What are the different types of masher?
The most traditional masher operates through a pressing motion to create the mashed potato. However, there are other options available, such as the ricer. Ricers work in a similar manner to a garlic press; the potato is inserted into a vice-like chamber and, by clamping down on the two handgrips, the potato is forced through tiny holes in the grill, each about the size of a rice grain. The ricer has gained popularity in recent years, as it does not activate the starch in potatoes like a masher does, resulting in lighter, fluffier potatoes. Using a ricer can be a little more time consuming and possibly less convenient than a masher though, which only requires one pot with all the potatoes to work effectively.