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I made mashed potatoes the other night and they were real sticky and gluey. What the heck happened? Did I cook the potatoes too long?
My husband said I better figure it out before I host Thanksgiving!
It could have been the variety of potatoes you used. Did you use a mixer to mash them? I've found that makes mine "gluey".
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I did use a mixer and I never thought about the type of potato I used! They tasted good but looked bad. lol I guess I'll have to try again. And it's not like I have never made them before! Thanks. I'm gonna go see what kind I have.
Did you happen to use Red potatoes? I have never been able to make good,NON gluey mashed potatoes using red potatoes. I always use a mixer...but when I use white potatoes they never turn gluey.
Perfect Mashed Potatoes
In large saucepan, combine 5 cups water, potatoes, and 1 teaspoon of the salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from heat and drain potatoes thoroughly in colander. Return to saucepan; heat over medium-low heat approximately 1 to 2 minutes to dry potatoes, stirring occasionally.
In saucepan, mash potatoes with a potato masher, potato ricer, fork, or beat with electric hand mixer until chunky. Stir in butter, remaining ½ teaspoon salt and 1/2 cup of the hot milk. Add additional milk, a little at a time, if necessary, for desired consistency. Season to taste with additional salt, if desired.
Makes 4 servings.
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Question: Help! I've been making mashed potatoes all my life and have never had the problem I had today. I just made 5 pounds of mashed potatoes, using a ricer, and for the first time ever I ended up with gluey mashed potatoes. My ingredients were identical to what I always have used (potatoes, melted butter, scalded milk, salt and pepper) but as soon as I added the butter to the riced potatoes, the potatoes became gluey. I tried to save them by using a blender and thinning with the milk but the problem intensified. Is there any way to save the potatoes or do I have to start over? Please answer as soon as possible. I have company coming tomorrow for dinner and time is of the essence.
Note: Gluey or gooey mashed potatoes are caused by vigorous over mashing, as anyone who has tried to make the side dish in a food processor can attest. When potatoes are boiled, their starch granules swell. If those granules are broken too vigorously, the cells release copious quantities of starch, resulting in a potatoes with the consistency of wallpaper paste.
NEVER use a blender or food processor to make mashed potatoes. There are starch packets inside the potato cells and the blender blades rip right through them, releasing the starch and this makes the potatoes into library paste. The cells of the potato flesh contain a very fine starch. Mashing gently leaves most of the cells intact. Processing in a blender or a Food Processor acts like a cell homogenizer and releases all that starch into the liquid. Adding any liquid early just makes the process more efficient.
From- What's Cooking America site.
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It could of been OLD tators you used to??? Even tho they looked fine. That has happened to me and my mom before. Gluey tators..ugg.
I use a hand mixer all the time,never had a prob with them being gluey from mixing them.
Over mixing will make them gluey every single time. Regardless of what method you use to mash them.
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Cut your potatoes into cold water, then rinse them. Cover with water again, and if the water still gets a little cloudy, rinse again. The starch is leaching out, and that's what makes your potatoes gluey. Works every time. . . .use your mixer, doesn't make a difference. It's the starch in the potatoes.
Ok, I think I figured out what I did. I boiled the potatoes then turned the burner off and let them sit there while I got distracted with other dinner stuff. I think they sat in the water too long. And they looked gluey before I even started to mash them. I am going to try again maybe this week and see what makes a difference. Thanks for all the replies!
I always use a mixer and I never have gluey mashed potatos. The trick is to not use it on high speerd until they're all mashed and mixed then you can turn it up and make them nice and fluffy. I hate lumpy mashted potatos and using a masher just doesn't work for me.
Ive never had a problem using a hand mixer. My guess would be the brand. I used to have the same problem when I bought the cheaper potatoes. Once I switched to Idaho brand I dont think Ive had that problem. They cost more,but thats ok as long as they're edible.
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