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Aug 2, 2011 09:03 AM

Ricer vs Food mill

Which is going to be of most use in the kitchen.

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  1. I would say a food mill because it can do what a ricer does and much more--mill tomatoes, canned or fresh, to eliminate skin and most seeds for a smooth sauce is one of my major uses for it. But if all you need is to rice potatoes, then a ricer would be fine. (A ricer does take more hand strength in my opinion, and that's another reason I'd vote for the food mill.)

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    1. re: escondido123

      +1 on the food mill.You can also use it for mashed potatoes,so unless you want to build up you pectoral muscles,go for the food mill.

    2. Food mill is more versatile. I love mine

      1. I find a food mill's uses to be good but only if you have the space in your kitchen and if you don't mind washing it.

        A ricer is easy to store and clean but only have one real use. It all depends on what you cook but if its mainly for mashed potatoes just get the ricer.

        1. Hubby just used food mill to grate the hard boiled eggs for bacon, avocado & egg salad sandwiches during the recent warm days we had. Usually he uses the egg cutter, but we liked the light airy texture that the mill produced.

          We have both a ricer & food mill --my 30+ year old food mill gets used way more often! Hand washing is no problem b/c mine has removable discs, which also makes storage in a drawer easy. Only use the ricer for mashed potatoes and dumplings (once).

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          1. re: Stephanie Wong

            If I were shopping for a food mill, which should I buy? Removable discs sound like a good idea.

            1. re: walker

              All the ones I've seen and the one I have ( the Rösle ) come with multiple removeable plates with different sized holes. Mine came with 2 but they sell a couple more as accessories. I have 3 total for mine.

              1. re: rasputina

                We have learned the hard way that you need to clean the food mill discs right after you use them. Getting dried whatever out of the holes can be a real bear.

                1. re: rasputina

                  I am planning to purchase a food mill to be used for preparing soups, tomato sauces, mashed potatoes etc. Was your Rösle food mill made in Germany or in China? On other boards some reviewers claim that the German made versions are high quality while the Chinese version is an expensive piece of junk. If the Rösle could be passed on to children/grandchildren then if might be worth the price. Reviews on other high end or medium end food mills (i.e. Cuisipro, OXO) also seem either really positive or really negative. Any other suggestions? Thx.

                  1. re: ocathain

                    Well the food mill was one of those purchases where I happened to see it in the store and I knew I wanted one so I bought it when I saw it. I didn't specifically set out to buy the Rösle, but I looked at it and liked the features. I can tell you what I don't like about the OXO is that it's has what appears to be plastic and the legs don't look like they would hook on to a pan or bowl well. I like the hooked legs on mine which help it to not slide off the bowl.

                    1. re: rasputina

                      Both the Rösle Food Mill and Potato Ricer are good, well engineered products.

                      The design is easy to use, provides more torque and less exertion, and are easy to clean in the dishwasher.

                      My wife and I are on our second Rösle Food Mill, the first being borrowed by a neighbor who then could not part with it and took to Portugal with her !

                    2. re: ocathain

                      Mine is plastic and metal and looks terrible. The plastic is stained and there's a little rust on the metal. But it still does a great job after more than ten years and nobody sees it but my husband and me.It's a Moulinex

              2. I will reiterate what people say and mention that the food mill is more versatile. One thing to consider on top of that is that a food mill will probably give you better consistency in your texture? Well that's my opinion at least.

                However, a ricer is easier to clean, takes up less space, and it can also be used to squeeze the water out of other things. I acutally grate raw potatoes, sprinkle with salt, and I use the ricer to squeeze out excess moisture to give my hash browns that extra crunch.