The Secret Steps of Mashed Potatoes
If you've been around the Wolfe Stew for long, you know we love potatoes. We've even challenged you with ten potato facts in this post. And, as a bonus, share with you a quick and easy way to enjoy this nutritionally controversial vegetable.
Today, we continue sharing our love of potatoes by letting you in on some secret steps we learned regarding the making of mashed potatoes. And, we'd love you to share your secrets, too - if you're willing that is. Just comment at the end of this post with your top mashed potato making secrets. Or, if you only want to share with us, shoot us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Mashed potatoes: comforting, versatile, and creamy, yet deceivingly simple to make. I say this from experience. As a new teacher and newly wed, my first mashed potatoes recipe resided on the back of an Idahoan potato pouch. (View Idahoan products, if you'd like) They are consistently good, quick to make, come in many varieties, and conducive to customization. In fact, to be perfectly honest, we still stock Idahoan potatoes in our pantry. It's a no-fail, quick-to-make, loved-by-everyone side; so, why wouldn't we? But, when I have the time, I still opt to make mashed potatoes the old fashioned way: from a potato.
However, learning to make them the old fashioned way was a struggle. Part of my transition from teacher to housewife included efforts to cook from scratch instead of by convenience. Two of my biggest struggles were things I thought would be easy: mashed potatoes and rice. I know, silly, naive me. Mashed potatoes and rice. As both are staple sides, I assumed they surely would be easy to make. Quickly, I learned that even staple sides require tricks best learned through experience. My first attempt at homemade mashed potatoes resulted in potato glue and my first attempt at rice: rice pebbles.
Allow me to save you some struggle. Now, quick disclaimer, this is NOT a guarantee that should you follow my secret steps of mashed potatoes you'll get perfect results. No. While my steps may help you on your way, you need to fine-tune the steps to make them your own - which only comes from experience. Besides which, I cannot even tell you how many times I've watched my mom make her potato salad and still can't get mine to taste like hers. Or, how often I make the same recipe several times and still botch it. So, the first (and likely most important) secret step of mashed potatoes is this:
Be patient with yourself. Allow yourself to fail. Keep trying anyway. Seek advice of others, but find your own way.
I mean, really, that's just good life advice.
My Secret Steps of Mashed Potatoes
1. Use Gold Potatoes
2. Count and Clean the Potatoes
3. Dice the Potatoes
4. Prepare for Boiling
5. Boiling Time
6. Add the Butter
7. Add Milk and Seasonings
8. Mash the Potatoes
9. Serve and Enjoy!
Before You Go, We'd Love to Know:
- What are your best potato mashing secrets?
- How do you serve your mashed potatoes?