How to mash canned beans without a food processor?

In my kitchen... there is nothing resembling a food processor or blender, but I'm trying to make hummus/mashed white bean dishes - anyone have a solution? Please and thank you :)

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The Principal Cook
The Principal Cook April 15, 2016

We use a potato masher. It does the job very well, but you need to realize that it will give the finished product a "rustic" texture, which may not be what you're looking for.

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Gabriella Gricius
Gabriella Gricius April 16, 2016

Thanks! That's exactly the kind of texture I'm looking for in my life, so thank you :)

BerryBaby
BerryBaby April 16, 2016

Great answer! I forgot about the potato masher.

Susan Lopez
Susan Lopez April 15, 2016

You can use a food mill which is also good for mashing/ricing potatoes,, pureeing chillies, pureeing soups.

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Ben McCulloch
Ben McCulloch April 15, 2016

If you have a mortar and pestle that would work. It is obviously more involved but not hard. Just a little time consuming. You might be able to use a ricer but it depends on how large the holes are in the ricer.

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BerryBaby
BerryBaby April 15, 2016

I use a good old fashioned fork. Smash them against the sides of the bowl. Been doing this for years with great results.

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Stefania
Stefania April 15, 2016

Fork it! :D

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Smaug
Smaug April 15, 2016

In a pinch, you can do a good job with your bare hands.

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BerryBaby
BerryBaby April 16, 2016

I have heard many chefs refer to their hands as, "the best tools in the kitchen". I have to agree as well.

HalfPint
HalfPint April 15, 2016

I would use one of those meat tenderizers with the square-ish heads.

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HalfPint
HalfPint April 15, 2016

if you're really lacking any equipment, use a drinking glass or small jar. mash away.

Kristen W.
Kristen W. April 16, 2016

I think hands sounds like fun - the original kitchen tool!

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