How To Cook Mashed Potatoes

1. Open The Potatoes

Take the potatoes out and prepare to rinse.

Prepare To Rinse The Potatoes (27k)

Potatoes Are Out

2. Rinse The Potatoes

Rinse the potatoes to remove the dirt. Use a brush to scrub the dirt out of the potato skin.

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Rinse The Potatoes

3. Peel The Skin

Peel the skin from the potatoes.
Use the front end of the potato skin peeler to remove stubs.
Optional: You may use the skin and add when cooking the mashed potatoes.

Peel The Skin Using A Potatoe Skin Removal (18k)

Peel The Skin

4. Rinse The Potatoes Again

Rinse the skinless potatoes again to remove any remaining dirt.

Rinse The Skinless Potatoe Again (17k)

Rinse Again

5. Cut The Potatoes

Cut the potatoes to 1 to 1 1/2 inch cubes. Start by cutting the potatoes into half.

Time To Cut The Potatoes Into Pieces.  First, cut into half. (20k)

Time To Cut The Potatoes

6. Cut The Two Halves Into Half Again

Take the half piece and cut into half again.

Cut The Potato Half Into Half Again (21k)

Cut Into Half Again

7. Do Another Cut Into Half Again

Cut into half again.

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Cut Into Half Again

8. Cut Into 1 to 1 1/2 Inch Cubes

Take the two pieces from Step Seven and cut into 1 to 1 1/2 inch cubes.

Cut The Two Halves Or Two 1/8ths Of The Potato Into 1 to 1 1/2 inch cubes (20k)

Cut Into Cubes

9. Picture Of The Potato Cubes

Here is a picture of the 1 to 1 1/2 inch cubes.
Place the cubes into the pot to be used to cook the mashed potatoes.
Repeat Steps 5 to Steps 8 to cut all the potatoes.

Picture Of The 1 To 1 1/2 Inch Cubes (20k)

Potato Cubes

10. Begin Cooking Mashed Potatoes By Boiling The Potatoes

Fill the water up to the top of the potatoes.
Boil the potatoes.
Get a lid to partially cover the pot.

Boil The Potatoes By Filling the Water Up To The Top Of The Potatoes (21k)

Boil The Potatoes

11. Don't Cover The Lid

Don't cover the lid when boiling the potatoes.
After the potatoes boil, cook on medium for 10-15 minutes for the potatoes to become soft and tender.
The potatoes must not be too soft such that they fall apart when testing a piece with a fork.

Don't Cover The Lid When Boiling.  Lower Heat To Medium After Boiling For 10-15 Minutes.  (19k)

Don't Cover The Lid

12. Remove the Water

Lower temperature to low. Remove the hot water. The more water removed, the better.

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Remove The Water

13. Add Salt, Pepper, And/Or Butter

Add salt, pepper, and/or butter as desired. A general rule is to add 1 teaspoon per 1 pound of potatoes.

Add Salt, Pepper, And/Or Butter (21k)

Add Butter

14. Mash The Potatoes

Mash the potatoes. Turn off the stove.

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Mash The Potatoes

15. Add Milk

Gradually add milk as needed. Continue to mash till the milk is in the potatoes.

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Gradually Add Milk

16. Beat and Whip The Potatoes

Whip the potatoes till light and fluffy. Add more milk as needed.

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Whip The Potatoes

17. The Mashed Potatoes Are Ready

The mashed potatoes are light and fluffy. Get a serving bowl to serve or serve from the pot. Make sure the stove is turned off.

Mashed Potatoes Ready To Eat (23k)

Ready to Eat