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Mystery Wedding Gift for Kitchen - Help me identify!

erowan Jun 8, 2007 08:02 AM

Got married a few months ago and received a seemingly-unidentifiable kitchen gadget at a shower. No one there could figure it out - not sure what this says about our friends, but moving on...

It looks like a massively oversize garlic press, from Ikea, and probably holds 1 1/2 to 2 cups. Could be something to press meat? Someone mentioned rice too. Any ideas would be helpful - thanks.


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  1. Gio RE: erowan Jun 8, 2007 08:12 AM

    Couldn't find it on your site link but.....
    is it the size of, say, a tennis ball? If so, it could be a citrus press.

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      GAT RE: erowan Jun 8, 2007 08:13 AM

      It sounds like a ricer. You can use it for mashing potatoes or vegetables. I'm sure it has other uses, but I really don't know what they are.

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        Gio RE: GAT Jun 8, 2007 08:20 AM

        Of course.....you're probably right! "Massively over-size" should have been my cue.

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          erowan RE: Gio Jun 8, 2007 08:23 AM

          Not to sound completely cooking-ignorant, but what exactly does a ricer do?

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            GAT RE: erowan Jun 8, 2007 08:24 AM

            I guess it's mostly used for mashing potatos.
            Have a look and see if this is it.

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              erowan RE: GAT Jun 8, 2007 08:27 AM

              That's it! Now we can make hash browns. I had no idea. Thank you!

              ps - The best (worst?) part is that I'm married to a trained chef, and neither of us knew what this was!

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                Sam Fujisaka RE: erowan Jun 8, 2007 08:34 AM

                I didn't know about squeezing water out of uncooked potatoes using a ricer. I'm going to give that a try in a few minutes. Nice and funny story!

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                  ajs228 RE: erowan Jun 8, 2007 02:27 PM

                  If you make mashed potatos with it, try adding a pat of butter with each press. It's a great way to incorporate the butter without having to bust out the hand mixer.

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                    LabRat RE: erowan Jun 11, 2007 12:33 PM

                    Don't beat up your spouse too much about not knowing what it was. Professional kitchens would use a food mill to perform the same function as a ricer since it is easier to process large quantities with a mill. I don't recall ever having seen a ricer in any restaurant kitchen I have worked in or visited.

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            gourmanda RE: erowan Jun 8, 2007 08:25 AM

            Sounds like a ricer. Most of them have changeable discs with different size holes for ricing potatoes to make teriffic mashed potatoes (or other vegetables), making spaetzle is another use. It didn't come in a box or with a tag?

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              erowan RE: erowan Jun 8, 2007 08:29 AM

              Thank you! What would we do without Chowhound?!

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                MakingSense RE: erowan Jun 8, 2007 11:35 AM

                These things are wonderful! Embarrassed to admit that I now own more than one, including a vintage model.
                Makes incredible, fluffy mashed potatoes. You know when a recipe says,"Squeeze all the moisture out of ______"? Something like mushrooms, salted eggplant or cooked spinach? This will get it bone dry. If it has interchangeable plates, make spaetzle.
                Start using it and you'll find lots of uses. Great gift.

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                  GAT RE: MakingSense Jun 8, 2007 12:22 PM

                  Ooh have you ever used it on a block of tofu?

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                    MakingSense RE: GAT Jun 8, 2007 02:23 PM

                    Don't see any reason why you couldn't as long as you could keep it from squishing through the holes. Experiment. Maybe wrap it in a small cloth like you would use in cheesemaking.
                    Would this make your life easier? Hey, worth a try!

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                  soupkitten RE: erowan Jun 8, 2007 12:30 PM

                  i had an ex-roommate that always without fail gave a potato ricer as a wedding gift-- she said she never had to think about it and it was seldom a duplicate gift-- so your post made me laugh!

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                    erowan RE: soupkitten Jun 9, 2007 06:37 AM

                    Opening it was funny indeed. We had a whole room watching us open gifts at the shower - all people that should know their kitchen devices. A hush fell over the crowd. Now we know! My chef spouse included!

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                      Stephanie Wong RE: soupkitten Jun 9, 2007 01:39 PM

                      I like to give a ricer paired with a silicone scraper and a bottle of garlic-infused olive oil. Once, I included a potato to give the wedding couple a hint.

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                        Alice Letseat RE: Stephanie Wong Jun 9, 2007 01:46 PM

                        Ricers can also rice jello! And almost anything with a relatively firm texture that you'd like to make kind of fluffy. I use mine to prep (cooked) potatoes for potato dumpllings or gnocchi.

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                          KaimukiMan RE: Alice Letseat Jun 11, 2007 12:37 PM

                          forgive the ignorance, but why in the world would you ever need to "rice" jello?

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                            Alice Letseat RE: KaimukiMan Jun 11, 2007 12:41 PM

                            If you're doing ridiculously fussy gelatin things....if you use lime jello, for instance, and rice it - it looks like grass. If you did multi-colors, it'd look like confetti....etc...

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                              Nyleve RE: Alice Letseat Jun 12, 2007 09:17 AM

                              That's an amazing concept.

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                                janeer RE: Nyleve Jun 14, 2007 06:30 AM

                                Well, I have owned a ricer for 25 years and have never thought of using it for jello (although confess to using my garlic press to making hair for Santa's beard on Christmas cookies). You learn something new every day.

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                      PhoebeB RE: erowan Jun 9, 2007 01:56 PM

                      Great for making baby food, too. My children wouldn't touch the jarred kind after they'd tasted real food put through a ricer.

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