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Farringdon 3 Disc Potato Ricer

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Brand: Farringdon / Material: Stainless steel / Type: Ricer

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      03.11.2012 20:18
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      As essential to the kitchen as a blender

      I bought the Farringdon 3 Disc Potato Ricer from a department store for £25 for my mum for her birthday, because she asked for it. Since I cook at her place frequently I have had ample experience of using it myself. I must admit I am not the world's best chef so I didn't really see why anyone would need this device. What it does is mash cooked vegetables such as boiled carrots or potatoes to make a consistently textured mash. Whenever I make mash at home I use a normal masher and it does tend to be quite lumpy, which doesn't bother me. My mum who is a perfectionist however absolutely raves about this product. I didn't really see why until she made my daughter some purees - ie mashes - using the Potato Ricer. It makes a very smooth consistency that is very difficult to attain with a normal potato masher and a fork. The mash comes out smooth and well textured as opposed to lumpy and unevenly mashed. After discovering this I have started using the Ricer myself, and it is so much easier on my wrists that I wish I had discovered it years ago. It makes mashing potatoes and other vegetables easy, quick and the end product is better than any other method I have come across. I have also experiment with the different discs that the Ricer comes with to 'fine-tune' the consistency of the mash. I have not noticed a major difference using the three different discs but a mash connoisseur like my mum certainly can. I only ever use one of the discs to do my mashing but I see the others as coming in handy if this one ever breaks. My mum has had this Potato Ricer for almost 18 months now and it is still going strong. It is easy to use about as easy to clean as a blender, ie best rinsed and washed straight away so you can get into all the nooks and crannies. In fact having used this product for some time now I intend to spend my next dooyoo miles voucher on a Potato Ricer for myself, and I will go with the Farringdon brand because I don't want a cheap imitation product. We eat a lot more mash now as a family as my daughter loves it because it is just like puree, and also she is teething at the moment which makes her reluctant to eat 'hard' foods. This Potato Ricer gets 5 stars for me, and I now feel that it is an essential item in my kitchen, as much as my blender is in fact.

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        03.11.2012 10:25
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        Worth the money

        I paid £15.49 for this item on ebay which saved me about £10 on the prices I had seen in the shops for this potato ricer which is a great little gadget for making light, fluffy mash potato without the need to use lots of fattening butter (although I still add a little) and it is also less effort although mashing potato is not what I would describe as hard labour in the first place. Farringdon is not a cheap brand and there are cheaper potato ricers on the market but Farringdon is a good quality brand and their products have never let me down in the past and that is no different with this particular product. It comes with three different discs through which the potato is pressed, these produce a different thickness of potato, I tend to use the medium one of the three however the results are not massively different, when my little one first moved to solids I tended to use the smallest one of the three to make sure it was very finely mashed but now I find it matter little. On the plus side having spare discs is always a benefit in case one gets lost of damaged. Operating it is easy, you just drop the boiled potatoes into the shredder and then press down on the lever to mash the potato, it requires a decent amount of force but the handles are easy to grip and it is less hassle than using a conventional masher. It is a substantial well made item and very robust so be aware that there is a decent amount of weight in the device and is comparable to the weight of a good quality saucepan. As well as potatoes I have used mine to mash swede and carrots as well and it works well on these although swede is a lot more messy and a pain to rinse out afterwards. The main benefit I find of using this device is the consistent quality of my mash and the fact that I use less butter so it is healthier. Cleaning can be a bit fiddly, I tend to rinse it off straight after use and then to wash up straight after eating to prevent food bonding with the discs, the longer you leave it and if the food were to harden then I can image that would be a pain. Being a neat freak I tend to wash up anything that does not go in the dish washer straight away as I cannot stand seeing dirty plates and cooking utensils sitting out in the kitchen.

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          22.10.2012 22:32
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          A ricer for perfect mashed potato.

          I love preparing home cooked dinners and often I like to batch cook dinners and freeze them so that my husband and I always have something nutritious to eat if we are in a hurry or one of us is at home alone and doesn't want to cook a dinner from scratch. Because of this I can be doing a large amount of cooking in one day and I make a variety of dinners including shepherds and cottage pie. I have used a potato ricer for a number of years now and my current one of choice is this Faringdon 3 disc potato ricer. I paid around £10.00 for mine from Amazon approximately 18 months ago which was a reasonable price at the time and one I'd be happy to pay again. I have a few items in my home from Faringdon and while it is not one of the more expensive brands it is one that I have come to trust in recent years. A potato ricer is a product that I first learnt about from a colleague several years ago when she was trying to cut back on naughty foods and wanted to still have nice mashed potato. The basics of this product is that you place boiled potatoes in the ricer and then you close the top arm down complete with a flat metal disc that pushes the ricer through the disc at the bottom of the ricer. There are 3 discs that come with this ricer small, medium and large but personally I just use the same one every time and leave it in the ricer. I can't be bothered with hunting out different discs and as I'm normally just mashing potatoes they all end up looking the same once I've stirred them and added some seasoning and butter. I bought one of these because I wanted to try mashed potato made with salt & pepper and I wanted a way to do so without using huge amounts of butter. Admittedly I do still add some butter to my mashed potato but now there isn't lots of time involved in making mash and I don't have to use a huge amount of strength either. Normally to make mash I'd need to use the masher for ages to get an almost smooth consistency and then if while eating I came across a large lump it would put me off and I wouldn't want to eat mash again for ages. This is a shame as I absolutely love mash as does my husband. However, with the ricer, this is never a problem as the potato is always squished through the ricer, with a squelch, with it being sprayed out through the holes in the disc. I always leave a large bowl underneath to collect the mash and I have found that I can usually mash an entire 2 kilos of potatoes in around 5 minutes using this ricer. I then just add some butter and season and have delicious mash for all my dinners for the freezer. The only downside to using this potato ricer is that sometimes potato gets caught up around the edge of the ricer and around the discs. I have found that the best thing to do is to rinse the ricer and disc immediately after using it and then make sure it gets washed up straight after dinner properly to avoid any damaging occurring and any potato being basically welded on to this. Recently I did a load of batch cooking before going to visit some relatives, unfortunately when I came home I found that my husband hadn't washed up as I'd asked him to and instead he had soaked the ricer for almost two days. There is now some rust around one of the joins on the large arm mechanism which is a shame as I will likely look to replace this now just because I will be worried about germs. This isn't a design fault as I wouldn't think that anything is designed to be constantly soaked in boiling water for two days and my husband being lazy has effectively damaged this item. This is quite a heavy item, for what it is, and a lot of strength is required to squeeze the arms together, however this is minimal compared to the effort that is involved in mashing potatoes to get them perfect, also, because this is quick I don't have to worry about the mash going cold in the time it takes to prepare and I always get perfect, fluffy, light mash that tastes fantastic with less butter than before. In all it is fair to say that this isn't particular fun or super easy to use, however, it gives me perfect mash like I have never been able to make before. I am going to rate this 4/5 as while it has rusted in one place this is probably the fault of my well meaning yet lazy husband who couldn't be bothered to scrub it and instead figured he'd keep soaking it in the hope that after two days the dried potato would magically float away down the plughole! It is simple to use albeit with a little strength needed, hence my rating. *May not be factually correct.

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          28.05.2012 22:40

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          Smooth mash but a hefty price tag

          I bought this product after being sceptical for a while. I had seen similar products in high end stores and on the internet, as well as in cooking magazines. I didn't really see how it would be so much better than a normal traditional masher to justify the much higher price. But after using for the first time i realised it was so worth it!! Until buying this, i never made the mash in our house as i just couldn't get rid of the lumps no matter how much i tried. And with this, my mash is lump free at ease. It takes longer to mash as you have to fill the gadget in batches, and then squeeze into a pan or bowl, but the end result is so worth it. No lumps can escape! I would recommend this to anyone struggling to mash potato, like me, or anyone who just likes kitchen gadgets. I use mine regularly and would definately buy another if this one broke. It feels like a high quality product though, so im sure it will last a long time and i'll get my money's worth. In a couple of years iv had 2 other mashers which always end up bending beyond use.

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          25.10.2011 15:26
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          A worthwhile investment as you will save your arms in the kitchen!

          We all have different preferences when it comes to food and mashed potato is one thing I like to be made to perfection. I like my mashed potato creamy ans smooth - some prefer it to have more texture to it. I use the Farringdon 3 disc Potato Ricer to ensure my mashed potato is to my liking and for around the £25 mark I believe it to be money well spent. Obviously the price might be a little bit eye-watering for what the product consists of, but for me it is worth the expense and saves a lot of elbow grease in the kitchen! The Farringdon potato ricer has three different discs which are interchangeable and you can use different ones depending on how fine you wish to rice your potatoes. The process is quite simple really. I simply cook my potatoes on the hob in hot water and then put one potato at a time into the ricer. Sometimes I have to cut the potatoes down a little to fit the press, but if I do this beforehand it also means they cook quicker anyway. The top handle then comes over the top of the potato and by simply pressing the handles together the potato is riced. If you cook the potatoes well then the ricing is easy, but potatoes that aren't cooked properly may prove a harder challenge. The ricer is well built and of a simple design and operation. I find that different types of potato work better than others and this goes for mashed potatoes in general. I find that the more floury potatoes work best. According to the BBC Food website these are Desiree, Estima, King Edward and Maris Piper. I am most familiar with the latter two varieties and often use Maris Pipers. The ricer is made from Stainless Steel and is dishwasher safe. I find the ricer can be tricky to clean, but I don't find it any more difficult than the traditional potato mashers! The Farringdon Potato Ricer would make a great gift for someone who has everything, but perhaps it could easily be forgotten about in time. For me it is a must in the kitchen and I often also use it to rice very soft carrots to add flavour and nutrition to the mash.

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            30.07.2011 01:30
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            Hot Potato, Hot Potato

            My other half is very fussy about her mashed potato, we have a potato masher, but she doesn't believe it mashes potatoes to the level they should be mashed. To appease her and make my own life easier I decided to buy her a potato ricer, as i'd read really good reviews on Amazon. This one is made by Farringdon and cost me £22.99 when purchased about 18 months ago. On arrival I wasn't overly impressed, packaging was minimal and this is odd shaped and large meaning it does take up some space in a cupboard, it is around 25cm long and about 8-10cm deep, it has two handles and the ricer area, the handles are used to squeeze potatoes through the ricer, creating seamless mash, beautifully silky mashed potatoes which look professional. The ricer has three discs meaning the potato really does get smashed up as you put it through there. It is stainless steel and around 500g in weight meaning anyone should be able to use it easily enough. I have found the ricer reliable and easy to use, when I have boiled potatoes I simply run them through the ricer 2 or 3 at a time and then squeeze the handles ricing the potatoes into a bowl, this could easily be done with other vegetables such as swede or sweet potato too. When using the ricer, I would advocate using a fork or spoon to place the potatoes in the ricer, I find both awkward and when using my hands burn them, this is where I find the ricer awkward, as it can be difficult moving hot vegetables into the ricer, and once riced, often there is plenty of potato around the rim of the ricer and it either falls in the mash or needs to be riced again. I have found that this does make easy and superior mash and whilst it probably won't make the money back as it is just a superior version of a masher, it does save time and lots of effort. The good points are the end product and the ease in creating it, the bad points are the size, the difficulty I have putting the hot potatoes in the ricer and the residue. Cleaning the ricer is easy, with soapy water you can easily wash out any potato and it is easy to reach inside and clean. Overall its a good product which is not a necessity but a nice extra in our kitchen, if you eat lots of mash as we do with shepherds pie, sausage and mash, roasts etc, then this is a great product for you.

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              03.04.2011 01:37
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              If you have the money, then it's worth it.

              I originally had what was essentially a plastic version of this same product but the handle saw fit to snap off, and as they now make a metal version I have a feeling I wasn't the only one who it happend to. I bought this one for about £25 at Lakeland where I buy many of my kitchen gadgets. Typically, their products are expensive but worth it if you can afford it. Farringdon is a name I had never heard of and didn't know it was branded as such either until I found it on here, though there is hardly a competitive market of potato ricers out there so I suppose the brand isn't all that important. I bought it because I personally cannot stand lumpy mash, just one lump makes me gag, so I usually make it myself to ensure it isn't lumpy and working the good old fashioned potato masher gets tiring very quickly! My wife also shouts at me if I use Aunt Bessies so that option is out too. This gadget is completely non-essential and not especially fun to use, but does make things a lot easier when it comes to big meals when all the family descend into your house for dinner. It's very big and hefty, probably about 12" long and nothing to look at. It's a simple design, made up of a handle with a large movable circle press attached to a ricing cup with a handle. The cup is very large so a whole bowl of potatoes can be riced very quickly. The force needed to rice some of the things mean it needs to be sturdy and hardwearing and it has looked after itself well; there's no signs of rust or breakage anywhere. It has a hanging hook which is pretty silly because it's far too big to hang in any normal kitchen. Don't be fooled by the title, this doesn't have anything to do with rice, instead it turns food into rice like pieces when pushed through. The idea behind it is that it's much easier to press them through here rather than going crazy for long periods of time with the traditional masher, and as well as being easier it also produces a more pleasant outcome. Typically I use this for mashed potato and swede, but I'm sure there's plenty of other possibilities and could be useful for making foods easier for kids to take in. First boil whatever you are using as usual, they will need to be cut up into medium size pieces so you can fit plenty of them in at a time. Then once they are done, slot a disc in then spoon a few pieces into the cup. Then, using considerable force simply pull the handle down to squeeze the riced food out of the bottom. It usually makes a rather satisfying squelching sound as they are pushed through, and as this doesn't involve anything dangerous ricing the vegetables could be a good way to involve the kids with the cooking, though you will probably have to help them out with the pressing. Once the food has been riced you just need to add the milk, salt or butter as appropriate and stir it, which thanks to the ricing couldn't be easier. If you are using it to make mashed potato, it will be as light as air. It's quite a messy process, bits of squashed veg accumulates on and under the pressing circle and regularly needs to be collected and pressed again, but it's no real problem. As is mentioned both in the title on here and when I bought it, it has three changable metal discs. These have different size holes but honestly I don't see the point. Once everything has gone through the ricer, it all gets mashed up anyway so can't see the relevance in pressing it through slightly smaller or slightly bigger holes. For this reason, I only ever use the medium size disc and find it fine. In all, I love my kitchen gadgets but this definitely isn't a fun one, but it's definitely a useful one and makes lovely mash. If you have some money spare, I'd recommend you buy one.

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                26.03.2011 12:48
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                If you want a fluffy, smooth and silky mash potato buy this product

                I believe I first came across a potato ricer in one of Jamie Oliver's cook books a few years ago and thought it sounded an amazing kitchen gadget to have, so I started searching on Amazon for one and after reading reviews and comparing prices settled on this Farringdon 3 Disc Potato Ricer. I have to admit it is quite expensive when you can buy a plain, classic masher instrument for a pound that does more or less the same job and gives the end results - mashed potato; but this really is a great aid in creating the perfect mash. It retails for about £25 - £30 and I have only seen it on Amazon so far, I am not completely sure I have seen this particular model available in high street shops, but there are a lot of similiar products around for comparable and more competitive prices. The product itself is very well made, being a bright stainless steel material it is rather heavy and you can feel the quality and strength of the product. It is a very easy to use potato ricer and built to last, which it should really for the price. To make the perfect mashed potato just boil your choice of potato as normal for about 20-30mins, with or without the skins on. Once the potatoes have been boiled drain them and leave to dry for a few minutes. The potato ricer has a compartment where you choose which disc to insert into the ricer and where your potatoes go. I have only used the thinnest disc in my ricer machine as I prefer a smoother mash for my meals. Once you are ready to mash the potatoes place a large spoonful into the ricer compartment so it is about 50 - 75% full, and then fit the flat presser into the top of the compartment on top of the potatoes and press down the top arm. The potatoes are squashed through the disc and voila, potato rice! The longer you have boiled the potatoes the easier it is to push them through the ricer, much like the normal mashing process. The potato is pushed through the tiny holes and makes a lump free, smooth and fluffy mashes potato. I add a few knobs of butter, pepper and use a wooden spoon to mix the mash. I have sometimes found that I cannot push the potatoes through if I haven't boiled them for long enough, they simply will not pass through the disc. Likewise the larger the potato pieces the harder it is to mash so it is better to cut these into smaller chunks for ease of use and boil for a generous amount of time. The long arm means that you are able to rest the ricer and push the arm down against a pan which is a good design. I find you can often mash the potato freehand just as easily, but it is good to be able to lean and press the potato into a pan. The Farringdon 3 Disc Potato Ricer comes with three different discs, thin, medium and coarse depending on how you like your mash to be. This gives you good options for textured potatoes. As mentioned I have only really used the fine disc so cannot give much of a review on the medium and coarse, but it is good that you get the choice. They are very simple to change over and just slot into the potato compartment. The only fault I can find with this product is the washing up, which is only a small gripe. When mashing the potato some of this can escapes out the side and top when you are pushing the arm down. It can get a bit messy and the residue ends up over the flat top and along the heavy duty arm which is not the end of the world but a bit of an annoyance when trying to clean it. You are not only limited to potatoes, you can mash or puree any vegetable you want such as carrots, parsnips and swede. It is a good time and muscle saver, though it is expensive this is a really good quality product and I expect to get a lot more years use out of this.

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