Some Negative Facts About Dehydrated Potatoes

Published: 05th June 2009
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Dehydrated potatoes are really the same as instant potatoes, and this latter term is probably more familiar to you. If you are like thousands of other Americans, you purchase dehydrated potatoes on a constant basis and often use them in your cooking.

Think about how many times you have gone to the local greengrocer to buy dehydrated potatoes. Once a week? Twice a month? In those times that you have caught a pack that says "Instant Potatoes," have you ever checked the package for the list of ingredients contained in the pack? Next time you go out to purchase your fave brand of dehydrated potatoes, you should try having a look at the list of ingredients. You could be in for a shock.

Actually, we have done that to one of the less expensive makes of dehydrated products - check out its ingredients, that is. We went to our local Aldi's and grabbed a box of "Great Worth Instant Potatoes." You would expect the package to contain potatoes, and nothing else right? Of course, it's just instant potatoes, so what else should be in there?

Here is a listing of the ingredients that are essentially included in the pack of dehydrated potatoes:

- potato ( you would really be surprised if this wasn't included )
- monocerides (these are fats)
- diglycerides ( another sort of fats)
- sodium acid pyrophosphate ( this is actually a chemical used in electroplating )
- sodium metabisulfate ( this chemical is used with antioxidants )
- citric acid (a weak acid used for flavoring)
- BHT or butylated hydroxytoluene (a fat and oil antioxidant that has been quite debatable in the food-processing industry)

Out of all these listed ingredients, the sole one that actually has business being in a pack of dehydrated potatoes is the potato itself. So what are all the other stuff doing in there? Just seeing the quantity of chemicals concerned in making dehydrated potatoes will make you want to think carefully about purchasing them again.

You do have the option of making your own dehydrated potatoes. You may be certain that there are no dangerous chemicals added, and you can have a good time making them. The method is reasonably easy, and you can make it into a fun activity for the family, particularly if you have kids around. For more info see on Dehydrated Mushroom.

When making dehydrated potatoes at home, just follow these simple steps:

1. Cut your potatoes into thin slices.
2. Put them in a warm oven.
3. Keep turning them till they become crispy and dry.
4. Mash them into powder and store them in airtight containers.

You can ask your kids to help you in this last part. Just make certain that everything is orderly so you won't have to clean up too much afterwards.
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