Published by: Gourmet Sleuth
Last Updated: 03/07/2018
In 1952 the first instant mashed potato product was produced by the RT French Company. That product was "mashed potato granules". The product did not actually get produced, commercially until 1955.
In 1962 According to Canadian Geographic, research scientist Edward Asselbergs invented instant mashed potato flakes which was made using a different (than RT French's) process.
Asselbergs created the dehydrated flakes while working for the Department of Agriculture in Ottawa. The purpose of his invention was to create foods (more than just potatoes) fortified with protein for use in nutrient-deficient countries. He also intended to create a convenience food that could be used as military rations and even for weekend campers.
Since that time instant mashed potatoes have found their way into the kitchens of millions of homes throughout the world.
Here is a short description of the various potato flake types produced for consumer use. You can read more information about these processes on the Potatogoodness.com website.
Standard Potato Flakes - This is the instant potato product that is the most well-known and widely used of all the dehydrate potato types. Prepared they have a slightly dry, mealy texture similar to that of freshly made mashed potatoes.
Standard Granules - Granules are prepared using sliced, cooked and dried potatoes. They are further processed to provide a dried granular texture The granules reconstitute so well that the prepared potato granules taste very similar to fresh mashed potatoes.
Mashed Potato Mixes - These made by combining potato flakes and granules and various seasonings to make convenient flavored mashed potato dishes.
Other Dehydrated Potatoes - These potatoes can also be purchased dehydrated and diced or sliced or grated for an any number of household uses. Use to make soups or casseroles or even a frittata. They offer a time savings because they are peeled and already sliced, diced etc. Additionally once hydrate the flavor is superior to the typical granule or flaked potato product.