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Mashed Potato Tips

Today I shared my recipe for Pierogi Casserole at $5 Dinners, which is a delicious way to use leftover mashed potatoes. Since I have potatoes on my mind, I thought I would share a few more mashed potato tips.

The easiest way I have discovered to make perfectly smooth, lump-free mashed potatoes is to use a ricer: October2010 394 You just spoon the cooked potatoes into the potato ricer and squeeze. Add your butter, milk, and seasonings and stir together with a spoon. Voila, creamy mashed potatoes!

Putting all of the dishes on the buffet while still hot can be a little tricky on Thanksgiving. I make it a little easier by making my mashed potatoes in advance and then keep them warm in a Crockpot. One less thing to worry about while trying to carve the turkey!

Making mashed potatoes can be a dirty process: cutting board, cooking pot, the mixing bowl, etc. Alex at A Moderate Life shared a solution and a recipe for mashed potatoes that only dirties one dish: Easy One Pot Loaded Mashed Potatoes.

At the holidays we have people around our table with all types of food allergies and special needs. Here are two dairy-free mashed potato recipes:

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Red Potatoes

This post is linked to Kitchen Tip Tuesday and  Works For Me Wednesday.

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. I've always wanted a ricer but I wasn't sure if they were worth buying. I just might have to get one now–though sometimes I do like lumpy mashed potatoes!! Thanks for all the tips. Take care.

  2. I confess to enjoying lumpy mashed potatoes occassionally as well, especially when I leave the skin on. But I do try to make them smooth when I have company over. :)

  3. The Saved Quarter says:

    America's Test Kitchen swears by ricers, too, but I can't get behind a unitasker in my kitchen. (I'm like Alton Brown that way! ;)

    My mom always used her KitchenAid and it works really well for smooth potatoes. I just smash them and call it good. :)

  4. Colorado Girl says:

    I have never heard of a potato ricer! Interesting.

  5. Target has a potato ricer for about $13.

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