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Turns out you've been mashing potatoes wrong this whole time

Turns out you've been mashing potatoes wrong this whole time

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When it comes to producing the perfect creamy mashed potatoes, the internet is full of conflicting advice and information.

Some swear by peeling and cutting them before boiling, then mashing them while still hot. Others are convinced the way to do it is to keep the skin on while boiling and remove it later, just before mashing them up to make that creamy consistency.

One of the problems with this method is, it can be difficult to peel the potatoes while still hot so they mash properly, which could be where The Wiggles drew their inspiration for the song ‘Hot Potato’.

Instead, there is a kitchen hack you can use to peel hot potatoes without burning your fingers that will also help you mash them.

Cooking ‘guru’ Lora McLaughlin Peterson has shared her method on TikTok @lorefied.

Lora explains she boils her potatoes before slicing them in half. Once this is done, she places a wire cooking rack over a glass pie dish. The next step is pushing the potatoes down and through the wire rack, which serves to both mash them and remove the skin.

Once this is all done, she is left with rustic mashed potatoes that can be placed in a bowl and finished with salt, butter, milk and whatever else you desire.

This is the latest cooking hack to go viral and the perfect advice ahead of the festive season.

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