How to Pick Perfect Mashing Potatoes

Getting the ultimate, fluffiest mashed potatoes starts here.
The Best Mashing Potato
Assortment of Potatoes

Russet potatoes (also called Idaho or baking potatoes), like the one shown here, make the best mashed potatoes. Their relatively low moisture content makes them cook up nice and fluffy.

To get potatoes ready for cooking, rinse them thoroughly, peel, rinse again, and then begin quartering them.