EZ Mashed is a device that's been created to help people peel and mash potatoes quickly instead of spending up to a few hours doing so. It's been designed to sit on the edge of a bowl and expel mashed potatoes into that bowl, while also collecting skins in an inner container. Aside from potatoes, it's stated that you'll be able to use this device, with its handle that's meant to be manually turned, to mash other fruits and vegetables, too.
The cost of EZ Mashed is $19.99 plus $6.99 shipping for a total price of $26.98.
To get started with this device, select a fairly large bowl that can be used to collect your mashed potatoes. Perch your device on one side of the bowl, with the thinner end pointing downward like a spout.
Next, you'll be able to start adding previously cooked potatoes to the device. Before you do so, especially if the potatoes are large, it's best to cut them in half. When you add them, it's also a good idea to only add two or three large pieces at a time. Once you've added that many, start spinning the device's handle with one hand in order to start peeling and mashing the veggies.
As you spin the wheel of your device, you'll notice that creamy, smooth mashed potatoes start to come out of the device's grates (located in the middle). Meanwhile, the skins will start collecting in the container at the very bottom. Continue adding potatoes as needed, until you've mashed as many as you want to eat in the near future.
Finally, after you're done mashing your potatoes, you can get them ready for serving by adding the toppings of your choice. You may want to serve them directly from the bowl you've mashed them into. If you'd like to add some extra nutrients to your dish, you can pour the skins you collected in your device's (detachable) container back in. As for the device itself, put it in your dishwasher or stash it in your sink until you have time to clean it thoroughly.
Each EZ Mashed device is only about the size of a standard cheese grater, so each one won't take up a lot of space in your kitchen. You might even want to keep it out on your kitchen counter instead of putting it away in a drawer or cabinet, especially if you use it frequently. If you need to cook somewhere else, away from home, the device won't be difficult to transport, either.
You don't have to use a bowl of a specific type or style with this mashing device. While a large, round bowl may be the ideal choice, you'll be able to perch your device on the side of a small or square-shaped dish if you choose. Besides bowls, you'll also be able to use this device with pots, so you can conceivably mash some potatoes into the same pot you cooked them in.
EZ Mashed can be cleaned in the dishwasher, so if you have one, you won't have to wash the device by hand. However, if you don't have a dishwasher, or would prefer to hand-wash your device, that's totally acceptable. Just make sure you wash it with both soap and water in between uses, in order to get rid of any food residue left inside.
If you're bored with all of the recipes you usually make with potatoes, the recipe guide that's included with each mashing device may be able to give you some ideas. You'll find it full of recipes that call for the style of mashed potatoes you'll be able to prepare with your EZ Mashed tool.
Although they should be supervised, it's safe to let school-aged children use one of these devices. Letting them plop potatoes into the hole at the top and spin the device's handle is a fairly risk-free endeavor, and it'll give the kids confidence to know that they're helping out in the kitchen. Be sure to instruct them not to touch the grates of the device as it's spinning, though, and watch them closely as they use it.
The EZ Mashed device has been designed with potatoes in mind, but it's not solely for mashing potatoes. It'll mash up a wide variety of other soft foods, such as cooked apples, squash, and carrots, so you can turn these foods into purees. If you get tired of potatoes, you'll be able to simply switch over to another creamed vegetable to make your daily diet more interesting. It's best to keep raw vegetables out of the device, however, as it may not have the power to mash them up, and could actually end up being damaged by their texture.
This kitchen device is completely hand-powered, which means that you won't require electricity or a set of suitable batteries to run it. Therefore, you'll be able to use it anytime your hands are free, without worrying that frequent use will cause an increase in your electricity bill. It may also make a great addition to your suitcase if you'll be visiting a cottage with just a wood stove and no electricity.
There's a chance that this device could make your dominant hand tired, due to the spinning that's required, especially if you have arthritis, a hand injury or some other physical issue related to the hands. You could try spinning with your non-dominant hand in order to give the dominant one a rest, but you may find that you don't have the required strength or coordination in your non-dominant hand.
If you look closely at this device, you may notice that the inner container is very small. That means it won't be able to hold a whole lot of peeled-off potato skins before it needs to be emptied. As a result, during a potato-peeling session, you may have to stop, detach the container and then empty it into your compost or trash bin before you can continue peeling and mashing more potatoes.
Detaching your device's inner container every so often and emptying potato skins may be an inconvenience, but you'll still be able to mash potatoes faster with this device than you'd be able to by hand. Mashing and peeling potatoes with your hands alone may take you up to a few hours, depending on how many potatoes you need to prepare. On the other hand, your EZ Mashed device will complete both tasks at the same time, and this shouldn't take more than a half-hour in total.
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