Which Potato Masher is Right for You?
Words Kate Gagnon
At OXO, we’re experts on the topic of mashed potatoes (we’ve had a lot of practice!) Whether you’re craving silky smooth, whipped potatoes or you’re aiming for something a bit more rustic, check out five tools specially engineered to help create the mashed potatoes of your dreams.
Classic Potato Masher
Shaped like a classic wire masher, this tool is ideal for creating the type of home-style mashed potatoes grandma used to make. If you’re a fan of including skins in mashed potatoes, a classic Potato Masher is the way to go. Powerful yet comfortable, this tool is not only for potatoes, but also works well for yams, carrots or any other root vegetable.
Cooking with non-stick? OXO’s Nylon Potato Masher is heat-resistant up to 400°F and safe for both non-stick cookware and dishwashers. Equipped with a trusty non-slip grip, the Nylon Potato Masher produces similar results to the classic Potato Masher.
Featuring a fine grid stainless steel mashing plate, the Smooth Masher yields smooth mashed potatoes with minimal lumps. Plus, its innovative design puts less pressure on hands with a soft, horizontal handle that allows for pushing straight down.
If you’re dreaming of silky smooth mashed potatoes, a potato ricer is the perfect tool. Rather than mashing, ricers actually press potatoes through a mesh disk to produce small, rice-like pieces. OXO’s 3-in-1 Adjustable Potato Ricer even allows for customization with the twist of a dial, for results from fine to coarse. Tired of peeling your potatoes? If you’re using a ricer, unpeeled potatoes are easily transformed into smooth, skinless, mashed potatoes – no peeling necessary.
While a Food Mill yields a similar texture to a ricer, it comes in handy for larger batches. Three legs fold out so that the mill can easily rest on top of the pot and a larger inner bowl means many pounds of potatoes are a cinch to mash with the twist of the handle.
Up Your Game with Mix-Ins
Once you’ve decided on a method and a tool, what’s next? Mix-ins, of course! We like to start with a few knobs of butter and a generous splash of warmed cream. From there, think of mashed potatoes as a blank canvas on which to paint your favorite toppings. Favorite mix-ins on the OXO team include bacon, Parmesan, roasted garlic and scallions. Lucky enough to have leftovers? Sprinkle cheese over a bowl of mashed potatoes and top with a crispy, sunny side up egg for a decadent weekend breakfast.
What is your favorite way to prepare mashed potatoes? Do you have a special recipe for holiday meals?