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Potato Ricer

Most people use a potato ricer to make a smoother texture on the mashed potatoes and to prepare them in a shorter amount of time. It is a kitchen tool that is similar to a big garlic or lemon presser.

The ricer is called that way because the it was created to make the potatoes have the thickness of a grain of rice. Nowadays there are numerous uses for it.

Types of ricers

They are typically made from stainless steel or hard plastic and are very affordable as well. Some include more than one disc to rice potatoes thinner or coarser as needed. There are also the food mills, which are practically the same as ricers but with the capacity to handle more food and they work by turning the handle in rounds.

Ricer for the potatoes

Some of the general uses:

  • Use it as a ricer to make different recipes like gnocchi and several desserts.

  • It can be used as a strainer.

  • As a masher, when vegetables are boiled or steamed they get the most flexible consistency to handle in this tool.

  • It can work well as a juicer in some cases.

How to use a ricer for mashed potatoes

  1. Boil the potatoes, remember to add a bit of salt; be sure that the skin is peeled. 

  2. Then put the cooked potato pieces on the ricer and press.

  3. You will notice that the longer and thicker particles of the potatoes will remain inside. What gets out are smooth strings of potatoes.

  4. Remove the parts that are inside the ricer and throw them away.

  5. Keep repeating the process until you finish with all the boiled potatoes.

  6. In a container add potato milk, natural butter and riced potatoes; then mix everything with a spoon.

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