Mum’s ‘faff-free’ mashed potato involves NO ‘peeling, chopping, boiling or washing up’ – but people aren’t convinced

Smooth, lump-free mash can be hard to achieve, and usually comes with a lot of mess and time spent in the kitchen.

But one woman claims to have eliminated the faff in making mash, calling her recipe a “game-changer”.

Taking to Mumsnet, she shared her “cheater’s guide to faff-free mashed potato”.

She said: “I’m sure I’m not the only person to have figured this out, but before I started doing it, I’d never seen or heard of it.”

Her method is as follows:

  • Put potatoes in microwave until they’re done all the way through
  • Cut in half
  • Scoop potato out of skin straight onto plate
  • Add butter and smush with fork
  • Add grated cheese to taste

And she added: "Enjoy mashed potato with no peeling, chopping, boiling or washing up afterwards.

"Waits for everyone to tell me Nigella wrote a book about this ten years ago and I never got the memo.”

Despite the post racking up more than 200 comments, it seems people weren’t convinced by her method.

One person said: “Mine is frozen mash. Much less labour intensive.”

Another questioned: “Don’t you have to keep checking whether they’re done though?

“The beauty of boiling them in the pan is you turn it on, walk away then come back ten minutes later and they’re done.”

A third person said: “That actually sounds like quite a bit more work…

“I don't understand why people even bother to peel? The skin is good for you we always mash with skin on.”

People also queried the microwave method, so to clear things up the mum added: “You get rid of the jacket and only use the fluffy inside.

“Ten mins in the microwave for a medium sized one, 12-15 for a massive one. Job's a good’un.”

But it seems people still couldn’t get their head around her recipe.

Another person commented: “Have tried the whole potato microwaving, but removing the skin from a hot spud isn't fun and it does seem to taste like a baked potato even when it is mashed.”

And this person said: “I don't understand why it's so difficult to boil potatoes in salted water, drain, add butter and milk and mash.

“It's not rocket science is it?”

This parent added: “This is no use for a family of 4! It's cheat for a one-person, lazy meal.”

Faced with the negativity, the mum said: “Seriously, I thought you’d all be a bit more impressed to be honest.

“This is a game-changer in my sexy, exciting world.”

But at least one person thought it was a good idea, saying: “Never knew this thank you.”

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