Secrets for How to Make Mashed Potatoes Perfectly Every Time
Tip 1. Pick the Right Potato
There are plenty of different kinds of potatoes out there, but all fall into three categories: waxy, starchy and all-purpose. When you're talking mashed potatoes, select either a starchy potato (like a russet) or an all-purpose (like a Yukon Gold). These two varieties are less dense and break down more during cooking—which leads to a smoother texture.