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 similar to big garlic or lemon presser.
The ricer is called that way because 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 also very affordable. Some include more than one disc to rice potatoes thinner or coarser as needed.
– There are also food mills, which are practically the same as ricers but can handle more food. They work by turning the handle into rounds.
Some of the General Uses:
How to use a Ricer for Mashed Potatoes:
- Boil the potatoes, remember to add a bit of salt; be sure that the skin is peeled.
- Then put the cooked potato pieces on the ricer and press.
- You will notice that the longer and thicker particles of the potatoes will remain inside. What gets out are smooth strings of potatoes.
- Remove the parts that are inside the ricer and throw them away.
- Keep repeating the process until you finish with all the boiled potatoes.
- In a container add potato milk, natural butter and riced potatoes; then mix everything with a spoon.