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Subject: need potato ricer
Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking

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From: dabluez <dabluez[at]micron.net>
Date: 8 May 1997 15:29:09 GMT
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I bought a potato ricer for Thanksgiving and have used it oh maybe 4-5
times...this last time the musher part just bent and re-bends even after I
straighten it... it was aluminum of course... anyone know a source for a
TOUGH ricer??  Thanks!

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From: idlewild[at]webspan.net (Idlewild)
Date: 11 May 1997 02:17:50 EDT
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no experience with ricers, but have you considered a food mill?  it does
the same job, but i think it is a little more versatile (ie can make
applesauce and other fruit purees, etc.).

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From: chocolab47[at]aol.com (Chocolab47)
Date: 11 May 1997 13:36:21 GMT
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the king arthur baker's catalog has potato ricers...judging from other
stuff i have ordered from them, i am sure it will be sturdy!

The Baker's Catalog
PO Box 876
Norwich, VT 05055-0876
1-800-827-6836

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From: Sara Zarr <lassie[at]slip.net>
Date: 11 May 1997 16:25:19 GMT
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Idlewild wrote:
>no experience with ricers, but have you considered a food mill?

Maybe I just picked a bad food mill, but that has got to be the most
useless kitchen gadget I have ever purchased.  Half of whatever I'm trying
to "mill" sticks to the thing, the little holes are easily plugged up...
it just doesn't do what it is supposed to do.  Any recs for a really 
good, easy to clean food mill?

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From: idlewild[at]webspan.net (Idlewild)
Date: 11 May 1997 14:07:33 EDT
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Sara Zarr wrote:
> Maybe I just picked a bad food mill, but that has got to be the most
> useless kitchen gadget I have ever purchased. 

hmm...  i have a foley food mill, purchased at lechters for maybe $20
about three years ago.  never had a problem.  it's easy to clean - i
hold it "bottoms up" to rinse bits out of it - and the handle and swirly
top thing come off of the pan, too.  plus the bottom has a sweeping bar
to clear away anything that's gone thru but hasn't dripped down.  like i
said in posts past, i've never had a problem.  

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From: capterie[at][at]netroute.net (Captain Erie)
Date: Wed, 14 May 1997 13:01:12 GMT
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I use a food mill successfully, and enjoy using it, but I think I
understand your problems with it.  If I describe what I do, perhaps
you'll try again and get a little more milage out of it.  It DOES take
a little practice.

Set it up on a bowl and put some cooked potatos in.  Turn the handle
2-3 times clockwise and once counter clockwise.  Repeat until it's
time to add more cooked potato.

There is a tension adjustment screw on the bottom.  Don't mess with
it. If you have to take the unit apart for cleaning, screw the bolt
back on to where it was.  When you have more confidence with the unit,
You may want to loosen it a 1/2 turn to mill sweet potato.  I find
that I am quite able to clean the mill without taking it apart.

Hand milling + cleanup is  faster than an electric processor +
cleanup.

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From: lea[at]sirius.com (Lea)
Date: Sat, 17 May 1997 18:38:54 GMT
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If you are only using this for mashed potatoes try this:

Cook the potatoes LONGER, and use thin skinned poatoes like yukons,
reds or finnish yellows..ummmmm),

Leave whole while boiling or IF they are really big, cut in no more
than half.  Cutting up potatoes makes them loose their starch to the
water.

Simmer, dont rapidly boil, until they are VERY tender. frok should
sail right through, but not to the point where they are falling apart.
Add butter, and some half and half. (salt,pepper) A regular sturdy old
potato masher will  THEN be all you will need.  Never a lump and the
taste will be nirvana.

Most people undercook their tates after cutting them in too many
pieces.  Slow down!

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From: nancy-dooley[at]uiowa.edu (Nancy Dooley)
Date: Mon, 12 May 1997 15:36:00 GMT
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My ricer can do what a food mill does.

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From: LKS <laura21[at]ix.netcom.com>
Date: Sun, 11 May 1997 17:20:38 -0400
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Go to flea markets or some antique stores that sell kitchenware. You
should be able to pick up a very sturdy one from the 30's or so for
about 10 bucks!!


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