After seeing some instant sweet potato brands online/o'seas (even the Australians have one ... Edgell), I always wanted to try it instead of Instant Potato flakes.
I was shopping at Pak'n'Save Sylvia Park and noticed there was a new item in the form of Instant Kumara Mash!
It's in a 50gm pack, which you add 180ml of hot water, which will make just over 230gm of kumara mash.
This is a perfect size for someone hungry and is not satisfied with a single portion dehydrated meal. Or use it with a two-portion dehydrated meal and have a smaller portion each.
The brand name is Sunny Hill (Nutritious foods Ltd), who makes Kumara Chips, which I haven't seen before.
Nutritionally it's a little less energy/protein and more carbs(sugar) than Cinderella potato flakes.
I just tried it with some leftover stew and it's got the similar texture of instant potatoes (not so fluffy), but with the orange kumara taste. Overall I was quite pleased with it.
I think I paid $1.80 for it, which works out close to 5x the equivalent cost of mash potato by served weight. But this the sort of difference I see when buying potatoes in larger quantities vs Kumara by the kg.
It would be good to offer larger packets at a better price point, for people like me who prefer Kumara to potato(in general). But as it stands, it's a perfect size to take with you as a filling accompaniment to an existing meal.
Sounds like a great addition to the carbs options. I notice it contains milk:
"Instant Kumara Mash is enriched with milk and has a delicious natural flavour."
I hope it's selling and Pakn'Save here in Chch.
Absolute Wilderness do a "kumara & potato mash".
Not sure if it's a currently stocked item, but saw it on display, the other day, in either Bivouac or Hunting & Fishing.
I saw a recipe the other day for pancakes made from mashed kumara, flour and salt. Possibilities there too and even for a kumara gnocchi. I found a recipe for dehydrated potato gnocchi. A lot of Americans have recipes for food that can be stored e.g. the LDS people.
Been looking at dried potato gnocchi recipes.
YIt's a cup of flakes added to a cup of boiled water and then mixed with a cup of flour. Rolled into a ball, left for 15 minutes in a cold place to stiffen. Then divided in half, rolled into 2 long ropes of half an inch thick and then chopped into 1 1/2cm lengths and then added to boiling water until they float to the top. Easy but I haven't tried it yet!
Be nice fried after they've been boiled too. For gluten-free versions, people use rice flour or a commercial gf flour. Mind you, potato flour would probably work.