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Ricing is a cooking term meaning to pass food through a food mill or "ricer", which comes in several forms. In the most basic, food is pushed or pressured through a metal or plastic plate with many small holes, producing a smoother result than mashing, but coarser than pureeing or passing through a sieve or tamis. The size of the product produced by ricing is about the same as grains of rice.
Potatoes are the most commonly "riced" foods, as in the dish riced potatoes, essentially a smoother version of mashed potatoes. However, other vegetables can be 'riced' in order to provide low glycemic, nutrient-rich vegetable dishes, either cooked or raw, with or without sauces and herbs, or in salads. Cooking artfully 'riced' cauliflower, then mashing it before serving, provides a more health-supporting vegetable dish that looks like mashed potatoes but isn't.
- Food mill
- List of food preparation utensils
- Potato masher
- Potato ricer - also known as a 'ricer' - is a small, relatively inexpensive kitchen tool
- Healthy Cauliflower Rice. Food Network Kitchen. Accessed June 30, 2017
- How to Make Cauliflower Rice | Minimalist Baker. Demonstrates with photos the process of ricing cauliflower. Accessed June 30, 2017
- Food Mill Versus Potato Ricer. February 24, 2010. Includes clear description with photos of food mill and vegetable ricer. Accessed June 30, 2017
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