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Old 11-19-2010, 12:35 PM   #61
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My ricer has only one and the holes are like the smaller-holed disk in the link photo. Either would work.
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Old 11-19-2010, 01:04 PM   #62
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Probably depends on how you like your potatoes. Some folks like some lumps. I prefer mine very smooth so I would use the smaller holes.
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:11 PM   #63
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I might as well chime in.

I've never owned or operated a ricer. I don't understand why it's called a "ricer." It looks like a bulky, inefficient, one-purpose appliance, to me. If more discussion can change my mind, I'm open to it...

I have a handheld masher. And if our industrial design student OP even cares at this point, I do not like it for the following reasons:

1. It stores in drawers poorly. The mashing end should swivel and lock, allowing it to be stored as a flat utensil.
2. The mashing end should be interchangeable - big, medium and fine mash - just like an expensive ricer with different sized sieves.

Either way, mashing is labor-intensive; any idea to relieve us of the work is welcome.
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:06 PM   #64
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Either way, mashing is labor-intensive; any idea to relieve us of the work is welcome.
Stop caring about mashed potatoes I don't peel them anymore, cut up about 1.5 inches a piece, boil till tender, drain, melt butter in hot pan, toss potatoes back in and just stir, adding milk, cream or sour cream to desired goosh. Still lumpy, peels add to color and flavor. Yum!
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:16 PM   #65
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...I've never owned or operated a ricer. I don't understand why it's called a "ricer." It looks like a bulky, inefficient, one-purpose appliance, to me. If more discussion can change my mind, I'm open to it...

I have heard it's called a ricer because the little bits of potato look like rice grains after they come out of the ricer.

It doesn't have a lot of uses beyond ricing potatoes or root veggies. I use it to squeeze the water out of spinach before using it in a recipe. But, a potato masher is also pretty much a one purpose tool. That's not really important to me.

I use it because I like smooth mashed potatoes.
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