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 Food mills - worth owning?

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ScreamingChicken

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Food mills - worth owning? Sat, 09/10/11 2:21 PM (permalink)
I'm sitting here watching Jacques Pepin make a gazpacho (on TV, not in my kitchen) and he's using a food mill.  Up until now I've managed to get through life without owning one but I'm wondering if it'd be a worthwhile addition to the kitchen toolbox.
 
Those of you who own food mills, how do you use them and what do you use them for?  Are they essential or more of a luxury?
 
Brad
 
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    DawnT

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    Re:Food mills - worth owning? Sat, 09/10/11 3:17 PM (permalink)
    They make great real mashed potatoes especially if you don't have the strength to operate a ricer. I bought one in '72 actually to feed my grandfather before he died. I was able to puree all kinds of foods for him with it. I hadn't seen them around for a long time and recently have seen them everywhere including Harbor Freight all the way to OXO at BBB. There must be some reason they've become popular again.
     
     Great tool in it's day when you didn't have food processors to turn things into mush. The biggest problem I had was trying to keep the mill and a bowl still while churning. The one I had did have a handle, but the you sort of had to curl your arm around it and the bowl to keep it still. Sort of a 3 handed operation. These new bowls with the rubber, non-slip bottoms would pair nicely. I see some now have legs and stand over a bowl. That's an improvement.
     
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      Twinwillow

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      Re:Food mills - worth owning? Sat, 09/10/11 3:31 PM (permalink)
      Great for pureeing whole tomatoes. Fresh or canned.
      I like using a ricer for potatoes but, a food mill will do just as good as suggested above by DawnT.
       
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        mar52

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        Re:Food mills - worth owning? Sat, 09/10/11 4:20 PM (permalink)
        I have one somewhere in my garage... I think.
         
         
         
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          Foodbme

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          Re:Food mills - worth owning? Sun, 09/11/11 4:43 AM (permalink)
          Like a lot of my kitchen "Stuff" as my wife calls it--- That I use maybe once a year---Nice to have when you need it but could probably get by without it.
          I don't know how much of my "Stuff" I've rescued from my wife's garage sales over the years only to have to re-rescue it the next Garage Sale. I have a Bread Machine that's probably 10 years old and I've made maybe 3 loaves of bread with it, but need to rescue it every year from the clutches of some old woman looking for cheap Christmas gifts at the Sale. "That's NOT for sale"!
          I think I'm going to start a non-profit Rescue League like the Animal Rescue Leagues. The STKA League--"The Save The Kitchen Appliances League"
          <message edited by Foodbme on Sun, 09/11/11 4:45 AM>
           
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            seafarer john

            Re:Food mills - worth owning? Sun, 09/11/11 11:01 AM (permalink)
            Wouldn't want to live without our food mill, but we don't use it as much as we used to because of the easy pureeing in the processor. There's a still a few jobs the processor can't do: like pureeing tomatoes ( the mill separates the skins, the processor chops them all up into the puree).
             
            We inherited our mill from Gail's mother - I guess it's at least 75 years old...
             
            Cheers, John  
             
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              Foodbme

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              Re:Food mills - worth owning? Sun, 09/11/11 3:20 PM (permalink)
              seafarer john

              Wouldn't want to live without our food mill, but we don't use it as much as we used to because of the easy pureeing in the processor. There's a still a few jobs the processor can't do: like pureeing tomatoes ( the mill separates the skins, the processor chops them all up into the puree).
              We inherited our mill from Gail's mother - I guess it's at least 75 years old...
              Cheers, John  

              I let Muir Glen Puree my tomatoes for me. The send them to my grocery store for me in a nice round can!
               
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                claracamille

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                Re:Food mills - worth owning? Sun, 09/18/11 7:41 AM (permalink)
                I use my food mill for applesauce.  Just quarter & core apples, cook, cool, into the food mill.   Applesauce comes out the bottom, peels stay in the food mill.  Will be making & freezing applesauce soon.
                 
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                  tcrouzer

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                  Re:Food mills - worth owning? Sun, 09/18/11 9:11 AM (permalink)
                  And don't forget apple or pear butter! Got to have a food mill for fruit butters. Mine is around here somewhere......
                   
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                    kland01s

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                    Re:Food mills - worth owning? Sun, 09/18/11 10:25 AM (permalink)
                    I have my mom's, she was a wonderful made from scratch cook and canner. I have never used it. It has to be 40+++ years old. I have her meat slicer too, same era.
                     
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