How to fix ruined mashed potatoes

There are many ways to mess up a simple dish like mashed potato. It can be a major disaster if your mashed potatoes become too watery, too salty or gluey. This is especially true if they are being made for Thanksgiving or any other special occasion.

Don’t worry! There’s almost always an answer to your tater problems. These are some easy ways to make your mashed potatoes perfect again.

How to fix runny mashed potatoes

Soup and watery mashed potatoes are usually caused by overcooked potatoes, too small pieces, insufficient draining, or excessive cooking.

Drain them. Stir the watery potatoes in a saucepan. Keep constantly stirring on low heat until the liquid evaporates. To thicken the potatoes to the desired consistency, add a teaspoon of instant mashed potatoes or cornstarch to the watery potatoes.

Next: Although cutting potatoes into smaller pieces can speed up their cooking time, it can cause them to absorb too much water. So resist the temptation when preparing potatoes. You can set a timer for checking the potatoes to ensure they don’t burn. Drain them well before you mash them.

How to fix lumpy mashed potatoes

Instead of boiling the potatoes, did you bring the water and potatoes to a boil? This can lead to uneven cooking. If your potatoes don’t cook evenly, the insides are undercooked, and the edges are tender, you will end up with lumpy potatoes.

Make them into a paste. Add the potatoes to a saucepan and stir in some milk or cream. Mix the potatoes in a saucepan over low heat. Continue to cook, occasionally stirring, until they are smooth. To smoothen out lumps, you may need to add some milk. You can also use vegetable or chicken broth to smoothen out lumps. However, these may affect the flavour of your potatoes.

Next Time: Cover the potatoes with cold water and bring to a boil on medium heat. This is the best way for potatoes to cook evenly.

How to Make Salty Mashed Potatoes

Salting the water in which you cook the potatoes is a good idea. It helps to season them as they cook. Salting the potatoes too often or using salted butter can cause problems.

To reduce saltiness, add cream or unsalted butter to the recipe. You can microwave cauliflower rice and add the bland, soft bits to help offset the salt.

Next Time: Use unsalted butter to make your potatoes, and then taste it as you go.

How to fix gluey mashed potatoes

Although you thought it would be faster to mash the potatoes in a food processor or blender, you ended up with wallpaper paste and not fluffy puree. The aggressive motion of the blade caused all cell walls to explode in potatoes, releasing starch and gumming everything up.

Fix it This is the most difficult potato problem to solve, as there’s no way back from a sticky potato. You can distract the potato with lots of cheese. Mix the shredded cheese with the potatoes. Transfer to a baking dish and top it off with cheese and panko breadcrumbs. Bake the gratin until it is golden brown on top.


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