Mashed potatoes are a go-to staple side dish for many meals, especially in autumn and winter when they add a comforting note to any meal - but one chef claims we've been making them wrong. Rosemary Gill has shared her secret for making mashed potatoes 'the right way'.

The director of education at the Boston-based Milk Street Cooking School, frequently shared cooking tips on TikTok, teaching eager learners around the world, reports The Express.

In a recent clip on the school’s TikTok channel @177milkstreet, Rosemary highlights the common mistake that home cooks make when preparing mash. In a helpful video, she explained: “Simmer your mashed potatoes in milk, not water, potatoes are like paste, they release starches into their cooking liquid.

“That becomes liquid gold - allowing us to get lush, silky, creamy, mashed potatoes.

“When you throw out water that you cook your potatoes in, you throw all the starch down the drain, so you’re wasting it. The milk becomes our cooking liquid, and a replacement for heavy cream.”

The content creator also revealed a handy trick for those who hate washing up, saying she mashes her potatoes straight into the pot, with ‘no mixer needed’.

Her followers loved the hack, with one calling her a “damn genius” for her innovative cooking methods. Another chimed in: “This isn't how I have been doing my potatoes for years and everyone always asks how are my potatoes so good.”

Clohen added: "In Ireland we steam the potatoes then mash them with Irish salted butter and whole milk from grass fed cows. With salt and pepper. Sheer perfection"

Another user replied: "Nope. Boil them with chicken bullion. I’m telling you people it is freaking awesome. I make the best mashed potatoes ever"