Potato Ricers are not just for chefs, caterers and restaurants anymore!Take a tip from top UK chefs like Gordon Ramsay and invest in a potato ricer. This extremely useful kitchen utensil can make the smoothest mashed potato, quickly puree fruit, create the crispiest hash browns and allow you to make a whole host of new potato ricer recipes. If you have a friend who loves kitchen gadgets then a stainless steel potato ricer makes a lovely and inexpensive gift that will last a lifetime and your friend will love you for it – We promise!
So, what is a Potato Ricer, and what do I use it for?Potato ricers look like a large garlic press, and work in exactly the same way. Vegetables are put inside the basket (or hopper) and the handles are squeezed together. A plunger presses the vegetables through a perforated metal disc to make thin strands (about as thick as a grain of rice – hence the name). Most potato ricers allow one or two large potatos to be pressed at a time, and some come with interchangeable disks so that vegetables can be processed in varying consistencies. A ricer with larger holes would be used to make spaetzle for example. Potatos can be riced with the skin left on as most of the unwanted skin collects in the basket. Making super smooth and creamy mashed potatos is the main reason that people will buy a potato ricer, but the utensil can also be used to puree other vegetable like parsnips, carrots or turnips. Some recipes use a potatoe ricer to process raw vegetables – the utensil is used in many recipes to squeeze the water from sliced or grated vegetables as a way of making fried vegetable dishes more crispy.
Top 10 uses for a Potato Ricer
- Use your Potato Ricer to make ‘restaurant quality’ creamed potatos or Croquettes.
- Make fruit purees, or coulis (ideal for freshly made baby food)
- Juice oranges and lemons quickly by hand (cut them into quarters first)
- Need a giant garlic press? – put the fine diskin your potato ricer and puree a large quantity of garlic in one go
- Make crispier fried vegetables and hash browns by squeezing the water out before frying. This technique is used when making Rosties
- Squeeze the water from cooked greens such as spinach when using as a filling in recipes like quiche, stuffed pasta, lasagne, crepes etc.
- Press liver or eggs through your potato ricer rather than chopping them
- Mash sweet potato, carrots, parsnip, turnips, yams, or anything else you fancy
- Make some traditional dished such as:Lefse (a dish from Norway), Spätzle (North German noodles) and Rosties (Swiss fried potatoes),
- Buying a new potato ricer? Give the kids your old one and let them play with Play Doh or Fimo -It makes great hair!
Potato Ricer RecipesBought a ricer and eager to try it out? We have a selection of lovely Potato Ricer Recipes for you to try. We will add more recipes each week so please call back soon. View current recipes click here
Buying the best Potato RicerWhen purchasing it is best to choose a heavy duty potato ricer as it will have to stand up to a fair bit of force. If the potato ricer has a peg on the end of it this will be designed to rest on a pan to make it easier to press down. Rubber handles are also a nice addition as when the potato ricer gets damp it can become slippery. A stainless steel potato ricer will always stay shiny, and should last you forever! Our editors top recomendation is the Oxo Good Grips potato ricer – it’s top quality, but not overpriced. (click here to read more)
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