You’ve found some nobbly old potatoes lurking on the bottom shelf of your vegetable rack. Don’t throw them out! Save your cash. Turn those potatoes into good food, easily and cheaply.

Ingredients (serves 4 as a side)

  • 1 kilogram of potatoes (about 6 to 8 average sized)
  • Butter or margarine (optional)
  • Milk (optional)
  • Mustard or horseradish sauce (optional
  • Salt and pepper (optional)
  • Chopped parsley or chives (optional)


  1. Cut off the sprouting bits and peel the potatoes. They may be a little soft and wrinkly but that
    doesn’t matter. No one will ever know
  2. Cut into small pieces and boil, (small pieces boil faster than larger pieces, saving
  3. Add a small amount of salt and pepper, if you wish.
  4. Test with the point of a small knife. When soft, drain off the water and mash the potatoes.
  5. Serve as they are or add a little butter, margarine, milk and/or mustard (any sort, but take care not to use too much) or
    horseradish sauce, (again not too much). A small drop of milk makes them creamy.
  6. If you have some herbs that need using up such as parsley or chives, chop them up and chuck them in and mix.

This recipe was provided by Pam and Glen, two OAP home cooks from the Midlands who are on a mission to help everybody to eat all of the food they buy.

Food Savvy tips

  • If you have a microwave, cut the potatoes into small pieces, put into a basin, add a
    little salt, cover with water and microwave for about 12-13 minutes. Drain and mash.
  • You could think ahead and make enough mash for meat free scotch eggs as well, and save electricity.