I'm sure I remember Georgina saying she had one of these and so thats why I put her name in the title but would appreciate help from anyone.
I've bought one but not yet used it. But want to make mashed potatoes tonight when I get home from work and will have little time so thought I'd find out what to do now. Its got 3 discs, which do I use? Then what do I do? Do I just boil up potatoes, drain, bung in ricer and push through? Do I add butter later? Is it really true that I don't need to peel the potatoes? What happens to the skins?
I use the finest one for mashed potato as I like it v smooth. I do peel my spuds first as bits of skinn will go through if you don't. Just boil them as normal, drain, bung into ricer and push through. Then add butter, milk, salt, pepper whatever you want and mix up. I tend to melt a bit of butter and milk together so it and the pan are warm and then mash the potato into this - mixes more easily and doesn't get cold.
I've got one too. Nigella Lawson says you don't have to peel the potatoes and she's right in a way - the skin doesn't go through the little holes. But you have to keep fishing the bits of skin out and it's a pain so I peel them before I cook them. And like Sponge I use the finest disc. Then stick in butter, milk whatever - yum yum!
Try it without peeling the spuds - you may have a higher tolerance for fishing the skin out of the ricer than I do!
Cut unpeeled potatoes in half and put in the ricer cut side down. Squeeeeeeeeeze, open and hook out the skin with a pointy knife. Usually comes out in one go. Add butter & milk and mix with a fork. To serve, I spoon it back onto the ricer and squeeze onto the plates.
Bought one of these at the weekend (as recommended by mumsnet)and wow what a little gadget DP used it at the weekend with new potatoes (he hates whole potatoes) and it was great, even better tonight as I peeled the potatoes first.
No more beating hell out of potatoes with a masher for me!