Any suggestions on good ones? Going to make the leap from mashing my mashed potatoes....
Buy a Cuisipro brand food mill. It comes with three different screens and can do double or triple duty in the kitchen. Although, when you look at it, storage may be difficult due to its size (it's not incredibly large, but the handle etc. makes for large volume - mine in hanging from a pan rack in the kitchen).
I have used mine for ricing potatoes, milling a delicious tomatoe potage, straining fresh raspberries and strawberries for sauces and have made baby food for my kids when they were much younger.
Check it out here http://www.epinions.com/Cuisipro_4_qt...
I doubt you'll be dissapointed.
No matter what you purchase, get the best you can afford...as with ANY other cooking products. Having said that, I can tell you that my dad gave me a ricer when I left home in 1969. It was an extremely inexpensive one. I still have it. I still use it. It sure beats trying to mash potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and the like. If you like pumpkin and/or sweet potato pie, a ricer is a necessity...unless, of course, you go with the food mill. I've thought about getting a mill many times, but, as the previous poster mentions, storage can be a problem.
I haven't found a decent plunger/press style potato ricer that is worth spending a plum nickle on. These modern ones are so chintzy it should be made a crime to sell them. Vintage models have came close, I must admit, however they seem to go for a mint. The one I have been keeping my eye out on is an old white with a red ring enamel ware dating back to the early to mid 1900's.
My current hand masher is a bent "S" wire type. I ditch those diamond grid mashers as they require 5 times the effort to do the job.
Food mills are on the back burner for the moment.
I had a potato rice that I'd had for 25 years and last year decided to look for a new one. I bought the Cuispro potato ricer - it sells for $27 on Amazon. Mine came with two disc sizes and I love it. My sister- in-law saw it and got one and this year I gave two for Christmas. It is sturdy, easy to wash, clean and store and it rices like crazy - I like the large holed disk. Can't beat it as far as I'm concerned. I spent a long time looking for a good one and am really happy with this one.
I love my potato ricer! It's not even a high-end model but I adore not having to peel my mashed potato.. The ricer presses out only the flesh :)