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Creative Uses for Your Potato Masher

What else can I do with My Potato Masher?

We all know that making mashed potatoes needs the use of a common kitchen item – the Potato masher.  (affiliate link) The term “potato masher” seems to imply that this kitchen tool has only one function.  In fact, a potato masher can be used for a wide variety of kitchen tasks.

The basic design is a stainless steel tool with a rubber or wooden handle.  There are different plate designs from round to wavy patterns.  It is the open area at the end of the potato masher that lends itself to many other uses.15+ Creative uses for your potato masher

Here are are a few of my favorite kitchen uses:

  • Pour whole cookies into a bowl and use a bit of elbow grease to turn them into cookie crumbs.

Cookie crumbs are easy with a potato masher

  • Use a round stamp grill design to stamp patterns into peanut butter cookies
  • Throw that ground beef into the frying pan without breaking it up. Then use the potato masher to make it into smaller chunks.


  • Throw whole tomatoes into a pan and use the masher to make stewed tomatoes in a jiffy.
  • Need to make egg salad sandwiches and don’t want to dice the eggs? Use the potato masher to make short work of this task.
  • A potato masher crumbles whole blocks of feta cheese in a jiffy.

mash feta cheese with a potato masher

  • Do you want to make juice or lemonade in no time without waiting for the concentrate to break down a little?  Use the masher to break it up for you.
  • No need to chop walnuts…just use the potato masher to do it in no time at all!

chop walnuts with a potato masher

  • Make guacamole in a hurry by mashing the chickpeas with a potato masher
  • Don’t have a serving spoon handy?  Use your potato masher to scoop potatoes out of boiling water.
  • Making homemade marinara sauce?  Dice freshly roasted tomatoes to get them ready for the sauce in no time at all.

marinara sauce

  • Use the wavy potato masher to decorate the frosting on a cake.
  • Use a potato masher to mash fresh food to make home made baby food.
  • Use a potato masher to mash fresh fruits and vegetables like bananas, apples, peaches, and the like for fresh and healthy baby food.

And here are a couple of Garden uses:

  • Grab that potato masher and use it to loosen soil.

Garden soil

  • Mix mulch or compost into plain soil


These ideas come from two fans of The Gardening Cook on Facebook.

  •  Mary Soucy says: “Mine is the round style with the grid. I squeeze the water out of the thawed spinach.”
  •  Mary Dvorachek says:  “I use mine for mashing strawberries before we add the sugar and then freeze them.”


Can you think of other ways to use a potato masher, other than the traditional one?

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Friday 13th of March 2015

I have one that I use on my sons oily workclothes in the laundry sink, with lots of laundry soap. Then into the washing machine


Friday 13th of March 2015

what a great tip Natalya. Thanks for adding it. Carol


Tuesday 7th of October 2014

No other uses but I picked up a few. :) thanks so much for sharing


Tuesday 7th of October 2014

Thanks Lynn. Glad you enjoyed the article. Carol

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