I almost always have mashed potatoes on hand because feeding my family real, unprocessed food doesn’t mean we don’t have our convenience foods. In fact, I think many people find the unprocessed way of eating intimidating because at a glance, it seems very labor intensive and/or expensive. Although I do spend a good deal of time in the kitchen, there are ebbs and flows. Some days I work hard, long days, others I do practically nothing at all. Real food can truly be expensive, but with some practice I have really learned to overstock and pinch pennies. The reality is that the harder I try to tighten the reigns on our food budget, the simpler we are eating. Cabbage and potatoes are real-food favorites of mine, because even when they are purchased organic, they can really stretch a budget and they can both be used a million different ways.
A freezer filled with homemade mashed potatoes gives me an opportunity to put together nourishing, but fast weeknight meals. When many our favorite foods are prepared in bulk, and in advance, I have quick fixes at my fingertips. I can’t justify spending time or money with things like “instant potato foods,” because they are always flavorless, and hardly reminiscent of a home cooked meal. I can understand the desire for convenience but when it comes down to it, those items are a huge waste of money and they are not healthy for you at all. Homemade mashed potatoes are classic and filling, I can imagine my boys one day referring to Mama’s mashed potatoes as their “favorite food group,” because they truly do eat a lot of them. My secrets for heavenly mashed potatoes, I learned from a French man. It’s really quite simple… Butter, Butter, Butter, Cream and Salt. Be sure to always use real butter, organic potatoes, and great salt.
Homemade, Nourishing, Mashed Potatoes
Serves: An Army
- 5 pounds organic white potatoes
- 1 pound salted butter, (hormone & antibiotic free from preferably grass-fed cows)
- 1 cup heavy cream, whole milk or half and half
- 1 tablespoon Celtic Sea Salt
- Fresh Cracked Pepper
- Thoroughly wash potatoes removing any dirt or grime.
- Trim the potatoes to remove any “eyes,” sprouts, or blemishes. (You can peel them if you really do not favor chunky and rustic taters.)
- Cut potatoes into even sized chunks and Place potatoes into a large stock pot with cold water. (enough to cover)
- Bring the potatoes to a boil, reduce heat as needed to prevent spillage and overflows. Simmer until potatoes are fork tender.
- Drain cooked potatoes and place them back into the cooking pot (place the pot back onto the stove with the heat turned off. This helps to prevent wet, bland potatoes)
- Combine potatoes with butter, cream, salt and pepper. Using a potato masher, whip and mash the potatoes until your desired consistency. (For ultra smooth whipped potatoes use peeled potatoes and a hand mixer.)
-I typically allow my potatoes to soak for a bit in cold water before I cook them. After soaking in cold water I rinse them and refill the pot with more cold water. Even though I am using organic potatoes I like to make sure they are nice and clean. Also this helps to prevent gooeyness or starchiness.
For The Freezer- This recipe prepares about three or four meals worth for us. Divide the mashed potatoes among freezer safe, airtight containers. (I really love my Pyrex Set) Once cooled to room temperature or colder cover with a tight fitting lid and freeze for up to 4 months. Thaw and gently reheat as needed.
Aren’t White Potatoes Bad? – I would be lying if I said potatoes were not important to us. They are absolutely an MVP in our home because everyone loves them, and they are a cheap way to stretch a meal. Although “carbs” have a bad reputation, potatoes really are a nutritious resource. White potatoes are naturally not as nutritious as sweet potatoes, but I really can’t convert my family. Boasting with potassium, B6, fiber and maganese, white potatoes can be a great budget buster when purchased organically. ( and local whenever possible ) Although sweet potatoes are considered “clean” to purchase conventionally, always look for the best quality organic white, golden and red potatoes. Conventional “White Potatoes” Contain more than 35 types of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. If that is not enough they are treated with one more chemical after harvesting that prevents sprouting.