Are instant mashed potatoes as healthy as regular potatoes? It's no surprise that instant mashed potatoes have more sodium than fresh potatoes- what is surprising, however, is how much less dietary fiber they contain. In other ways though, they are similar to mashed fresh potatoes in their nutritional value. Both consist of about two-thirds starch by dry weight, with a smaller amount of protein, dietary fiber and vitamins respectively.
What is the water ratio for instant mashed potatoes? Serves 6: 1-3/4 cups water; 3 tbsp butter (or margarine or olive oil); 3/4 tsp salt (optional); 1 cup milk; 2 cups potato flakes. Serves 12: 3-1/2 cups water; 6 tbsp butter (or margarine or olive oil); 1-1/4 tsp salt (optional); 2 cups milk; 4 cups potato flakes. Why are my instant mashed potatoes rubbery? Mashing the potatoes too much or with too much force will result in sticky potatoes. The best way to avoid this is by using an old-fashioned masher, fork, ricer, or food mill. If you have already produced gluey potatoes, turn them into a casserole: Spread them out in a baking dish, drizzle melted butter on top of them and sprinkle with grated cheese and breadcrumbs.
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