Flakey Thread Title

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by azrancher, Nov 5, 2016.

  1. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    OK flakes, as in Potato Flakes.

    Yeah you can grow potatoes, maybe... but not right away.
    So I was bored and did a search for potato flakes, I remember growing up Mom would only serve Ore-Ida brand flakes, in fact I was in my mid thirties when I learned you could make mashed potatoes out of real potatoes...

    So you can buy bulk potato flakes, 40# single bag or multiple bags, I would expect that you would repackage them in Mylar and O2A ... but are flakes all created equal.

    I'm confused you can buy them in #10 cans (41 servings), or cases of #10 cans (246 servings), or a 6 gallon pail (324 servings), or real bulk in a sack/bag of 40# which is 864 servings...

    Potato Flakes - F009 - 15 lb. 6 gal SP*
    Instant Mashed Potato Flakes at FoodServiceDirect.com!
    5 Gallon Potato Flakes Instant | Bulk Food International

    Are all brands created equal? I only listed a few that jumped out at me...

    Anybody have any experience with Flakes, and I don't mean the ones at work.

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  2. ditch witch

    ditch witch I do stupid crap, so you don't have to

    I buy Idahoan "Real Potato" flakes at Sams Club. They've gone up a bit in price over the last year but for instant taters these are the best I've found and WAY cheaper than buying the #10 cans. This is a 3. something pound box, 65 servings. I just dump it in a mylar bag.

    My father-in-law HATES instant mashed potatoes, or so he claims, but I served these one T-giving and didn't say a word. He got thirds.
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  3. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I always read the ingredients. Yes, not all dried potato flakes are the same. Definitely only use the kind with no additives or preservatives. Anything flavored is most likely going to have man-made chemicals.
    I store them in large, resealable tupperware containers with rubber seals. I also store the ready-to-use flakes in handy sized vacuum packs I make myself. Along with freeze dried instant hash browns, the potato flakes also store very well. I am still using some from rotation that are about 7 years old. No problems.
  4. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    What the eyes don't see, the heart don't grieve for. ;)

    How to Make Homemade Instant Mashed Potatoes - Homestead Chronicles

    Make your own instant potatoes from home grown potatoes!

    DIY Potato Flakes From Scratch

    Easy How-To: Make Your Own Potato Flakes | Lehman's Country Life

    Edit: Stored appropriately, potatoes last for quite a long time. Making home made dehydrated potato does require some time, effort and resources, but the product lends itself to convenient portability when included in trail food menus.

    using the same techniques with pumpkin, and sweet potato, (and other root crops) may also be worth experimenting with.
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2016
  5. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    @azrancher All I can say is I purchased a 40 pound bag at WinCo and they are very tasty. I had previously purchased a box of Idahoan and both taste the same, very good taste. I mylar them up and there they sit.
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