Product Type: Farringdon gadgets
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Farringdon 3 Disc Potato Ricer
Member Name: sympatic
Farringdon 3 Disc Potato Ricer
Advantages: Good consistent results
Disadvantages: Bit heavy and not cheap
I paid £15.49 for this item on ebay which saved me about £10 on the prices I had seen in the shops for this potato ricer which is a great little gadget for making light, fluffy mash potato without the need to use lots of fattening butter (although I still add a little) and it is also less effort although mashing potato is not what I would describe as hard labour in the first place. Farringdon is not a cheap brand and there are cheaper potato ricers on the market but Farringdon is a good quality brand and their products have never let me down in the past and that is no different with this particular product.
It comes with three different discs through which the potato is pressed, these produce a different thickness of potato, I tend to use the medium one of the three however the results are not massively different, when my little one first moved to solids I tended to use the smallest one of the three to make sure it was very finely mashed but now I find it matter little. On the plus side having spare discs is always a benefit in case one gets lost of damaged.
Operating it is easy, you just drop the boiled potatoes into the shredder and then press down on the lever to mash the potato, it requires a decent amount of force but the handles are easy to grip and it is less hassle than using a conventional masher. It is a substantial well made item and very robust so be aware that there is a decent amount of weight in the device and is comparable to the weight of a good quality saucepan. As well as potatoes I have used mine to mash swede and carrots as well and it works well on these although swede is a lot more messy and a pain to rinse out afterwards.
The main benefit I find of using this device is the consistent quality of my mash and the fact that I use less butter so it is healthier. Cleaning can be a bit fiddly, I tend to rinse it off straight after use and then to wash up straight after eating to prevent food bonding with the discs, the longer you leave it and if the food were to harden then I can image that would be a pain. Being a neat freak I tend to wash up anything that does not go in the dish washer straight away as I cannot stand seeing dirty plates and cooking utensils sitting out in the kitchen.
Summary: Worth the money
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