Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Sensio Masha Review + Win an Electric Masher in Time for Christmas COMPETITION [CLOSED]

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I don't know much about Ina Garten aka the Barefoot Contessa, but I caught a British-themed episode of her cookery show where she made "bangers and mash" using an electric blender to make her mashed potato. 

As any fule kno, this will result in an abysmal, gluey slop similar to wallpaper paste, rather than the glorious mash that we know and love (although I have been assured that Americans of a certain generation prefer their mashed potatoes made that way).


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Testing, testing

No, there's no substitute for a bit of old-fashioned elbow grease - or at least that's what I thought until I came across something called a Masha on Big Spud's excellent blog. As I'm weaning my baby daughter, I was up for anything that might make life a bit easier, so I was pleased to be sent one too.

The Masha is the size of a stick blender but a little lighter. All the moving parts are made of plastic, which I like very much as blades seem to be drawn to me (or vice versa). You just click the green part into the white part, place it over the veg (or fruit) to be mashed, press a button and lower the Masha into the veg repeatedly. 


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That green thing is the "blade"

The idea is that the green "propellor" part pushes the veg into the white "sieve" so the tool extrudes the veg rather than blends it, which is how wallpaper paste is avoided.

It's fairly quiet and it works very quickly - I dealt with a large saucepan of spuds in five seconds. I even made a video which I'll upload if I can ever get it off my phone.


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What we need is a few good taters


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Butternut Squash
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Butternut Squish


The Masha was equally good with butternut squash, although as the water content is higher, it resulted in more of a puree than mash. 

With parsnip, I had to be a bit more careful and go over it twice as a few small lumps were left, but that's still only ten seconds to fluffy parsnip mash.

So would I recommend the Masha? Yes, it's quick, fairly compact, easy to use and easy to wash up.


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Baby portions
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Larvely


With my almost ten month old still showing no signs of teeth, I think I'll be using this for a good while.

And even after her chompers appear, it will still save me time and god knows that's a premium with a baby in the house, but hey, please don't feel like you have to procreate before you can find the thing handy. 

It makes short work of any veg or fruit (I use it to make guacamole too) and is apparently great for making mayonnaise or whipping cream.


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She loves it

You can see the Masha in action and buy one for yourself at The A Range website for £34.99, but you can also win one right here - yes, it's COMPETITION TIME!


*** COMPETITION *** 


THIS IS NOW CLOSED - THE WINNER IS THE ATOMIC TENDERFOOT


MPL Home/Sensio is offering a Masha to one Meemalee reader. The prize includes free delivery within the UK in time for Christmas.


HOW TO ENTER

Leave a comment below telling me your favourite way to eat potatoes - be it chips, roasties, mash ...
RULES AND DETAILS
  • Entry restricted to readers in the UK.
  • The deadline for entries is 11.59pm GMT Monday 9 December 2013.
  • I reserve the right to alter the closing date of the competition. Changes to the closing date, if they occur, will be shown on this page.
  • The winner will be selected from all valid entries using a random number generator.
  • The prize is offered and provided by MPL Home/Sensio. I accept no responsibility for the acts or defaults of that third party.
  • Entries must provide a valid email address for contacting the winner.
  • The winner will be notified by email or Twitter. If no response is received within 7 days of notification, the prize will be forfeit and a new winner will be picked and contacted.
I was sent a review Masha by MPL Home/Sensio. All opinions are my own.

22 comments:

  1. Roast potatoes cooked in beef dripping by my husband :)

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  2. Roasties, the way my Dad makes them

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  3. Roasted with loaaaaads of gravy

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  4. Roasted within an inch of their life....

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  5. peeled, sliced, chipped (chunky not skinny!) and double fried with salt and vinegar all the way for me!

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  6. Crochet potatoes ..the way mum makes them :)

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  7. I love eating chips, wrapped in newspaper, soaked with vinegar, doused with salt and splurged with ketchup, whilst sitting in the bath, naked.

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  8. Goose fat roast potatoes!

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  9. Mashed with grain mustard and parsley

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  10. Part boiled then fried with garlic and rosemary fill crispy round the edges then a liberal sprinkle of salt.

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  11. Roasted in goose fat - delicious

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  12. Homemade hash browns, with a little cayenne.

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  13. I have a Masha, so not entering the comp.

    But I must say that the best thing in the world is roast potatoes, roasted in the foie gras oil (the oil that expensive foie gras melted away into when I cooked it about 5 degrees C hotter than I was meant to). Not as much foie gras left as planned but the best roast potatoes in the universe, for the next couple of batches!

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  14. I like them scalloped! Super thin with a crispy edge but squidgy middle, drenched in salt and vinegar! Cannot beat!

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  15. Triple cooked chips dipped into garlic and smoked paprika mayo.

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  16. Bubble and squeak. I'm an addict!

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  17. Defiantly roast potato's for me!

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  18. I love to eat potatoes as roast :) Thank you x

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  19. It has to be Roast Potatoes, there are so many ways of adding a flavour to them - Garlic, Herbs, Lemon - The list goes on.

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  20. Crisps. ..pub...pint. ..pork scratchings. ..more crisps....third packet of crisps. ..another beer. ..three....crisps. ..another beer. ..might get some chips

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  21. Lets hear it for Dauphinois!

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