Expired Instant Mashed Potatoes
Using This Package
Since these potato flakes are completely dry begin with, and if they remain completely dry and the package securely sealed, there is little chance of bacteria growth. The package was dry and sealed and the insides had no clumps, no mold and no off-putting smell. Further, boiling water will be added to them during preparation. For these reasons, we decided to try this package of the chipotle bacon flavored (which accounts for the colored flakes in the picture) mashed potatoes with a best-by date from more than two years ago.
Yes, that’s a best by date in 2015 and this is now 2018.
They were probably pushed to the back of the cupboard due to the interesting flavor combination.
Although this date range is beyond what we recommend, let’s give them a chance and see how they looked once we cooked them.
These potatoes absorbed moisture and looked just as they should. They also tasted just fine, although none of us could say that the chipotle bacon was our favorite flavor of these dried potato packages it wasn’t bad. The slit in the center of the bowl is where I removed the spatula – sorry, I should have slid a pad of butter in there to make it look more appetizing before snapping the picture!