Kitchen tools said to have merely a single use might be a lot more versatile than you imagined. Take, for example, the humble potato masher: a simple metal masher has a variety of different uses in your kitchen, for everything from making baby food to creating a delicious vegan brunch. Here are the handiest ways to use a potato masher for everything BUT mashed potatoes.
A potato masher is a quick way to make egg salad — one that saves you all that dicing by hand. Try using yours with this pita recipe, which includes dill pickles and green peas for a little something extra.
Walnuts are a soft nut, which means you can easily break them up with a potato masher instead of chopping them with a knife. Then they’re ready to add to salads, ice cream, cakes or muffins, like this recipe with bananas and mascarpone.
Cauliflower or Broccoli Soup
A potato masher is the perfect way to break up broccoli or cauliflower for soups, like this cheesy one from Ree Drummond. This technique leaves a great chunky texture behind in your veggie while still breaking it up with ease.
Pluck those perfectly ripe avocados from your counter and get mashing. You’ll have a scrumptious homemade guacamole dip in no time.
Tofu Vegan Scramble
Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, tofu scramble is a tasty and low-fat alternative to scrambled eggs for breakfast or brunch. Break up the tofu with a potato masher to get that great crumbly texture while saving yourself some time.
Cookie or Cracker Crumbs
Toss broken cookies or crackers into a large bowl or plastic bag and use the potato masher to break them up into crumbs for baking. You can use the crumbs in recipes like this one for strawberry rhubarb crumble, or to sprinkle on top of your favourite ice cream.
If your baby is ready to move beyond smooth purees, use a masher to break up cooked veggies into a slightly chunky texture — it’s a great way to help your little one move towards solids, and making baby food with fresh fruits and veggies saves money.
When you’re cooking ground meat for a bolognese sauce, use your potato masher to break it up to help ensure it cooks or browns evenly.
Need stewed tomatoes for a recipe and don’t have them on hand? Throw either fresh or canned whole tomatoes into a pan and use the masher to break them up as they cook.