When mashing potatoes, there are two advantages to a potato ricer:
- A potato ricer is designed to mash the potatoes and leave the skins behind. That means that you don’t have to peel the potatoes before boiling them.
- A potato ricer makes lighter, fluffier potatoes. It presses the cooked potatoes into tiny particles and creates a smoother, less gummy texture.
There really is a difference between riced and mashed potatoes but is it important? Try it and I think you’ll decide that it is. They are lighter and fluffier. While a ricer tends to separate pieces, mashing presses them together. For me, I like mashed potatoes as long as they are swimming under a pool of warm gravy but the lighter potatoes are a treat. But for me, if I can avoid having to stop and peel the potatoes—well, that’s a really big deal.
What else can you use a potato ricer for? Potato ricers are used in canning to make applesauce or to smash fruits for jams. They are great for pureeing food for babies. We consider a potato ricer indispensable for making has browns. With a ricer, you can press excess water from grated potatoes resulting in much crispier hash browns.
When considering a potato ricer, ask yourself these questions:
- How much am I going to use it? If I rarely mash potatoes or if I only mash a couple potatoes, I can get by with a less expensive ricer.
- How sturdy is it?
- How big is the hopper? If the hopper is too small, you’ll have to cut your potatoes into chunks to mash them.
- How much am I willing to pay?
Deluxe Jumbo Potato Ricer (TN469). This is our top-of-the-line potato ricer. It’s built as sturdy as a Mack truck. You can do anything but chop wood with it. I like it because it has a huge hopper, big enough for even Idaho potatoes, and I don’t have to cut the potatoes into chunks to mash them. It makes short work of a lot of potatoes. It disassembles for easy cleaning. But it is our most expensive ricer.
Deluxe Potato Ricer (TN468). This has all of the features of the jumbo ricer with two exceptions: The hopper is large but not as large—still large enough to handle most potatoes—and the side walls are not perforated. With fewer holes for the potatoes to come out of, it’s not quite as quick.
Commercial Potato Ricer (TN459). This is a nice sturdy ricer but it is neither as large nor as sturdy as the deluxe models. The hopper is round and does not have as many holes. Its construction is stainless steel.
Everyday Potato Ricer and Fruit Press (TN162). This is our least expensive potato ricer. It’s sturdy but not heavy duty—but should last just fine. It has a smaller, round hopper—you will need to cut your potatoes into chunks. The handle i