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.
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.
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.
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.
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.