Potato flakes/Mild/Starches are cooked, mashed potatoes sized to the required form and bulk density. Potato flakes/Mild/Starches are potatoes that have been through an industrial process to yield a packaged convenience food that can be reconstituted in the home in seconds by adding hot water or milk, producing mashed potatoes with very little expenditure of time and effort. Mashed potatoes can be reconstituted from potato flour, but the process is made more difficult by lumping; a key characteristic of flakes is, it eliminates the lumping and the mash is smooth.
Mash from flakes potatoes are substantially similar to mash of fresh potatoes in their nutritional qualities, about two-thirds starch by dry weight, with similar amounts of protein, dietary fiber, and vitamins. Flakes are enriched with additional minerals and antioxidants to increase nutritional value and shelf life, hence better than fresh potatoes. Has controlled moisture levels which allow the multipurpose application that is not possible with fresh mash.