Making mashed potatoes in your crock pot can be a really big time-saver and you can have them turn out perfectly every time if you know a few easy tricks!

One thing that every single home cook needs to know how to make is a nice big batch of mashed potatoes. They’re the perfect accompaniment to so many classic main dishes like roast beef or chicken and they’re a comfort food staple at just about every big family holiday meal that I’ve ever seen! Luckily, they’re really easy to make and pretty hard to mess up for most people. The problem with mashed potatoes isn’t so much that they’re challenging to prepare, it’s more that they always seem to need to be prepared at the exact wrong time.

I’ve always loved the tip passed down from “back in the day” that suggests doing all your peeling and chopping of the potatoes earlier in the day, and then covering them with cold water and putting them in the fridge, rather than trying to do all that prep work at dinner time. But then of course, you still need to boil the potatoes, mash them, and then add in all of your seasonings. If you like to fuss over your mashed potatoes until they’re just right like I do, then that process can take a bit of time. And it always seems to need to be done right as the roast needs to be sliced, or the veggies need to be steamed. So this method that I’m about to tell you is just way better. It just is. :)

This is an excerpt from the article How to make mashed potatoes in your crock pot! which originally appeared on The Creek Line House.