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Subject: Re: potato ricer-help!
Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking

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From: Jill McQuown 
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2003 01:20:46 -0600
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elaine wrote:
> My daughter just reminded me of last year's kitchen christmas
> present- a must have - a potato ricer.  I haven't used it once.  Is
> there something else I can do with it other than sieve cooked
> potatoes, or make baby food - don't have a baby, and cannot see the
> point in transferring the potatoes for mashing when it's so much
> quicker just to whip them up - especially if I'm cooking for a crowd.
> But I won't get this year's gadget - a microplane - if I cannot
> explain what I propose to do with last year's present.  Help!
> E.

So why not just use the ricer on the cooked potatoes to mash them?  It won't
hurt, I promise.

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From: Wayne Boatwright 
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2003 07:31:08 GMT
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Jill wrote:
> So why not just use the ricer on the cooked potatoes to mash them?  It
> won't hurt, I promise.

It's also great for pressing the liquid out of chopped spinach or other 
chopped, cooked greens.

I often use the ricer for pressing liquid from the cooked vegetables used 
to flavor stock.

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From: Jill McQuown 
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2003 05:58:58 -0600
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Wayne Boatwright wrote:
> It's also great for pressing the liquid out of chopped spinach or
> other chopped, cooked greens.

I just use a collapsible veggie steamer for that; no muss, no fuss.  Just
squeeze the steamer with said veggies over the sink and voila!

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From: Wayne Boatwright 
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2003 16:06:01 GMT
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Jill McQuown wrote:
> I just use a collapsible veggie steamer for that; no muss, no fuss. 
> Just squeeze the steamer with said veggies over the sink and voila!

Great idea, but my steamer is a pan insert and not a basket.

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From: Jill McQuown 
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2003 12:09:08 -0600
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Wayne Boatwright wrote:
> Great idea, but my steamer is a pan insert and not a basket.

Heh, a buck at any local dollar store, Wayne.  Turns any pan into a steamer.
Also into a strainer :)

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From: Denise~* 
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2003 00:09:13 -0800
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elaine wrote:
>My daughter just reminded me of last year's kitchen christmas present- a
>must have - a potato ricer.  I haven't used it once.  Is there something
>else I can do with it other than sieve cooked potatoes, or make baby food -
>don't have a baby, and cannot see the point in transferring the potatoes for
>mashing when it's so much quicker just to whip them up - especially if I'm
>cooking for a crowd. 

You apparantly haven't had good riced potatoes

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From: Gar <>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2003 02:15:55 -0600
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elaine wrote:
>  Is there something
>else I can do with it other than sieve cooked potatoes, or make baby food -

The easy answer is to use it for squeezing the water out of thawed
frozen spinach.  I have one that's a virgin also.  My CIA book says to
use it, or a food mill for Duchesse potatoes.  I'm under the
impression it might keep the spuds from turning into glue.  Maybe
someone else with more experience cam chime in here.  Frogleg and I
talked about this a few months ago but I was using another machine so
I don't have the post.  I was/am looking for the very light and fluffy
filling for twice backed potatoes.  I won't have time to try it for at
least a month.  Please tell your daughter you need to help me!  

Forget what I just wrote.  Snot and I are helping her mom do Festivus.
I suggested we go early and try the ricer thingie.  It's a go.  See
how easy this stuff is?   

Enjoy your microplane.

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From: Christine Dabney 
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2003 13:22:11 GMT
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elaine wrote:
>  Is there something
>else I can do with it other than sieve cooked potatoes, or make baby food -

It is also great for pressing out the roasted garlic puree, from
roasted garlic cloves. I saw Joanne Weir do that on one of her shows:
made it look so easy.  

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From: Christine Dabney 
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2003 13:56:09 GMT
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elaine wrote:
>Wish I'd thought of that last night as I was pressing the hot roasted garlic
>puree through my fingers!  What a good idea.

She just puts in the whole roasted head of garlic, and squeezes away.

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From: Peter Aitken 
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2003 15:26:03 GMT
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elaine wrote:
>  Is there something
>else I can do with it other than sieve cooked potatoes, or make baby food -

A ricer makes the best mashed potatoes - give it a try! With a hand masher
it is hard to get rid of all the lumps, and with whipping in a mixer you get
a gummier result.

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From: Karen 
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2003 01:10:59 GMT
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elaine wrote:
>  Is there something
>else I can do with it other than sieve cooked potatoes, or make baby food -

I've riced potatoes for at least 20 years, and there's a huge difference in
the texture when compared to whipped potatoes.  To me, whipped potatoes are
really "gluey".  Give riced potatoes a try - they're really good!

I've also used my ricer on bananas when I make banana bread, and also for
boiled turnips/rutabagas.  It's a pretty handy gadget to have around!


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