A potato masher can be used to mash potatoes and make a tasty side dish.
A ricer is a kitchen utensil that can be extraordinarily useful as it is designed to break food down into very small pieces. This can be especially useful for making mashed potatoes and other mashed foods. For young parents, it can be an excellent gift as it is ideal for making baby food. Since these devices are somewhat obscure, gift givers can also be sure that parents are very unlikely to receive several. Many kitchen supply stores sell ricers with a variety of inserts and they can also be found online.
The design of a juicer resembles an oversized garlic press. One side has an extrusion plate with a series of holes, while the other side is solid. The food is placed on the tool and the solid side is pressed towards the extrusion plate, usually using the handles as a lever. The soft food compresses and is eventually forced out of the extrusion plate. The result looks like tiny grains of rice to some people, leading to the device’s name.
Using a mop results in an even, creamy, fluffy puree. This device is ideal for mashed potatoes, producing a fluffy pile of mashed potatoes that is creamy and fluffy even before the dairy is added. Because it is commonly used for this purpose, some manufacturers call it a “potato masher”. The tool can also be used to process cooked pumpkin for pies or other vegetables for mashed dishes. Some manufacturers manufacture plates with removable extrusion, allowing the insertion of plates with holes of different diameters for cooks who want to change the texture of the results.
The food mill is a related kitchen instrument and operates on similar principles. It’s designed to accommodate a lot more volume at once, however. Most food factories look like large sieves, with a large area to place the food and a crank to compress the food, forcing it out of the bottom. For large meals, a food grinder is better suited than a juicer, and can also be used for projects like seeding tomatoes.
Aluminum is a common material used in the manufacture of scarifiers, which are sometimes made with plastic handles for ease of handling. When choosing one, customers should make sure that all parts, including the extrusion plate, are easy to clean and avoid metals that can rust or discolor as a result of prolonged use in the kitchen. In most cases, the tool is dishwasher safe, but cooks who use dishwashers may want to confirm this on their individual models.