Because space is at a premium in any kitchen and everyone has some item of equipment that lurks unused, taking up precious space, now might be a good time to talk about what not to put on that wedding list.
Potato ricer - Because the potatoes get cold, and anyway, an electric hand whisk makes a better job of mashed potatoes.
Asparagus steamer - Why give it house room when an ordinary steamer does the job perfectly?
Fish kettle - Cooking fish slowly in kitchen foil produces moister flesh than poaching and the flavour isn't all going into the water.
Canelle knife - Because a good potato peeler does the same job.
Piping bags - Simply because life is too short.
Ceramic baking beans - Thankfully, I have pioneered a way to pre-bake a crisp pastry case without them
An electric hand whick is great if you want what I would call creamed potatoes - it breaks down the structure of the potatoes very fast and so unless you are very careful you are likely to get quite a runny result. Some people like this (i do not).
For perfect mashed tatties - a wooden spoon is the best - unless you put too much into the bowl it doesn't require too much elbow grease and although there will be a few lumps, you get a great sticky, comforting consistency which you can pile high on the plate (yum yum).
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 24 November 2004 4.33pm by red bus.
If you have a ricer, when you use it and serve the product to your friends and loved ones, do you say: "How do you like your riced potatoes?"
[IMO it's a daft name for a daft product, but if you really want one I'd go to J Lewis' or to somewhere that does stuff for pro cooks. There's a shop on the opposite end of Shaftesbury Ave to Picadilly - the Cov Gdn end, but I can't remember what it's called. My fanatical cooking friend always used to go there when we lived in SE1. Good luck]
(Embarrassed to admit I've even been there but...) Harrods have a very good kitchen dept which has potato ricers ('tho I'm with Delia on this one) they also do grapefruit spoons and little corn on the cob forks both of which I have found hard to find in the past.