The nice folks at Trudeau sent me an email and offered me a product to review. I said thanks, but no, I've reviewed too many like it before.
They said okay, take a look at this catalog and let us know what you like. I picked two things. TWO. And then they send me this big box of stuff.
Big box. Of stuff. Cooking stuff.
I love my job.
So, anyway, I photographed a bunch of different items and set it aside so I until I needed it. There's some bakeware in there that I wanted to use first, and I haven't needed to bake a cake lately.
Then I decided I needed mashed potatoes rather desperately, and I remembered they had sent me a potato washer. So I unpackaged it, washed it, and put it to use.
This sucker is sturdy, which is a plus. It has a handle that's easy to grip. The top handle that lets you press down is easier to use. And the design makes sense. It has a flat base with holes in it. kind of like a ricer, but instead of pushing potatoes down, you push the masher down and the spuds squeeze through the holes.
The holes are big, compared to the ones in a ricer, but that makes sense. It would be immensely difficult to push the masher down if the holes were tiny.
So, anyway, I mashed potatoes and the masher worked really well.
The photo also shows a baster. I had planned on reviewing both at the same time, but didn't actually need the baster ... but they still go together, and they'd probably be nice as a pair for a gift, right? The baster includes a cleaning brush that stores inside the baster, and there's a brush tip, so you can brush and not just squirt. I'm thinking this could be useful for applying sauces, but I haven't tried that yet.
Who's it for: People who like mashed potatoes. Mmmmm. potatoes.
Pros: Works well, sturdy, dishwasher safe.
Cons: It's sort of a single use tool. But how else would you mash potatoes, hmmmm? You could use it for mashing other root vegetables, or refried beans, if you like.
Wishes: I kind of wish the color was brighter, but that's not a big deal. It's a tool, not an art object.
Source: I received this from the manufacturer for the purpose of a review.