While you can certainly make mashed potatoes without any tools other than a spoon or fork, a more specialized tool really is best. 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.
If you want the lightest and fluffiest potatoes, this is the tool for you. Not only does it break potatoes into little spud flurries, it does the job quickly and easily. See, it's got this extra gear that increases ricing power and minimizes hand strain. And the basket comes out for cleaning in the dishwasher.
2. OXO Food Mill, $50 from Sur la Table
This tool gives perfectly mashed (and creamy!) potatoes with just a few turns of the handle. If you're making potatoes for a crowd, like, a large crowd, you need a food mill. Ideally, this one. It's easy to assemble and churns out fine, medium, or coarse textures. We also like how it fits right over the bowl.
3. Kuhn Rikon Potato Masher, $20
The classic mashing tool! Mash a few times for chunky potatoes or keep going for a smoother consistency. We also like the OXO Good Grips Smooth Potato Masher, which might be easier for small or arthritic hands to handle. Just be careful when using a metal masher (read: don't use it on a nonstick surface, as you can scratch the surface).
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