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How to mash potatoes

The easiest and most accessible way to mash potatoes is by a hand masher. You can buypotato masher one of these cooking tools at any local grocery store and they are pretty inexpensive to find. Of course the bigger stores will carry a larger variety of shapes and sizes of the potato masher, but really all you need is the basic masher.

Learning how to mash potatoes is easy! Here are the steps.

First you want to get a large pot of water, fill it with water, and place it on the stove. Get the amount of potatoes you want to make, lets say 4 medium sized ones for about 5 servings.

Wash them and place them in them in the pot of water that you filled earlier. Bring the pot to a boil and let the pot simmer until the potatoes are ready. You will know when they are tender when you can poke something (you can use a butter knife or anything sharp) straight through them without much resistance. For an optional garlic flavor you can boil the russets with a few cloves of garlic.

Once they are done strain them and place them in a large bowl without the water. They are now almost ready to be mashed. Four about 5 potatoes you can get a few tablespoons of butter and put them in the bowl along with some milk. The amount of milk and butter varies to the amount of potatoes you are making. But for the amount here we can use about a half a cup of milk, put it in slowly until you are satisfied with the results. Mash them until the ingredients are mixed and you get the texture of food that you like. Don’t forget to salt and pepper to taste.

The best way to get the milk and butter proportions correct is to practice and experiment until you get the flavor you are looking for, you can also use an electric mixer for a different texture or a ricer for something different!



The flavor of milk.  One of the reasons that milk is so popular, is that the flavor of milk is very mild.  It appeals to almost everyone, and in fact because you start drinking it when you are so young, the flavor of milk is also very familiar.

Let’s start with skim milk.  Skim milk is best when it is drunk ice cold.  Many milk drinkers will tell you that skim milk tastes almost like water.  In fact, this is true. Skim milk is very light.  It does not stick to the glass in a white film, and it will not leave you with a milk mustache.  When ice cold, it is almost tasteless, almost like water.

However, 2% or Vitamin D milk is more like a “cream” as milk is supposed to be, the flavors of milk with a little fat is much more pronounced that Skim Milk.

Milk Flavors

The days when all you had to drink was plain milk have been over for a long time.  You can buy and find all sorts of flavors to add into your milk.  Most traditionally – chocolate!  Chocolate flavored milk is probably THE most common flavor that is added to milk.  But manufacturers have also come up with an assortment of other flavors which people have grabbed onto and love, these milk flavors include

  • tranditional chocolate
  • malt
  • strawberry
  • vanilla
  • chocolate mint
  • blueberry
  • pumpkin
  • coffee
  • banana
  • rootbeer
  • cookies n cream
  • tropical fruits

Flavored milk is  made by adding a powder or pre-made mix  to milk.

Ovaltine flavors!

Ovaltine flavors and vitamins.

I was looking for an alternative to regular chocolate milk that might be a little bit healthier. The chocolate milk I was buying was 15% saturated fat, so I switched to the 1% chocolate milk.  There is however another option – ovaltine.  Ovaltine isa powedery mix that is added to milk for flavor.  Ovaltine is also popular because it comes fortified with vitamins and minerals – in one of the flavors up to 12 vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins A, C, D, E, Thiamin, Calcium, Niacin, Riboflavin, and Phosphorus amoung others!  Originally known as ov0maltine, it was originally advertised as being “malt, milk, eggs, flavored with cocoa”.

Today, the three flavors of ovaltine are rich chocolate mix  (this is the newest of the flavors, it gives milk a nice chocolate flavor), chocolate malt mix, and classic malt mix.

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Ovaltine flavors and vitamins.

I was looking for an alternative to regular chocolate milk that might be a little bit healthier. The chocolate milk I was buying was 15% saturated fat, so I switched to the 1% chocolate milk that contained  8% saturated fat. I am not a health nut but I do realize that cutting back in the saturated fat in one area will help a little especially since the chocolate milk is more of a luxury item, and the fact that I buy ice cream on a regular basis. So I picked up a can of Ovaltine Rich Chocolate Malt flavor while browsing the aisles of the beverage section of the grocery store. I am not from the generation that grew up drinking ovaltine on a regular basis, in fact I had not even had a taste of it until I bought this can. I had only heard of it and was curious, I was looking for chocolate, and looking for “healthier” and this seemed to fit what I wanted. So I got home and mixed the 4tbs of ovaltine with a glass of 2% milk. I was expecting a malt taste, and was expecting chocolate, but was surprised to find that it was actually more of a “grown up persons” taste. The malt is very subtle, but you can taste it in there, then you get the chocolate which is also subtle. The two flavors actually mix together nicely. No after taste, not addictive,  and “healthy- er! Of course the 15% saturated fat chocolate milk I was drinking tasted better, there is no doubt, it’s rich, creamy, chocolaty, you can’t beat it! But the benefits of the ovaltine outweigh the traditional chocolate milk. The ovaltine packs in atleast 10 different vitamins and nutrients including:

Vitamin A, C, D , E, calcium, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin, and Niacin. 

That is a few of the benefits to the ovaltine drink. This is a good alternative to anybody thinking they need a change in the chocolate milk routine, atleast try it. And for those who have had tried it, maybe one of the people who grew up drinking it but didn’t like it, try it again! A comment made to me form oen who used to drink this is that, “it never tasted that good before.” So maybe it’s worth another try.

The Ovaltine website  provides 3 different flavors of the ovaltine  powdered drink. Ovaltine Classic Malt Mix, Ovaltine Chocolate Malt Mix, Ovaltine Rich Chocolate malt mix.

White chocolate, popcorn, mocha, cake, chips, peppermint

Today’s flavor is white chocolate.  White chocolate is a popular variation of the classic flavor chocolate.  White chocolate flavor has been described as tasting like chocolate but with a milky and smoother flavor. The ingredients for white chocolate include sugar, cocoa butter (the fat from cocoa beans), milk solids, lecithin, sugar, and vanilla.  One notable difference between chocolate and white chocolate is that white chocolate does not contain chocolate liquor or cocoa solids.  Because it does not have any cocoa solids, white chocolate (unlike regular chocolate) does not have any caffeine.  White chocolate should not be confused with milk chocolate. (Milk chocolate actually IS chocolate, and contains sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa liquor, milk, and vanilla.)  Milk chocolate appears as a brown color like chocolate, while white chocolate appears as white.White chocolate is incredibly popular, and many people that do not care for regular chocolate like white chocolate as the flavor is quite different.  Flavorings of white chocolate include white chocolate pepperment bark which is popular around Christmas.  White chocolate fudge is a popular dessert and is described as being creamy, rich, and very sweet – you can find recipes easy online.  White chocolate cheesecake is popular in the supermarkets – a very dense and decadent dessert.  You’ll never find white chocolate popcorn in a movie theater, however if you find a gourmet popcorn bag, you might find this flavor.  Other items which have been flavored successfully with white chocolate include white chocolate mocha (to drink), white chocolate cookies (you can add white chocolate chips to make them), white chocolate pretzels (very popular and easy to find), white chocolate syrup, white chocolate icing, white chocolate liquer, white chocolate m&ms (yes, they exist), and the list goes on and on.White chocolate – great flavor!!