Fast Fluffy Mash with the Masha + Competition (Closed)

I am inexorably drawn to kitchen gadgets and have always had to fight my tendency to collect electrical white elephants. Of the new gadgets I’ve encountered since I started writing Kavey Eats I adored the Thermomix, the jug blender and the mandoline slicer, was pretty pleased with the deep fat fryer and the spice and nut grinder and not very impressed at all by the soup maker, to name just a few.

But I’d not even heard of the Masha until I saw it featured on my spudtastic friend Gary’s blog, recently.

As many of you will know, using a food processer makes for horribly gluey mashed potatoes. Using a hand  blender is enormously messy and, if you can make it work for you, creates a similarly elastic puree. A potato ricer is slow and faffy but it does produce beautifully fluffy mash. An old fashioned potato masher obviously works well too, but again, takes a little time and elbow grease.

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The Masha looks a lot like a hand blender but the way it works is closer to an electric potato ricer: blunt plastic blades push the potato through holes. The fibres aren’t hacked apart so they don’t release too much starch, hence the potato doesn’t turn into gluey wallpaper paste. It doesn’t splash the content of the pan everywhere as can happen (to me) when using a hand blender. And it’s quick and very low effort.

Of course, it can be used to mash any root vegetable and I am sure it would work similarly well on anything in the squash family too. I have a soft spot for Swede and Carrot mash, which it handles easily. It can also be used to puree fruit and vegetables for young children. Here’s a link to the manufacturer’s video showing it in action.

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We probably wouldn’t have bought this gadget at this point, not because we don’t like it – we actually think it’s great – but because Pete is fit and strong and doesn’t mind spending a few minutes mashing our spuds the old-fashioned way (and because, frankly, our kitchen cupboards are actually overflowing, with boxes now sat in piles on the floor). However, we do think it’s a great tool and would be a particular boon for fluffy-mashed-veg-lovers with reduced arm strength. Retailing at around £32, we think the price is fair too.

 

COMPETITION

MPL Home is offering a Masha to one Kavey Eats reader. The prize includes free delivery within the UK.

HOW TO ENTER

You can enter the competition in 3 ways:

Entry 1 – Blog Comment
Leave a comment below, telling me about your favourite meal featuring mashed vegetables.

Entry 2 – Facebook
Like the
Kavey Eats Facebook page and leave a (separate) comment on this blog post with your Facebook user name.

Entry 3 – Twitter
Follow
@Kavey on Twitter. Existing followers are, of course, welcome to enter! Then tweet the (exact) sentence below.
I’d love to win a Masha from Kavey Eats and MPL Home! http://goo.gl/3HNm7A
#KaveyEatsMasha
(Please do not add my twitter handle into the tweet; I track entries using the competition hashtag. And you don’t need to leave a blog comment about your tweet either, thanks!)

RULES & DETAILS

  • The deadline for entries is midnight GMT Friday 30th August 2013.
  • Kavey Eats reserves the right to alter the closing date of the competition. Changes to the closing date, if they occur, will be shown on this page.
  • The winners will be selected from all valid entries using a random number generator.
  • Entry instructions form part of the terms and conditions.
  • Where prizes are to be provided by a third party, Kavey Eats accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of that third party.
  • The prize is a Masha, with free delivery within the UK.
  • The prize cannot be redeemed for a cash value.
  • The prize is offered and provided by MPL Home.
  • One blog entry per person only. One Twitter entry per person only. One Facebook entry per person only. You do not have to enter all three ways for your entries to be valid.
  • For Twitter entries, winners must be following @Kavey at the time of notification. For Facebook entries, winners must Like the Kavey Eats Facebook page at time of notification.
  • Blog comment entries must provide a valid email address for contacting the winner.
  • The winners will be notified by email, Twitter or Facebook. If no response is received within 7 days of notification, the prize will be forfeit and a new winner will be picked and contacted.

 

Kavey Eats was sent a review sample Masha by MPL Home. All opinions are my own.

This competition is closed. The randomly selected winner was Kieran Walsh.

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68 Comments to "Fast Fluffy Mash with the Masha + Competition (Closed)"

  1. Dom

    The Viking and I eat a lot of mashed swede with carrots and I always use my regular hand blender but you are so right, this actually looks like something useful for the kitchen for one… nice giveaway!

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    kaveyeats

    I’m just not very good with those hand blenders. I tend to splash food everywhere and I find I end up with gluey mash, like from a food processor. I just don’t have the knack. Found the Masha far easier!

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  2. Maxine

    never heard of one of these before – looks a handy gadget! Love making mash to then spice and stuff parathas with or to make potato cakes for a lazy sunday brunch

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  3. Jane Willis

    Wonder if it would be better than my potato ricer? I love potato and celeriac mash to mop up the gravy of a rich venison casserole. And really in the middle of August is ought not to be possible to think about such things.

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  4. Clare Connolly-Joyce

    My favourite dish/recipe is when I do cottage pie or shepherds pie for
    My family xx I mash potatoes everyday as my family love them xxx

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  5. Mrs C Corrin

    I love mash with cauliflower mashed together, Yummy and its a great way to get kids to eat some veg.

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  6. Lisa

    My favourite Meal with Mash was a poussin with parsnips & roasted chestnuts mashed together. That is a hell of a stiff mash mix, and it literally broke my hand blender. I got there in the end though, and it was delicious. I think the Masha might have made things a lot easier!

    Cauliflower mashed with cream cheese and nutmeg is my second fave.

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  7. Romaine

    This looks good. My favourite dinner with mashed potatoes is sausages in spicy onion gravy and garden peas.

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  8. Chris Hunt

    My fave is cheese and potato pie made by the husband . He is always moaning about the masher so this would be great.

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  9. Kathy Ray

    My favourite is just straightforward mashed potato with a bit of milk and butter. Preferably with steak and Stilton sauce…

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  10. Diane Wareing

    Mash: I’m the women you need to talk to!
    I love mashed potatoes: I love them with swede, carrots,celeriac, onions, cheese, chopped peppers & garlic, sour cream and chives, crispy bacon and a wide & varied selection of other wonderful food. Mashed potatoes with Spinach & courgette is a favourite at the moment as my allotment is providing me well with these this month. But if i had to pick one particular favourite it would be mashed potatoes with garlic, cheese & red peppers 🙂

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  11. Dom

    I’ve never had mash. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a potato. I feel that if I won one of these, people would come from far and wide to bring me potatoes to be mashed and I would no longer go hungry. I should win.

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  12. Lynn Savage

    mmmm my favourite mash dish, it’s got to be my lentil and mushroom loaf that has a mashed potato filling.

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  13. Jemma

    It looks like a great device for making mashed potatoes. 🙂 I’ll try to add this to my kitchen one of these days.

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  14. CAROL PATRICK

    I enjoy mashed potato and mashed swede, with sausage and rich onion gravy. I have arthritis and mashing with a metal masher is difficult and painful for me, and an electric hand held mixer doesn’t do the job well either. I’d love to try his new gadget.

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  15. CAROL PATRICK

    I have also liked and commented on your Facebook page, and I am following you on Twitter.

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  16. Barbara

    I love creamy mashed potatoes with Lincolnshire Sausages and rich onion gravy – would love to win one of these as I love both mash and gadgets :o)

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  17. Kathy

    Oh, you really know how to get to an Irish girl’s heart, don’t you? Photos of potatoes are pure porn to me! I could never give you a “favourite” meal with mashies, ’cause mashies make all meals wonderful! Of course almost all of our “big meals” (for the hols of various kinds) include mashies, but my mum served them often to us, and they were also well known as “the cure”. If one of us were ill and just wanted a soft, bland food, mum would heat up some broth and use that (instead of butter and milk) to make mashies. It really was (and still is) a “comfort food” to me because of this. BTW, haven’t seen this device you write of over here on this side of the pond. (It probably won’t be long in getting here, though.) I have a “regular” mixer I sometimes use, a “hand-held” non-electric potato ricer, and a hand-mixer, although I’ve never used the last one to make mashies. (Truth be told, I usually use it for cream soups or milkshakes!) **Sigh** I will now return to my normal frequency, which includes viewing food porn…

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    Kavey

    Ha, Kathy, yes many of my Irish friends do share your deep and abiding love of potatoes!
    I just don’t like to use processors or mixers for mash as they seem to hack the potato into glue, completely different texture to good, fluffy mash!

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  18. KIERAN WALSH

    with a selection of great gran children, i find that mashing veg is a sure way of them eating ,there five a day, mash potato and swede, with seasoning is a great favorite

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  19. Irene Wright

    My favourite would have to bread made from mashed potatoes – so light and delicious

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  20. Penelope Harper

    My husband loves mashed potato with baked beans, flattened into patties and fried. I don’t let him have them too often but I hate the old-fashioned ‘fork’ method of mashing. The Masha looks as if I’ll have time to pour myself the necessary glass of wine in the time it will save me. 🙂

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  21. Angela Walton

    What a cool little gadget 🙂 I love Spicy Lamb Pie, it’s like shepherds pie but with a bit more pep and mashed potato, both white and sweet mixed, on top

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  22. Bridget Anderson

    Mashed potato is my ultimate favourite food and I love cottage pie (with bangers n mash as a very close second!)

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  23. Mia Fergusson

    Wow !! what an amazing invention , i use instant mash because i just can’t get the lumps out. This is genius ! My favorite recipe with mash has to be bangers and mash with gravy and peas.

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  24. Laura Farren

    I love Toad in the hole with buttery mash or Carrot and Swede mash.. delicious..

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  25. Kirsty Fox

    I like mashed potato , mixed with mashed carrot and swede

    robertfox24 [at] aol [dot] com

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  26. insearchofheston

    I may genuinely invest in one of these – not just for mash. I think they;d be perfect for creating things like the pea puree we used to make Heston’s Pea Risotto recipe.

    We found out about it from Gary’s post as well.

    Sage do a similar model, but we think this looks like much better value.

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