I had the chance to do a review for a gadget I do not already own and have never tried. It is for a Bellemain Potato Ricer. To be honest, I had no idea what a potato ricer was, but I was curious. I decided to do the review because I like to try and learn new things.So what is a potato ricer? I had to look it up! I was especially interested about how over processing our potatoes, such as in a food processor can cause them to be overly starchy, which is not good. So basically, ricing is healthier!
Another disclosure, I was not expecting much. I figured I would receive some subpar, flimsy gadget that was probably ill made, and non durable.
When I opened the Bellemain Potato Ricer box and took out this sturdy, well made, pristine kitchen utility I was impressed and almost giddy!
This thing is made of solid stainless steel, has strong handles, the interchangeable plates are well designed and well made, and while it was not so heavy that it will be uneasy to use, it is heavy enough to withstand years and years of use.
I am in fact happy that I elected to try the Bellemain Potato Ricer.
The handles have grips on them so it won't slip during use and is more comfortable in your hands.
It comes with three discs for course, medium, and fine selections.
Before I go on, let's hear what the company has to say about it:
Make lump-free riced or mashed vegetables, puree fresh cooked foods for the baby or press spaetzle in exactly the size you want, simply by slipping in the fineness disc of your choice. The extra-large basket and high-leverage handles cut down on your time and effort, too.
Includes Fine, Medium and Coarse Ricing Discs.
Get more uses out of your ricer with a quick change of disc. Use the coarse disc for homemade pasta, egg salad or fibrous vegetables like sweet potatoes. The medium disc is great for potatoes; once they're riced, just give them a quick stir with milk and butter and they turn into the smoothest, fluffiest mashed potatoes you've ever had. The fine disc strains cooked fruits and vegetables to the right consistency for those on a soft food diet.
Extra-Large Basket with Bowl Rest.
The more food you can rice at one time, the fewer batches you'll have to do. That's the reasoning behind this large basket design, and it can save you a lot of time. The bowl rest extension lets you suspend the ricer over your bowl while you have two hands free to transfer food from the cooking pot to the basket.
Cushioned, Ergonomic Handles.
Some ricers require quite a lot of force to get the cooked foods pressed through. Because not everyone has big, strong hands, the Bellemain is designed to take some of that pressure off. Extra-long handles position your hand farther from the fulcrum point, which multiplies the amount of force at the basket with less effort at your end. Plus, they have silicone cushions for even more comfort.
Sturdy, Chrome Plated Stainless Steel.
When flimsy plastic or aluminum ricers have broken, bent or scratched, the Bellemain will still be going strong. It's easy to clean, too: just put it in the dishwasher.
|Bellemain Potato Ricer|
Pretty good looking kitchen gadget isn't it! I am happy to have one in my kitchen and I am sure you would love one in yours!
|Bellemain Potato Ricer with Interchangeable Discs|
So of course I had to use it right away!
Now for a little background ... my daughter owns a Kitchen Aid Mixer, and for most things I love it. Since she lives at home I can use it whenever I want to. However, for some reason I never liked it for potatoes. I don't know why, I just didn't, so I used this contraption:
|Old Fashioned Potato Masher|
Okay it isn't exactly vintage, I remember vintage potato mashers, but this is at least 20 years old, and while it has held up nicely, it is difficult to use, and takes some muscle. I actually get tired mashing potatoes this way yet for some reason I never wanted to use the Kitchen Aid to do it. Maybe somehow deep down I knew it was healthier to mash potatoes manually.
I was also thinking that this would be great for making mashed cauliflower, and I may even try using it to make home made orange juice! Yum!
But I digress, I started with just your basic mashed potatoes in the ricer using the medium disc, simply because I figured the first time around I would shoot for the middle ground for demo purposes only of course.
Here is my Bellemain Stainless Steel Potato Ricer demo video, short and sweet but shows what you need to see:
These potatoes are super fluffy and light. My husband even was impressed at how fluffy they were! If you want you can add your milk, butter, (use real butter please), salt, pepper, garlic, cheese, etc, whatever you want in your mashed potatoes. Stir them up and walah you have fluffy mashed taters!
Get your Bellemain Potato Ricer today!