5 Tips for Perfect Classic, Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

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Right Potatoes

Select starchy potatoes like Russets or Yukon Golds, which have a high starch content ideal for fluffy mashed potatoes.

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Proper Cooking

Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Cook until the potatoes are fork-tender, about 15-20 minutes.

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Draining and Drying

Once cooked, drain the potatoes thoroughly in a colander. Let them sit for a minute to steam dry, which helps remove excess moisture.

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Mashing Method

Use a potato masher or a ricer for mashing. For traditional fluffy mashed potatoes, a potato masher gives a rustic texture.

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Incorporating Butter

Add warm dairy (like milk or cream) and butter to the hot mashed potatoes. Warm dairy helps absorb better into the potatoes, ensuring a creamy texture.

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