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Jun 8, 2007 08:02 AM

Mystery Wedding Gift for Kitchen - Help me identify!

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. 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.

    1. 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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      1. re: GAT

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

        1. re: Gio

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

          1. re: erowan

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

            1. re: GAT

              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!

              1. re: erowan

                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!

                1. re: erowan

                  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.

                  1. re: erowan

                    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.

          2. 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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              1. 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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                1. re: MakingSense

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

                  1. re: GAT

                    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!