Can Mashed Potatoes Be Made Ahead and Reheated For Service?

Joined Mar 9, 2012
Can mashed potatoes successfully be made ahead of time, refrigerated, and reheated to serve? 

Maybe if the butter and milk is added on the reheat?
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Joined Jun 11, 2001
Yes but they will taste like refrigerated mashed potatoes.
Joined Jan 31, 2012
As most pro cooks (and anyone who's tried to reheat french fries) would likely know, cooked potatoes, once cooled,

change chemically, the starches break down into component, well, bland paste. Mashed are particularly susceptible. 

It can be done, but the only way I know is to re-bake (mashed, whole, o' graten) or pan fry (french fries, home fries,

hash browns) It reestablishes some texture and flavor and makes, servable again, but still a ways away 

from the original quality.
Joined Apr 3, 2008
Maybe it's better to save time elsewhere and just prepare ahead as much as possible. Peel and cut the potatoes and store covered with water in the fridge. It really is worth it to make them fresh.
Joined Sep 5, 2008
In case speed is an issue...

When I need to make mashed potatoes fast, I just cut up the potatoes in smaller pieces and cook them in water or milk. 
Joined Sep 5, 2012
Doing them a la carte I cook them to order and then process them in a paco jet with s&p butter and a bit of creame fraish. Honestly, in Almost 40 years of cooking professionally I haven't come up with a way to reheat mash and have it be good.
Joined Oct 31, 2012
     For me mashed potatoes are one of the most miraculous dishes. About as inexpensive as can be and easy to make but taste fantastic. Everyone loves mashed potatoes. As a restaurant owner, you can't ask for much more from a dish. Boil potatoes, add milk, butter salt and pepper. 

     Please don't be one of those cooks who can't or won't do them fresh. I have lost track of the humber of times I have ordered a meal with mashed potatoes only to discover they were from a box or simply treated carelessly and callously. Is there any other dish that delivers so much for so little effort?  Whatever it takes, make them fresh, every time. 
Joined Oct 15, 2012
I have to say, I get pretty good mileage out of my mashed spuds, i.e. I successfully reheat them once, adding some more milk in the process. Admittedly, it only works with one particular potato variety, Fontane, which I use for both fries and mash over here in Germany.


Joined Apr 23, 2015
Yes you can reheat mash with no problems at all. Just cook your potatoes as you would normally do, add your milk, cream, butter and s+p. Just add a little bit more then what you usually do. Then store in fridge, put them in portions if you like. IF you just gonna reheat one Serv, just use microwave! And if it's a bigger size, use a steam oven!

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