The Culinary Corner: How to Use a Food Mill to Make Basic Mashed Potatoes

The Culinary Corner: How to Use a Food Mill to Make Basic Mashed Potatoes | Positively Smitten

By Lyndsey Fought

A food mill, also called a moulinette, is a utensil for mashing/sieving soft foods like boiled potatoes. A potato ricer is similar but instead of having a hand crank to force the food through it’s simply a press (like a lemon press). The reason these utensils are ideal in making things like mashed potatoes is because it only passed through the sieve or press once and then you stir your cream and butter mixture into the mashed potatoes. With a stand mixer, hand mixer, or food processor your potatoes are being blended too much resulting in a gummy texture. The food mill is also ideal for removing pulp from certain foods or softly pureeing a soup or even baby food.

Basic Mashed Potatoes


  • 5 peeled, diced, and boiled potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • ¼- ½ cup cream or whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper


  1. After draining the potatoes, run once through the food mill.
  2. Mix in the butter and enough cream to reach desired consistency.
  3. Gently stir in salt and pepper. Serve.

The Culinary Corner is a weekend column that includes a simple recipe, a few tips, or admiration for a kitchen gadget.

Photo credit Glory Foods on Flickr.

About Lyndsey:

I have too many interests and I get easily distracted, so I haven’t completed a single thing in my life. Yay, hyperboles! I have been to culinary school and I like baking cupcakes. I write the beginnings of too many novels. I am driven by ambition and delayed by perfectionism.

I would like to travel the world, learn from others, write some best sellers, and have a restaurant or bakery someday. I am a Slytherin. I like the tenth Doctor best (followed by ninth). I am too obsessed with Downton Abbey and the whole etiquette of that era. I never forget to be awesome!

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