Can a Sausage Maker be used to make tomato sauce?

Started by A-Neibs, June 28, 2014, 01:31:16 PM

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A-Neibs

I've had a few people recommend a food mill to me for making sauce because they like the consistency of the sauce it makes. I've never used one but I've seen a lot of people on youtube use them. I'd like to buy one. I'd also like to buy a sausage maker and try making my one sausages. They have similar looks, so I'm curious if I can just buy the sausage maker and use it for both. Or do I need to buy them both separate?

TXCraig1

My guess is that it would make crushed tomatoes.
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Trickydick

I have a device I bought at Williams Sonoma online years ago.  It's sort of like a food mill.  Made in Italy, plastic, with a metal spring.  Rather ingenious device.  You place quartered tomatoes into the hopper, turn the hand crank, and one chute collects the skins and seeds, and the other chute collects the pulp and juice.  When I bought it, it was just over $20.  I think they raised the price since then.  I find that it like to run the skins and seeds back through a few more times to get the most out of the flavor-rich parts, just below the skins. Try checking at their online store to see if they still carry it.  I have no idea what it's called

TXCraig1

I also use a food mill to make sauce. IMO, it is the right, if not ideal, tool.
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A-Neibs

Trickydick, is this what you have?


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A-Neibs

I was at a restaurant supply store a few months ago and saw a 'Weston Roma tomato press' for $20. Seemed like a good deal for a good price so I bought it, but it's a piece of junk. The suction doesn't work to stick to the counter. It does separate the seeds like you mentioned, but that's about all it's good for. I looked it up on amazon later and it has terrible reviews. I found this on the website you mentioned and it had great reviews. Then I went to amazon to see if they sold it. I typed in Italian tomato press and one of the ones that came up with good reviews was a Velox Tomato Press from Italy. Do you know what brand yours is? Is it Velox?

TXCraig1

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A-Neibs

I know, but he said his was sort of like a food mill, but it had a hand crank and one chute to separate the seeds and skin and another chute to collect the juice. I found this on the site he said he bought his from. I also looked up food mills, but I don't think that's what he bought.

TXCraig1

Quote from: A-Neibs on June 30, 2014, 01:51:48 PM
I know, but he said his was sort of like a food mill, but it had a hand crank and one chute to separate the seeds and skin and another chute to collect the juice. I found this on the site he said he bought his from. I also looked up food mills, but I don't think that's what he bought.

I think you are right.
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mkevenson

I have a meat grinder to make sausage. It seems that it is designed to grind meat or other semi solid foods. I think all the juice from the maters would make a mess in a meat grinder. You can borrow my grinder if you want to try it. Just pay shipping and it is on loan to you.

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Trickydick

Yes, the pictures of that red plastic device is exactly what I have.  Is it perfect? No.  It does a good job I think for small batches of tomatoes.  The more ripened they are, the easier that they run through the "mill". I have enjoyed using the mill.  I hope others find it useful as well.

TD

vnoz

Just throw the tomatoes in a blender!!! thats what i do.  I dont like any chunks so it comes out nice and smooth.

gabaghool

I know this is for home use, bit in connecticut ALOT of NH style pizza places run their tomatoes through the grinder attachment on their commercial mixer.  Works great for NH stle sauce, but it has a big draw back....after  a while the tomatoes acidity eats at the mixer........that's a big problem....so I stopped...but it's still done plenty.

Chicago Bob

Quote from: vnoz on July 07, 2014, 01:00:54 PM
Just throw the tomatoes in a blender!!! thats what i do.  I dont like any chunks so it comes out nice and smooth.
easy peazzy.


but uuuu, those seeds make it soooo not good and bitter on my tongue.   ::)
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