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Old 11-21-2011, 12:06 PM   #11
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Can you make them entirely ahead of time (potaotes, buter, cream/milk)?

Or just the potatoes?

Ive never trusted make-ahead potatoes but I have too much to do this year.

Ideally I'd like to complete them on Wednesday and reheat on Thursday.
I'm making mine entirely, with the butter and milk, the night before. I've never thought twice about it since I've successfully stored and reheated (and enjoyed!) leftover mashed potatoes many times before. To me, this is the same thing but on a bit larger scale. I think the only thing to be careful of is overworking (too much mixing) the potatoes; then they get kind of sticky.
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Old 11-21-2011, 12:21 PM   #12
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:31 PM   #13
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I always do my potatoes the night before, with all the fixins, and put them in a casserole in the fridge. I just can't imagine dealing with mashed potatoes at the last minute.
I always use a potato ricer on them, and mix in sour cream, cream cheese, melted butter and no milk or cream. In other words, they are like twice baked potatoes without the skin.
I have used non fat yogurt and non fat cream cheese to reduce the calories with little difference in flavor. I believe the trick is to not use milk to avoid that "leftover potato" flavor. My family loves my potatoes, and the gravy is optional.
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:47 PM   #14
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Can you make them entirely ahead of time (potaotes, buter, cream/milk)?

Or just the potatoes?

Ive never trusted make-ahead potatoes but I have too much to do this year.

Ideally I'd like to complete them on Wednesday and reheat on Thursday.
If you go to the refrigerated section of the supermarket you swill see that Country Crock sells completely prepared mashed potatoes in a plastic tub. If they can do it, you can too!
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Old 11-21-2011, 03:12 PM   #15
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If you go to the refrigerated section of the supermarket you swill see that Country Crock sells completely prepared mashed potatoes in a plastic tub. If they can do it, you can too!

Dear Lord, I dont want mine to taste like theirs!
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Old 11-21-2011, 04:03 PM   #16
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I'm glad I found this thread because I was contemplating preparing just the potatoes ahead of time for Thanksgiving dinner. A few years back I made the potatoes early in the morning of Thanksgiving and put them in a crockpot on low. The flavor of them turned out funny - kind of sweet. I was disappointed in them. I like this idea of doing just the potatoes, then adding all the goody before serving. One question, would you heat them up in the microwave, or on the stove top, before adding the goodie? Sometimes microwaved food doesn't stay as warm as stove top food. Thanks!
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Old 11-21-2011, 04:35 PM   #17
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If you go to the refrigerated section of the supermarket you swill see that Country Crock sells completely prepared mashed potatoes in a plastic tub. If they can do it, you can too!
I have seen them in shrink wrapped bags also. Just drop in boiling water and heat.
We tried it at a restaurant I worked at once. We never had enough orders for mashed at lunch time, so we just bagged a few the previous evening. We would drop them in an insert of hot water in the steam table and they turned out fine. We cut a hole in the corner of the baggy and squeezed them out of the bag and curled them up like doggy poop. Sorry. It got pretty boring there, somedays.
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I'm glad I found this thread because I was contemplating preparing just the potatoes ahead of time for Thanksgiving dinner. A few years back I made the potatoes early in the morning of Thanksgiving and put them in a crockpot on low. The flavor of them turned out funny - kind of sweet. I was disappointed in them. I like this idea of doing just the potatoes, then adding all the goody before serving. One question, would you heat them up in the microwave, or on the stove top, before adding the goodie? Sometimes microwaved food doesn't stay as warm as stove top food. Thanks!
I think that odd "leftover potato" flavor is from the milk or cream used........that's why I don't use it when I make them ahead.
Your crockpot should be fine, and the best way to gently warm them if you want to add the fixins' at the last minute

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Dear Lord, I dont want mine to taste like theirs!
What do theirs taste like? I've never had prepared mashed potatoes... that I know of.
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Mashed Potatoes Fluffy and Creamy

Would love to do my mashed potatoes ahead next year. Used organic Yukon Golds yesterday and didn't get them creamy or fluffy enough. Is this pretty much a function of how much butter/milk-cream is added, or whether you use a potato masher or a hand-held beater?
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