A masher is a hand held kitchen utensil used to mash food. They have an upright handle connected to a flat head which is perforated or has a wavy shape. Food is placed in a container and the masher is used to crush or mash the food turning it into to a purée. Mashers can be made out of metal, plastic or wood.
They are most commonly used to make mashed potatoes but they can be used to crush soft foods like berries, beans, peas and so on. They can also be used to make things like baby food, hummus and guacamole.
Electric versions are also available.