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what is it wednesday #5

August 14, 2013

Round 5 of What is it Wednesday!

Here it is … can you guess the item?  Leave your answer in the comment section, and be sure to check back in next week to see if you guessed correctly!

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And now, what I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for  … the answer to last week’s “What is it Wednesday” !

The featured item was …

A potato ricer!

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This particular vintage potato ricer has been in Diane’s family for years.

Another kitchen tool pulled out of the basement (a treasure trove of kitchen tools down there!). This tool was used by my grandmother.  It is something that I have only tried out once  (so far).   At first I wasn’t really sure how to use it.  But, having seen it “in action” on cooking shows, I thought that perhaps it was something I just ‘had to try’.  It was okay to use, although a tad cumbersome.  The potatoes were tasty, but I don’t think it’s something that I would use on a weekly basis, but … I’ll have to get back to you on that one!  Definitely something different to try with either white potatoes or sweet potatoes.

How, exactly, does a potato ricer work?   It is used to press cooked potatoes through the little holes at the bottom resulting in mashed-like potatoes that somewhat resemble rice grains.
It’s all in the texture. No lumpy mashed potatoes here … just a uniformly smooth consistency.  Using an electric mixer or food processor can overwork the starches in the potatoes making them seem somewhat glue-y.  This is where the potato ricer comes in … lump-free every time. (oh, and apparently they’re great for making potato gnocchi, too!)

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2013 12:42 pm

    I think it looks like a garlic crusher! =^.^=

  2. August 14, 2013 9:32 pm

    Garlic crusher! My Mum has one exactly the same!

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