“ Brand: Aunt Bessie / Type: Potatoes „
==Aunt Bessie's Home Style Mash Potato==
Now I have seen this frozen mash potato before in various supermarkets and literally scoffed at the idea of it. I mean mash potato is so easy to make from scratch and I really do love my own made stuff that I found the idea utterly ridiculous. However being a working Mum I find it hard to fit in working, playing along with the daily chores of cooking and cleaning. So for this reason I drew my neck back in and decided to give this Aunt Bessie Frozen mash a try.
Of course the fact that it is currently being sold on a special offer in Morrison's for a mere £1 a bag did sway me slightly but I still understand this is way over price for the fact that it is just potato, butter, milk and salt and pepper. Considering I purchased a reduced bag of potatoes on the same day for 19p which will probably make a ton more mash than the whole of this bag. But still it is easy and for £1 worth trying.
The bag of frozen mash contains 650 grams of mash potato and this comes in small discs of the stuff. It states that a portion for one person is 5 "patties" (discs) and that in a microwave this needs a mere 3 ½ minutes to cook before a good stir up and a standing period of 1 minute. This is of course a lot quicker than it would be to peel, cook and mash my own spuds so it is winning on the time front.
Seeing as how Jack is only little I found 3 of the patties were more than enough for him and I am watching what I eat therefore I found 4 to be adequate for me. The cooking times given were correct and the potato was cooked evenly and satisfactorily. You could also opt to cook the mash in a saucepan if you so desire and this states it would need around 9 minutes of cooking time to be defrosted and cooked thoroughly. This is not something I tried because it takes more time so not working out more time efficient.
The look of the spud was at first glance a lot drier than I would usually do my own mashed potato and it didn't appear as creamy but that may have been down to the dry look of the stuff. I found the texture to be a little too dough like for me and even with mixing a little more warmed milk into the potato I still wasn't happy enough with either look or texture.
Not only this but I found it to be rather lacking in the taste department too and compared to my own a lot less flavoursome. I guess because it is frozen it doesn't have that fresh cooked vibe going on and thus making it a lot less desirable. It wasn't as bad as having a plate of Smash but I can't say that I was impressed enough to g out and buy it again. I think I would prefer to cook up a batch of my own stuff and freeze it just like Aunt Bessie has done. Jack didn't seem to mind it at all and when eaten with gravy or beans it was really not noticeable that the flavour was not as good.
We did eat the whole bag which didn't actually last that long as there are not that many patties in the bag as a whole. However I was rather glad when the bag went because I could get back to not being so lazy and cook up my own mash with the 19p spuds that I had bought!
All in all I would say that it is of course a nice cheap and very easy alternative to making your own but as with most things taking that little bit more time on something I.e. peeling, cooking and mashing yourself does make for an overall better flavour.
I think a score of 3 out of 5 stars is in order. Some may well think that the taste is nicer than their own mash but for me this one is definitely made for those emergency dinners when there really is no time. Thus I would only give it a recommendation for those times when there is no time!
Per 100g microwaved:
Calories = 91kcal
Saturated Fat = 1.8gram
of which sugars = 0.1 grams
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I would never dream of using readymade mashed potatoes normally, but I usually keep a range of really easy to cook items in the freezer for Benn junior to help himself to for when we are out. Ben Junior has zero interest in cooking and would live on take away pizza if I let him. I was cleaning out the freezer and saw two packets of Aunt Bessie's Homestyle mashed potatoes that had been there a while, originally bought for Benn junior in the hope that it would wean him off chips with everything obviously I failed. So as I was making some chops in the evening I thought I might as well use them up.
Aunt Bessie's frozen mash is packaged in a bag that contains pieces of frozen mashed potatoes, so you can just take out what you need and pop them in the microwave oven, cover them and cook for around 6 to 7 minutes depending on what type of microwave you have, alternatively you can cook them on a hob, however I have not tried this I think it could very well stick to the saucepan.
I must say I was impressed with the end result; the potatoes were lump free, light and creamy and had a very good quality potato taste. I don't think any of the readymade products taste quite the same as home cooked from scratch but this did run a very close second.
The second bag I used when making a fish pie, I forked the potatoes on top of the pie after preparing it in the microwave, I then popped it under the grill to brown off a little, and this did really taste nice and I couldn't tell the difference between real mash or Aunt Bessie's.
I will certainly by this again it is very handy to keep in the freezer it is great for emergencies and tastes good as well. I cooked the whole bag for 3 people and there was a little left, I think would bag would serve 4.
Aunt Bessie's Homestyle mashed potatoes are made from real potatoes, milk and butter, they are also seasoned with salt and pepper so do taste before adding more salt. They are free from artificial flavours and preservatives and contain 115 calories, 5.1g of fat of which 3.1g is saturates.
Aunt Bessie's homestyle mashed potato is currently £1.32 per 650g bag from Tesco.
I've been brought up to always try and cook everything yourself, but like most people run short on time to do all the cooking I would like.
My friend and I happened to talk about these new potatos from good old Aunt Bessie and as we both chatted through our love of her Yorkshires we contemplated trying them out.
As I reached into the freezer section at Asda I realised Aunt Bessie was clearly being affected by the credit crunch as the pack of these was priced at what I feel a pretty hefty £2.00.
I weighed it up as I ummed and aaahed over whether to complete my purchase or go and pick up some spuds from the veg section. It was a weight of 650g and said that the pack contained patty style frozen mash, of which 5 patties were required per person.
After having a good feel of the bag, I was confident that there seemed to be around 30 patties or so. I figured why not try them out it will probably last longer than normal pack of 250g packet of potatoes.
Aunt Bessie's slogan on the packet claims the following:
Aunt Bessie's Homestyle Mashed Potato is made from real potatoes, Milk and Butter for a rich and creamy homestyle texture
How to cook:
There are 2 ways to cook either place patties in the microwave for 2.5 mins for 1 person (5 patties) or 5 mins for 2 people (10 patties)
Or cook in a saucepan for approx 5 mins...
I opted for the microwave option and was making shepherds pie and had cooked the mince and was ready to add my topping...The patties looked small as I opened the packet. Incidently the packaging is a nightmare. Unlike her Yorkshire Puds which I love this was difficult to open. I tried the pull together approach, the side rip, even the teeth tug on the the corner, but boy it wouldn't budge. In the end I had to use scissors...snipped the top and as I gingerly tried to tear it the whole packet ripped in two and the patties went flying. Luckily I pre empted the split of the packet and using my body as a shield managed to divert all but one from hitting the floor.
Anyhow I digress I just wanted to make the point for those of you who don't have strong hands or have difficulty opening jars and packets etc just beware if you try this product!
So I whipped the patties into the microwave and then a few mins later they were ready. I was surprised as they were still perfectly formed patties. I mashed them on the plate and tasted....I was pleasantly surprised. They were creamy and tasted smooth (unlike the odd lumps I get in home cooked)and had a nice texture. I was worried that the microwave would put them into a hardened state that I would need to add milk butter or cream to but I didn't need to at all.
The shepherds pie with the mash on top cooked well in the oven too and I was pleased Aunt Bessie had pulled through again.
I decided to give them another go. I had a pal round and therefore realised I needed to have 10 patties. I needn't have worried as I still had around 25 in the pack. This time the mash was to accompany steak and again I cooked it in the microwave. However this time round I didnt like it. It was still creamy and nice in texture but it was gooey. I hadnt noticed the first time round as I had cooked the potato in the oven after the microwave and so it had a slight different consistency. My pal said the same, she said she couldnt tell it was from the microwave but that yes it did have a slighty gooey taste and she did have a lot of juice after her meal!!
Cut a long story short I then tried the patties a final time (again a meal for 2) and again I didn't like them. They had the smoothness and the creaminess they just didnt have the nice mash taste. It was almost too creamy and smooth almost too whipped together.
Its difficult as I know that when you cook food in the microwave you lose a lot of flavour and having not tried cooking the mash in the pan I am a little in 2 minds. I know I sound a little confused but I have to admit its because that is what this product has made me! The prodcut overall is a good idea but I think it's not the same as making them yourself
To sum up I would have to say it is a convenient quick fix and easy. It tasts smooth and creamy but I wouldnt agree that it tastes homemade. It is expensive at £2.00 but I know that they do sell these in Iceland for £1.00. If you dont eat a lot of mash but don't like the whole process of home cooking then I would have to say these are a recommendation but to be honest only as a back up. I personally will stick to making my own.
I normally are not to keen on home made mash potato, or anything that goes in the microwave either, but i really enjoyed this mash, heres why..
First of all, its so easy to cook, its like cold patties of ready made mash, all you have to do is get out of the bag what you need, and place in a bowl and heat for the correct amount of time, stirring occasionally. Yes really, its that simple.Its always perfect when i do it, and hey, i normally burn stuff like this. This mash though seams to loose about a 3rd of its size when heated!
The taste is creamy and buttery, and the mash id thick and no lumps are ever found, you can add other stuff into it like salt or pepper, but its so nice i tend only to add a pinch of salt for a bolder flavor!
The packeting clearly says what it is, and has the logo and gives you a serving suggestion, even thought the mash on thet plate does look like ice cream!! The deep blue packet is a nice coulor and the packet is easy to store, and fold over to be re- opened and used again. This product is suitable for home freezing and tends to make about 3 medium meal or 1-2 very large ones!!
The price is good value for the quality of mash you are getting, i would buy this again.
Aunt Bessie's Homestyle Mash Potato
Basically, this is little cakes of frozen mashed potato. You simply take out the required amount, put them in a microwavable bowl, cover and then cook according to the time on the pack (usually around 7 minutes). Check and stir halfway through, then serve and enjoy. It's that easy!
Yes, okay, it is lazy to buy microwavable mash when it is so easy to make it as home but at the same time, it saves mess, saves time and most importantly, tastes great! It has a delicious creamy texture which the whole family will love and a 900g bag will cost you around £1.50.
Nutritional values as follows;
Typical Values per 100g
Of which sugars 1.0g
Of which saturates 3.1g
This is a great way to cheat and have delicious comfort food on the table with minimum fuss and time, maximum taste. I definitely recommend that you get some and keep it in the freezer for the next time you fancy mash. I like to use it as a topping for pies (fish or shepherds) and also add cheese for a yummy cheesy mash (great with steak or hunters chicken). Check out the rest of the Aunt Bessie's range too (have a look at their website and see what else they do).
I definitely recommend that you try this, it is absolutely worth the money, give it a shot, you can find it in most good supermarkets now!
I became quite addicted to this product for a while, and told my housemate about it who was initially disgusted by the idea of frozen microwaveable mashed potatos. Well, in her words she 'ate her hat'.
This product is amazing, basically, it does exactly what it says on the bag - it is real mash that has been frozen and shaped into patties. You simply remove the required amount of patties, microwave and enjoy.
The taste is amazing, lovely and creamy and buttery, you can add more salt and loads of black pepper if you wish but in my opinion it doesnt need it. The main appeal of this product to me is that it is an easy accompaniment for meals when you are cooking for small numbers, rather than spending the time boiling, seasoning and mashing the potatoes yourself, when you are only cooking for one or two, simply put some of this in the microwave and it is ready in a fraction of the time. It tastes just as good, if not better than home made and there are no lumps or hard bits. It is not filled with artifical colours or preservatives so it is as healthy as regular mash (all in moderation)
This product also makes a great topping for a cottage or fish pie.
The only possible downside is the price, it costs about £1 for a bag which will generally give 4 moderate or 3 generous servings, in my opinion this doesnt break the bank but it is slightly more expensive than buying fresh potatos and making the mash yourself, however, i guess thats the price we pay for the convienience.
I love mashed potatoes but I just can't seem to consistently produce a good result myself, I either boil them too long or not long enough and although I have bought a number of mashers over the years I cannot produce lump free potato unless I use a whisk and then my potatoes take on the consistency of glue and stick to the roof of my mouth.
I used to quite like smash potatoes but my children hate them and there is always the danger of leaving a bit of the tell tale powder unmixed and they are so far removed from real potato I don't really like using them.
Having seen that Delia Smith gave her seal of approval to Aunt bessie's frozen mashed potatoes I gave them a try and bingo! great mashed potatoes from freezer to plate in just a few minutes.
I used to use the saucepan method but this is quite labour intensive as you have to keep stirring all the time or they get stuck to the bottom of the pan and the pan itself was very difficult to get clean afterwards; I have now switched to the microwave and it is much easier - just put the required discs in, cover loosely with cling film and stir when the time's up.
The pack suggests 5 discs per serving but this is a fairly paltry portion and I tend to use the entire pack when cooking for the family. I haven't used it as a topping for cottage pie, just as an accompaniment but think it would probably be a little thick and difficult to spread out.
Ok, firstly lets be clear! I HATE MASHED POTATO!
I think it stems from when I was a child and my childminder used to make me sausage and mash. The mash was so lumpy it just made me feel sick and since then I have been sworn off mash (and sausages for that matter).
My mum makes it every now and then and each time I sit gagging if I find even the smallest lump of potato.
I decided to try this just to "check" that it was horrible really...
Its devine! Its so rich, creamy and fluffy and not one lump to be found. I wolfed down a whole plate much to the amazement of my family. The texture is very smooth and goes down lovely.
I examined the packet wondering what magic ingredient it had to make ME, a mash potato hater adore it.... its simply Potato (76%) Milk (18%), Butter (5%), salt and pepper. I was totally amazed! My old head chef cannot make mash this good!
Perhaps its because its made on a huge scale that they are able to mash it and whisk it into oblivion resulting in no lumps, whereas when your home from work its a bit of a rush job?
It's also only 115cals per 100grams too so easy on the waist line.
I now keep my freezer stocked!
Its currently on offer in Tesco where you can buy 2 x 650g bags for £3, or pay £1.65 for 1 bag.
Peel the potato, put in water, boil, then mash. Simple.
So when my daughter asked me to buy her some mash potato I could not believe what I was hearing!
She was paying 99p for a pot of potato. This was too much for one but not enough for 2.
So when out shopping one day we saw that Aunt Bessie does mash potato and although this was more expensive you could use as little or as much as you wanted at a time.
Aunt Bessies Mash potato comes in 900g bags and at the moment costing around £2.00. Inside are 5cm circular or puck size pieces 1cm thick.I am not sure how many are in there but it is at least 25.
The potato is real potatoes and it is mashed with milk, butter and salt and peper.
Typical Values per 100g
Of which sugars 1.0g
Of which saturates 3.1g
Best to cook from frozen
To microwave you take as many pieces as you require and put on a non metallic plate. Cover with cling film pierce and cook on full power for 3 minutes.
Allow to stand for one minute.
Mix with a fork to make it fluffy.
If you want to cook in a saucepan you put the pieces in a saucepan cook over a medium heat for about 5 minutes stirring continually until mashed potato is well mixed and smooth.
This does make lovely mashed potato. You can also adjust it a little if you need to to your own taste by adding a bit more butter for mashing although I dont really think it needs it.
This ideal for anyone with young children when you have just come in with them and they want something on the plate 10 minutes ago. It is very quick and very handy but more to the point very tasty and goes with everything.
Thank you for reading.
This product is my number one convenience food.
As a full time working mum I don't always have as much time as I would like to spend on cooking and I use these potatoes as a cheat on a regular basis!
What are they?
Basically it is frozen potatoes that you can microwave in a couple of minutes (2.5 to be precise) The potato is in small circular shapes and around five pieces amount to an average portion of potatoes (depending on your appetite. To cook a portion you simply put in the microwave for 2.5 mins, add some milk & butter and stir. The milk and butter are optional.
The Potatoes are widely available and I have seen them in most supermarkets. The price varies between supermarkets but generally cost around £2per bag. Each bag contains approx 5 servings of potato.
Well I don't actually like potatoes but these are really quite tasty. They are soft, creamy and tasty. I think they taste as good as freshly prepared mash. I would not substitute this for fresh potatoes all the time but do cook them approx once a week when I am pushed for time.
Thumbs up form me
I like having a starchy option other than chips to eat, but mash potato always seems like a lot of hassle when you're only making it for one person. I tried Smash last year and wasn't so keen on it. It was quick and easy, but had a smell and taste that wasn't particularly appealing. I came across Aunt Bessie's frozen mash and saw on the packet that it's a Delia cheat...if it's good enough for her then it's good enough for me!
Homestyle Frozen Mash is made by Aunt Bessie who produce a range of quality traditional comfort foods that are simple and easy to make. It's a popular manufacturer however I've noticed that not all supermarkets seem to stock their frozen potato. It's usually sold in a blue 650g bag and can be found in the freezer section, usually amidst other Bessie produce or by the chips. Somerfield sell these at £2, but they're around £1.70 in other retailers like Morrisons. The best buy has been Iceland, where a bag only costs £1..bargain! You can also get a larger 900g bag (£2.32 Tesco).
To make your mashy tate, simply put 5 patties on a plate with some space between them, and pop in the microwave (800w) for 2.5 minutes. Make sure they're piping hot when they come out, leave to stand for a few seconds and mash with a fork. Alternatively, you can put them into a saucepan on medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring continuously. I've only ever tried them in the microwave and I'm happy with how quick and simple it is. The heat will usually rise which is why you should let them stand for a few seconds after heating, though I've found on the odd occasion they still feel cold to the touch but then I just pop them back in for 30-60 seconds and then they're fine. Not sure why this has happened, it could just be a dodgy microwave!
5 patties is classified as a typical serving which I find to be the right size for me, though I tend to have fairly smaller portions. A 650g bag should get you around 5-6 servings, but this depends on the amount of patties you use. 100g microwaved contains 5.1g fat and 115 calories, so it's a fairly light addition to your dinner.
It's described as having a "rich and creamy homestyle texture" as it's made from real potatoes, milk and butter. I would agree that they're soft and creamy, yet still quick thick so they have a good consistency and texture. As for the taste, it's a nice mix between potato and butter, with no distinct flavour as such that would put you off (unlike what I found with Smash). Obviously, nothing will compare to the mash you make at home from fresh potatoes for Sunday lunch, but quick and easy.
Overall I would definitely recommend these for their convenience, even though they're not quite the 'perfect' taste. They're a healthier alternative to chips, quite light and yet thick and creamy. They have a nice overall taste however and there's nothing I can really say against this mash except that I don't feel inclined to pay £2 in Somerfield when they're half that price in Iceland. All this talk of a 'credit crunch' seems to have gone to my head!