So how exactly does one achieve the perfectly silky smooth mashed potatoes we dream of? With a Potato Ricer!
What is a Potato Ricer? – Handy Gadget or Useless Space Waster?
Remember the days of making perfectly smooth mashed potatoes by hand with a potato ricer? Steaming boiled potatoes sliding through the little holes without a lump to be seen. A potato ricer is a simple tool that will help create the most fluffy mashed potatoes. It looks (and works) much like a garlic press.
How to Use a Potato Ricer
Once boiled, make sure your potatoes are drained very well. I usually leave them about 10 minutes to ensure any residual water evaporates.
Place cooked and cut potatoes in the canister and turn or squeeze. Tiny, rice sized strands of potato will emerge, guaranteeing smooth and velvety mashed potatoes every time. They were also great for pureeing fruits and vegetables for homemade baby food or making Mashed Sweet Potatoes.
How Much is a Potato Ricer?
For a few bucks, sometimes potato ricers can be found in thrift stores, next to old school potato peelers and garlic presses. It’s kind of nostalgic to use one and for good reason! Not only does it produce great potatoes, it’s perfectly budget friendly and won’t create gummy mashed potatoes like a food processor does! A brand new ricer can for under $15.00 online!
Where to Buy A Potato Ricer
As you would imagine, Amazon has tons of options for Potato Ricers! My first choice is the Bellemain Potato Ricer because it’s just like the one I have and I love the interchangeable plates. It’s inexpensive and it ships quickly (and free if you have Amazon Prime).
Why this is the BEST Potato Ricer:
- Stainless steel with non-slip silicone for comfort.
- Dishwasher safe.
- 3 plates for variable ricing
- Great price, free shipping for prime members
- money back guarantee (how can you go wrong?) and it has great reviews
Walmart carries several varieties of Potato Ricers here! The one I like the best is the Natural Home Brands Potato ricer because of the different sizes of plates which allows for different consistencies.
Why it’s great…
- Stainless Steel and dishwasher safe for easy clean up
- Includes 3 interchangeable disks
- Non-slip silicone handles
Target carries the Weston brand.
- 2mm holes to help keep skin or fibers in your potatoes
- 1-1/2 cup capacity
- Stainless steel for easy cleanup
What Can I Use Instead of a Potato Ricer?
Nowadays, most savvy home chefs use countertop food processors or mini blenders to puree vegetables and fruits. When mashing potatoes, I would recommend a ricer or simply using a hand masher to avoid gummy potatoes.
But, if you are at Gramma’s house and her potato ricer isn’t coated in rust, enlist the help of an eager young chef to make the mashed potatoes the ‘old-fashioned’ way, they’re the best!