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Enhance your food storage with potato flakes

It's a gem of an idea to stockpile potato flakes and potato gems
in the prepper's pantry. With potato flakes, you can have a
creamy and comforting mashed potato side dish in minutes. Best
of all, this prep won't cost you much and lasts long.

Besides, you can't eat rice and beans everyday, so here's why you
should consider stashing potato flakes in the pantry...

Why Potato flakes and gems?
There are several good reasons to store potato flakes or gems:

#1: Potato flakes store well.
Brands of potato flakes are a little different and so is the
packaging, but generally instant mashed potatoes (potato flakes
and gems) have a long shelf life...

  • Potato flakes can last 25 years in a #10 can. The cans are
    convenient if you don't ordinarily buy potato flakes for your
    everyday food storage.

  • Potato flakes in Mylar. Legacy Potato flakes, or similar
    potato flakes in Mylar can last 15 years. Legacy Foods are
    GMO-free and they offer their product in a double thick Mylar
    pouch with an oxygen absorber and nitrogen flush.

  • Potato flakes in cello. Bob's Redmill or similar bag wrapped
    in cellophane can last at least a year. If you buy bags of
    potato flakes, store them in the refrigerator for best results.

#2: Potato flakes are almost instant.
When you think of it, potato flakes are much easier to prepare
than cooking rice. Potato flakes are perfect as a quick side dish,
but there are many other ways to put these spuds to use. Potato
flakes are versatile! Perhaps they are more versatile than rice.

Bob's Red Mill Potato Flake, pictured right, are made from
genuine russet potatoes. To prepare, mix Bob's Red Mill Potato
flakes with hot water gently fluff with a fork, and serve delicious
real mashed potatoes that taste just like homemade. It's a
simple "can't fail" recipe.

Even so, if you're looking for a potato flakes recipe that tastes
like real mashed potatoes then become a mashed potato expert
with tablespoon.com! The Web site divulges three secrets to
making potato flakes taste like real mashed potatoes.

#3: Use potato flakes for home made onion rings!
You won't believe the crunchy texture you'll get for your home
made onion rings. Along with the panko, add the instant mashed
potato flakes, and you won't believe how good your home made
onion rings can be ~ potato flakes are the secret ingredient (as is
the club soda).

















One secret ingredient in the crispy onion rings above is potato flakes.

#4: Potato flakes give a pleasing texture to breads.
Use potato flakes in yeast breads that call for mashed potatoes.
You'll find Bob's Red Mill potato flakes produce soft breads and
rolls and breads that are crispy on the outside and soft on the
inside. You can use potato flakes to thicken pancakes!

Below are some ideas on how to use potato flakes for breads:

#5: Potato flakes boost the creamy goodness of soup.
From potato flakes you can make a soup. The potato flakes are
an excellent base for creamy potato soups to enhance the texture
and add a satisfying flavor. Below are two potato flake recipes to
try:

Instant potato soup recipe:
  • 1-3/4 potato flakes
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered milk
  • cube chicken bouillon.
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • pinch of pepper

Keep this in a mason jar and when you're ready to serve, mix one
cup mix to 1 cup hot water.

Here's another recipe...

Bob's Red Mill Easy Potato Soup
In a saucepan, heat (do not boil):
  • 2 cups milk and
  • 2 1/4 cups water

Next, stir in:
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • A few drops of Worcestersire sauce
  • 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Potato flakes

Reduce heat, simmer 10 minutes. Serve ho or chilled topped with
chives. Serves four.

#6: Potato flakes can substitute bread crumbs.
Go ahead and swap the bread crumbs with potato flakes! Give
fried fish, chicken or pork chops a crispy coating of potato flakes
by dipping in an egg wash, then dredging in potato flakes before
baking or lightly frying.

Alternatively, you can moisten your fish, poultry or meat with milk
or buttermilk before adding the potato flakes. The result is a
crispy, tasty meal.

#7: Potato flakes extend meatloaf and meatballs.
There's nothing better than meat and potatoes, right? So go
ahead and add potato flakes to meatloaf or meatballs to create a
smooth, and even texture. It will make your meat loaf tastier and
your budget happier. Now that's what we call a hamburger helper!



















Above, the mix and match meatloaf concept, by Food Network, offers
options for ground veal and ground pork in addition to turkey, chicken or
hamburger varieties. The recipe uses 1/2 cup potato flakes.

Remember to add the bacon to your meatloaf. And what goes
better with meatloaf than a heaping side dish of mashed
potatoes? Nothing. Satisfy your meat and potatoes craving just
about anytime thanks to potato flakes.













#8: Potato flakes thicken sauces.
Potato flakes are a great way to thicken sauces and gravies;
however, you need to use a little extra seasoning to do it right.
Want in on the secret? Oureverydaylife.com shares the trick:


#9: You can use potato flakes to top stews and
casseroles.
There are a few ways you can use potato flakes for stews and
casseroles. You can use the flakes as a crispy topping, or you can
make mashed potatoes as a fluffy topping. In the recipe below,
you blend the potato flakes into your casserole.

















The highly popular mashed potato casserole above, from allrecipes.com, is
a savory combination of instant potato mix, souped up with onion dip and
cream cheese.

  • Shepherd's pie. With the luck of the Irish you can make a
    simple and tasty Shepherd's pie using potato flakes. The
    idea from campbellskitchen.com uses condensed mushroom
    soup.


  • Potato flakes and au gratin potatoes. Potato flakes add a
    crispy finale to your au gratin dishes.

#10: From potato flakes make potato pancakes!
Want to make homestyle potato pancakes the Mountain Mama
way? You can use instant potato flakes and an instant pancake
mix for starter.
Mountain Mama's Potato Pancake recipe, pictured
right, gets a near perfect 5-star review. Get that griddle going!

#11: Knock out some Gnocchi with potato flakes.
Making gnocchi couldn't be easier with potato flakes. While the
traditional Italian grandma would make gnocchi from scratch
using a whole potato, you can whittle away some of the labor and
make a delightfully fluffy gnocchi (potato pasta) with help from
OneGoodThingbyJillee.com.



















Visit OneGoodThingbyJillee.com to learn how to make gnocchi, a fluffy
potato pasta made with potato flakes.

#12: Most potato flakes are gluten-free!
Are potato flakes gluten free? The simple answer is yes, most of
them are gluten free, but there are potato flakes out there that
have stabilizers to "improve" texture. The only way to ensure
gluten-free potato flakes is to become a label reader:

  • Bob's RedMill potato flakes pictured at the top of the page
    are gluten free and have no additives or preservatives. They
    are all natural and made from 100% real Idaho russet
    potatoes.

  • Right, the Augason Farms Dehydrated potato flakes are
    certified gluten free, but to help them have a 15 to 20-year
    shelf life, they also include other ingredients, including
    sodium bisulfite and BHA.

Any gluten-free household will appreciate potato flakes. Not only
are the starchy potato flakes an excellent substitute for bread
crumbs, but

#13: Potato flakes are more nutritious than rice.
Why are potatoes so important to stock? Many of our ancestors
had a root cellar to store potatoes. Potatoes have received a bad
rap, but potatoes are an ideal food source, not only because they
are filling, but because they are nutritious.

Not only are potatoes an American comfort food, it turns out that
even potato flakes have more nutritional value than rice in you
pantry. It's true that potato flakes have more nutritional value
than rice, but it's not that much. Both rice and potatoes give you
iron, but you'll find potato flakes also give you Vitamin C while
rice does not.

  • 1/3 dry cup will yield 6% of your dietary fiber (2 grams).
    You'll also get 2% Vitamin C and 2% iron.

Potatoes are the perfect food.
In discussion of potato nutrition, Dr. John McDougall shares why
everyone should consider adding starches to their diet...


















Above, John McDougall, MD. discusses the nutritional value of potatoes. All
trim populations in history have obtained the bulk of their calories from
starch, such as the humble potato.

More proof that potatoes are a perfect food

  • Gerson Therapy. The Gerson Therapy (cancer treatment),
    requires patients to eat the whole potato daily as part of
    their mostly vegetarian regime. They don't recommend butter
    for their cancer patients, but when combined with butter it is
    actually a complete food with every nutrition requirement
    fulfilled. While the Gerson Therapy recommends whole
    potatoes, it's good to know that potato flakes have nutrition
    in them because they are the whole potato.

  • Peasant diets of Poland and Russia. Polish and Russian
    peasants worked under harsh conditions surviving on the
    whole potato and are free from the disease of scurvy. In a
    potato study documented by the U.S. National Center for
    Biotechnology Information, on the nutritional value of
    potato, the conclusion is that potatoes are a valuable source
    of nitrogen. Subjects did not tire of the uniform potato and
    there was no craving for change.

  • The potato famine helps illustrate that potatoes are the
    perfect food. You may wonder, if potatoes are so nutritious
    and a perfect food, why was there a potato famine? Here's
    the thing about the potato famine: it was a fungus that
    ruined crops -- the people did not die of starvation because
    all they had was potatoes to eat. Also, there was plenty of
    other kinds of food to eat. Ireland had plenty of other crops,
    but they were for export only, so it was the greedy landlords
    of England who forced them out by starvation. So you see,
    before the famine, the poorest farmers lived on a mostly
    potato diet and thrived until the fungus came.

Consider adding potato flour to your
pantry, too!
Why add potato flour? Just like the pantry cooking you can do
with potato flakes, potato flour has much value in the prepper's
kitchen. Potato flour is wonderful, gluten-free addition to the
pantry to make breads, pancakes and waffles, potato soups and
much more.

Use potato flour for these reasons and more...

  • It's better way to eat your veggies!  Potato flour is the
    entire potato (skin and all) dehydrated.  The kids won't even
    know they are eating their vegetables. The skin has loads of
    extra vitamins.

  • Thickener. You can use potato flour as a thickener to add
    body to broths stews and gravies. Using potato flour as a
    thickening agent, will help you avoid GMO cornstarch. It's
    the starch in the potato that holds water.

  • Natural dough conditioner. As a baking ingredient to mix
    with other flours, potato flour will add moisture. Potato flour
    really does make the yeast dough easier to handle!

  • Binder. Potato flour is also a binder that will add creaminess
    to frozen desserts because it holds the moisture and the fat.
    It also helps bind meats, such as hamburger patties,
    meatloaf or fish patties, so they're more juicy and flavorful.

  • Breading substitute. Potato flour is a gluten free breading
    for frying. It provides a golden crunchy crust that you can
    use like breading (bread crumbs, croutons, cracker crumbs).

  • Extender. Potato flour, like potato flakes, can help you
    extend foods, such as meatloaf, meatballs, and casseroles.

  • Long shelf life. Potato flour will add shelf life to foods you
    bake because it keeps your baked goods moist. As well,
    potato flour has an excellent shelf life.

Consider also adding sweet potato flour to your pantry, which is
incredibly versatile and can be used for baked goods such as
breads, cookies, muffins, pancakes, crepes, cakes and doughnuts.
It can also be used in soups, as a thickener for sauces and
gravies, and in breading.

Happy endings...
Now you have good reason to stock potato flakes, potato flour
and sweet potato flour in the prepper's pantry (and how to use
them)!

Have you read our popular free list of foods for the prepper's
pantry? You'll find we list #18 Potato flakes and au gratin
potatoes.
Potato flour is #11 on the list of foods to hoard in the
prepper's pantry.

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