How to Use a Food Mill


People are always looking for something to improve their eating habits.

There are healthy ways to process food without the use of a food processor. You don’t need electricity, you just need a regular food mill. Just like the name implies, when you put food inside the apparatus, it grinds the food up using manual power.  You can puree foods, crush food and more with a food mill. If you make a product with a food that has pits or seeds, you can always pour the results through a strainer to remove anything unwanted. Making your own natural juices not only saves money, but it also  healthier than other forms of juice on the market.

Necessary Items:

  • Salt
  • Airtight Container
  • 3 ¼ lb. fresh tomatoes per quart of juice
  • Food Mill
  • Knife
  • Saucepan
  • Bowl
  • Potato Masher
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice per quart of juice (optional)

Step 1

Cleanse your tomatoes. Give them a wash with cold water and remove the stems with a knife. Now, cut the tomatoes into quarter pieces or either pieces that are about a half an inch.

Step 2

Put the diced tomato in a saucepan.  Set the stove top to medium heat Allow it to boil.

Step 3

As the tomatoes began to soften and break down, mash them with a potato masher. Crush them as the heat softens the fruit.

Step 4

Allow the tomato to cook for five minutes and then take them off of the heat.

Step 5

Pour the tomato mix into a large bowl and turn the cooking heat to low. Put the pan back onto the stove top.

Step 6

Get the food mill. Position it right beneath the saucepan. Pour your tomato mixture slowly into the food mill approximately 1 cup at a time.

Step 7

Allot the tomato to run through the food mill. Rotate the handle so the mill continues to liquefy the tomato. The mill will also prevent the skin from getting into the juice.

Step 8

Run the tomato juice through the food mill again. Your juice should be in the saucepan.

Step 9

Adjust the cooking temperature from medium to high heat. Boil.

Step 10

You are free to add salt according your personal tastes. Also, add lemon juice. About 2 tablespoons for every quart. If you are canning use the use as well.

Step 11

Take the tomato mix from the high heat and put in into airtight jars. Leave about ½ inch from the top of the container.

Step 12

This tomato juice will last for about seven day in the refrigerator. Enjoy your fresh tomato juice made from a food mill.

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About the Author: Leona Kesler is a head-chef at a very popular food restaurant in New York. Also she is a blogger who shares her experiences, tips, and other informative details about food and cooking. Her recipes are featured on many magazines.

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