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Jan 21, 2011 09:49 AM

Mashed Potatoes with Immersion Blender

Anyone have thoughts on how to make good mashed potatoes with an immersion blender. I see the potatoes gutting too gummy - and, yes, I'm sometimes too lazy to bring out the stand mixer.

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  1. What did your potatoes do to deserve being gluified by an immersion blender?
    An immersion blender will make the potatoes gummy. I can see whipping them with a hand mixer or stand mixer (I used to enjoy the potatoes that way), but no, not sharp blades whirring at high speed.
    JMO, YMMV ;-)

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    1. re: monavano

      You're right, this does sound like a cruel thing to do to potatoes. I'm probably just immersion happy since receiving one for Christmas.

      1. re: stephenzr

        I understand- I love mine, but lately, it's been getting a bit jealous of my Vitamix ;-)

    2. Might work if you retrograde the starch first.

      1. You can't, unless you want aligot, in which case go for it.

        Gluey mashed potatoes are one of the nastiest things ever, well that and mushy peas.

        1. My lazy way of making mash is to use a ziploc and a mallet or just a masher in a pot.

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          1. re: dave_c

            ziploc+mallet.... what a great idea.

            totally stealing that

          2. I don't mind lumps in mashed potatoes so I've never used an electric appliance to mash - just a pastry blender, a masher, or a fork. I think you could fork-mash first, then on-off buzz with the stick blender, lifting it up and repositioning each time. But you aren't going to get totally smooth potatoes that way.

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            1. re: greygarious

              I hadn't considered using a pastry blender. Besides it being pretty darn hot I could see that being rather effective. I don't mind lumps but my wife likes smooth.

              1. re: greygarious

                I like lumpy mashed potatoes so I use a wire masher most often. A ricer if I want to avoid any lumps for whatever reason.