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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Crock Pot Instant Mashed Potatoes

My husband is constantly asking me while I'm cooking "Did you share that?" Or he is saying "Your crock pot people online would love to know this."

When he started saying those things the other night I have to admit, I was a little resistent to being open to sharing these crock pot instant mashed potatoes.

It wasn't because I didn't want to share. It was because I was sure that everyone knew how to do it.

Very politely my husband says "Don't take anything for granted, and don't assume."

When I got to thinking about it I knew he was right. I do this all the time (and by all the time I mean a couple of times a month) and it is a great and easy time saver for completing a meal.

Here is how I do it;
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • water (amount called for on package)
  • any other ingredients called for on packaging (mine just calls for water)
  • salt and pepper to season

Put the amount of water in the crock pot for the amount of servings your making. I use a 1 1/2 quart party crock that has no settings. You can turn yours to low or high. You're just wanting the water to heat completely.

Let the water heat up while you run your errands, clean the house, take a nap or whatever it is that you spend your afternoons doing.

Right before serving dinner mix the amount of instant mashed potatoes required by the instructions you're using with the heated water in the crock pot.

Once mixed thoroughly add your salt and pepper to season the mashed potatoes.

The great thing about this is when you have them all mixed up you can unplug your crock pot and they will stay warm for a bit too.

See... it's that easy. It really is my go to "NO RECIPE" recipe :o)


  1. Great idea!!! :) Thanks for sharing...your husband sounds like a wise man! :)

  2. Just curious, but why exactly do you need to make "instant" potatoes in the crockpot? Don't get me wrong, I love my crockpot, but it takes 5 minutes to make instant potatoes the regular way. I would think that 5 minutes on the stovetop in a pot would use so much less energy than using a crockpot, and it wouldn't really save you any time either. ???

    1. Well anonymous, I for one found this to be VERY helpful. Ya see, my husband works on the road. Half of our life is spent in a camper, it's our home... and our house is basically just our vacation spot. In my camper, I have a flat top stove, unfortunately it only has two eyes and one went out on me last week. With that being said, tonight I am cooking porkchops, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy. Oh and I should add that our camper does not have an oven. So, with one working eye on the stove it will take me forever, not to mention by the time I get everything cooked whatever was cooked first will be cold, and that's just pure aggravation anyhow. So instant really isn't so instant. It really depends on your situation I assume.

  3. @Anonymous: These crock pot instant mashed potatoes are really a time saver for my busy schedule. Let me explain.

    If I remember at lunch time to put the water in the crock pot it's hot and ready for me to add the instant potatoes whenever supper time rolls around. I wish I could say that my family had supper at 5:00 every evening, but with our hectic schedule that's just not so. Also, if everyone is eating at different times the crock pot holds them warm for each one of us to have a hot meal (which is one of the reasons I LOVE the crock pot so much anyways). We kind of eat buffet style around here a lot anyways.... because of our schedules :o)

    I'm just trying to make sure that I share with y'all what I've tried in the crock pot and what has worked for me. I realize it won't be an across the board "crock pot love" for everyone on everything I share, but I still choose to share it.

    Keep on cROCKin'!

  4. This is gonna work great for Food Day at work!

  5. Hi i appreciate u sharin this lifestyle..i am learnin to luv my crokpot .lol.ihv two small children not even inskul suggestions will be greatlh appreciated:-)i plan ondoin the inst tators toommorow along with steak and crm mushrm thanxagin

  6. Thank you so much! I needed a good way to make donated food for dinner at the local mission. All they had were boxes of instant potatoes and pork loins. Making the loins ahead was no problem, but how to make the instant potatoes say warm for dinner?? These worked out perfect! I added milk and butter to the water in the crock pot and added the potatoes just before I left. Everyone was so happy with the meal! You saved my reputation. :)

    1. I'm am so pleased that this worked out for you. I love this method with instant mashed potatoes. Kudos to you taking care of so many others needs.

      Keep on crockin'!

  7. this is gonna help tonight thanks for tip


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