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Old 22-05-2007, 08:36 PM posted to rec.food.preserving
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Default Food mill -- need recommendations

I'd like to buy a food mill. Well, I think that's what I want to buy. I
have a food processor and a tomato press already -- what I really want is
something that will get the seeds out of raspberries so I can make seedless
jam. And seedless coulis. Seedless raspberry whatever. Ideally I could
use it to make seedless strawberry whatever, too.

Is a food mill what I want? If so, what brand should I buy? There's a big
range in prices -- I've seen them as cheap as $15-20, and as expesnive as
$60-70. I want a good one, but I don't want to get spend more than I have
to.

Thanks!

Anny




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Old 23-05-2007, 12:01 AM posted to rec.food.preserving
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Default Food mill -- need recommendations


"Anny Middon" wrote in message
t...
I'd like to buy a food mill. Well, I think that's what I want to buy. I
have a food processor and a tomato press already -- what I really want is
something that will get the seeds out of raspberries so I can make
seedless jam. And seedless coulis. Seedless raspberry whatever. Ideally
I could use it to make seedless strawberry whatever, too.

Is a food mill what I want? If so, what brand should I buy? There's a
big range in prices -- I've seen them as cheap as $15-20, and as expesnive
as $60-70. I want a good one, but I don't want to get spend more than I
have to.

Thanks!

Anny





I have used a range of products from cheap to the $200$ range. All worked
well enough.
Just make sure yours can be had with a berry screen. (It has smaller
holes)

I currently use a GardenWay, which can be had on ebay sometimes in the $100
range.
(It doesn't work any better that my old $35.00 Victorio, but is all metal,
and just has lasted longer.)

see these:
http://www.everythingkitchens.com/ba...dstrainer.html

I have used this model, and these people before with satisfactory results

scroll down to see the berry screens.


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Old 23-05-2007, 02:33 AM posted to rec.food.preserving
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Default Food mill -- need recommendations

In article ,
"Anny Middon" wrote:

I'd like to buy a food mill. Well, I think that's what I want to buy. I
have a food processor and a tomato press already -- what I really want is
something that will get the seeds out of raspberries so I can make seedless
jam. And seedless coulis. Seedless raspberry whatever. Ideally I could
use it to make seedless strawberry whatever, too.

Is a food mill what I want? If so, what brand should I buy? There's a big
range in prices -- I've seen them as cheap as $15-20, and as expesnive as
$60-70. I want a good one, but I don't want to get spend more than I have
to.

Thanks!

Anny



Anny, I think you can get your raspberry pretty seedless with a "berry
screen" for the tomato press -- if your tomato press is like mine -- a
hopper feeder. Small holes. Or else a fine/small-holed chinoise. I
don't think a "regular" (whatever that is) food mill will do it. You'll
want pretty small holes.
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-Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ

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Old 23-05-2007, 05:34 AM posted to rec.food.preserving
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Default Food mill -- need recommendations

Anny Middon wrote:
I'd like to buy a food mill. Well, I think that's what I want to buy. I
have a food processor and a tomato press already -- what I really want is
something that will get the seeds out of raspberries so I can make seedless
jam. And seedless coulis. Seedless raspberry whatever. Ideally I could
use it to make seedless strawberry whatever, too.

Is a food mill what I want? If so, what brand should I buy? There's a big
range in prices -- I've seen them as cheap as $15-20, and as expesnive as
$60-70. I want a good one, but I don't want to get spend more than I have
to.

Thanks!

Anny




Probably a food mill will not take the seeds out of raspberries, but a
plain old fine strainer ( of the plastic variety) and a round bottomed
anything ( ladle, sockdarner, etc)to rub it through will work.. That
said, a food mill will do many other things ( make smooth apple sauce
without peeling the apples, etc.) Any one will work, though the large
italian tin ones are terrible to take apart and put back together
whereas the cheap plastic ones ( with metal plates and stirrer) are easy
to use. In the U.S. ( but not my part of Canada) , the one piece food
mill with removeable handle-bottom scraper is still available I think.
Ellen
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Old 23-05-2007, 01:56 PM posted to rec.food.preserving
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Default Food mill -- need recommendations

In article 0vP4i.207480$DE1.25485@pd7urf2no,
ellen wickberg wrote:

to use. In the U.S. ( but not my part of Canada) , the one piece food
mill with removeable handle-bottom scraper is still available I think.
Ellen


Sounds like my Foley food mill.

--
-Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
http://web.mac.com/barbschaller - blahblahblog - Orange Honey
Garlic Chicken, 3-29-2007
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Old 23-05-2007, 03:05 PM posted to rec.food.preserving
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"Shawn Martin" wrote in message
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I have used a range of products from cheap to the $200$ range. All worked
well enough.
Just make sure yours can be had with a berry screen. (It has smaller
holes)

I currently use a GardenWay, which can be had on ebay sometimes in the
$100 range.
(It doesn't work any better that my old $35.00 Victorio, but is all
metal, and just has lasted longer.)

see these:
http://www.everythingkitchens.com/ba...dstrainer.html

I have used this model, and these people before with satisfactory results

scroll down to see the berry screens.


Thanks, Shawn. Either the Back to Basics or the GardenWay look pretty much
like what I want.

Anny


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Old 23-05-2007, 03:13 PM posted to rec.food.preserving
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"Melba's Jammin'" wrote in message
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Anny, I think you can get your raspberry pretty seedless with a "berry
screen" for the tomato press -- if your tomato press is like mine -- a
hopper feeder. Small holes. Or else a fine/small-holed chinoise. I
don't think a "regular" (whatever that is) food mill will do it. You'll
want pretty small holes.
--
-Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ


I don't think I can get any other screens for my tomato press -- I have a
fairly inexpensive one I got on Ebay a few years ago, and the screen is not
removeable. I know the holes in the screen are too large to filter out
raspberry seeds.

The chinoise is a good idea, but it's too labor-intensive. I liked the idea
of an attachment for my KitchenAid that could do the job for me so I could
avoid almost all the work, but the one they make apparently won't handle
raspberry seeds.

BTW -- if I process the raspberries to make them seedless, will the spread
made from the seedless puree still be technically called a jam?

Anny


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Old 23-05-2007, 03:53 PM posted to rec.food.preserving
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Default Food mill -- need recommendations

Melba's Jammin' wrote:
In article 0vP4i.207480$DE1.25485@pd7urf2no,
ellen wickberg wrote:


to use. In the U.S. ( but not my part of Canada) , the one piece food
mill with removeable handle-bottom scraper is still available I think.
Ellen



Sounds like my Foley food mill.

yup
Ellen
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Old 23-05-2007, 03:56 PM posted to rec.food.preserving
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Default Food mill -- need recommendations

Anny Middon wrote:
"Melba's Jammin'" wrote in message
...


Anny, I think you can get your raspberry pretty seedless with a "berry
screen" for the tomato press -- if your tomato press is like mine -- a
hopper feeder. Small holes. Or else a fine/small-holed chinoise. I
don't think a "regular" (whatever that is) food mill will do it. You'll
want pretty small holes.
--
-Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ



I don't think I can get any other screens for my tomato press -- I have a
fairly inexpensive one I got on Ebay a few years ago, and the screen is not
removeable. I know the holes in the screen are too large to filter out
raspberry seeds.

The chinoise is a good idea, but it's too labor-intensive. I liked the idea
of an attachment for my KitchenAid that could do the job for me so I could
avoid almost all the work, but the one they make apparently won't handle
raspberry seeds.

BTW -- if I process the raspberries to make them seedless, will the spread
made from the seedless puree still be technically called a jam?

Anny


Sure, I for instance hardly ever put the pits in my peach or apriot jam.
Ellen
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Old 23-05-2007, 03:58 PM posted to rec.food.preserving
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Default Food mill -- need recommendations

On Tue, 22 May 2007 14:36:17 -0500, "Anny Middon"
wrote:

I'd like to buy a food mill. Well, I think that's what I want to buy. I
have a food processor and a tomato press already -- what I really want is
something that will get the seeds out of raspberries so I can make seedless
jam. And seedless coulis. Seedless raspberry whatever. Ideally I could
use it to make seedless strawberry whatever, too.

Is a food mill what I want? If so, what brand should I buy? There's a big
range in prices -- I've seen them as cheap as $15-20, and as expesnive as
$60-70. I want a good one, but I don't want to get spend more than I have
to.

Thanks!

Anny



A Squeezo strainer works very well with the the berry screen. You
have to buy the additional screens tho. Not cheap.
http://www.homesteadhelpers.com/get_...zo_squeezo.htm

Amazon has several food mills. I bought the MIU brand. It comes with
3 screens and works fine. I have not tried it with berries yet.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw...6&Go.y=6&Go=Go
--
Susan N.

"Moral indignation is in most cases two percent moral,
48 percent indignation, and 50 percent envy."
Vittorio De Sica, Italian movie director (1901-1974)
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"ellen wickberg" wrote in message
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Anny Middon wrote:
"Melba's Jammin'" wrote in message
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Anny, I think you can get your raspberry pretty seedless with a "berry
screen" for the tomato press -- if your tomato press is like mine -- a
hopper feeder. Small holes. Or else a fine/small-holed chinoise. I
don't think a "regular" (whatever that is) food mill will do it. You'll
want pretty small holes.
--
-Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ



I don't think I can get any other screens for my tomato press -- I have a
fairly inexpensive one I got on Ebay a few years ago, and the screen is
not removeable. I know the holes in the screen are too large to filter
out raspberry seeds.

The chinoise is a good idea, but it's too labor-intensive. I liked the
idea of an attachment for my KitchenAid that could do the job for me so I
could avoid almost all the work, but the one they make apparently won't
handle raspberry seeds.

BTW -- if I process the raspberries to make them seedless, will the
spread made from the seedless puree still be technically called a jam?

Anny


Sure, I for instance hardly ever put the pits in my peach or apriot jam.
Ellen


Yabbut I'll bet you don't puree the peaches or apricots first.

I thought that jam by definition had small chunks of fruit in it. Jam made
from deseeded raspberries won't have any chunks, will it? So -- is it still
a jam?

Anny


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Old 23-05-2007, 06:14 PM posted to rec.food.preserving
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"The Cook" wrote in message
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A Squeezo strainer works very well with the the berry screen. You
have to buy the additional screens tho. Not cheap.
http://www.homesteadhelpers.com/get_...zo_squeezo.htm

Amazon has several food mills. I bought the MIU brand. It comes with
3 screens and works fine. I have not tried it with berries yet.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw...6&Go.y=6&Go=Go
--
Susan N.

The MIU looks good, except I sure wish one of the reviews said something
about removing berry seeds.

I'm thinking about presenting the options to my DH. When I was shopping for
a stand mixer, I told him there was a model on sale for under $250 with a
325 watt motor. I thought it would do the job. There were other modles,
including one with a 575 watt motor that was on sale for $400+. He looked
at me like I was nuts and said, "You should always buy the one with the
biggest motor."

I haven't yet had occasion to make 8 loaves of bread at once, but I like
that I can should I want to.

Anny


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Anny Middon wrote:
"ellen wickberg" wrote in message
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Anny Middon wrote:

"Melba's Jammin'" wrote in message
...


Anny, I think you can get your raspberry pretty seedless with a "berry
screen" for the tomato press -- if your tomato press is like mine -- a
hopper feeder. Small holes. Or else a fine/small-holed chinoise. I
don't think a "regular" (whatever that is) food mill will do it. You'll
want pretty small holes.
--
-Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ


I don't think I can get any other screens for my tomato press -- I have a
fairly inexpensive one I got on Ebay a few years ago, and the screen is
not removeable. I know the holes in the screen are too large to filter
out raspberry seeds.

The chinoise is a good idea, but it's too labor-intensive. I liked the
idea of an attachment for my KitchenAid that could do the job for me so I
could avoid almost all the work, but the one they make apparently won't
handle raspberry seeds.

BTW -- if I process the raspberries to make them seedless, will the
spread made from the seedless puree still be technically called a jam?

Anny



Sure, I for instance hardly ever put the pits in my peach or apriot jam.
Ellen



Yabbut I'll bet you don't puree the peaches or apricots first.

I thought that jam by definition had small chunks of fruit in it. Jam made
from deseeded raspberries won't have any chunks, will it? So -- is it still
a jam?

Anny


Barb says she wouldn't call it jam because of its consistency and its
not jelly because it's not clear. It falls into that nebulous category
called fruit spreads.

George, voice for Barb

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"ellen wickberg" wrote in message
news:aAY4i.209802$DE1.194672@pd7urf2no...
Melba's Jammin' wrote:
In article 0vP4i.207480$DE1.25485@pd7urf2no,
ellen wickberg wrote:


to use. In the U.S. ( but not my part of Canada) , the one piece food
mill with removeable handle-bottom scraper is still available I think.
Ellen



Sounds like my Foley food mill.

yup
Ellen


I kinda hate my Foley. It's not a huge one (about the size of my head?) but
it doesn't do too much at one time without needing cleaning out. And the
durned whirlygig thing keeps coming uncanoodled if it's too full. Maybe I'll
spring for a fancy tomato thingy with extra screens this year.
I just hated to throw away those blackberry seeds though. It looked like I
might have been able to make jelly if I'd been thinking...
BTW - I mill only half the blackberries and call it Mostly Seedless Jam.
Works for me.
Edrena


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"The Joneses" wrote in message
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"ellen wickberg" wrote in message
news:aAY4i.209802$DE1.194672@pd7urf2no...
Melba's Jammin' wrote:
In article 0vP4i.207480$DE1.25485@pd7urf2no,
ellen wickberg wrote:


to use. In the U.S. ( but not my part of Canada) , the one piece food
mill with removeable handle-bottom scraper is still available I think.
Ellen


Sounds like my Foley food mill.

yup
Ellen


I kinda hate my Foley. It's not a huge one (about the size of my head?)
but it doesn't do too much at one time without needing cleaning out. And
the durned whirlygig thing keeps coming uncanoodled if it's too full.
Maybe I'll spring for a fancy tomato thingy with extra screens this year.
I just hated to throw away those blackberry seeds though. It looked like
I might have been able to make jelly if I'd been thinking...
BTW - I mill only half the blackberries and call it Mostly Seedless Jam.
Works for me.
Edrena



yup, did that once with raspberries , (well, through a sieve, don't have a
food mill) - called it Mostly Seedless Raspberry Jam. With those results,
don't see much point in spending the money on something else to take out the
seeds....

Kathi


 




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