The long awaited potato ricer thread


#1

Just been looking up a recipe that involved use of a potato ricer. Had never heard of one of those, so had to go look it up. Turns out its a garlic press but for potatoes.

Is it a utensil that will revolutionize my kitchen, or an unnecessary gadget?

Please share all your potato ricer anecdotes here.


#2

It puts garlic into the spuds?


#3

I’ve heard they’re good for making really smooth mashed potato. I’ll stick to Smash, thanks.


#4

or else it gets the hose again


#5

how many other kitchen tools are described by [ingredient] [different ingredient]-er?


#6

Melon baller


#7

Chip fryer


#8

Used to get forced into the kitchen on Sundays when I worked in the pub and tbh tbf a potato ricer does make the best mashed potato.
Quite enjoy slightly lumpy mash though, reminds me of being a kid cause my grandad would insist on having “mash with bones in”
(Edit: that’s just what he called lumpy mash btw. AFAIK there weren’t actual bones in it)


#9

B’s gran gave loads out one year as Christmas presents. No one used them and most were given away to local charity shops.

Bless her.


#10

Got one. It’s good but I don’t really give a shit about mash.


#11

I bought one when I decided to make gnocchi. Compared to shop bought gnocchi, and given the hassle and mess, I decided never to make it again. So the ricer now sits in a drawer, unlikely to be used again.


#12

i have one. i have used it once.

hope this helps.


#13

Annoying to have to clean all the problems of a garlic crusher turned up to 100


#14

I have one, it is good but a pain to clean.


#15

Worst kitchen item to clean?

Might be a cafetiere for me.


#16

The starch, the starch!


#17

I have one

not worth it for mash IMO. Nigella makes mash by baking the pots - then putting them in the ricer. Madness

I got mine for making proper US style hash browns - you use it to squeeze the water out of the raw shredded potatoes before you start frying.
Haven’t made any for ages mind. Maybe this weekend …maybe


#18

Garlic press. Threw mine out in a rage and haven’t looked back.


#19

Find the dishwasher does mine fine. I’m a fairly recent convert to the garlic press, which is probably what’s caused this potato ricer curiosity.


#20

When I worked in a restaurant, far and away the worst thing to clean was this piece of shit:

Would rather go out back and wash out the bins that try and get that actually clean.