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Old 07-14-2008, 08:50 PM   #1
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1001 uses for your Potato Ricer?

Ok, so I have bought one of these and have been using it to mash my potatoes for the last few weeks. I think it is a great tool for this as it makes nice smooth mash every time with no lumps. My wife on the other hand, thinks having a special tool just for mashing potato is hmm, how should I put this, yuppy-ish. Nuts to her I say.

She goes further to allege that she could perform a survey of everyone in our neighbourhood and thinks that %99 of them would not even know what one of these are.

But to help me convince her of the versatility of this item, and to show her the potato ricer is not a one trick pony, lets try to get a nice list of things you use it for going.

So, come one foodies, what do you do with your ahem, "potato" ricer other than mash potatoes.

Mods, was not sure of the exact forum for this so please, feel free to move this.

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Old 07-14-2008, 09:10 PM   #2
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i have one and it just sits in the cupboard. does nothing, not even potatoes. a lot of trouble, i found. course now i buy ready made mashed potatoes by country crock. very nice ones and no one ever knows the difference.

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Old 07-14-2008, 09:16 PM   #3
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So we are not off to a great start with the Potato Ricer uses. "Dust Collector" wasn't one of the responses I was hoping for. Thanks for that one Babe

Hmm, maybe the wife is right, but the way I see it you either stand there mashing away with a potato masher, or load up the potato ricer and just squish it through. Surely there must be more to use it for than that.
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:17 PM   #4
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Somebody told me I should get one, but I haven't yet. Nor can I remember the thread where I was told how handy they were, or I would point you to it, Knight. They look like big garlic presses, right?
I can't even see using one for mashed potatoes..... I usually add butter and milk to mine, or in last night's case of twice baked potatoes, sour cream and some other stuff. That all needs incorporated in anyway, so IMO, you might as well do it while mashing. I think someone mentioned using one to press spinach so it was dry.
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:19 PM   #5
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I was going to list some other uses for a potato ricer, such as pressing the water out of cooked spinach, then I thought, "What's wrong with having a specialized tool?!". We are surrounded by specialized tools.

Would your wife feel better about shaving her legs with her razor after you used it to peel some potatoes?

Would she feel better about brushing her teeth after you used her toothbrush to clean the bathroom floor?

Tell her you're waiting for the day you come across a very big clove of garlic. Then you will use it as a garlic press.
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:33 PM   #6
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Would your wife feel better about shaving her legs with her razor after you used it to peel some potatoes?
Better she shave her legs with it after peeling potatoes than trying to shave your face with it after she used it to shave her legs!
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:41 PM   #7
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Oh I agree Andy, we definately are surrounded by specialist tools and I too have no issue with using this one.

But, just for arguments sake (and so I can learn to use it for more than just squshing potato) what other great, ingenious uses are there for it?

Pacanis - I remember that thread, which sort of inspired me to ask what those extra uses were. The person did say about the spinach and that there were loads more uses than that, but not what they were. I use the potato ricer to squash the potato into a bowl, then incorporate the extra stuff into the potato using a fork.
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:03 PM   #8
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Can it be used as a spaetzle maker?
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:47 PM   #9
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1)Run your eggs through for egg salad.
2)To make crispy hashbrowns, after you grate you raw potatoes, put them in your ricer and squeeze all of the moisture out.
3)Press liver through to make chopped liver
4)Make baby food
5)Mash sweet potatoes for sweet potato pie
6)Make gnocchi

That will get you started!
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:16 PM   #10
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When a recipe calls for cold butter to be cut into flour, press the butter through a potato ricer .
Use for drying spinach. Also after peeling and grating potatoes for hash browns, squeeze extra water from potato thru ricer.
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