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Mashed Potato Tips

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Mashed potatoes can easily be varied with a little creative ingredient adjustment. Whether you use different potato varieties or add other vegetables or flavorings, mashed potatoes can be enhanced to complement many dishes. This page contains mashed potato tips.
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March 20, 2011

When making mashed potatoes for dinner, use Carnation milk in them. It makes them delicious and fluffy. They become creamier and richer in flavor. You can use instant or peeled potatoes

By mamacrafter from TN

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March 22, 2011

A small amount of vinegar or lemon juice added to potatoes before draining will make them extra white when mashed.

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March 16, 2016

A lot of old recipes from the 1940's give an easy way to mash a small amount of potato or any soft fruit or vegetable. "Rub through a sieve" is a typical instruction in old recipes. I didn't know what this meant, so I tried it.

What you get: A soft, lump-free mashed vegetable.

To try it: Bake a potato until soft. Scoop out the insides. Keep the shells intact if you're making stuffed potatoes.

Next, rub the potato through a metal sieve with the back of a large spoon. Scrape the potato off the outside of the sieve with the spoon and drop it in a bowl.

You'll soon have a perfectly smooth mashed potato. Add milk, butter, and salt and heat for mashed potatoes or fill and bake for stuffed potatoes.

It doesn't just work for potatoes. As long as it's soft enough and has no skin it will sieve.

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December 1, 2015

I decided to make my Thanksgiving mashed potatoes from scratch but, after boiling the peeled and cut up potatoes, my mixer died! I ended up draining the potatoes in a large strainer and riced them by pushing through the holes with a meat tenderizer. You could even use a tea cup if you needed to. Add your warmed milk or half and half and butter, yum!

Perfectly smooth mashed potatoes! Might try it on my sweet potatoes next.

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October 12, 2011

I like to stir a tablespoon of seedy Dijon mustard into mashed potatoes, with a little butter and cream.

By Lucy

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December 13, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about making mashed potatoes with ranch dressing. A delicious addition to mashed potatoes can be a creamy ranch dressing.

A dish of mashed potatoes with ranch dressing.

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December 12, 20160 found this helpful

This guide contains make ahead mashed potatoes recipes. Mashed potatoes can easily be made ahead of time to make meal planning and dinner preparation easier.

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May 4, 20050 found this helpful

Dry powdered milk added to soggy mashed potatoes will restore them back to perfection.

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November 20, 20040 found this helpful

Add 1/2 teaspoon baking powder to potatoes and whip them with a hand blender! By ElectricChameleon

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January 21, 20050 found this helpful

Tips and ideas for making mashed potatoes. Post your ideas.

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January 1, 20050 found this helpful

Isn't it silly to throw away the potato cooking water that contains so many nutrients, and then add just milk to the potatoes for mashing? A much better idea is to save the potato water & mix it according to the directions on the box with dry milk for mashing. This way, you get the benefits of the potato water & the milk and save some money to boot. Happy mashing.

By joesgirl

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January 1, 20050 found this helpful

Our family loves when I put basil, garlic, and butter in the mashed potatoes.

My grandma made something we called sugar potatoes...nutmeg, sugar, butter, and milk. Still a family favorite.

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January 1, 20050 found this helpful

Add chicken broth and milk to soften and a little butter. I use a hand masher instead of a mixer as I like a few chunks. Salt an Pepper.

Garlic Mashed pototoes: Roast a whole bulb of garlic. Slice end of garlic so it will stand in a pie tin or small baking pan. Drizzle some olive oil over it and bake it in a 400 degree oven for about thirty minutes. Let cool and squeeze the yummy roasted garlic out of the peel. Make potatoes as above.

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January 1, 20050 found this helpful

I add milk to my mashed potatoes, but I use the water that I cook the potatoes to make the gravy. Usually one uses the pan drippings from a beef roast, ham or turkey and adds a little water and thickening, so I just use the potato water. I mix a little cornstarch into a little cold water and stir it in to thicken the gravy. Lots of the nutrients from the potatoes are in the water.

Harlean from Arkansas

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January 2, 20050 found this helpful

MY GRANDMOTHER ALWAYS PUT THE POTATO WATER IN HER GRAVY. SHE TAUGHT ME THIS TRICK WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL. MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS THINK MY GRAVY IS THE BEST. WE NEVER HAVE ANYONE WITH INDIGESTION PROBLEMS FROM EATING THE GRAVY MADE WITH THE POTATO WATER.

ALSO.....IF I AM NOT MAKING GRAVY BUT HAVING MASHED POTATOES, I ALWAYS SAVE THE POTATO WATER FOR STOCK IN SOUPS AND STEWS.

TUEY

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January 3, 20050 found this helpful

I use the water left from boiling my potatoes to make the very best gravy. After I have fried my chicken or cubed steak, I make a roux(pour off the extra oil from cooking the meat. Keep the browned bit in the pan- this is the flavor. add a couple of tablespoons of flour, salt and pepper. alow this to brown) Then pour some of the potato water and a little milk to make your gravy richer. Watch and keep stirring. The potato water will thicken the gravy to perfection. I got this tip from my wonderful Mom in law. This is so good!

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January 13, 20050 found this helpful

I add about 1/2 cup of Ranch dressing to my mashed potatoes.

By Annette

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January 13, 20050 found this helpful

Mashed potatoes will be fluffier if you warm (not boil) the milk or cream before adding.

cj

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January 13, 20050 found this helpful

When I make mashed potatoes I boil the potatoes whole with the skin on, then peel (if I don't just mash with peel a la Cracker Barrel) after they're cooked (usually about an hour). Then I add salt, pepper, and a little margerine or butter and mash first, and milk last. This makes the potatoes much creamier than if you dice the potatoes and allow them to soak up all that water.

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January 13, 20050 found this helpful

milk,butter and a mixer best mashed potatoes ever

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January 13, 20050 found this helpful

when the potatoes are mashed , I add chez whiz to taste and mix in.

instead of using milk, I use 0%fat Carnation evaporated milk,, saves a lot on calories and gives a great taste with extra calcium no butter needed

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January 14, 20050 found this helpful

Throwing caution and my coronary arteries to the wind(!) a large tablespoon of mayonnaise is nice in potatoes - already mashed with full cream milk and a knob of butter - makes them extra creamy. Here in Australia most mayonnaise has sugar as the main ingredient, yuk! I always choose the ones, (I've only found 2), with eggs as the main ingredient.

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Jo

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January 14, 20050 found this helpful

For left over mashed potatoes I always add a egg, some chopped onion, celery salt, any seasonings you like,mix up and fry tablessoons full in a skillet in a little olive oil. We love potato patties this way.

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January 21, 20050 found this helpful

Mix powdered milk instead of fresh milk when you make mashed potatoes. Not only will you save money, but you'll find your potatoes are firmer and less liquidy.

By Robin

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January 21, 20050 found this helpful

Try using Russet baking potatoes for your mashed potatoes. Delicious!

By Ginny

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January 22, 20050 found this helpful

Try mixing some sour cream into the mashed potatoe mix.. it makes for a great taste!

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January 22, 20050 found this helpful

I boil mashed potatoes with boullion cubes beef or chicken. sometimes when i forget to add a few during boiling i will blend it in during mixing giving the potatoes extra flavor.

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January 23, 20050 found this helpful

TRY USING BUTTERMILK INSTEAD OF REGULAR MILK.

ALSO USE REAL BUTTER INSTEAD OF MARGARINE.

FOR A REAL TREAT USE NEW POTATOES BOILED WITH THE SKINS ON.

YUMMY !!!

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February 3, 20050 found this helpful

I use golden yukon potatoes with skins on and boil until soft. I drain off the water (but now going to save after reading the other posts). Mash with a pototo masher. Leave some chunks. Put in a few table spoons of butter, milk or cream a small amount, chopped green onions (2 sprigs), 1/4 cup of 4 cheese mexican shredded by Kraft, dash of salt and a few turns of fresh pepper and I add one dash of garlic powder. I have even added some real bacon bits.

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February 4, 20050 found this helpful

Adding wholegrain mustard at the mashing stage tastes delicious!

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December 31, 20120 found this helpful

I refrigerated uncooked, but peeled potatoes for a couple of days because I couldn't fit them all in the pan that was cooking up a huge batch of mashed potatoes. When I did cook them up and made mashed potatoes, they tasted pasty instead of like the original. Is there any way to avoid this?

By Carol C.

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April 4, 2011

How do I increase the shelf life of boiled, peeled, and mashed potatoes by 7 days in ambient temperature? What packaging material should be used?

Kindly advice and suggest.

Regards.

By shabbir from Vashi, Navi Mumbai

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