My friend Tom just sent in a link to a boxed sweet potato product from Betty Crocker. I went through to the nutritionals, and yowza! What a difference in ingredients between ole Betty’s products and mine. Here you go:
Ingredients in Yummy Yammy Smashed Sweet Potatoes:
Roasted sweet potatoes, Cabot Creamery butter, salt, pepper
Ingredients in Betty Crocker Sweet Potato Mashed Potatoes:
Dried potatoes, dried sweet potatoes, sugar, brown sugar, salt, maltodextrin, dried margarine (partially hydrogenated soybean oil, salt, nonfat milk, soy lecithin, mono and diglycerides, artificial color, natural flavor), natural flavor, whey, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, spice, sodium caseinate, corn starch, colored with (yellow 6 lake, yellow 5 lake, artificial color), artificial flavor, tricalcium phosphate (anticaking agent), wheat flour, soy flour, freshness preserved by sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bisulfite, and citric acid.
Theirs beats mine out in these ways:
* convenience, in that you can store it on your shelf til you need it
* long shelf life (mine is only 6 days)… wait, this is kind of the same benefit as #1…
* probably a significant price difference
But who pays the price for such a long shelf life? YOU DO! What price? It’s not money …
The price you pay is in eating the preservatives they load in there that make it last that long.
Mine beats theirs out in these ways:
* made from whole sweet potatoes, grown in the US
* no white potato included to extend it
* no artificial anything
* no margarine, just fresh, wholesome butter
* no preservatives of any kind
* fresh and ready to heat/eat
* made locally and promotes the local economy
* absolutely delicious
I could make our Smashed all year round (right now it’s only available before Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays), but to give it a 2-week shelf life like the rest of my foods, I would add citric acid and it gives it a funny, citrus-y taste that just doesn’t belong with sweet potatoes.
The other way I could offer it is frozen, but I’m not sure if you would regularly buy Yummy Yammy Smashed Sweets if they were frozen. Would you?
So what do you think? Do you buy this kind of mix? Overall, as an occasional convenience food, do you find it’s worth having around the house and mixing up when you’re in a pinch?
Lisa Johnson, Y’Ambassador, Yummy Yammy