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This is not the first potato ricer I've owned, I've lost one previously along the way. I'm a firm fan of a potato ricer as they are very simple to use and always enable me to make a decent meal that looks and tastes good. I purchased this ricer from Lakeland for £12.49 and as I was spending over £50 with my order I received free delivery at the time.
This ricer is very simple to use, like most, I just spoon my boiled potatoes in to the main circular part and then squeeze the handle down. This squashes the potato down and it falls through the circular dish and gives me perfect, lump free potato, every time! It takes just a few minutes to mash potatoes with this ricer, less if it's just enough for one person. I love how I can now have healthy potatoes with just salt & pepper rather than needing lots of butter and milk to ensure I get lump free potatoes.
You receive three different inserts for this ricer meaning you can use it for different things such as making gnocchi as I have done in the past. It's fantastic using the different inserts as you can get different textures to your food and this makes the ricer that much more versatile. The inserts are very simple to change but I'd firmly recommend removing these and washing them up as soon as possible after use as the dried on food can be a bit of a nightmare to remove otherwise! I always try and wash this up while everyone else is grabbing their dinner from the kitchen, that way it's done and I can leave the rest of the washing up to soak later on!
This ricer is very easy to use, it works well, it ensures that we always have lump free mash potato in our house and it's been used many a time now. As I always wash mine up just after use I have been able to ensure that this is kept in tip top condition. This ricer is reasonably priced considering the amount of times we've already used it and I would happily recommend it to anyone who wants lump free mash potato in just a couple of minutes. Our household is healthier thanks to little changes such as this one as I'm now able to make mashed potato with a decent sized portion for just 200 calories. I am sure I will continue to use this in the future in our house as it has made mashed potato one of the firm favourites at dinnertimes.
Lakeland Potato Ricer
Whatever the name you prefer, potatoes, spuds or tatties, I love them! I like them roasted, fried, baked or in salads, but I particularly love them mashed. However, I hate a lumpy mash so I was quite pleased that while browsing around Lakeland that I spotted this potato ricer, something I had only ever seem until that point on cookery shows. Since the day I brought this home it really has been one of the most used little gadgets in our kitchen, I now use this every time that I cook mashed potatoes. Personally, I find that it doesn't take much more effort than using a regular masher and the results are so much tastier, producing a really smooth mash time after time.
Using this is very straightforward, I use a tablespoon to just scoop the potatoes out of the pot and into the ricer then you just squeeze the handle shut and then watch as the potato falls out the other end. After you have mashed it all I then give it a bit of a mix with a wooden or metal spoon just to make it look more like mashed potato should and not like a bowl of tiny fragments of potato. The first couple of times I used this I might have been a bit slower, but now I can get all that potatoes riced in no time and I no longer worry about them going cold before I have the chance to eat them. It really doesn't take all that long to mash the potatoes when using this and in my opinion I think that they taste really smooth and much creamier, even with only the slight addition of some butter and milk.
If you are interested in buying one of these for yourself, I believe that Lakeland are currently selling them for £12.49. I have had so much use from mine that I think for the price I have gotten my money's worth. The hard white plastic that this is predominantly made from seems to last well and although mine has maybe a few bumps it still looks perfectly fine, despite being used on a semi regular basis.
The ricer is really easy to clean and you can either just wash it in a bowl of soapy water after use or put it in the dishwasher. I do recommend that you wash this sooner rather than later because if you let the remaining potato dry it can be much more of a nightmare to clean off. I do sometimes find that the metal insert can get stuck in place, when this happens I either let it soak to loosen any stuck on mashed potato, or I give it a firm whack with the wooden spoon.
With the potato ricer you do get three different steel inserts with different size holes for the food to be pressed through. However, l have found that I only ever use the finest holed one, as for my liking it makes a perfectly smooth mash. I think that the larger holed ones are meant for making fruit puree, something I have never tried so sadly I can't comment on it. Or I think that they could be used if you prefer a coarser mashed potato.
This gets a full five out of five stars from me I have been really pleased with the ricer and it is more than a year old and still going strong. I would happily recommend this to anyone and I really think that if you are fond of well mashed tatties then this is an item that might be for you.
This potato ricer from Lakeland has been a staple in my kitchen cupboards for more years than I care to remember. I bought it after trying one my father had in his kitchen and I was so impressed with the silky smooth mash it made I had to have one.
What is it?
This potato ricer is made from plastic it has a long handle and at one end there is the circular tube area that you place the potato or other food stuff in. You then use the other handle area to press the potato through the metal disc at the end of the tube and the potato come out like little potatoy worms at the end. The picture at the top of the Dooyoo on it gives you a great idea of what it looks like. This potato ricer comes with 3 metal discs so you can choose how fine you want the mash or puree to be. The handles are designed with soft grips to be easy to hold.
This is one of my must have gadgets for the kitchen really. My husband loves his mash potato in the winter and this makes doing it really easy without the arm breaking and aching of mashing using a conventional potato masher. The bowl area for placing the potato into is quite small really and it only takes about 3 table spoons of cooked potato. However I think it wouldn't benefit from being larger as that may make it too hard to push the potato through the holes.
Inserting the discs in to the bowl chamber is very straight forward you drop one into the bottom of the chamber where it rests on a small platform area. You then insert another plastic ring that fits all around the bowl this then turns and locks into place. It only takes seconds to do this and then you are away. Cleaning it after use is fairly straight forward as you just reverse the procedure. If the plastic section gets stuck as it sometimes can if bits of the starch from the potatoes have got into the joins I find a quick rinse under the hot water tap lubricates it enough to turn the plastic section and lift it out.
Though this ricer came with 3 discs I have really only used the one discs in the whole time I have owned this and that has been the middle size holed disc. I personally find this is sufficiently fine enough to produce a very smooth and silky mash potato but not so fine that potatoes go watery or I am unable to press the potatoes through the holes due to under cooking the potatoes. Often when pushing the potato through the rice bits will come up at the sides of the bowl area so when you lift the handle up you have some smooth potato now provided when you lift the handle you do it over the bowl you are mashing the potato into then this isn't a problem as all I do is use my spoon to put it into the bowl as it is lovely soft consistency so adds no lumps to my mash. If you do this over you work top then you are likely then to get bits of potato onto your surfaces to be cleaned up.
Though I mainly do use this with potato I have also found it useful for pureeing other vegetables especially when my son was weaning as I could easy push though soft carrots butternut squash turnip etc and it would make a lovely smooth puree.
Overall and recommendation
Overall this is a great kitchen item and one I would definitely recommend having in your kitchen as it is a gadget that helps you make great mash with very little effort even with the odd little problems such as bits getting stuck with starch and potato rising up the bowl area when lifting the handle it still get 5 dooyoo stars from me. I also think it would be good to use if you suffer from arthritis as it requires no heavy effort as normal mashing of potatoes does. It is available from Lakeland for £11.99