Here is my method for mashed potatoes. If you don't want peels, then peel potatoes. I personally want the peels:
-Dice enough potatoes to fill half the pot. Use a big pot.
-After you cut the taters, fill the pot enough to fill the taters.
-Set stove to high and bring water with potatoes to a rapid boil
-Once boiling, bring stove down to 7
-Once the taters are soft and not crunchy anymore, turn stove off, and put potatoes in strainer(Put strainer in sink for this step.)
-once potatoes are drained, put potatoes back in pot. Set pot on stove. MAKE SURE THERE IS NO HEAT ON THE STOVE.
-Thoroughly mash potatoes with masher.
-Put a half a stick of butter and 1.5 tbs garlic. Add salt to hearts content.
- Mix spices and you are done. Dang, you maker good taters. I come from the south and taters are always good.