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SpaceCannotBeLeftBlank Fri 02-Nov-18 23:12:18

I’m sure I’m not the only person to have figured this out, but before I started doing it, I’d never seen or heard of it. So, herewith my cheater’s guide to faff-free mashed potato:

Put potatoes in microwave until they’re done all the way through.

Cut in half.

Scoop potato out of skin straight onto plate.

Add butter and smush with fork. Add grated cheese to taste.

Enjoy mashed potato with no peeling, chopping, boiling or washing up afterwards.

<waits for everyone to tell me Nigella wrote a book about this ten years ago and I never got the memo>

WaxOnFeckOff Mon 05-Nov-18 17:23:11

Well, making mash isn't that difficult, you just need to use the right potatoes etc. However frozen is just potato, milk and seasoning and is very convenient and not expensive. Sometimes I might want mash rather the chips everyone else is having, sometimes i'm in from work and I just can't be bothered making it properly and am happy just to tip a whole bag into a microwave dish and fire it on for 15 minutes while I'm doing something else. Sometimes I haven't been shopping so don't have real potatoes in.

Some days I'll make real mash, or real roasties or my own potato wedges or lovely oven baked potatoes with nice crispy salty skins, other days I'm glad I can tip some frozen chips or whatever onto a tray.

In terms of dried mash, the sainsburys powder is the most controllable, it lacks a bit of flavour but some milk butter and seasoning sorts that out for a quick fix,

BackBoiler Mon 05-Nov-18 18:15:10

My ultimate lazy tea is beef meatballs in meatball sauce (asda jar)peas and mash!

I used to freeze mash in old weaning pots when my eldest was a lone child then microwave it with some butter. A fish finger or two in my mini oven and a bit of frozen veg! Easy after a day at work when we had a Friday night takeaway once he was in bed!

YearOfYouRemember Mon 05-Nov-18 19:05:46

Tinned potatoes make awful mash. They are awful as just boiled potatoes too imo.

Sb74 Mon 05-Nov-18 20:18:53

Poor OP. So excited. I like your suggestion and will give it a go. Thank you. X

OhFlipMama Mon 05-Nov-18 20:56:27

I've never attempted to mash with tinned potatoes but they are very good for omelettes.

Bluntness100 Mon 05-Nov-18 20:58:59

I buy fresh ready made mash and just add butter, salt, cheese etc. The cheat you mention isn't cheating enough for me.

WaxOnFeckOff Mon 05-Nov-18 21:04:20

I buy fresh ready made mash and just add butter, salt, cheese etc. The cheat you mention isn't cheating enough for me.

I just throw potatoes straight in the bin... grin

Bluntness100 Mon 05-Nov-18 21:06:57

It's the peeling I can't be doing with. Life's too short.

Cuddlykitten123 Mon 05-Nov-18 21:12:37

It's a fab cheat for just one or two small portions for the kids

Yvbmioasp Mon 05-Nov-18 22:32:53

I always buy Albert Rooster reds. They make good mash and also good roasties. Buy a decent potato peeler and you’re good to go.

Loyaultemelie Mon 05-Nov-18 22:48:02

I recently discovered baked mashed potatoes! Yum. I'm excited though my microwave blew up about a month ago and I haven't got round to replacing it (when did microwaves get so expensive?!) so now it wouldn't be so much a cheat as a faff by the time I oven baked them blush

BrightonMam Tue 06-Nov-18 10:43:30

Now on the daily mail ! Fame OP 😂

JellycatElfie Tue 06-Nov-18 11:10:08

Just seen the daily mail have been reading this thread grin

ItWasntMeItWasIm Tue 06-Nov-18 18:04:39

Is it just me or have the DM managed to leave out all the amusing comments and make it sound like boring housewives twittering on....?

SpaceCannotBeLeftBlank Tue 06-Nov-18 18:20:06

Geordie Grieg is really turning things around over there.

Chucky16 Tue 06-Nov-18 18:20:42

No,no,no, mashed potatoes need to be boiled then mashed with butter. If done in microwave then inside scooped out they are not mashed potatoes imo. Plus by the time the potatoes are cool enough to take skin off without burning hands it’s not as hot as you want and it does take longer to do this at the end than just straining potatoes and mashing them.

MammaSchwifty Thu 08-Nov-18 07:52:29

Shit, I need to become a daily mail journalist. What a doss.

bobstersmum Thu 08-Nov-18 16:51:32

Well, I am a real fresh food freak I cannot stand instant mash BUT after this thread I have bought some Idahoan mash and we have just had it for dinner with braising steak and gravy, it was amazing!! I am going to stock up and save myself some time, it's the best mash I've tasted apart from my own fresh mash. Thank you to the people that mentioned it smile

NutElla5x Thu 08-Nov-18 19:08:54

Dissolve a Knorr vegetable stock cube in the fat/oil before tossing the parboiled and shaken potatoes in it
Makes them salty and crunchy. Delicious.
Now this sounds like an interesting tip.I will definitely give this a go,so thank you to the person who posted it.

JellyBears Thu 08-Nov-18 19:28:55

Omg lol this was in this morning!

SpaceCannotBeLeftBlank Thu 08-Nov-18 22:30:14


Stargirl90 Mon 12-Nov-18 08:51:11

I literally just re searched for this thread to say the same, they brought it up on This Morning! John torode made mash using "a Mumsnet users method" shock

DaffydownClock Mon 12-Nov-18 09:09:18

Idaho instant potato is full of additives, why on earth would anyone want to feed that to their family?
Smash isn't far behind - 'Made with real potatoes' - is it so synthetic it has to tell you this?
I believe in eating food as unadulterated as possible, for goodness sake make it from potatoes!

Lozz22 Mon 12-Nov-18 14:36:09

I used to use frozen or ready made chilled mash because no matter what I did I could never get lump free mash and I can't stand different textures in foods. Then I invested in a potato ricer. Perfect lump free mashed potatoes and I know everything that's added into them.

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