A stainless steel food mill is a common enough kitchen utensil in France, but I passed by them for years. Then I became curious -- what was this kooky French cookware that is so popular that even a small grocery store will have at least one on display? Turns out I needed one.
I'd been tying to make mashed potatoes in my food processor (tad bit of laziness going on there) and it seemed like every other time I'd get a sticky mess. That's because a food processor can break down the starch in the potatoes by over mixing. I also think it depends on what sort of potatoes you use.
The good thing about a food mill is that it always works. Great mashed potatoes every time. Or try using it on this celery root puree for a taste experience you're gonna love. It also works perfectly for pureeing soups as in this potato leek soup recipe.
Not only can you puree just about any vegetable, you'll love using a food mill for making homemade tomato sauce recipes and jams. Actually, the possibilities of what you do with your food mill are vast. Once you have one, you'll probably think up a few ideas of your own.
Once you own a stainless steel food mill, you can have fun making dishes that call for mashed potatoes like this mashed potato casserole known as Hachis Parmentier. Enjoy!
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