Ok, I admit it, my mashed potatoes/potato puree is lumpy!

@Humbug25 (12551)
July 30, 2010 5:53pm CST
I have tried different methods of mashing/pureeing my potatoes but it always, always turns out lumpy, admittedly with different degrees of lumpiness but lumpy nonetheless! I will not resort to using the powdered stuff, been there when I didn't have a cooker for a while and that always turned out lumpy too haha So what is the knack to lumpless mash/puree? Do you have an idiot proof method? Oh by the way, never put a hand blender to smooth out the lumps in mash/puree as I have tried this and has only been fit for baby food after
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
30 Jul 10
I like lumps in my mashed potatoes, then you know they are real not the flakes... (not that I'll pass up the flakes either)
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• Jamaica
30 Jul 10
I agree I love my mash potatoes lumpy with lots of butter and salt. If you want a Recipe for Mashed Potatoes try this: INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 lbs yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered length-wise 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 Tbsp heavy cream 2 Tbsp butter 1 Tbsp milk Salt and Pepper A potato masher METHOD 1 Put potatoes into a saucepan. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add water until potatoes are covered. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, 15-20 minutes, or until done - a fork can easily be poked through them. 2 Warm cream and melt butter, together, either in microwave or in a pan on the stove. Drain water from potatoes. Put hot potatoes into a bowl. Add cream and melted butter. Use potato masher to mash potatoes until well mashed. Use a strong spoon to beat further, adding milk to achieve the consistency you desire. (Do not over-beat or your potatoes will get gluey.) Salt and pepper to taste. Serves 4.
@Humbug25 (12551)
30 Jul 10
Hi ya ElicBxn I guess you have a point there, haha Thanks for your response
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@urbandekay (18312)
31 Jul 10
Use a good potato, King Edward or Maris Pipper, etc. Don't cut the potatoes up too much. Boil them long enough. Mash using a masher add butter, pepper, sage and a little milk. Whisk with fork. Works every time all the best urban
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@Humbug25 (12551)
31 Jul 10
Hey urbandekay You make all sound so simple haha Thanks
@urbandekay (18312)
31 Jul 10
it is!!! all the best urban
@ellie333 (21029)
30 Jul 10
Hi Humbug, my 6 year old son makes better mash potato than I do bless with my supervision with the hot hot hotstuff ofcourse but my methodof non lumpy is to cook potatoes really well, drain, and add lots of butter and I also pour in a little milk too and just mash. I will quite often mash in some grated cheese too depending on what dish we are havin, yummy. Mash get Smash lol just isn't the same is it lol Huggles. Ellie :D
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@Humbug25 (12551)
30 Jul 10
Hi ya ellie The trouble is that I when I cook them really really well I find that I lose half of them when I drain them through the colander!! lol I was watching celebrity masterchef the other night and they were talking about how good and light the mash was adn I wondered how they make it like that, like I said, mine varies in degrees in lumpiness haha. You still got a sticky space bar ellie haha Thanks for responding
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@ellie333 (21029)
30 Jul 10
Yep it is covered if half mashed lumpy potato and that is making it stick! Beat it well and put lots of air into to it too, I don't cool that often butone thing I do do well ismy mash :) Off to the land of nodnow though ifI dream of sticky keyboards and mash Iwill blame you
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• Australia
31 Jul 10
I always cook the potatoes for an extra 5 mins after they are cooked just to make sure they are soft enough for mashing and then I add a bit of milk and some butter before I mash. I do sometimes use and electric mixer and it always comes out smooth and creamy but not like baby food. It works for me.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
1 Aug 10
Hi there Laurelle11 Hmm I think that is because a mixer is different to a blender, I was so embarrassed when I did that because I still had serve them as they were part of the meal and I was working as a nanny at the time so the meal was for the kids and their father Thanks for responding
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
31 Jul 10
Sorry to hear about your lump potatoes. What are you using in your potatoes when you mash them? Do you use milk and butter? When I make mine I always use a hand held mixer and add butter and milk, that's it. I usually keep the speed of the mixer on low or medium. Plus I add more milk if it's still too lumpy. That being said, I never have lumpy mashed potatoes and everyone loves them!
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@Humbug25 (12551)
31 Jul 10
Hey there Shar19 Sometimes I use just butter, sometimes I use just milk and sometimes a use a bit of both haha never seem to get the lumps completely out though haha Thanks for your response
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
31 Jul 10
Sometimes making perfect mashed potatoes isn't easy.You do everything right and they still have lumps. I think sometimes it is the potato. Maybe it wasn't cooked quite long enough. I have used the instant version before but they are not the same as real mashed potatoes. Most days i am happy with how my mashed potaoes turn out, but there are still those unsatisfying moments. Thankfully, I have never had to puree mine. i think the secret is in the cooking of the potato.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
31 Jul 10
Hi ya sender621 I think the type of potato helps too like my friend once told me she tried to mash new potatoes!! Big no no that one. Thanks for your response
31 Jul 10
I like lumpy mashed potatoes! Make sure you've boiled them long enough (maybe chop them into smaller pieces beforehand) and it should be pretty easy to make them smooth and without lumps.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
31 Jul 10
Hi ya creative_genius I dunno, I seem to make the simplest of things hard to do haha Thanks
@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
31 Jul 10
hi humbug try an old fashioned potato masher and be sure your potatoes are done as if they are done they should not be lumpy when you mash them. take the masher and mash them adding just a little milk or butter as you just want them mashed not soupy at all. I have never had lumps in mine and I used to make mashed potatoes all the time.Oh no do not use a blender as that makes soup not mashed potatoes. lol lol a potato masher is a tool with a handle and three or four tongs which you just press down into the potatoes til th ey are nice and fluffy. but they must be done as if they are not done they will be lumpy.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
31 Jul 10
Hi ya Hatley I have sometimes over cooked the potatoes to the point that they disappear down the drain as I strain the water off after boiling haha I am such a dunce in the kitchen for sure, I'm surprised my kids haven't starved by now haha Just kidding honest! Thanks for your help
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
30 Jul 10
I've never been a big fan of mashed potato's but I do eat them occasionally with gravy and butter, my mother makes great mashed potato's maybe I'll get some tips from her and pm them to ya sometime.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
30 Jul 10
Hi apples Aww that would be great, thanks. Mum's usually make the best mash and I guess my boys probably think that mash is supposed to have a lumpy texture lol Thanks
@artizan (195)
30 Jul 10
i always drain them and return to heat of the cooker after it been switched off and add butter/marg/or spread.. and mash them right away whilst hot hot hot it always works no lumps... did make a mistake and added dairylea instead of marg once and that was a happy accident as they tasted ummm hope that helps... the masher helps too a metal one... so you can give it some umph.. best wishes x
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@Humbug25 (12551)
30 Jul 10
Hi there artizan Oh I have added cream cheese too before and I agree it is yummy, also using garlic salt is nice instead of usual salt. I will try your method next time I mash my potatoes. Cheers
@peavey (16797)
• United States
31 Jul 10
So what's wrong with lumpy? :) I like them that way, they taste more like potatoes. I've eaten them that were processed in a blender and they were like paste - yuck! I just use an old fashioned potato masher and mash them as I add butter, then when I get tired of doing that, I add some milk and salt.
@Humbug25 (12551)
31 Jul 10
Hi ya peavey I don't like my mash with lumps not unless it is like big lumps and just mashed a bit but I want to get it smooth! Thanks for your response