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Comments on Tuesday 21 October 2003:
A culinary experiment went horribly wrong, yesterday. Mashed potatoes. They're easy, but they take half an hour. And you have to chop things. Potato flakes make it easy, but our supermarket doesn't have potato flakes, only Instant Mash, which is all full of butter and crap instead of being just potato.

We recently purchased a food processor.

Chopping the potatoes thinner, when making mash, makes it a bit quicker.

Potato flakes turn into mash pretty much the instant you add boiling water.

It stands to reason, then, that chopping potatoes up really really small, as with, say, a food processor, will result in very very quick mashed potato - you'd just have to add a bit of boiling water to the mush, then bring it back to its boiling point since the potatoes own water would still be cold, yes?

So went the theory. The result was a sort of greenish-brown mashed potato that tasted half like raw potato and half like proper mash. The result a few hours later, however, was an object of pure genius - witness:
Potato Doom
As you can see, the greenish-brown tint has magically extracted itself from the potato-goo, and formed a delicious-looking swamp-thing on the surface. In fact, both colours still tasted like raw potato - the upper of skin, the lower of, er, the other part. So this method could function as a really convoluted and difficult way of getting the peel off potatoes, I suppose, if you prefer them that way. [01:58]

Digi
Doesn't it worry that maybe there's some skank non-potatoe ingredient in potatoe flakes that makes them mashable, instead of turning to gunk like your home made pure spud mixture did?

RavenBlack
Nah, I think it's just cooked-ness in the flakes. Cooking potatoes and then mashing them, without adding anything, turns into a substance more like the flake-goo.

SpasmodicMonk
Judging by the colour and consistency of the potato in the image, I advise adding some Oregano and Rosemary - that should improve the flavour no end.

Annie
Where you trying to make mashed potatoes? Or did u get bored and come up with this stuff?! It looks very interesting if you ask me. So, it was nasty wasn't it?

Annie
were*

Surya
Floated in from the Flavor quiz. Mashed potatoes? peel and cube raw potatoes, boil in water until tender, then mash and add milk, butter, cheese, whatever until tasty. Smaller the cubes, the shorter the cooking time.

Victoria
whatever happene3d to good oldfashioned boiled potatoes crushed into oblivion with a potato masher?
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