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    • earthmother
    • By earthmother 19th Oct 06, 4:09 PM
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    The Perfect Mashed Potato?
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    • 19th Oct 06, 4:09 PM
    The Perfect Mashed Potato? 19th Oct 06 at 4:09 PM
    Here's a conundrum

    Hubby is extremely picky when it comes to veg, potato in particular.

    He hates winter spuds (you know, the ones that break down/fall apart during cooking), and ends up surviving the season on Sainsburys Instant Mash.

    This of course doesn't help me with trying to keep the kids on a healthy diet, when they see him eating it.


    So - how to make real mashed potatoes that taste like smash?

    Tried butter today, didn't quite work. Think I may need to try some milk as well. But are there any foolproof and failsafe tips in OS-world?


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    • dannahaz
    • By dannahaz 19th Oct 06, 4:16 PM
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    Tip no. 1, use potatoes which are meant for Mash. I use King Edwards, but Desiree are also good.

    When you have steamed (or boiled them gently) until soft, strain all the water out.

    Add: butter, creme fraiche, salt and pepper (I actually salt my potatoes during the steaming and boiling, but I know many people disklike this)

    Cover with a clean tea towel for five mins to absorb steam

    Get in there with your electric whisk.

    Guarantee no lumps this way.
  • rchddap1
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    • 19th Oct 06, 4:24 PM
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    • 19th Oct 06, 4:24 PM
    Can't make enough mash in our house. OH will always clean up any that's left. However, it has to be 'proper' mash and not that 'instant stuff'. In his view as long as its made from real potatoes and not out of a packet then its worthy of putting in his stomach.

    The reason for my post is that once he tried the instant route (he's curious like that) and he ended up creating potato soup instead. Hadn't laughed so much in ages. Ever since the idea of the instant stuff in any form has revolted him.
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    • earthmother
    • By earthmother 19th Oct 06, 4:33 PM
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    • 19th Oct 06, 4:33 PM
    Thank you Dannahaz - I will definitely try that one


    rchddap1 - I prefer proper spuds, but it's only this summer I've even got him to eat them regularly, so I don't want to loose the impetus now the spuds are changing
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    • Tallymanjohn
    • By Tallymanjohn 19th Oct 06, 4:38 PM
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    • 19th Oct 06, 4:38 PM
    Knob of butter, bit of milk, bit of seasoning, beat with electric whisk (don't bother with the hand mashers - just making work for yourself). Better than Smash anyday. For a bit of extra interest beat in some grated cheddar.
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    • By comping cat 19th Oct 06, 4:42 PM
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    • 19th Oct 06, 4:42 PM
    The best thing i have used for mashed potato is a potato ricer - perfect mash everytime!!!!
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    • 19th Oct 06, 4:47 PM
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    I like a bit of nutmeg in mine
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    http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/perfect-mashed-potato,1283,RC.html
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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 19th Oct 06, 4:51 PM
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    • 19th Oct 06, 4:51 PM
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    • 19th Oct 06, 4:51 PM
    Hi earthmother,

    There are lots of tips on making mashed potatoes on these older threads:

    Any tips for making mashed spuds?

    lump free mash

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    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 19th Oct 06, 5:04 PM
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    The kind of potatoes your OH hates are the kind you need to make mash :confused: The sort you get in the summer are waxy and not suitable for mashing.

    I would give him the Smash and tell him to get on with it while you make yourself and the kids proper mash with proper potatoes
    • skystar
    • By skystar 19th Oct 06, 5:11 PM
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    The best thing i have used for mashed potato is a potato ricer - perfect mash everytime!!!!
    by catowen
    I can second this. I got one in Lidl for about a fiver and it is fab

    I just boil my potatoes until soft, drain, wait until they cool a bit then pop a knob a butter and then use the potato ricer. Absolutely no lumps at all.
    • earthmother
    • By earthmother 19th Oct 06, 5:25 PM
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    Thank you all - will have a few trials over the next few meals and see which works on him (either as a preferred food, or as a new hat )


    The kind of potatoes your OH hates are the kind you need to make mash :confused: The sort you get in the summer are waxy and not suitable for mashing.

    I would give him the Smash and tell him to get on with it while you make yourself and the kids proper mash with proper potatoes
    by thriftlady

    I know - the trouble is, his formative years regarding food involved school dinners a la '70s and his mum's cooking (his quote just today on that subject - 'it was fine so long as you didn't eat it') - I've known him 12 years this Christmas and I'm only just breaking down the barriers

    Tried giving him smash and the kids and I proper food, but they end up just not eating theirs at all in protest :confused:
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    • JoeyEmma
    • By JoeyEmma 19th Oct 06, 5:43 PM
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    I find using hot milk makes it even fluffier. A big knob of butter as well. I use an electric whisk but have just bought a ricer off ebay having read this thread.

    Definitely not money saving!
  • Cazzdevil
    The best thing i have used for mashed potato is a potato ricer - perfect mash everytime!!!!
    by catowen
    Fantastic invention!! My OH isn't keen on lumpy mash so this works a charm.
    • crawley_girl
    • By crawley_girl 19th Oct 06, 6:17 PM
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    A dollop of wholegrain mustard goes in mine... what's a potato ricer... off to find out!

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  • Mrs_Pepperpot
    If you can get one from lidl for £5 I would look no further - ours cost a fortune - Think very large garlic press!
  • Cazzdevil
    http://www.shop.edirectory.co.uk/pots_and_pans/88888/mia/d/potato+ricer/pid/2832642

    Superb!!
  • holstar
    Why do so many of you hate lumpy mash?! its the lumps that make it interesting!

    bit of warm milk and a smidge of butter...then mash to whatever lumpiness you (or your OH) want
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    • Claudie
    • By Claudie 19th Oct 06, 7:48 PM
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    Add in sour cream and chives...................yummmmy
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  • Bambam
    I use King Edward Potatoes or Maris Piper (floury potato rather than waxy texture). Boil gently until softened, drain, put back into saucepan, add a big knob of butter and an egg yolk. Mash with ye olde fashioned masher. Next ingredient is a large helping of elbow grease. I use a wooden spoon and go hell for leather whipping it for all its worth. Result? Creamy, smooth, scrumdiddlyumptious mashed potato
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