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Food mill vs. food processor

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I was wondering what the differences are between a food mill and a food processor. I am looking to make my own baby food, and I see a lot of people use a food mill. I don't have one, yet I have a food processor. Is it really necessary to get a food mill or will a food processor work?

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  1. You can really use either one and get very similar results. Back in the back before food processors, and I age myself here, my hippie friends all used food mills for baby food.

    Food mills don't process everything, no nuts or breadcrumbs, for example, but for soft veggies, cooked beans, etc. they're fine. Plus no electricity, not that I think that necessarily would be an issue. Food processors have a much wider range of applications.

    So, no, if you have a FP already, go forth and use it with good results, no need for the extra equipment.

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    1. re: bushwickgirl

      The one difference is the food mill does sieve out coarse debris which is useful if you are making a soup or a sauce and you want a very smooth texture. A good example is to make pureed potato, the potatoes are baked in the oven to avoid adding moisture (too much moisture impedes the butter/potato emulsion) and then mashed through the mill leaving the skins behind.

      I don't know that matters for baby food as I assume it doesn't matter if you process it for longer in the blender.

    2. A food mill will EXTRACT seeds and skins, whereas a food processor will mince/destroy them keeping them in the final product. Seeds and skins can affect the taste and texture of whatever it is you're preparing. Food mills are good for this reason. HTH.