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I've always used a potato masher but I'm thinking of finally breaking down and buying a ricer. Are the potatoes that much better with a ricer? Does it take a lot longer?

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  1. Several years ago my mother bought me a ricer not knowing what it is.
    it makes far better mash potatoes than a masher & I'll never go back to a masher for potatoes.
    I do still use a masher if I want texture in mashed swede for example.
    The only faff is that it only holds a few spuds at a time so is a bit time consuming but no more than trying to get a smooth mash with a masher.

    1. I own the four most common mashing tools I've seen around:
      Hand masher
      Ricer with various discs
      Food mill
      Electric hand mixer

      For good and a little rustic I always use my UK made hand masher
      If I want fluffy and creamy, I go electric hand mixer.

      Ricer is too time consuming for potatoes I personally feel and the food mil is even more of a time hog and mess maker.

      I do like the ricer for make spatezle but I now have a spaetlze maker so the ricer sits in the back of the cabinet.

      Buy or borrow a ricer and try it, but I personally didn't feel any ROI after I bought mine and it was a Williams Sonoma high end ricer.

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      1. Depends on how you like your mashed potatoes. If you want them smooth, go for a ricer. I stay away from the mixers because it seems to over do it, making the potatoes kind of gummy/starchy. I prefer a ricer or food mill for smooth potatoes. That said, I like a more "rustic" mash with a variety of textures, so use my hand masher.
        The ricer doesn't take too much longer, just more to clean.

        1. One is not better than the other, just different. Ricer gives a fine puree but I would recommend a food mill instead because it is more versatile (milling tomatoes for one) and handles a larger volume without your hand getting tired. You have to squeeze a ricer whereas a food mill has a handle you turn.

          1. Also just a heads up -- I got a ricer where there are holes along the sides as well as the bottom -- result is basically a mashed potato explosion all over my kitchen. Use it only occasionally for things like gnocchi.

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            1. re: aletnes

              Most all ricers have holes on bottom and sides, that's why you need to use it inside a deep bowl or pot. If the holes were only on the bottom, it would take forever.