Product Type: Farringdon gadgets
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Farringdon 3 Disc Potato Ricer
Member Name: katykicker
Farringdon 3 Disc Potato Ricer
Advantages: Works very well, leaves mash that is soft, fluffy & light, no lumps in my mash now, good price.
Disadvantages: Not the easiest thing to use.
I love preparing home cooked dinners and often I like to batch cook dinners and freeze them so that my husband and I always have something nutritious to eat if we are in a hurry or one of us is at home alone and doesn't want to cook a dinner from scratch. Because of this I can be doing a large amount of cooking in one day and I make a variety of dinners including shepherds and cottage pie. I have used a potato ricer for a number of years now and my current one of choice is this Faringdon 3 disc potato ricer. I paid around £10.00 for mine from Amazon approximately 18 months ago which was a reasonable price at the time and one I'd be happy to pay again.
I have a few items in my home from Faringdon and while it is not one of the more expensive brands it is one that I have come to trust in recent years.
A potato ricer is a product that I first learnt about from a colleague several years ago when she was trying to cut back on naughty foods and wanted to still have nice mashed potato. The basics of this product is that you place boiled potatoes in the ricer and then you close the top arm down complete with a flat metal disc that pushes the ricer through the disc at the bottom of the ricer. There are 3 discs that come with this ricer small, medium and large but personally I just use the same one every time and leave it in the ricer. I can't be bothered with hunting out different discs and as I'm normally just mashing potatoes they all end up looking the same once I've stirred them and added some seasoning and butter.
I bought one of these because I wanted to try mashed potato made with salt & pepper and I wanted a way to do so without using huge amounts of butter. Admittedly I do still add some butter to my mashed potato but now there isn't lots of time involved in making mash and I don't have to use a huge amount of strength either. Normally to make mash I'd need to use the masher for ages to get an almost smooth consistency and then if while eating I came across a large lump it would put me off and I wouldn't want to eat mash again for ages. This is a shame as I absolutely love mash as does my husband. However, with the ricer, this is never a problem as the potato is always squished through the ricer, with a squelch, with it being sprayed out through the holes in the disc. I always leave a large bowl underneath to collect the mash and I have found that I can usually mash an entire 2 kilos of potatoes in around 5 minutes using this ricer. I then just add some butter and season and have delicious mash for all my dinners for the freezer.
The only downside to using this potato ricer is that sometimes potato gets caught up around the edge of the ricer and around the discs. I have found that the best thing to do is to rinse the ricer and disc immediately after using it and then make sure it gets washed up straight after dinner properly to avoid any damaging occurring and any potato being basically welded on to this. Recently I did a load of batch cooking before going to visit some relatives, unfortunately when I came home I found that my husband hadn't washed up as I'd asked him to and instead he had soaked the ricer for almost two days. There is now some rust around one of the joins on the large arm mechanism which is a shame as I will likely look to replace this now just because I will be worried about germs. This isn't a design fault as I wouldn't think that anything is designed to be constantly soaked in boiling water for two days and my husband being lazy has effectively damaged this item.
This is quite a heavy item, for what it is, and a lot of strength is required to squeeze the arms together, however this is minimal compared to the effort that is involved in mashing potatoes to get them perfect, also, because this is quick I don't have to worry about the mash going cold in the time it takes to prepare and I always get perfect, fluffy, light mash that tastes fantastic with less butter than before.
In all it is fair to say that this isn't particular fun or super easy to use, however, it gives me perfect mash like I have never been able to make before. I am going to rate this 4/5 as while it has rusted in one place this is probably the fault of my well meaning yet lazy husband who couldn't be bothered to scrub it and instead figured he'd keep soaking it in the hope that after two days the dried potato would magically float away down the plughole! It is simple to use albeit with a little strength needed, hence my rating.
*May not be factually correct.
Summary: A ricer for perfect mashed potato.