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Instant Mashed Potatoes… In Twenty Minutes

Today’s post is inspired by The Bloggess and my own overly logical brain.

The other day, I decided to be helpful and make dinner. As you can presume from the headline, one of the items that I made was instant mashed potatoes, which turned out to be not so instant. I read the instructions/recipe which told me the following:

1. Measure 2 cups boiling water into serving bowl

2. Add pouch of Idahoan Potatoes all at once, using a fork to moisten all potatoes. Let stand 1 minute.

3. Stir well and serve.

That sounds simple enough, right? So I put around 3 or 4 cups of water into a pot to heat up. While that was heating, I pulled out a bowl and the measuring cup to get them ready. At this point, I realized that the measuring cup was glass and warning bells went off in my head. Those bells typically tell me that I need to ask Jason for advice or suffer the consequences. So I did.

Me: Can I measure this boiling water using the glass measuring cup?

Jason: No. The measuring cup will break. (see, the warning bells are usually right. That would have been messy)

Me: So how do I measure the boiling water for the potatoes?

Jason: *blank stare* (these stares typically mean that my overly logical brain is trumping common sense)

Me: Do we have another measuring cup that I am forgetting about (as I open the cabinets)

Jason: Why wouldn’t you just measure out two cups of water into the pot and boil it?

Me: Because then I would have less than 2 cups since the boiling means water is evaporating.

Jason: *blank stare* Continue reading

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