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Canning, Freezing and Drying: What is the best food mill/strainer

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Debsroots
Northwest, MO
(Zone 5a)

August 6, 2012
5:34 PM

Post #9232261

I plan on making tomato juice and sauce this summer. What is the best for the price food mill/strainer that has uses a waste funnel?

Thanks for any help you can provide.

paulgrow

paulgrow
Allen Park, MI
(Zone 6a)

August 9, 2012
11:00 AM

Post #9235674

Foley
minnesippi
Oakdale, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 28, 2012
5:21 PM

Post #9289314

I was just wondering the same thing...anyone else have any opinions in addition to Paulgrow?

dreaves

dreaves
Hutto, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 2, 2012
4:26 AM

Post #9322539

Okay, so this has been idle a while... I have two different strainers/food mills. The first is a Foley-style hand cranked mill. It has plates with different sized holes. The other is the grinder/strainer accessory for our Kitchenaid mixer. Both work well. The texture with even the finest hole plate in the Foley is more coarse or rustic than the Kitchenaid. I like them both. The Kitchenaid probably gets more juice and pulp and is a bit less work. It is also 2-3 times more expensive (if you have the mixer).

David
Kydaylilylady
Waddy, KY

January 6, 2013
5:13 PM

Post #9377613

I bought the Kitchenaid strainer this fall and used it to make a ton of apple butter. Sure cut the work by 75%. And gives me one more thing to use my Kitchenaid for. Well worth the 49 dollars I paid for the attachment!
minnesippi
Oakdale, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 6, 2013
5:25 PM

Post #9377624

good to know! I just got a mixer for Christmas :)
Kydaylilylady
Waddy, KY

January 7, 2013
5:10 AM

Post #9377849

I ran the apple peel/seeds through twice and there was very little waste when it was over. All I did was quarter the apples and take off the stem. Didn't core them.

I used it on pears but the skins of the pears that i had were very tender and some of the peel was pushed through the sieve. That wouldn't be a problem unless they pears were a bit spotted and you didn't want flecks of brown in your jams. Didn't run them through twice. I think they don't recomment it for blackberries if I remember correctly. I think that's because most of the juice is pushed out of the berries and the seeds clog up the worm of the sieve.

dreaves

dreaves
Hutto, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 7, 2013
6:24 AM

Post #9377909

After using the grinder/strainer combo for a while I can unreservedly recommend it. It makes great applesauce and great tomato sauce. I was also able to separate a good deal of juice from the sauce, so the work yielded sauce and juice. I also now use the grinder for all our ground meat. I buy "market pack" brisket for about 1/3 the cost of hamburger, then trim and grind with exactly the fat amount that I prefer. It also does a great job grinding chicken or turkey and I use it to grind all the meat for homemade sausage. I've made normal sausage patties, bratwurst, smoked sausage, and Cajun andouille.

David R
minnesippi
Oakdale, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 7, 2013
8:08 AM

Post #9378006

I know whats on my list :) Thank you for the recommendations.

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