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September 12, 2023

How to Mash Potatoes Without a Masher

Mashed potatoes are a classic, comforting side dish that's easy to make without a masher. Using common utensils like forks or whisks can yield dense, creamy and slightly lumpy (in a good way) mashed potatoes. However, there are also some gadgets out there that can be used to create a smoother mash. Whichever tool you choose, it's best to cook your potatoes until they are very tender so that they can be easily mashed up.

If you don't have a potato masher, you can still whip up some deliciously silky and lump-free mashed potatoes by throwing them into a food processor or electric mixer. This will take some time, but it will produce very consistent results. Just be careful not to overmix, or your mashed potatoes may turn into gluey messes.

For those who prefer a more rustic mash, a potato ricer is an excellent alternative to a masher. This handy kitchen gadget pushes the boiled potatoes through tiny holes, creating long and fluffy strands that can soak up sauces or gravies more easily than chunky mashed potatoes would. Alternatively, if you don't have a ricer on hand, try using a manual potato mill or an electric food grinder instead.

If you're looking for something even more efficient, consider using a stand or hand mixer to help you create your mashed potatoes. This strategy will release more air into the mash, which can help you achieve a more smooth and creamy result. But be sure to taste your potatoes frequently so you don't overwork them and end up with something too gluey.