If you need to mash potato to make croquettes or creamed potato, then a potato ricer takes all the effort out of mashing. Potato ricers are great for making hash browns too (put raw potatoes into the ricer and it presses out nice dry shreds that you can then fry – the dryness of the shreds makes the hash browns more crispy). You can also use potato ricers to cream or mash other firm vegetables too, such as turnips, swedes or parsnips. Potato ricers can also be used as garlic presses (you need to use the finest sieve for this).
Here are the best potato ricers on the market:
OXO Good Grips Potato Ricer
This ricer is made from stainless steel and is dishwasher safe. All you need to do is place your boiled potatoes in it, you don’t even have to peel them, hold it over a bowl, using the non-slip knob at the end to balance, and then squeeze the two tong like handles. The potato will come out on the other end perfectly mashed.
The handles are soft and coated with a non-slip surface, and Oxo won the Tylenol/Arthritis Foundation Design Award because of how gentle on the hands they were.
Chef’n FreshForce Potato Ricer
This ricer has a stainless steel basket which sits within a plastic holder.
They’ve added an extra gear mechanism to make the press more powerful, so that even the gentlest squeeze will mash the potato easily.
This potato ricer is safe in the top rack of the dishwasher.
Kuhn Rikon Potato Ricer with 2 Stainless Disks
The benefit of this ricer is the two stainless steel discs which come in a medium and fine size. (So you an use the medium disc for hash browns and the fine disc for plain mash or to press garlic).
The spare disc is stored in the handle, so it won’t get lost.
The main part of the ricer is made from plastic, and can go into the dishwasher.
It comes in two colors, black and white.
Please note that if you need to mash other vegetables, particularly vegetables with a lot of fiber or skins, or vegetables that are soft, ripe and juicy, you may be better off with a food mill instead of a ricer, especially as mills have a bigger capacity and finer sieves.