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Oct 30, 2006 09:23 AM

Food Mills

Would like to invest in a food mill. Any recommendations? Thank you.

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  1. In my experience, Cuisipro makes a good one for a reasonable price. That's what I ended up buying. They resemble the high end German Rosle units, but far less spendy. Both are good. I do not like the Moulinex brand at all (thousand pardons to Moulinex fans, but it feels chintzy in comparison).

    Be sure to get one that's easy to clean, too.

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    1. re: Professor Salt

      I second you on the Moulinex. They just buckle when subjected to anything resembling hard use. Someday I'm going to have to get a decent one; until then, it's the blender.

      1. re: condiment

        Are you referring to the plastic Moulinex or the stainless steel one? The plastic one considered a best buy by Cooks Illustated is $19.95 The SS one is $24.95, and the cheapest price I can find on the Cuisipro was $69.00

        1. re: ChowFun_derek

          Dunno about condiment, but I was talking about the all metal one (don't recall if it was stainless, though). Even brand new in the cooking store where I worked, the mechanism rotated poorly and the metal-on-metal grating was so loud that I couldn't event show it to customers without apologizing.

          This was 5+ years ago, so perhaps they've improved quality to gain their CI rating. In any event, I haven't needed to look at another mill since I bought mine.

          1. re: ChowFun_derek

            I'm talking about the metal one. The first one I got was so flimsy and poorly put together that it literally self-destructed the first time I used it. I kept worrying about metal shards shaving off into the puree. The second one was impossible to use and it bent. I gave up after that...

      2. I am a Foley gal as my mother is too. In 30+ years of cooking and marriage I have had to replace it only once when it got dull. My newer one has to be 15+ years and is still sharp and an excellent piece of equipment. Most hardware stores stock them.

        1. I bought this one

          at a restaurant supply house. It's big, sturdy, reliable, came with three disks; not cheap but not ruinously pricey either.

          1. Is there an advantage to using a food mill over a blender?

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            1. re: Zengarden

              I can't imagine making mashed potatoes or applesauce in a blender. Mashed potatoes would be a gluey mess. Food mill allows you to avoid peeling and holds the skins back. for mashed potatoes they are much lighter adn fluffier if you are using the corerect potatoes.

              1. re: Zengarden

                A food mill separates out skin, seeds, cores, etc from the pureed meat and you don't get air in your puree with a food mill.

                Blender, food processor both incorporate air and neither separate out the things like seeds, skin, or cores

              2. Pureeing fruit (including tomatoes) also works better in a mill since the seeds and skins don't go through. And the blender or processor tend to aerate food which can change texture and color in ways that aren't always what you want.

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                1. re: rootlesscosmo

                  Thanks for the clarification. Now I get it.

                  I saw a plastic one at Goodwill the other day. It didn't look like it would withstand long term use so I left it there.