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Modern potato ricers

The Ricer: Beyond Spuds

Food editor Anna Kovel swears by a potato ricer for more than just the fluffiest mashed potatoes. Here are three novel uses for this simple, transformative tool.

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OXO ® Potato Ricer

Ricing Guacamole: For perfectly textured guacamole, use a potato ricer. Place large chunks of avocado into the ricer, press right into a bowl, and scrape the outside of the ricer with a spatula. Then stir in the remaining ingredients.

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World's Greatest Potato Masher

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Williams-Sonoma Angled Potato Ricer, Grey

Host Christopher Kimball goes into the test kitchen to learn how to create an updated French classic, Modern Beef Burgundy, with test cook Becky Hays. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews potato ricers in the Equipment Corner. Then, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows Chris how to make Braised Red Potatoes with Lemon and Chives. And finally, Chris reveals the science behind potato starch.

Tools for Mashing Potatoes

Become a mashed-potato pro. Martha's favorite tool for the job is a modern ricer, but she also recommends old-fashioned mashers, or food mills.