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View Poll Results: When making mashed potato what do you use and why?
Potato masher 31 64.58%
Potato ricer 9 18.75%
Mixer 12 25.00%
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Old 01-13-2007, 06:27 PM   #141
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I use a potato masher too and often add extra milk with butter and some garlic. My wife loves my mashed potatoes!

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Old 01-13-2007, 06:34 PM   #142
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I use a hand mixer everytime. I also do not like silky 'tatoes but not chunky either. With the hand mixer, I taste as I mash. A few chunks here and there, add some mik, butter, and maybe some sour cream, chives and bacon pieces and perfecto...great mashed 'tatoes! IMO

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Old 01-13-2007, 07:33 PM   #143
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I run the potatoes through a ricer first.

They come out alread mashed, so there are no lumps. All that's left is to add the butter, milk and seasonings. White pepper is best because it doesn't show up as much in the mixture as much as black pepper would.
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Old 01-14-2007, 09:26 AM   #144
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I have done it differant ways but still pull out my hand mixer for large amts. w/ plenty of butter, milk and sometimes sour cream. Yum, love em' !
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Old 01-14-2007, 08:34 PM   #145
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Pook that sounds good adding chives and bacon bits I'll have to try that next time I do mash! I love this site you get some great ideas!
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Old 02-17-2007, 02:53 PM   #146
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i gotta say that i only use a hand mixer and my kids wouldnt have it any other way
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Old 02-17-2007, 04:42 PM   #147
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3 months short of a year and this thread about the humble dish of mashed potatoes is still going strong.

I love it. IMO, people are most passionate about the basics.
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Old 02-17-2007, 04:45 PM   #148
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Originally Posted by VeraBlue
After they boil, I drain the water and replace the pot to the flame. This effectively dries out all the remaining moisture. Then I add the softened butter and sour cream. I use a hand masher. Once all the butter is incorporated I slowly add warmed half and half or light cream. S&P to taste.
I do mine exactly as Vera does. Best way IMO. Then add other goodies as my whims dictate.
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Old 02-17-2007, 05:23 PM   #149
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Well, after years of doing them the traditional way, I have discovered a newer, easier, fewer pots & pans way of making mashed potatoes. I bake the potatoes in the microwave, let cool a minute, remove skins, add the goodies and mash. Kim does the honors there, using an old fashioned potato masher.
He has the muscle to get them nice and fluffy that way...I'd have to use the hand mixer.
My Grandma White used a wooden mallet, and her mashed potatoes were creamy and fluffy as could be.
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Old 02-17-2007, 05:30 PM   #150
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i always use a potatoe masher.add milk/cream..butter

might try the hand mixer next time....sounds easier--probably quicker also

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