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2-for-1 Does it Work Test: Ore Ida Steam 'n' Mash and Stand 'n' Stuff Shells
By: Lauren Keith

Not that tacos and 'taters go together, but there are two new products out promising to save some time and hassle *and* put a new spin on dinner.  So, a 2 for 1 test this week on Does it Work Wednesday.   We head to the kitchen of Jennifer Yarbro in Sikeston.

"I buy a bunch of those vegetables that you steam, so I'm really into steaming things," said Jennifer.

Jennifer's into that, but she's also interested in anything that's a timesaver in the kitchen.  Her two adorable children, Kayleigh and Jaden, keep her pretty busy.

First up, Ore Ida's new Steam 'n' Mash potatoes.  No peeling or mashing at first.  Just place these russets in your microwave for 10 minutes.  While's that's going, let's stuff some tacos.  Jennifer warmed up the Old El Paso Stand 'n' Stuff shells in the oven, per the directions.  I want to know: just how much can we stuff this shell?

Jennifer and I cram meat, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes and other goodies inside, and it's still standing, even after I bite into it.  Half-way through eating...it's still standing.  The nice thing---the good stuff inside the shell hasn't really fallen out either.  Wow, you might have some pretty clean plates after serving these, but Jennifer notes one downfall.

"So far, I've only seen this in a kit. If they made it just shells, I might buy it," said Jennifer.

I paid a little more than $2 for the kit at Target.

"I'd give them an 'A' just because they do stand up," she says.

The Old El Paso Stand 'n' Stuff shells kit "stands tall" with an 'A' on this Does it Work test.

Time to check back in on the Steam 'n' Mash potatoes.  After microwaving, we just add some butter and milk and mash a bit.

"They're mashing very well," says Jennifer.

Time to taste if these are as good as the homeade variety.

"I think they need more butter, but other than that they're pretty good," says Jennifer.

Curious little Jaden wants to taste, too....and he's licking his lips.

"Dat good!" says the toddler.

It really is....as long as you keep this in mind.

For $3.12, you are paying for convenience here.  You don't peel...or mix....just microwave and mash.  No pots and pans either!  One bag will likely feed a family of four or five, in my opinion.

"It's a little pricey because you can buy a box of flakes this big and make this several times, so this would be something when I'm really in a time crunch," says Jennifer.

It's also something to keep in the deep freeze.  Ore Ida also offers cheesy and garlic varieties.  I bought this kind at Wal-Mart in Cape Girardeau.

Ore Ida Steam 'n' Mash potatoes whip up a B plus on this Does it Work test.

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