“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Potatoes „
Mashed potato...perhaps not the most exciting subject for a review, but this is one of these products that surprised me so much I just had to share it. Aren't you lot lucky!
I love mashed potatoes, I really do. I can't get enough of the stuff. But let's be honest, proper homemade mashed potato is hardly a convenience food - peel the potatoes, boil them, mash them. Enter Tesco.
I came across Tesco Fluffy Mashed Potato while browsing the frozen potato products section of Tesco online, with a vague thought of getting some waffles. I've heard wonderful things about Aunt Bessies frozen mash, but at £1.59 I've never bought it. So when I saw this for only 59p for a 650g bag, I just had to try it.
Unlike the Aunt Bessies product which is cooked in the oven, the Tesco mash is heated up in the microwave or on the hob. As I don't have a microwave (lack of space) it was the hob option for me. The potato comes out of the bag in small cylinder shaped pieces, so I emptied an appropriate looking amount into a pan and turned on the heat. The instructions say you can add butter or water while the potato is heating up. As it started to defrost it looked rather dry so I added some water which definitely made all the difference. It was ready to serve in about 5 minutes (although the pack claimed it would take 8-10 minutes), so before I served it I mixed in some margarine - can't beat buttery mash.
In appearance, the heated mash looks like the real thing. I was worried it was going to be like Smash, which although quick and easy is clearly not like real mashed potato, it's far too light in consistency. However this Tesco mash had a much heavier appearance than Smash, and looked just like "real" mashed potato. And so it should - it is 90% potato, and the remainder is butter, milk, salt and pepper.
On tasting this I was amazed. It is excellent, and there is no difference between this and homemade mash. It has a smooth texture, a nice solid consistency and a fantastic potato taste. Actually, I lie - there is a difference between this and homemade. There are no lumps! I know some people like lumpy mash, but not me, so this is perfect and saves me ages spent mashing potatoes trying to get the lumps out.
Another benefit is that as you don't have to boil the potatoes, the kitchen doesn't get all steamed up.
The 650g bag contains around 4-5 servings, depending on the size of the portions - I'm a mashed potato addict so I tend to have quite a lot!
I love this mashed potato, and I'll definitely be buying it again and I can't see why I would ever make my own mash again! This will be a regular purchase from now on. I can't compare it to the Aunt Bessie equivalent, but at almost £1 less than that and as tasty as this is, I won't bother trying it!