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Flip Masher
Manufacturer: Prepara
List price: $19.95
Dimensions: 11" x 3-5/8" x 1-1/2" folded; 10-1/4" x 3-5/8" x 3-1/2" open
Weight: 6-1/4 oz
Composition: Stainless steel, plastic
Made In: China
Type: Utensils: potato masher
Color: Metallic, black
Ambitions
Apparent goal: kids gift/registry home kitchens restaurants everywhere
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Diet/nutrition: does not apply scary empty promises helpful essential
Green?: not especially neutral mixed blessing earth friendly green!
Innovative: step back standing still progress trendy genius
Problem solving: no better baby steps solid steps giant steps a revelation
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Utility/Quality
Ease of use: impossible frustrating OK simple child's play
Intuitive: Ph.D. required barely logical effortless brilliant
Instructions: missing incomprehensible adequate unnecessary excellent
Quality: cheesy questionable good years of service impressive
Parts to lose: inevitable some/many one-piece self-storing not a problem
Power source: none hands batteries outlet green
Clean-up: nightmare wipe clean soap & water scouring pad dishwasher
Does it work?: not at all adequately well very well perfectly
Availability: airfare required online kitchen store department store supermarket
Packaging
Easy to open?: impossible maddening tolerable good opens itself
Green?: fills a landfill huge waste passable minimal waste impressive
Economy
Time saving: time wasting not really modest substantial huge
Labor saving: less efficient marginal a bit noticeable remarkable
Money saving: money wasted none $ $$ $$$
Beats the old way: worse no change better definitely entirely new
Where will it live?: garage/attic drawer cabinet countertop elsewhere
Summary
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfies exceeds home run
How often used: once/twice ≥daily ≥weekly ≥monthly ≥yearly/holidays
Worth the space?: no does not apply w/unlimited space w/limited space absolutely
Need it?: a luxury discretionary basic equipment for serious cooks get it
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it fair good very good excellent

Comments: Certainly one of the biggest problems with potato mashers is how much room they take up in a utensil drawer. Often you can't get the drawer open or closed because the mashing end gets caught on some other utensil and there is a huge traffic jam in the drawer. It's almost enough to make you rethink mashed potatoes altogether – almost.

Riding to our aid is the innovative company Prepara, which has developed the first folding potato masher. It's brilliant, and in its folded state takes up less than an inch and a half of height. You might wonder (as we did) whether the locking mechanism that holds the mashing surface in place is up to the task of mashing potatoes without slipping into its folded position, but you needn't worry – the locking mechanism is very, very sturdy. You squeeze the sides to flip the mashing head in or out of position and it is held in place by eight locking pins. The head is of milled stainless steel, which will mash the heck out of any potato, and the large handle gives you plenty of leverage.



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