As you may have noticed, most men have a limited range of household chores, and they tend to perform them with disproportionate fuss, and almost invariably the application of some type of mechanical device. Hence you are likely to find a man the master of mowing the lawn, perhaps hoovering, and possibly cooking activities that involve the use of a blender or some kind of over-designed gadget.
Well I am no exception.
This is the perfect over-designed gadget to satisfy the fuss I bring to the task of making mashed potato. And although this is obviously by no means a gender-specific piece of kitchen equipment, could only a man be bothered enough actually to review it?
The central claim of the Joseph Joseph masher is that it pushes the potato up and not out - thereby increasing the efficiency of the mashing process. And I say full marks to whoever was bothered enough to identify this as a problem that needed solving. Because darn me, they're right. It does indeed push the potato up, and therefore into the masher rather than away from it. The mash it makes is very smooth, and does seem to get to that consistency faster than with a conventional masher.
The only downside is that it gets clogged with potato, and therefore needs banging against the side of the pan. This is true of any masher, but on this one it isn't clear where one should bash it, because the natural bash point is where the spring mechanism resides.
Hopefully Joseph Joseph will address this issue in Mk2 of this device. It'll give us chaps the chance to compare models. And write more reviews.