“ Brand: Judge / Product Type: Potato Ricer „
I've had this potato ricer for a number of years now, and it is still in perfect condition and still works perfectly.
My only slight issue with it is that it is a bit fiddly to clean. If you don't have a dishwasher then you need to pop it in the washing up bowl to soak straight away otherwise the dried on mashed potato will be a bugger to remove. I do put mine in the dishwasher but sometimes it doesn't come clean on the first wash, it has to go through again.
I like this particular potato ricer as it has the holes on both the sides and the bottom of the bowl, a lot of the potato ricers that you see in the shops only have holes on the bottom. I've read many reviews on these and I believe that this can cause excess potato to push up and out of the bowl without going through the ricer. I've never had any problems like that at all with mine.
It is simple and easy to use, all you need to do is to lift the top handle up to expose the bowl and then spoon in a few potatoes, close the handle and the 'lid' attached to the handle will then push the potatoes through the holes and rice them. You need to do this a few times to rice all your potatoes as it will only hold a few at a time, but once you get the knack it only takes a few minutes. Once you have riced all your potatoes just give them a stir with a wooden spoon and add any butter or cream as you see fit. If you want to be healthy and not add any extras then riceing the potatoes definately makes them creamy enough to do this.
You do not even need to peel your potatoes before boiling them, if you choose not to peel the potaoes then the skins will be caught in the bowl of the ricer they will not go through, all you need to do then is lift them out before putting your next batch of potatoes in.
This makes perfect fluufy mashed potatoes every single time, no lumps ever. It is so simple and quick and easy to use, you will wonder how you ever managed without one! I would reccomend that you choose a potato ricer with holes on bothe the sides and the bottom of the bowl though as I think that these do work better.
You could be forgiven for thinking that the reason I purchased this potato ricer was to ensure lovely smooth and creamy mashed potato. And, I have used this for mashing potato - however, the reason I primarily purchased this was to recreate a favourite childhood pudding using ice-cream.
You see, when I was young, I lived in Germany, and there used to be an ice cream shop near us - but not just any ice cream shop. Never mind ice cream in a cone, this shop sold ice cream moulded and shaped to look like all manner of fun stuff - my favourite being the 'Spaghetti and Meatballs' ice cream. Not wanting my daughter to miss out on what was a very fun memory for me, I sought out the correct tools for the job, and came across this ricer for £14.99 on Amazon.
Essentially, it has a large cup at one end, perforated with small holes a little like a colander . This is connected (via a hinge) to a handle that has a sort of plunger device attached. Essentially you fully open the two handles (which are comfortably shaped to allow a good grip) and shove your boiled spud, or other veg, into the cup. You then bring the handles together, and the plunger forces the veg down to the bottom of the cup and out of the sides, leaving it very fine and lump free.
It works perfectly well for mashed potato, leaving it creamy and lump free. With that said, the cup is quite small, and can only hold a small amount of veg at a time, so you could end up with it starting to cool by the time you've mashed a whole pan full for a family meal. I personally recommend boiling up a small amount of hot milk that you can add in if you do lose heat.
When using it for potato, I also think it can be a tad tricky to clean all the small holes, and get all the potato out of them . I actually use small interdental brushed to get it very clean after each use . I would make sure you pop this straight in to soak if you can't wash it immediately after using, as the potato is harder to get out once dried. The product is dishwasher safe - I don't have a dishwasher, but am not sure it would get it thoroughly clean.
The ricer as a whole is very well made, and is made of stainless steel . It weighs 500g, which is quite a reassuring weight, and my only real design criticism is that the hinge feels a touch fragile - although I've now had this a few years with no sign of it actually breaking!
Now, in terms of using it for ice-cream (I couldn't tell you about that and not tell you how to make it) you need to work slightly differently. You actually need to freeze the ricer itself until it is nice and cold, and then push the ice cream through it.
You'll end up with ice cream that now looks a little like spaghetti, and you should quickly, with a chilled fork, push it into a realistic pasta mound . Top with malteser meatballs, strawberry sauce, and use crushed almonds as parmesan cheese, and there you have it - Spaghetti and Meatball ice-cream . You'll be delighted to know this is much easier to clean after ice cream than it is with potato.
Overall, a nifty gadget that does the job I wanted it to . A bit of a bugger to clean, admittedly, but worth the money. 4 stars!