3 Easy Steps to Perfect Mashed Potatoes

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3 Easy Steps to Perfect Mashed Potatoes

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Things To Grab

  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Large Pot
  • Colander
  • Potato Masher

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    Pros know the star of the holiday dinner isn't the turkey—it's all about the mashed potatoes. Fluffy, creamy, and filling, adults and kids alike love them. Do you know how to make them from scratch? With our 3-step simple tutorial, you will! Check it out below!

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    1. Our best tip for starting out: The type of potato you use matters! Starchy potatoes, like russet, Idaho, and sweet, are great for mashing. Red, white, and fingerling potatoes are considered waxy and are perfect for roasting and baking. All-purpose potatoes are a great choice for everything! Select Yukon gold, yellow, or new potatoes.

    2. Start prepping! Peel your potatoes using a vegetable peeler or paring knife. Choose whatever you feel most comfortable with. Once the potatoes are peeled, cut them into 1-1/2- inch pieces, and place them in a large pot.

    3. Now that you’ve got your spuds sliced, cover them with cold, salted water. Bring them to a boil over high heat. Once they’ve reached a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 or 20 minutes, or until they’re tender. 

    4. It’s time to mash it up! Grab your colander and drain the potatoes. Add warm milk and butter, and start mashing. Stop when you reach your desired smoothness.

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