Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mashed Potatoes for Those Who Don't like to Cook; Shedd's Country Crock Side Dish Is Easy to Make, but That Doesn't Necessarily Make It Tasty

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mashed Potatoes for Those Who Don't like to Cook; Shedd's Country Crock Side Dish Is Easy to Make, but That Doesn't Necessarily Make It Tasty

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Byline: ANN J. KELLEY

Mashed potatoes just seem to go with certain foods, and everyone has a favorite. My nephew's is meatloaf. He usually requests it on his visits home, and my sister's mashed potatoes on the side are a must. He says you just can't have meatloaf without them.

Recently, members of the Times-Union Consumer Panel tested Shedd's Cheddar Mashed Country Crock Side Dishes, which they paired with ham, steak, grilled tilapia and meatloaf.

The refrigerated side dish can be heated in the microwave or on top of the stove. One 2/3-cup serving contains 200 calories, 10 grams fat, 440 milligrams sodium, 3 grams sugars and 20 milligrams cholesterol.

"I usually make my own mashed potatoes but have used instant," said retiree Fran Hurst, who describes the Country Crock potatoes as thick and lumpy with a mild cheese flavor.

"They have enough Cheddar for me," she said, "but they're a little lumpier than I like."

She heated the mashed potatoes in the microwave and warns others to be careful because the container gets very hot.

"You're supposed to stir them half way through cooking," Hurst said, "but when I took hold of the container, I got a blister on my finger."

Although the potatoes are supposed to make five servings, Hurst said it's more like three and a half.

"Two-thirds of a cup of mashed potatoes doesn't cut it," she said, "especially if you're serving a man."

Healthcare lobbyist Scott Lara heated the mashed potatoes on top of the stove and thought they had a good consistency.

"They're well seasoned and have a fair amount of Cheddar," he said. "They're a little pricey, but I'll probably buy them again."

"I like my mashed potatoes to be smooth not chunky," said retiree Russ Carlisle, who served the Country Crock side dish with ham and a salad.

He says they have very little Cheddar cheese taste and are priced too high.

"They're less desirable than Hungry Jack mashed potatoes," Carlisle added. …

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