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Old 01-03-2009, 06:02 AM   #1
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Mashed Potato tastes plain. Why?

Hello to everybody!

I'm a newbie to cooking and newbie to this forum.

self intro : I'm from Singapore. I'm 32F single. I grew up with Chinese foods. And I can't cook for nuts, because in Singapore, there's cheap tasty food every where here. (People who cannot cook will not die from hunger in Singapore. )

But two weeks ago, I decided to enter the adventurous world of cooking.

Pls help with my mashed potato. why does it taste bland??

I used 3 big potatos, with 200ml milk and 50 g unsalted butter and 1 bunch of scallions and half tea spoon salt.

Is it that I havent added enough salt or that it is meant to taste this bland??

The problem with recipes is, they never tell you how much salt to put. They just say "SOME salt and pepper"

How much is SOME???? Zeesh, How would a newbie know???

How can I improve my recipe?

Thank you, dear forum for the answer and help.


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Old 01-03-2009, 07:08 AM   #2
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If it tastes bland to you, add more salt. Do it slowly, tasting after each addition because while you can always add more, you cannot take away. I use a bit of sour cream in my mashed potatoes, too...it rounds out the flavour. You could also do roasted garlic, or pesto, or sundried tomatoes.

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Old 01-03-2009, 07:56 AM   #3
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Potatoes are bland by nature, just like rice. I add a bit of cayenne pepper or a little horseradish to mine. It depends on your taste buds and what you're going to eat them with.

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Old 01-03-2009, 09:09 AM   #4
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For 3 large potatoes, I would probably be probably be putting in about a half a stick of butter. 1/2 stick is 1/8 of a pound which is 56 grams. So 50g is not far off. I always fully incorporate the butter before putting in the milk. Other than that you may just need more salt.
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:18 AM   #5
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Welcome to DC. For regular mashed potatoes my mom always added butter, milk and salt and pepper to taste.
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:29 AM   #6
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Garlic and cream cheese will really brighten it up...If that sounds interesting I'll post up a recipe...
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:31 AM   #7
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I put gravy on them! Very tasty!
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:50 AM   #8
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Potatoes are bland. Sounds like you need to add more salt. The reason recipes usually do not specify how much salt is because it would be different for everyone. What might be salty enough for you will be too salty for the next person and not enough salt for the person after that. You just need to add a little at a time and taste until you get the right amount.
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Old 01-03-2009, 10:22 AM   #9
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We always salt the potatoes while they are boiling. This helps a lot!
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More salt and freshly cracked black pepper

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