A potato masher or bean masher is a food preparation utensil used to crush soft food for such dishes as mashed potatoes, apple sauce
, or refried beans.
Potato mashers are used to mash a variety of foods, but most often potatoes
, hence the name. They are normally used in a home kitchen, but also may be used in commercial kitchens. Commercial mashers are often of larger design. Other common uses include mashing pumpkins
for soup, making hummus, guacamole, chili
, baking mix, egg salad, or even purées.