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      18.03.2014 14:14
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      Probably the closest to 'Ultimate' mash that I'll ever taste...

      While I wouldn't normally spend money on pre-packaged mashed potato, sometimes I just want something comforting, and when I had saw this mash reduced to 80p in my local Marks and Spenders, I thought I'd give this a try. This mash is £1.25 for a single portion, or £2 for a 450g portion that is meant to feed two people (or one me!). I bought the larger 450g tub which normally retails for £2, but is available in most of M&S offers, such as the Dine in for £10.

      M&S describes this as the ultimate in mashed potato, and is fresh potato, to which cream, butter, sea salt and cracked black pepper is added to. In the packaging, the mash is a creamy colour, with some flecks through it, which is the black pepper.

      To cook this is simple, you just remove the cardboard outer, pierce the plastic film lid on the mash, and put it in the microwave for the time stated. You can also remove the mash from the plastic tub and cook in the oven, but microwave cooking is recommended on the packaging. Once cooked, stir thoroughly and leave to stand for a minute, before tucking in.

      When you take a bit of this, it is so smooth and creamy tasting, with a slightly peppery kick. While the tub that I bought is mean to be a side dish for two people, I ate it myself. Towards the end, it did get slightly too rich for me, but on the whole, I loved the creamy, tasty mash, with a slight peppery kick. I also found that there were no lumps in this mash, unlike some other types of mash that I have tried, it was incredibly smooth and creamy and almost melted in my mouth.

      As you can guess from the ingredients listed above, this isn't the healthiest of dishes. With 120 calories, 6.1g of fat (3.7g saturated fat), and .2g of sodium per 100g, there are healthier side dishes, but I think this is definitely worth purchasing as an occasional treat.

      I would definitely recommend this mash, as it's very rich and tasty. I know that a lot of people would argue that you can make your own mash for a fraction of the price, but sometimes I am lazy and I just want something quick and easy to prepare. It is a real luxury product, with the price and the nutritional information, but I am a believer of treating myself sometimes.

      This mash should be stored chilled, but it is also suitable for freezing. Once frozen, defrost slowly and should be consumed within 24 hours.

      Ingredients:
      Potatoes (81%), Whipping Cream (12%), Butter (5%), Sea Salt, Cracked Black Pepper and Ground White Pepper.

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      21.08.2012 13:02
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      Not for the health concious

      I have tried Marks ans Spencer Ultimate mash a number of times, and can honestly say that I am less than impressed! Being a self confessed M&S food lover, this is one of their products I am not prepared to spend my hard earned money on!

      The ingredients of this product are maris piper potato, cream, butter, salt and black pepper. Sounds simple enough to make, so why are they charging £2 for 450g... The convenience of course!

      This potato is really easy to prepare, simply pop it in the microwave for a few minutes as per the instructions on the pack and it ready. The final product is smooth, creamy mashed potato. Probably smoother than I can make when mashing potatoes myself!

      So what about the taste? I personally find this potato far too creamy. It tastes more of the cream and butter than of actual potato which I am not keen on.

      The cream and butter in this potato leaves it high in fat and calories. A half pack contains 395kcals and 23g of fat. Considering that half a pack does not fill you up that much, I personally would rather save the calories for a nice dessert!

      So in summary, if you like rich and creamy potato with added convenience give this product a go. It is definitely not one of my preferred M&S products and I won't be buying it again.

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        22.04.2010 19:32
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        The best mashed potato out there

        I love mashed potato and have tried various types of ready made ones, as I'm really rather idle and don't like peeling potatoes, cooking, mashing and washing up. I don't normally buy Marks and Spencer's food because I think it is over priced.

        A 450g tub of this mash costs two pounds and is found in the chilled section of the shop. Having tried all the other supermarket makes I thought I'd give it a go. I was very pleasantly surprised. It was very creamy, and had a lovely smooth texture. I just wanted to eat more and more.

        To cook it all you have to do is to put it in the microwave for two to three minutes, depending upon the type of microwave you have. You then get it out and give it a stir and cook again for a further two minutes and then let it stand for a minute.

        This is my first choice in mashed potato now, despite the extra cost.

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        31.03.2010 15:26
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        If you're in a hurry, give it a try!

        Marks and Spencer 'Ultimate Mash' is one of the best ready-prepared mashed potatoes I've tried on the market. You can usually find it next to the traditional ready prepared meals (pies, roasts etc.) and it comes in a black plastic circular tray with a dark green cardboard packaging on the outside.

        Like most ready-prepared convenience meals all you need do is prick the plastic and place in the microwave for a few minutes - so much quicker than making your own mash at home!

        The consistency of the potato is not too sloppy (like some), the potato stands up well and it's relatively well seasoned (although maybe slightly too peppery). The potato is high in fat, but I think that's to best expected, I think even when most people make it at home they end up adding a lot of butter! But maybe it's not one for everyday consumption!

        The price is £1.99 which I think is fairly reasonable for what you get. You'll find it serves 2 people (maybe 3 depending on how greedy you are!). It's also often on offer with other convenience foods so keep your eyes peeled instore for deals.

        Definitely recommended!

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        19.03.2010 14:00
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        Make your own mind up!

        Marks and Spencer Ultimate Mash

        Description: Not just mashed potatoes, 'ultimate' mashed potatoes.



        Like so many of us, I managed to eat and drink far too much over the festive season. I have successfully managed to lose almost five pounds by giving up treats and eating healthy foods so am trying to lose a couple more and then maintain the weight loss.

        One of the best ways for me to do this is avoid snacking of course, but because I work shifts, this isn't always easy. I find that far too often, I eat the wrong things at the wrong times, so the best way to prevent this is to make sure that I have a decent and fulfilling meal, which helps stop me reaching for snacks later.

        Sine I have been eating healthily, I have also been allowing myself the odd treat which really helps as it doesn't make me feel that I am depriving myself too much. Last week, Mr Siamese came home with a meal from Marks and Spencer and along with it, a tub of this ready made mashed potato. I must admit that when I saw the amount of calories that this treat contained, I was tempted to avoid it altogether but for the sake of research (well, that and the fact that it did look delicious!) I decided to give it a try.

        A 450g tub of this mash costs £2 and is found in the chilled section of the shop.

        The mash is extremely easy to prepare, you simply pop in the microwave for a few minutes (check the instructions for correct times as these may vary slightly), stand and then serve.

        Now I cannot lie, this mashed potato was delicious. It is thick, smooth and incredibly creamy and every mouthful feels deliciously sinful. But I just cannot get past the calories and fat content, with these being as high as they are, it is little wonder that the mash tastes so good.

        If you are a fan of light, fluffy and creamy mashed potato then this is definitely worth trying, but I don't think I will be buying it again because it is incredibly bad for you and despite being extremely tasty, just isn't worth the guilt that you feel after eating it!

        I am giving this product 3 Dooyoo stars, it tastes amazing but is so bad for you that it should come with a health warning. Back to the sweet potato mash for me I think!
        Nutritional information is as follows (per half a tub);

        395 calories
        15.39 g Saturated fat
        28.6 g carbohydrate
        2.9g protein

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          17.02.2010 20:23
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          I would ever make home made again!

          If you haven't tried marks and spencers ultimate mash then you really don't know what your missing. Honestly. Im addicted.

          You can find it in the fridges of M&S alongside the fries and chunky chips.
          It costs £1.99 per packet and whilst this isn't as cost efficient as a bag
          of potatos, it is definitely much tastier!

          Its creamy, lump-free and smooth - and it you don't get any of the hard burnt bits around the edges when you ping it in the microwave, unlike usual microwave products. Its made with Maris Piper potatoes, cream, butter, sea salt and cracked black pepper - which means is isn't the healthiest mash, but if your coupling with sausages then your hardly after a healthy tea anyway. You can really taste all of the ingredients, and the cream makes a hell of a difference. Theres no synthetic taste to it at all, and its that good that I would definitely pick this mash over homemade mash anytime.

          Half a packet contains 305calories, which isn't good - but its worth it. If
          your needing a quick and easy tea this is great. It only takes 4 minutes in
          an 850w microwave, although you can cook it in an oven but it takes 30
          minutes on about 190.

          Forget the messing of peeling potatoes - this makes perfect mash everytime.

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          05.02.2010 22:15
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          nice but not essential

          Having just prepared a meal tonight, where I accidently took my potatoes off too early (by ten minutes) and proceeded to eat very very lumpy mash, I figured maybe it was wise to go back to pre-done mash. I sometimes buy the Smash stuff, you know the powder that you get in big red tubs, where you add water and it goes all fluffy and tastes..just a tad weird. A step up from Smash is the Marks and Spencer Ultimate Mash. The title alone is already heralding it as something rather glorious.

          You get a pot of the stuff in the refrigerated section in M and S and then you pop it into the fridge and take out when you are ready to consume. Obviously you have to heat it up first, but this is dead easy. Several minutes in a microwave and you're away. The cooking time varies depending on the temperature, but you're looking at about five minutes. Already this has saved on the peeling time, let alone the twenty minutes regular potatoes take to boil.

          Once it has pinged, leave to stand for a few minutes to let the cooking process finish. There is no need to add anything, as it has already been seasoned, creamed and prepped. The consistency was good when I tried this at my mum's. For a shop bought mash, there is a good creaminess and it is not overly runny, which is crucial. In terms of quantity, this could be hard to judge, as I like loads of mash with a meal, but a tub could do for two I reckon.

          The texture gets a thumbs up, the taste then...well, pretty good on the whole, quite heavy on the palette though, suggesting it has been given a lot of butter in there. This means you do not need a massive portion. Lacking a little in flavouring, I could just detect enough salt, though would have liked a stronger pepper pushing through, as I usually go heavy on my pepper. Despite this nitpick, a two pound tub does save you time and comes out better than Smash in a taste test. However, if you want mash three times a week, a standard bag of regular potatoes will be cheaper. Making this a luxury item for special occasions.

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            25.01.2010 11:51
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            Wicked Mash From M&S!

            It's not that often I eat M&S food but this week has been a nice change because my mum won some M&S Food vouchers in a competition so she's treated us to loads of stuff to munch on. I laughed when I saw she'd brought this chilled ready made mash because we've always slagged people off who buy mash because that's madly lazy and dead expensive compared to buying and mashing your own spuds!

            I have had ready made mash before though because you know sometimes it just jumps at you in the shop, this one is easily the best though and tastes just as good as home made. Better actually because no way could I get my own mash this perfect even though I do do a pretty mean mashed potato! lol

            It cost about £2.00 for a tub of mash that comes in a black microwaveable tub, you don't get a lot for your money and I had this whole one to myself but if you was having it with loads of other things then I reckon you'd get 2 servings out of it. You can nuke it or cook it in the oven, I nuked mine and the gorgeous buttery smell that filled the kitchen was wicked!

            The mash itself is made from Maris Piper potatoes and is mega soft and fluffy. It's been mashed good and there are no lumps of potato or anything in it that have been missed and every mouth full tastes as good as each other.

            You can taste the cream in the mash and that gives it a yummy rich flavour and also makes the potatoes FEEL creamier than other mash. It's got a delish buttery flavour and that tells me that this isn't the healthiest mash around! lol It's gorgeous though, you can actually taste the potatoes in it not like other ready made mash that tastes mega fake and not at all fresh.

            I reckon this tastes like home made mash would taste if you could bother putting a load of effort into it and get it tasting just right. I had mine with sausages because I wasn't feeling very imaginative and did a thick onion gravy to go with it.... it was delish and mega filling.

            It's that good that even though I was full up before I'd ate it all I couldn't stop shovelling it into my gob until it had all gone! lol

            Recommended.... for lazy people!!! lol

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              20.10.2009 17:16
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              3 stars

              Intro
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              I had this stuff last week after a hard day out at the football. We had lost and i returned back to Leeds city train station short of luck and with a massive hunger urge.

              I popped in to the M and S simply food and was looking at all the sandwiches and things when this caught my eye. I remember having it about 4 years ago when it was on offer back at home. I really enjoyed it then so decided to wait till i got back and get it on!


              The price
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              Obviously, it's m and s, so it is never going to be cheap. At £2 for a relatively small tub it certainly is not offering you great value, but it is really good for a one off and you want a quick meal without going to the hassle of whipping up some culinary delight!


              How to make
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              It is really simple to make. Get it home, put it in the microwave for a couple of minutes (depending on the power wattage you have) and then take out and stir, put it back in, another 2 minutes and then let it stand for a minute.

              This produces the quickest, nicest meal ever!


              The taste
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              The taste really is sensational. It is massively creamy and it really sticks to the top of your mouth. It is perfect mashed potato and it tastes like there is about half a gallon of cream in there.

              This means that the taste is lovely, creamy and fluffy, but, unfortunately, means the nutrition is not the best.


              Nutritional Info
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              Per half a pot serving the damage is
              395 calories!
              15.39 g Saturated fat
              28.6 g carbohydrate
              2.9g protein

              Now, as i just said, a pot is not huge. So if you have your full pot your looking at about 800 cals and 30g of sat fat...not something you want to be looking for.


              Summary
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              Good for a treat!

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              16.09.2009 13:03

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              Delicious and so simple to prepare

              I am the most inept cook in the world and live off of ready meals and stuff that can just be shoved in the oven. I bought some of this mash on impulse one night (fancied it with some sausages) because the thought of peeling, chopping, boiling and mashing potatoes myself just filled me with dread.

              I have to say this is the most amazing mash I have ever tried. It's creamy, thick, lump-free and ready from the microwave within 4 minutes. I enjoy this mash so much that I could eat a portion of it all by itself.

              The packet is supposed to serve two but I always manage a whole pack by myself (greedy) although I suppose it would feed two okay if you had plenty of veg and other bits to bulk the meal out a bit. I have tried other microwaveable mashes from competitor stores and none of them have come close. I didn't realise that there was such a thing as 'good' and 'bad' mash until I tried this stuff. It is all GOOOOOD! Really good value as well, I think, as it's about £2 or something.

              Since I first tried this mash I find it really hard not to buy it at least once a week now. I often dream about it in the day when I know I'm going to have it that evening. Sad, but true. It's that nice though!

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              26.06.2009 10:35
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              so bad for me but it tastes so good!

              If anyone asks me, my favourite meal is salad and mash. I love to put a massive pile of rocket on a plate, accompany it with cucumber, tomato and avocado and put an equally massive pile of mash potato alongside it. I've no idea why this is my favourite meal, it just tastes sooo good and that's the way I like it. Heading home tonight after a 12 hour hard, moany people littered shift at work I realised that a) I was extremely hungry and b) I hadn't had a hot meal since I don't know when. Only problem was that it was near midnight and all the shops were shut except for the BP on the corner that also housed a marks and sparks.
              You may have seen these revolutionary BP/M&S integrated fuel stations around and what an invention they are. Some of the best food around has come out of its city centre locations to a place where we can easily and readily get our hands on it with little walking actually involved. Mr Mark and Mr Spencer I salute you. The only problem is that it is a touch on the expensive side.
              So, wandering around looking for something that I fancied my eyes settled on a "buy 3 for £5" offer on Marks and Spencer's ultimate mash potato. The offer is for a 450 g microwaveable tub, which would be about the size of a mans fist when on a plate, just to give you an idea. Working out at £1.66 per pot this puts it on a par with Tesco mash and is a reduction of 33p per pot from its usual price. Looking good!
              I take a look at the packaging and see that it is in typical ready meal attire of a black plastic tub, green cardboard sleeve and has a picture of the food within on the front. The sleeve declares that the product contains "cream and added black pepper" and it's the addition of the pepper that is quite appealing to me. So off I pop to the till, make my purchase and head home looking forward to a quick and easy hot meal.
              *cooking*
              So, back home in the kitchen, standing at the microwave ready to go. I turn the tub over to read the very clear and easy to follow cooking instructions, set out according to your microwaves power and features 2 times for each power band, cooking time and standing time. I see that my portion requires 6 minutes for my microwave which is of the highest power level plus a minutes standing time. I note happily that it doesn't require stirring mid way through, a feature of most other microwaveable mashes that makes me feel very impatient indeed! So I pull back the corner of the cellophane lid and bung it in and let it do its thing. So simple even my ex could cook it (he he )
              I am also exceptionally surprised to note that this could be oven cooked?!?! Oven cooked mash!! That just doesn't seem right to me. Not of interest to me but may be to some so worth mentioning.
              *The taste*
              Amazing!!!
              I took the mash out of the microwave and turned it onto a plate, noticing surprisingly that it hadn't gone brown around the edges as most microwaveable products that you don't stir can do. I took my first mouthful and immediately tasted the butter and the cream within the mash. You could taste that the product was high quality as it didn't contain that earthy taste of slightly old potatoes but was just a nice creamy constant taste in my mouth. I have to admit to doing the corny eyes closed with fork in mouth and declaring "Mmmmm" loudly. Would I have done this if I hadn't been alone? I doubt it!!! The mash was smooth with not a hint of a lump in sight, it was almost as if the potatoes had been pureed before being used. The black pepper that was acclaimed on the front of the packet could not be tasted within the mash at all and that was a disappointment for me, along with the fact of how heavy the unbelievable creaminess made the mash in my stomach. Usually I can manage a whole pack of mash (yes really, I can) but could only manage half a pack of this before I was full meaning that half went to waste. Not particularly good on the pocket that one!

              *nutrition*
              Or not as the case may be... the only drawback for heavenly food, It has to be bad somewhere along the line!! And this most certainly is! Per half a pot serving the damage is
              395 calories! (eep!)
              15.39 g Saturated fat (oh my goodness!)
              28.6 g carbohydrate
              2.9g protein
              That's not nutrition that's pure all out indulgence hidden in reverse nutrition technology! Gulp!

              *my opinion*

              In my opinion this little gem does everything I would want from a mash. It's creamy, smooth, lump free and just pure selfish end of the day indulgence which let's face it we all need a little of at times right? I would gladly buy this again although it does loose a star for the absence of the much hailed "cracked black pepper" taste and the heaviness of the meal. I think if I were to combine this with a salad as I usually do then I may well struggle to eat my meal and end up feeling heavy and bloated instead of happily full and fulfilled. This mash beats Tesco ready-made mash hands down, mainly in the area of its quality. The slogan "it's not just food, it's M&S food" is, in this case, exceptionally appropriate.

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                12.05.2009 13:40
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                great mash !

                I go to M&S for the odd treat as lets face it their prices are dearer than the average supermarket but you do get what you pay for.I have a few items in there that i love and this is definitely one of them....

                M&S Ultimate Potato Mash is sold in the chilled/firdge department and is priced at £1.99 for a 450g portion.It comes in a black microwavable tub with a green cradboard sleeve on it.The sleeve has the cooking instructions and also the nutritional information.The mash can be cooked in a microwave or oven....I have never oven cooked it myself but it states on the pack it takes around 30 mins.I always microwave and its very easy..you simply

                * pierce the film on the mash
                * cook on high power for the desired time for you mircowaves wattage
                * After cooking remove film,stir product and leave to stand for a minute

                The mash is lovely thick and creamy when its cooked.Also the most wonderful thing is there are no lumps !! It serves two people easily.The mash is made from maris piper potato,cream,butter,sea salt & cracked black pepper.You can tell the food used is of a good quality in the taste.I have used other ready made mashed potato but none of them come close to this one....

                It is a little dearer but in my opinion well worth the money if you are after convenience and good taste.

                The calorific content is displayed on the back fro 1/2 a pack of mash as it is meant for two people.

                Calories 395
                Saturated fat 15.3g (yikes)
                Carbohydrates 28.6g
                Protein 2.9g

                A lovely treat which will compliment every meal.

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                01.12.2008 22:46
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                To me mashed potato is one of the ultimate comfort foods. It is great in winter - great with sausages and onion gravy but also adds a warm comforting feel to any meal.

                The only problem is.... I can never seem to get all of the lumps out when i make it myself. My grandad makes pretty good mashed potato and he mashes it first and then whips it up with a fork - but it takes ages and even then if I find a lump I hate it!

                So although it is indulgent to buy ready made mashed potato - especially from Marks and Spencer when you want some really good comfort food and fancy nice creamy mashed pototo you can not go wrong with Marks and Spencer Ultimate Mash.

                It is made with potatoes (obviously!), cream, butter and salt and pepper - everything you would put in it yourself really (well I would use milk rather than cream!), but it tastes much much better than any home made mash I've ever had (sorry mum, nan and yes even grandad!).

                This mash potato is so nice I have been known to just microwave it and grate a little bit of cheese on it and have it on its own like that for dinner!

                It beats Aunt Bessies frozen mash and definately beats smash too! It is the real thing just made with a lot of calories and definatley no lumps!

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                  06.06.2008 13:12
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                  Makes a great accompaniment to many dishes

                  The humble spud. A staple in many a diet. There are so many ways to cook it and one of my favourites is mashed potato.

                  But I'm very fussy, especially in how I like my mash. I don't like it lumpy. Or unseasoned. Or dry. Just nice and smooth and creamy.

                  You'd think it'd be easy to make it the way I like it. So far I haven't succeeded. I've tried a masher, a potato ricer, adding lots of butter, mixing in warm milk, even cream. But I've never been able to get it quite the way I like it. Whizzing it round in a food processor was a disaster, it just went all gluey.

                  I tried different makes of ready made mash. They were ok, but still not quite there. Then I discovered Marks and Spencer Ultimate Mash. It's deliciously smooth and fluffy, with just the right amount of butter, cream and seasoning. Perfect!

                  ~~ Ingredients ~~

                  Ultimate Mash is made with Maris Piper potato (81%), cream (10%), butter (7%), sea salt, cracked black pepper and white pepper.


                  ~~ Nutrition ~~

                  Per ½ pack:
                  Energy kJ - 1620
                  Energy kcal - 395
                  Protein - 2.9g
                  Carbohydrate - 28.6g
                  Fat - 23.0g
                  Fibre - 2.9g
                  Sodium - 0.56g

                  ~~ Serving ~~

                  A 450g pack will serve two people.
                  Delicious served with sausages, chicken, casseroles, or used as a topping on a pie, such as shepherd's pie.

                  ~~ Cooking ~~

                  The pack says for best results microwave, but I always cook it in the oven.

                  To microwave, cook on full power for 4 minutes for a Cat E 850W microwave.

                  To oven cook, it takes 30 minutes on 190 C.

                  It can be frozen, so long as you defrost it fully before cooking.

                  ~~ Price ~~

                  Costs £1.99 for 450g pack. Sometimes on special offer, and is currently two for £3.

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                Not just mashed potatoes, 'ultimate' mashed potatoes.