Here’s a new product from Hungry Jack — Dried Hash Browns. I came across it at the grocery store and didn’t recall seeing it there before. The first thought that crossed my mind was that this could be an excellent option for camping or backpacking. It’s small, it’s light weight, and the only thing to add is hot water.
Since this has camping convenience and efficiency written all over it, I figured the real test is the taste test. Only one way to find out! I bought a box and proceded to prepare it according to the directions on the box.
It’s really quite simple. Open the carton, add hot water up to the line, close the carton and wait 12 minutes. I figure that I’m going to make some coffee first thing in the morning, so it’s really no big deal to heat some extra water. It doesn’t have to be boiling — only as hot as water out of the tap at home. This means it takes even less time to heat the water.
After the 12 minutes are up, you’ll find the container is now full of rehydrated potato shreds. Simply pour out the excess water and add the hash browns to a skillet with 2 tablespoons of oil heated to medium-high. The box says to cook for 5 minutes and it’s done. I cooked it for at least 10 minutes before flipping the potatoes over and browning the other side.
I was really surprised at how good they were. There’s always a difference in flavor and texture between fresh potatoes and dehydrated ones, right? In this case, I thought they tasted just like restaurant hash browns. I think I would still use fresh (or frozen) hash browns at home, but while camping, I think these hash browns are a great option and are reasonably priced at less than $2 for a pound of potatoes.