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Are you a fan of potatoes but struggle with the time and effort it takes to prepare them? Well, look no further than dehydrated mashed potatoes!

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Dehydrated Mashed Potatoes

These versatile flakes are a game-changer in the kitchen, making it easy to whip up a delicious and nutritious side dish in minutes. But there’s more to dehydrated mashed potatoes than convenience – they’re also an excellent option for camping trips, emergency food storage, and reducing food waste.

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Today we’ll dive into everything you need to know about dehydrated mashed potatoes, from how to prepare them to creative recipe ideas. So get ready to discover a new pantry staple that will simplify your cooking and enhance your meals!

What you need

To make dehydrated mashed potatoes at home, you will need the following:

  1. Potatoes: You can use any variety of potatoes, but russet potatoes are common.
  2. Water: You’ll need water to cook the potatoes. You will also need to mash the potatoes with water. Not milk. You also do not want to use butter to make them before drying. You will add the milk and butter when you prepare them for eating.
  3. Salt: To add flavor to the mashed potatoes.
  4. Dehydrator or your oven: A dehydrator is necessary to remove the moisture from the mashed potatoes.
  5. Blender or food processor: A blender or food processor is necessary to turn the mashed potatoes into flakes.
  6. Storage container: Once the mashed potatoes are dehydrated and turned into flakes. Store them in an airtight container until ready to use.


  • Seasonings: You can add any seasonings you like to the mashed potatoes, such as garlic powder, onion powder, or herbs.

How to make them

Step One

Peel raw potatoes. Cover them with cold water in a large pot.

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Peel potatoes. Cover them with cold water.

Step Two

Bring them to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and low boil for about 20 minutes until they’re tender.

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Cook until tender.

Step Three

Drain them and add them to a bowl with a bit of the cooking liquid.

Mash them with a potato masher or a mixer.

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Mash them with some of the cooking water.

Step Four

Make the texture a bit thicker than you would normally.

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Make them a little thicker than you would normally.

Step Five

Spread them out on a sheet of dehydrator liner.

Place the paper on one of the dehydrator trays.

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Step Six

Dry them at 140°F/60°C for about 10 hours.

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Dry them until they are crispy.

Step Seven

Break the dried potatoes up and add them to a blender or food processor bowl.

Blend until potato flakes are formed.

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Break into pieces and add them to a blender container. Blend to make a coarse powder.

How to rehydrate

Boil 2/3 of a cup of water with one tablespoon of butter until the butter melts. Remove from heat. Add in 2/3 of a cup of dehydrated potatoes. Stir. Add more butter, milk, salt, or sour cream to make the potatoes extra creamy. Garnish with chopped chives.

How to use them

Instant potatoes are a versatile ingredient. Use them in various dishes. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Instant mashed potatoes: Rehydrate the flakes with boiling water, add a little butter and milk, and have a quick and easy side dish.
  2. Shepherd’s pie topping: Rehydrate the flakes and use them to top shepherd’s pie.
  3. Potato pancakes: Mix the flakes with eggs and flour to create a batter for potato pancakes.
  4. Casseroles: Add the flakes to casseroles for an easy and delicious way to incorporate potatoes.
  5. Soup thickener: Use the flakes to thicken soups and stews.
  6. Potato bread: Add the flakes to bread dough for a flavorful twist on traditional bread.
  7. Tater tots: Mix the flakes with cheese and form into small tots, then bake for a tasty snack.
  8. Breakfast hash: Rehydrate the flakes and sauté with onions and your favorite breakfast meats for a hearty breakfast hash.
  9. Potato gnocchi: Mix the flakes with flour, eggs, and salt to create delicious and easy potato gnocchi.

The possibilities are endless with dehydrated mashed potatoes, so get creative and experiment with different recipes!

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How to store them

Store the potatoes in a mason jar or vacuum pack for about six months.

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More pantry staples

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Instant mashed potatoes

In conclusion, dehydrated mashed potatoes are a convenient and versatile ingredient that can simplify your cooking and enhance your meals. Use them in various dishes, from instant mashed potatoes to potato pancakes, casseroles, soups, and more.

Making dehydrated mashed potatoes at home is easy with simple ingredients and a dehydrator. To rehydrate them, add boiling water and any additional seasonings or ingredients to taste.

With dehydrated mashed potatoes in your pantry, you can always have a delicious and nutritious side dish or ingredient ready to go, making meal prep and cooking a breeze.

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Dehydrated Mashed Potatoes

Are you a fan of potatoes but struggle with the time and effort it takes to prepare them? Well, look no further than dehydrated mashed potatoes!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Drying time: 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 155kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $2


  • 4 pounds potatoes
  • water to cover
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Peel potatoes. immediately add them to a pot with cold water to deter browning.
  • Cut them into pieces so that they will cook faster.
  • Add salt. Bring them to a boil in a large, covered pot, over high heat. Reduce heat to a low boil until the potatoes are tender.
  • Drain. Reserve a cup of the cooking liquid.
  • Mash with a potato masher or a hand mixer with a bit of the cooking water.
  • Make the consistency thicker than you normally would when you are mashing.
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It makes about 3 cups of instant mashed potatoes or nine servings.


Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.004g | Sodium: 270mg | Potassium: 849mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg
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Originally published March 28, 2023.

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  1. Just wondering how thick you should spread the potatoes on the paper to dehydrate? I have dehydrated sliced potatoes but haven’t tried to do dehydrate mashed potatoes.

  2. 5 stars
    This is such an ingenious idea! Making mashed potatoes is a bit time consuming, so having these dehydrated potatoes flakes on hand will be so useful for a busy weeknight dinner.

    1. It really is a huge time saver and they taste so much better than commercially available brands. Thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    Oooh, I haven’t tried dehydrating potatoes before. Such a versatile recipe and definitely perfect for reducing food waste.

  4. 5 stars
    Having dehydrated mashed potatoes on hand is a great way to save time on future meals. Really appreciate all the information and instructions.

  5. 5 stars
    This is such an interesting and unique recipe! I love the different ways to use it, and it’s pretty damn magical that you can rehydrate them into mashed potatoes. This is so clever!

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