Nov 18

Seven Tips for Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Tips For Flavorful Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a delicious comfort food that's simple and easy to make, but if you're not careful you could end up with a gloppy bowl of rather unappealing gluey and gummy potatoes.

Make your mashed potatoes the fluffiest and most flavorful ever with these seven quick tips:

{1} Yukon Gold and Russet potatoes are ideal mashers. They have a high starch level which makes them perfect for mashing.

{2} Cook your potatoes with the skins on for more flavor. Added bonus -- they will be easier to peel once cooked as well.

{3} Start your potatoes in cold salted water and gently bring them to a simmer. When you can easily pierce the potatoes with a fork, they're done.

{4} Drain your potatoes thoroughly -- you don't want any excess moisture to make them gummy.

{5} Invest in a potato ricer for smooth and silky mashed potatoes.

{6} A handheld electric mixer is the best tool for making fluffy potatoes. Never -- I repeat, never -- use a food processor or you will end up with a bowlful of glue.

{7} Warm your milk or cream and bring your butter to room temperature before adding them as you're mashing. Use whole milk or half and half for added creaminess, and add a healthy pinch of baking soda for fluffiness.

Bonus tip: Leftover mashed potatoes can be frozen in an airtight container or Ziploc bag for up to ten months.

What are your favorite ingredients to add to mashed potatoes?

by Tara | 4 comments

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sprittibee November 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm

BUTTER – I REPEAT – BUTTER (and do not skimp). Pet Milk / Whole Milk or Half and Half. Quite a bit of salt, dash of pepper, dash of sugar. Very little skins left in if any. CREAMIER THE BETTER.


Tara November 21, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Mmm, I love butter too — *real* butter, none of that fake stuff. The dash of sugar is new to me. Will have to give it a try!


Jennifer November 24, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Bacon!!! And I agree…REAL butter… Land O Lakes is my fav!


Cindy November 27, 2010 at 6:46 am

I never heard about adding baking soda to mashed potatoes. I will have to give this a try!


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