, does a potato ricer make an appreciable diff in gnocchi?

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Sam1148 September 7, 2012
Not quite on topic of Gnocchi...but for potato ricers.

I don't use it for potatoes..I just don't care for super creamy mashed potatoes.
I do use it for squeezing out moisture of spinach..and for cole slaw. Salt the slaw first rinse and squeeze with the ricer and let it dry a bit and dress it so it soaks up the dressing better...and is crispy.
 
Benny September 7, 2012
brilliant!
 
ChefOno September 7, 2012

Ricers also come in handy for putting the squeeze on other foods too, watermelon and grated onion for instance.

 
ChefOno September 7, 2012

Um, not together I didn't mean.

 
RobertaJ September 7, 2012
YES ! It makes potato "snow" with no risk of the potatoes getting gluey and tacky, or leaving them too chunky. A food processor or mixer will give you the former, a masher will give you the latter.
 
Cannizzo September 6, 2012
The ricer or a food mill work very well the amount of flour you use is important but also the tool you use for the potatoes is also as important
 
pierino September 6, 2012
I'll add my voice to "yes" on the ricer. I really do think that it makes a difference. Also once you've mixed in the flour you need some skill in rolling out even width "dowels". One of my friends is expert at that part. After that you slice them and then flick them off your gnocchi form.
 
bigpan September 6, 2012
I agree to use your 'ricer' - to make it nicer. Gnocchi is all about texture and getting the right ridges to hold the sauce.
 
JORJ September 6, 2012
Well, i think that a ricer helps to aerate the potatoes so that they dry out easier before you add the flour -- so you don't need to use so much flour to make the gnocchi (which is important for gnocchi texture as HalfPint said above). I think a food mill would work too for this. Or you could mash them with a masher and put the mashed up taters on a big rimmed backing sheet so they would have a good surface area to steam off the moisture.
 
Benny September 6, 2012
I would say yes. since you don't want any actual chunks of potato in your gnocchi dough, a ricer is a great way to ensure you get a fluffy, completely chunk free potatoes.
 
HalfPint September 6, 2012
IMHO, no, what is important is the amount of flour added. Too much has the gnocchi is chewy and heavy. Too little and they fall apart when cooked.

 
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