It has probably become a habit for most of us to go straight to the frozen section whenever we have cravings for easy-to-prepare potato dishes we can make at home. Well today I’m going to introduce an easy, conveniently packaged product to satisfy your potato cravings: US dehydrated potatoes.
US dehydrated potatoes, also called US dehy, are from premium US potatoes. The same potatoes I’ve blogged about several times before. Before getting dehydrated, these US potatoes go through state-of-the art processes to ensure they retain as much texture, flavor, and freshness as natural potatoes once they are rehydrated. All the stringent standards of the US Department of Agriculture are followed in order to retain consistency, quality, and ensure food safety.
US dehydrated potatoes are in essence a more lightweight and compact form of fresh US potatoes, and equally as versatile. You are getting real US potatoes, just with the water removed. In a nutshell, here are some of the most important things to remember about US dehydrated potatoes:
US dehy are typically made from creamy white-fleshed Russet potatoes. Imagine getting to enjoy these lovely potatoes minus the washing, peeling, and boiling. That’s the value in using US dehy. You also get to save some kitchen space, and you don’t have to worry about scrambling to use up your potatoes before they go bad. US dehydrated potatoes can last up to two years!
There are several kinds of US dehydrated potatoes, opening up so many possibilities for faster and more efficient food preparation. Below is a list to give you a general idea of your choices:
The amazing part about US dehy is that it can rehydrate up to five times its original volume, giving you a larger yield for less cost. 1 kilo US dehydrated potatoes can yield up to 5 kilos once rehydrated! I guess that’s why a lot of food businesses use it. But of course, it’s also a practical thing to have in our own homes. There are a ton of applications for US dehy, especially because they can be used as a substitute in any recipe that calls for mashed fresh potatoes.
Here’s how you can rehydrate US dehy:
The most logical first thing to make for those unfamiliar with US dehy would be mashed potatoes. You can make them interesting by adding flavor from various cheeses, seasonings, and spices. On the Potatoes USA website, you can find a ton of awesome recipes. Once you’re ready to take it even further, the two recipes below can be even greater ways to make mashed potatoes even more interesting!
You can also add US dehy to your cooking to make creamier soups, sauces, and stews. It also works well as stuffing for roasted poultry, or as a base for different dishes and toppings. I have even come across US dehydrated potatoes being used for breads, cakes, and pastries. Even some of our own Pinoy foods get a boost from a touch of US dehy. They makes the sauces of dishes such as kaldereta, menudo, humba and afritada creamier than usual.
I bet there are plenty of other ideas you can think of apart from the ones I’ve mentioned. All you need now is a little curiosity! If you’re interested in US dehy, you can get in touch with the local Potatoes USA-Philippines office by emailing info [at] synergyasia [dot] biz.
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