While you can certainly make mashed potatoes without any tools other than a spoon or fork, a more specialized tool is sometimes helpful too. Light and fluffy, smooth and creamy, or thick and chunky: no matter how you like your mashed potatoes, here are three tools to help get the job done right.
1. Angled Potato Ricer, $32 from Williams-Sonoma - If you want the lightest and fluffiest potatoes, this is the tool for you.
2. OXO Food Mill, $49.95 from Sur la Table - This tool gives perfectly mashed potatoes with just a few turns of the handle. We also like how it fits right over the bowl.
3. Kuhn Rikon Potato Masher, $16 from Amazon.com - The classic mashing tool! Mash a little for chunky potatoes or keep going for a smoother consistency.
How do you mash your potatoes?
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(Images: Williams-Sonoma, Sur la Table, and Target)