product where people simply pour boiling water onto the flakes and stir until the water is absorbed. This also works although it may not be as hot when served but this would be ideal for work lunches etc.
So far I have tried this mash in a number of ways, I have mixed some fried onions in to have alongside sausages and gravy, we have had it on the side as part of our meals and I have used it to top cottage pies. this mash is ideal for those who hate peeling potatoes like me! It's so quick and easy to prepare and although it does taste a bit plain by itself, once seasoning is added it tastes great in addition to any meal and is a lot healthier than chips. This also has a nice natural flavour to it unlike some instant mash brands that taste synthetic.
Here is the nutritional information per 100g -
0.5g saturated fat
The packaging says that the product will serve 5 people but this allows for a very small portion (little more than a tablespoon each) but we find this serves 3 people just the right amount as an addition to a meal.
Another great point is that this can be stored for about a year in the cupboard before the use by date. This is ideal as real potatoes start budding within a few days so even if you only keep this for emergencies it's worth it. The packaging cannot be recycled but this is the only bad point about this product and hopefully Asda will revert to paper pouches soon.
I think this is a great product and for 16p you can't go wrong. A great addition to any meal and for this to feed 3 adults you won't find better value. Give it a go, this may be a new regular addition to your cupboard!
*~* The Product Itself *~*
Asda Smart Price instant mashed potato comes in a 120g packet and costs only 16p! The instant mash is made up of dried potato flakes. To make the mash you simply pour the flakes into a bowl, add 570ml of cold water, then add 1 teaspoon of salt, stir the mixture and microwave for around six minutes. This should leave you with fluffy lovely mashed potato.
One advantageous point to note is that this mash contains no artificial colours, flavours and hydrogenated fat.
*~* Basic Nutritional Information (per 100g) *~*
0.5g Saturated Fat
*~* My Opinion *~*
As you will know from my previous reviews, I have been trying out various products from Asda's smart price range due to my current financial situation and I am sure many of you will be in a similar situation also. Looking for a cheaper alternative to Smash I opted for smart price instant mash instead, which is a steal in my opinion at only 16p a pack.
Making the mash was so simple and quick. Whilst microwaving my mash I added a small amount of butter to it as I found that it tasted somewhat bland the first time that I tried it out without it. The butter really brought out the flavours of the mash and made it creamy and scrumptious. I would recommend that you do the same if you wish to enhance the flavour of your mash.
I was really impressed with the quality of this mash. It came out very fluffy and tasted just like freshly mashed potato. I used this potato to top a cottage pie that I made and it turned out lovely and was perfect for the job. I would safely say that one packet would more than adequately serve around four people, so it can feed the whole family.
Most days I am always on the go, so I usually look to make meals that are quick, easy and convenient and this instant mash has answered my dinner time dilemmas perfectly. It is the ideal accompaniment to most meals (and is much healthier than chips) and for the small price it is an excellent buy! My priority at this moment in time is to feed myself and my fiancé on a very tight budget, and this product really helps in this department as it is both cheap and filling. I could not ask for anymore really.
Whilst it is nice to have fresh mash every now and again, I much prefer instant mash as it has a much longer expiry date than fresh potato which usually has to be used within two days of purchase at most. The best before date on a packet that I purchased last week was not until July 2011, so this product is extremely long lasting.
However, a detrimental feature of this instant mash is the fact that the packaging cannot be recycled. Hopefully Asda can sort this out in future and this would make this product 100% perfect.
*~* Overall *~*
For 16p you can't go far wrong with this mash and I have stocked up my cupboards. I find that it is very useful to have a packet of this on hand just to make a somewhat meagre meal slightly more substantial. Whilst it may not be as fancy or tasty as alternative and much more expensive instant mashed potato, it does the job and produces a tasty, fluffy mash. It is definitely of a higher quality than what you would expect for 16p!
At 16p per pack asda's smart price mash potato is very cheap.
It is suitable for vegetarians and is good for you according to the FSA Traffic Lights Labeling at mysupermarket.co.uk
It is very quick to make just add boiling water and stir and you have a great addiction to any meal. It warms you in the winter months with little effort you can make a homely meal without having to get potatoes peel them mash them and then cook them.
It also has a great taste and can be made a thick or thin as you like you could even made potato soup with the packet if you added more water than directed.
The directions are easy to follow and asda have the not satisfied guarantee as well so you can take it back if you don't like it. What are you waiting for ok so the packet has no name on it so what its nice its cheap and its convenient what more could you ask for?
In the winter, I don't really feel like going out at lunchtime. It's nice to have something hot though - it fills you up and feels a bit more like a meal than a sandwich. I think that's why I bought a bag of Asda Smartprice Instant Mash Potato - and I'm glad I did.
As with all of the Value brands, you get some good and you get some bad ones - I think the Smartprice mash is worth buying. A nice size bag that will give a few good sized portions that you just add hot water to and you have a nice lunch.
I'll admit that it doesn't taste of overly much until you add seasonings, however it does taste a bit better on it's own than some instant mash I have tried. Of all the supermarket own brands, I feel this is the nicest with the best consistency, and the extremely low price point (I paid 18p for my pack) makes it a definite consideration.
Asda's plain packaging is the same across all of it's Smartprice range and is clearly labelled. The fact that there are no frills make it fairly classy, actually, and less likely to date as some packaging can due to fashion trends in marketing and advertising.
Inside, the little flakes do smell of potato and when mixed with hot water do give a mash with a good consistency. I keep a pot of low fat spread in the fridge (with my name on) so I can mix a bit of that in, and the little sachets from takeaways of salt and pepper season it up quite nicely. Sometimes, for an extra treat, I buy a small tub of grated parmesan type cheese and sprinkle that on top for a real luxury! And for that price for a few lunches, I don't really have to leave work and risk spending more money than I really have on things I don't really need.
All in all, this is a very good product. The downside - it's lack of flavour when the mash is made up - is something that real mashed potato can have as well and, all things considered, flavourings are down to personal taste. I take the view that adding your own seasonings to it make it a nicer dish.
When it comes to mashed potato it really isn't something I'm a fan of at all. However I did the weightwatchers diet some years ago and found that I didn't mind 'Smash' Mash and that it worked out a good thing point wise on my diet to eat. However Smash is a little pricey and the other day and for no good reason I really fancied some mash but not the real stuff as my Mother over the years has rather put me off with her soggy and lumpy offerings!
White plastic, oblong packet and on the front in green and black writing I'm told it is Asda 'Smart Price' Mashed Potato 'Just add water' and on top of a bright green block of colour there is a picture drawn on there of a boiling kettle. On the back of the packet other information given includes ingredients and how to make the potato up instructions are given, there is a full nutritional rundown chart on there along with allergy advice (Contains: Sulphur dioxide), storage instructions are given, the weight of the product is stated which in this case is 120g, I'm told it is suitable for Vegetarians and contact details for Asda are listed. It does appear as an economy product but it is all informative enough and simple enough to open etc.
How To Prepare The Mash:
All you do is pour 1 pint of boiling water into a bowl and add all the mix to it and stir it up. Add salt and/or butter if and as required and use less water for a thicker mash if desired.
Me And The Potato:
Well as directed all you do is add the small white, potato smelling flakes to the water and beat it all up until you get a smooth sort of paste. Without salt, pepper and butter/low fat spread I do find this far too bland so I add stuff to this to perk it up a bit.
It's very easy to make up and providing you follow the instructions you end up with with a creamy coloured, unlumpy and very smooth mash indeed with little effort required and it's quick and economical to make up too.
For me though this lacks taste and I'm not overly keen on the soggy and 'pappy' texture this possesses. Sure I know it is potato though as it contains 98% of the stuff but it does taste faked of course and in my opinion really does lack seasoning. Not awful but to me it lacks considerably and really does taste and look economy!
Nutritional Information Per 1/4 Pack:
Energy: 112 Kcal
of which sugars: 1.1g
of which saturates: Nil
equivalent as salt: Nil
Only available in Asda stores costing a mere 16p a packet.
I don't tend to eat Mashed Potato as part of a meal on it's own, but I do like to make Shephard's Pie, but i'm too lazy to peel, boil and mash Potato to put on top. I've always reached for a pach of Smash, as I think thesedays it tastes like "real" Potato, but I decided to try this the other week and report my finding.
Part of the Asda budget range, which is called Smartprice. This cost a bargain 18p for the pack, which when made up made a good mound of Mash. The pack size is 120g.
The packaging is alright. It is a white pack which has the green Smart Price writing on it. No frills packaging. The cooking instructions are on the back as is the Nutritional Information. The pack is easy enough to rip open at the top.
The Mash consists of little flakes of yellow-ish powder. Not that fine a grain, To cook all you do is pour the pack into a large enough bowl and add 1 pint of boiling water. From my experience of Smash, I know you get to work straight away stirring the mixture with a spoon or fork, as the Water and Powder mix together quite quick, and you don't want any powdery lumps in your Mash. This made the Mash in approx 1 minute, and although to look at it it looked a bit stodgy, this spread a thick layer over my Shepherd's Pie, and tasted nice enough. My husband had a bit Mash on it's own and he said it was alright.
This was ok for what it was. It didn't seem seasoned, but you can add a bit Salt and Pepper. It didn't have a nice Creamt taste, and probably for that is why I would normally keep plumping for the more expensive brand in the future.
Fluffy enough instant Mash.
There's nothing like real mashed potato but I always think it tastes better in the winter made with 'old' (not mouldy - 'old' as opposed to 'new!) spuds. However it can be a mucky & time-consuming job & somehow there never seems to be enough to go round even if you fill a big pan. There's also the cost of gas/electricity & the washing up....
So, if I'm not entertaining or cooking something in a hurry I sometimes reach for the instant sort - I've tried Mash & Mr Mash plus Tesco's Value but I have to say that Asda's is pretty good as long as you add seasoning, a little milk, a knob of butter or a handful of chives or chopped spring onions as it can otherwise taste rather bland.
Inside the basic packaging the contents consist of small white flakes to which you just add boiling water. It doesn't seem to state how many it serves when reconstituted but I'd say there's enough for 4 if you're serving it with vegetables - personally I'd make up 2 packets if I was making a shepherd's/ cottage/ fish pie as our family like a deep layer of potato.
All you have to do is pour 1 pint of boiling water into a bowl, sprinkle on the flakes & stir like crazy to avoid being left with dried bits. It looks good & is fairly fluffy as well as is a lighter texture than 'real' mashed potatoes.
Apart from the carbs it isn't too unhealthy - each 1/4 pack contains 112 calories, 2.3g protein, 0.3g fat but 25.2g carbohydrate ( should give us lots of energy - lol!) Obviously if you add lots of butter the fat & calories will be a whole lot more but it's nice with a generous amount of black pepper & a bit of salt.
- great value - 18p for 120g bag.
- almost instant.
- a versatile product to have in store.
- a little bland so I'd advise adding salt & black pepper.
I love mashed potato, but I rarely make my own using REAL potatoes. The only occasions where I make the effort is if we have guests for tea. I have tried loads of different brands of instant mash potato and almost always resort to the cheapest on the shelves, which is inevitably the smartprice / value ranges.
When I last bought the Asda Smartprice Instant Mash Potato I paid just 18p for a 120g bag. There is 373 calories and 1g fat per 100g. This mash generally does 4 servings for us which is great value.
The instructions state to mix with boiling water, so it is easy peasy. Depending on what we are eating it with I sometimes add milk or a small knob of butter for the other half, but I try not too for myself as that way it is even more low fat. I used to follow the Slimming World eating plan and this was classed as a 'free food' and I am sure it still is. That is a useful bit for information for any SW members / followers.
I find that it mixes up really smoothly and tastes great, it is fine for me without the butter or the milk and very good with a dollop of mustard / mint sauce or just a few herbs and a bit of grated cheddar.
I would recommend this to anyone and although I will probably waiver from time to time and user other brands depending on where I am shopping, I would definitely buy this again myself. I actually prefer it to Smash.
It is healthy, nutritious and filling and scrummy!
I like to make the majority of my meals from scratch but sometimes I have neither the time nor the inclination to 'do it myself' so I like to keep some tinned products or packets in the cupboard for quick & easy meals that are still relatively healthy.
This instant mash comes in powdered form and to make just measure out the required amount as per the instructions on the back of the packet & you just need to add some boiled water to this mix. It's very simple to make and you can make it to the consistency that you like.
To give the mash less of an artificial taste I usually add a few knobs of butter as well as some salt & pepper and I find that this really helps to make it taste more home-made & one of my favourite aspects of this mash is that there are no lumps (providing it's mixed correctly) and I'm really not a fan of lumps in mash at all and usually spend ages obsessing over getting the perfect mash.
This does not taste quite as nice as home-made mash but it is very tasty and I would recommend it for a tasty meal that's very quick to make and costs just 19p for a 120g packet that will provide you with several servings. There are 373 calories and 1g fat per 100g so it's very low in fat at 1% and it's a filling addition to any healthy living plan or even just those blow out days when you are craving something tasty yet relatively nutritious.
I will definitely be buying this mash potato again, it's so fast & easy, it's cheap & most importantly it tastes pretty darn nice. I am rating it 4/5 and would up it to 5 stars if it actually tasted exactly like home made potatoes (which sadly I don't see any instant mash ever achieving).
I don't think any packet mix compares to real mashed potato, but I do tend to keep a packet or two in the cupboard as a standby for when I inevitably run out of real potatoes! I normally buy Somerfield's own, but it's not brilliant, and when I was shopping online I decided to try ASDA's smart price version, as I'm trying to save money, and have been trying a lot of their stuff recently.
Like all of the smart price range this product is packaged very cheaply. It comes in a green and white packet which has a picture of a kettle on the front, I guess to show the fact that you just need to add water.
The instructions state that you should pour a pint of boiling water into a bowl and then add the entire packet of mash and mix. It gives no indications as to how many people one pack will serve, although the nutritional information lists calories 'per ¼ pack' so I guess it must be 4. Now, I live alone and there is no way I would be able to eat an entire pack of mashed potato on my own, so I had to improvise. I simply used a quarter of the water recommended and quarter of the pack and that seemed to be fine.
The mash itself is made from lots of tiny little dried potato flakes, rather than the sort of granules you get with brands like Smash. I found though, that it came together easily, mixing only with a fork, and came together to be a nice consistency with no dry flakes left in it, and nor was it too wet or sloppy. The mash actually looked nice too - I think it was obvious it had come from a packet, but still it looked quite fluffy and appetising.
When I came to taste the mash, the only word that really springs to mind is bland. It didn't really have any taste at all, which was a little strange. I added salt and pepper as I would do with any other mash, real or instant, and this really seemed to bring the flavour out. Suddenly it actually tasted like mashed potato, and was actually quite nice. I wouldn't necessarily say it was creamy, (although I have since made it with a tiny knob of butter, and this helped) but it had a really smooth consistency and a nice flavour, even if it had been helped along by the seasoninG.
Per ¼ pack
A 120g pack of this mash costs just 15p from ASDA. As I said, I live alone, so I can actually get four uses from one pack, which makes this pretty good value.
Overall, I'm quite pleased with this and will buy it again. Like I said though, you do have to add seasoning for it to have any taste, so if you're not one who likes adding salt or pepper to your food perhaps it's not the best one to buy, but for me it's a great substitute to the real thing.