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Old 08-01-2015, 01:22 PM   #1
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I want to try making gnocchi

I don't have a potato ricer, and the only one i found locally was at Penny's for $54, which I won't spend that much for one. I did find several on line, but trying to avoid ordering online.
So I was thinking, I have a meat grinder with some small hole attachments, my question is does anyone think using the grinder would be ok for ricing my potatoes?

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Old 08-01-2015, 02:20 PM   #2
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If it's not a burning desire to do it right away, I'd check thrift stores or garage sales for a ricer. I know for sure I didn't/wouldn't pay $54.00 for one. I guess the grinder would work, but be a big mess.
Why don't you want to order on line? Check Ebay.
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Old 08-01-2015, 02:21 PM   #3
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I wouldn't put too much thought into it, I'm sure the old ladies that made gnocchi before the food network came along didn't.

I would use one of these.

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Old 08-01-2015, 02:26 PM   #4
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+1, Aunt Bea. I've seen lots of gnocchi recipes that don't require a ricer. Here's one: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/g...ce-recipe.html
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Old 08-01-2015, 02:51 PM   #5
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I want to try making gnocchi

With anything involving potatoes, I use what Aunt Bea suggested. Though I love collecting cooking gadgets, I don't have a ricer.
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Old 08-01-2015, 03:08 PM   #6
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Oh I agree, nobody really needs a ricer but I'm glad I have one. I don't use it very often, but when I make twice baked stuffed potatoes for company I think it makes a huge difference with the beautiful texture that can only be had with a ricer. I also like to use it to squeeze all the water out of things like cooked spinach.

Check out this old blast from the past...

1001 uses for your Potato Ricer?
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Old 08-01-2015, 03:45 PM   #7
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You can use a potato masher or even the tines of a fork.
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Old 08-01-2015, 05:28 PM   #8
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I'm sure you can use a masher, but I think the gnocchi will turn out like lead sinkers as opposed to light, fluffy clouds when a ricer is used. The dough won't get over worked with the ricer. Just saying.
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Old 08-01-2015, 06:01 PM   #9
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I'm sure you can use a masher, but I think the gnocchi will turn out like lead sinkers as opposed to light, fluffy clouds when a ricer is used. The dough won't get over worked with the ricer. Just saying.
I think I've only eaten lead sinkers, at least that's the way they feel in my belly.
I've never made them but think you may have a point.
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Old 08-01-2015, 06:23 PM   #10
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A substitute for a ricer can be a food mill. I like having a ricer. I use it when I make lefse, gnocchi, and perogies. I also use it for squeezing liquid out of spinach and zucchini when making zucchini fritters.
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