your favorite uses for a food mill
trying to justify the purchase of a food mill. but wondering how much i would really use it. so what are your favorite uses for yours?
You could probably do it with a foodmill too, but I bought my tiny entry level food processor just for the purpose of making my own hummus! Homemade hummus has 2 advantages a) you make it the way you like, b)you control how much you make (I usually end up discarding some of the store-bought stuff). And it's also way cheaper to make your own at home.
I think if what you want is a puree of vegetables or fruit, the mill does a better job than a processor or blender. I use mine to make mashed potatoes, pureed soup (a potato-leek-carrot one in particular), pureed tomatoes (skins and seeds don't go through and the puree isn't aerated so it stays red rather than turning pink), pureed berries (again, no seeds) for ice creams and sorbets. I bought a fairly fancy one, a Matfer 5 quart, from a restaurant supply house
and I wouldn't be without it.
Pureeing steamed sweet potatoes for a quick bread (or muffins).
Separating reconstituted chile pepper pulp from the skin.
Pureeing the cooked vegetables in soup or braising liquid.
It is best for making a puree when I want to leave things like seeds and skin behind. This better than using a food processor (or blender) to reduce the skin and seeds to a pulp.