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    • Chomeur
    • By Chomeur 17th Nov 09, 4:59 PM
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    What is the point of Mashed Potatoes?
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    • 17th Nov 09, 4:59 PM
    What is the point of Mashed Potatoes? 17th Nov 09 at 4:59 PM
    I donít know why this question hasnít occurred to me before, but why does anyone bother making mashed potatoes? Potatoes are great baked, roasted, boiled or fried, but they are rubbish if mashed. They taste soapy and personally I find it unsatisfying eating something that doesnít take any chewing. Yet I imagine (I never made any) that mashing potatoes must be one of the most labour-intensive ways to prepare them. So why does anyone bother? Is it that poor quality potatoes can only be eaten like this?

    And if it does make sense to mash potatoes, why not go the whole way? Put all your food in a blender and eat it with a baby spoon?
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    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 17th Nov 09, 5:02 PM
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    • 17th Nov 09, 5:02 PM
    Just because you don't like someone doesn't mean that others don't! I don't care much for chips, roast or fried potatoes. I like jackets, boiled and mashed. I like boulangere potatoes but you would probably find them too labour intensive. I cook food from scratch, that's probably too time consuming for some people but it's what I prefer to do. A bit of effort produces some lovely meals

    It would be a dull old world if we all liked the same things.
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    • hieveryone
    • By hieveryone 17th Nov 09, 5:03 PM
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    • 17th Nov 09, 5:03 PM
    If you find mashed potatoes taste soapy then you are making them wrongly!


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    • shellsuit
    • By shellsuit 17th Nov 09, 5:05 PM
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    • 17th Nov 09, 5:05 PM
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    • 17th Nov 09, 5:05 PM
    They taste soapy? What spuds are you using or what do you put into them??

    We all love mash in my house ~ mine is lovely and fluffy, after adding butter and milk to it.

    I don't know anyone who doesn't like it.

    Yum Yum!!
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  • funkymonkey849
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    • 17th Nov 09, 5:06 PM
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    • 17th Nov 09, 5:06 PM
    Whats the point of that post?
  • sandiep
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    • 17th Nov 09, 5:07 PM
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    • 17th Nov 09, 5:07 PM
    Consider it a good way of exercising.
    • aliasojo
    • By aliasojo 17th Nov 09, 5:07 PM
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    • 17th Nov 09, 5:07 PM
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    • 17th Nov 09, 5:07 PM
    Oh my. Mashed potatoes are IT! Lovely with milk and butter (real butter not marg) or even with mayonnaise. Mashed tats with chicken soup poured over is good too.

    I love mashed potatoes.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 17th Nov 09, 5:07 PM
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    • 17th Nov 09, 5:07 PM
    I LOVE mash. But there are all sorts of mash.

    Most people add milk/cream etc, I never do. Sometimes I literally just mash the potatoes with a fork, all potatoey and with some lumps. mmmmm

    The most I will "make" mashed potatoes is by chucking in a bit of black pepper, knob of butter/margarine, then mash them with a fork and giving them a 15 second "beat around" to get them a bit smoother.

    But overall, I love the taste and texture of rough mashed potatoes.

    I love eating just cold mash too. Straight out of the fridge, with a big spoon.
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 17th Nov 09, 5:08 PM
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    • 17th Nov 09, 5:08 PM
    Mashed potatoes do take longer than bunging a potato into the microwave or oven but in my opinion they are well worth the effort. They are real comfort food, especially in winter, that my family love so I think it's well worth the effort.

    I agree with the previous posters...it's down to personal choice and if they taste soapy to you, clearly they aren't being made properly.

    This thread has lots of tips on making mash taste good:

    The Perfect Mashed Potato?

    And this thread has lots of delicious variations:

    Mash, boring mash!!!

    Pink
    Last edited by Pink.; 17-11-2009 at 5:18 PM.
    • nearlyrich
    • By nearlyrich 17th Nov 09, 5:09 PM
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    I love mash, get some wholegrain mustard in with your butter yummy...

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    • Bennifred
    • By Bennifred 17th Nov 09, 5:12 PM
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    Mashed potatoes made with mascarpone instead of butter/milk is a revelation!
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    • Penelope Penguin
    • By Penelope Penguin 17th Nov 09, 5:15 PM
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    You can;t make cottage pie or fish pie or fish cakes without mashed potato

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    • aliasojo
    • By aliasojo 17th Nov 09, 5:20 PM
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    Mashed potatoes made with mascarpone instead of butter/milk is a revelation!
    Originally posted by Bennifred
    I want to try that, it sounds lovely.

    I've never bought mascarpone I dont think....where would I find it?
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    • Chomeur
    • By Chomeur 17th Nov 09, 5:22 PM
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    Wow! A lot of responses. Obviously I'm in a minority here, but I can honestly say that I'm mystified as to what the appeal is. They always taste soapy to me, whoever makes them. And if you have them with meat I hate the way they disappear straight down your throat leaving you with a mouthful of only meat. Anyway it seems that there's no better explanation than that it's personal preference.

    purpleivy, I don't have any problem with making an effort but to me this is a case of a bit of effort making a rubbish meal.
    • ALIBOBSY
    • By ALIBOBSY 17th Nov 09, 5:22 PM
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    We just had mash with our tea, its yummy mmmmmm.
    You peel em boil em and mash em up with butter and milk/cream/cheese/olive oil etc how easy is that?

    Anyone who thinks mash is hard work obviously doesn't cook much, most of us enjoy cooking from scratch. Perhaps oldstyle is the wrong board for the OP?

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  • seraphina
    Another person who can't stand mash here either. And I'm from Ireland so I'm sure it's against my religion
    • Chomeur
    • By Chomeur 17th Nov 09, 5:22 PM
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    You can;t make cottage pie or fish pie or fish cakes without mashed potato

    Penny. x
    Originally posted by Penelope Penguin
    That's fair enough.
    • Penelope Penguin
    • By Penelope Penguin 17th Nov 09, 5:24 PM
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    They always taste soapy to me, whoever makes them.
    Originally posted by Chomeur
    Maybe you have sensitive taste buds :confused: I find kiwi fruit to be bitter, astringent and gritty. A frined who knows about such things suspects I'm allergic

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  • Woofles
    You can;t make cottage pie or fish pie or fish cakes without mashed potato

    Penny. x
    Originally posted by Penelope Penguin
    You forgot bubble and squeak, with red cabbage and sliced roast beef.

    I like potatoes, its one of my basic foods that you should never run out of, along with pasta, rice, milk, flour and eggs, can make a lot of meals with just those alone, add a few more bits and the world is your oyster. Well okay not quite, but you get my drift.
    • shellsuit
    • By shellsuit 17th Nov 09, 5:38 PM
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    We're having bangers and mash for tea tonight, nom nom.
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