When my mum bought her Ikea potato ricer she absolutely raved about it! I hate mashing potatoes so I knew that I needed one. She then went on to buy me one for a silly Christmas present, I knew instantly what it was when I saw it wrapped up!
I love this gadget, it makes mashing potatoes so much easier and quicker although it can get a bit messy. I like the smooth consistency it produces as I detest lumpy mash but don't seem to have the power, determination and strength to achieve this with a regular potato masher! My husband hates it, I don't understand why as he too likes his mash smooth but will still use a regular masher, maybe it's a cave man thing?
I was really impressed by how smooth you can get the potato in just one go. I load it up with potato squeeze it through, job done. My sister who was also given one for Christmas, when she lived as a student so was cooking for one used to squeeze it directly onto her plate. When I'm topping a Shepherds pie I do similar and rice the potato directly over the mince.
The only real downside is the cleaning of it. Mashed potato can easily become stuck in the holes so it can be a bit tricky to clean thoroughly. It's easy to miss a bit. Now we have a dishwasher it gets loaded into there so it's not so much of a problem.
I have had one of these for years and it is still going strong.
This is a different version of a potato masher, but essentially does the same job. It is called IDEALISK, which I think is probably one of the few products in Ikea that I can say!!! I can't remember how much I paid for mine, but according to the Ikea website, they cost £8. I don't use it often, but it is really sturdy and quite difficult to break.
I bought this when I was weaning my first child. I did use a traditional masher, but found my mash was still quite lumpy, so I thought I would give this a go. It works a bit like a sieve in that you put the potatoes in, line up the round plate, so that it fits into the bowl and push the handles together. The potato should come out lovely and soft.
The potatoes come out lovely and soft and lump free, so its great for weaning babies and if you are making something with mash like a shepherds pie. You can use unpeeled potatoes as the skin isn't soft enough to go through the holes. You can also use other vegetables like carrots and swede. However, if they aren't cooked until they are really soft, the hard bits remain in the bottom and you have to empty it.
There are a few downsides. The first is that this product is is quite fiddly to clean, as there are lots of different nooks and crannys for the mash to get into. I normally put straight into warm water when I'm finished with it, so its easier to clean. It is dishwasher safe, but I have never put mine in the dishwasher.
The second downside is that, if like me, you have small hands, you have to use two hands to push the handles together. You need to be careful how you hold it, as the mash does squirt out from all sides. I use a high sided bowl and this limits the mess.
The mash does come out lovely and soft, but my Sister-in-law says her children don't like the consistency as it is too smooth and light. I can see what she means, but I do think my mash in nicer when I use the IDEALISK and find I need to use less milk/butter because of this.
I've been using a potato ricer to make mashed potato for around ten years or so now, basically ever since Nigella Bites first came out. Nigella suggests that you use a potato ricer for mashed potato as it makes it much quicker and easier. Off I went to purchase myself said potato ricer, and I bought this particular one from Ikea.
So I've had this Idealisk potato ricer, or potato press as Ikea call it, for probably over ten years now and it's still in perfect condition and it still works perfectly. I probably use it on average once a week. It currently retails for £8 in Ikea, I think that I paid about £5 or £6 for mine all that time ago.
The potato ricer is stainless steel, and it is dishwasher safe. My only slight issue with it is that it is a little bit fiddly to clean. I do put mine in the dishwasher all the time, but a lot of the time it doesn't come completely clean on the first wash, it has to go through a dishwashing cycle again. I usually find that after the first wash it still has bits of potato stuck around the holes in the base of the potato ricer, a second wash will bring it up perfectly clean though. If you don't have a dishwasher then I would probably advise you to pop it in the washing up bowl to soak straight away after ricing your potatoes, otherwise the dried on mashed potato will be a bugger to remove.
This is a really simple and easy gadget to use. All you need to do is to lift the top handle up to expose the bowl and then spoon in a few cooked potatoes, close the top handle and the 'lid' attached to the handle will then push the potatoes through the holes and 'rice' them. You will need to do this a few times to rice all your potatoes as it will only hold a few at a time, but once you get the knack it only takes a few minutes. Depending on the size of your cooked potatoes then the bowl can hold and rice 3 or 4 potatoes at a time. I can easily 'rice' enough potatoes for the two of us in under a minute.
Once you have riced all your potatoes then just give them a stir with a wooden spoon and add any butter and/or cream as you see fit. If you want to be healthy and not add any extras then ricing the potatoes makes them lovely and creamy enough to just eat on their own - with maybe just some cracked black pepper added. If I'm on a diet then I will just add some ground cinnamon to my riced potatoes. However if I want to indulge then I will heat up some Lurpak butter and single cream in the microwave and then stir the warm creamy mix into the riced potatoes - bliss!
You don't even need to peel your potatoes before boiling and ricing them. If you do choose not to peel your potatoes then the skins will be caught in the bowl of the ricer they will not go through the holes, all you need to do then is lift the skins out before putting your next few potatoes in.
This makes perfect fluffy mashed potatoes every single time, with no lumps, ever. It is so simple and quick and easy to use, you'll wonder how you ever managed without one! I'd certainly recommend a potato ricer in general for making mashed potatoes, and I'd definitely recommend the Ikea Idealisk potato ricer as mine is over ten years old and still going strong - in fact it's probably easily got another ten years or more left in it!