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Tomato Presses - Buy A Tomato Mill Grinder

Updated on August 15, 2014

Tomato Strainers Make Cooking Easier

If you have ever encountered a recipe which requires you to remove tomato skins and seeds by hand then you will know what a fiddly and time-consuming task this can be. Smart chefs know there is a better alternative in the form of manual and electric tomato presses. Also known as tomato strainers, these handy kitchen gadgets take all the hard work out of tasks like making your own pasta sauce from scratch by turning a tedious task into a simple one involving little more than the push of a button, or in the case of manual tomato presses, the turn of a hand crank.

Tomato presses are used for straining the juice and pulp out of a tomato, separating this desirable extract from the unwanted skin and seeds. The tomatoes are fed into the top of the tomato strainer where they are pulled into a grinding mechanism which grinds up the tomatoes and pushes them through a strainer screen. The holes in this screen are small enough to enable juice and pulp to pass through but not skin and seeds which are discarded out the side of the machine.

Tomato strainers come in two main types, which are either user powered in the form of a hand crank manual tomato press or motor powered in the form of an electric tomato press. The hand cranked versions of these tomato sauce makers are the cheaper of the two and can be bought for under $50 for a good quality machine and these are suitable for extracting the juice and pulp out of several pounds of tomatoes at a time. However, if you usually work with bushells of tomatoes when you get into your pasta sauce making, then you will undoubtedly be better off buying an electric tomato press. Hand cranking your way through many pounds of tomatoes is certainly doable but your arms will certainly appreciate a motor doing the work for you and it'll definitely be faster.

The Manual Tomato Press

Should I Buy A Hand Turned Tomato Grinder?

Hand turned tomato presses are ideal for when you have a relatively small amount of tomatoes or other fruit and vegetables to process. If you have bushel loads then you are going to be better off buying an electric food strainer instead.

This type of tomato strainer requires the user to operate the grinding machinery by turning a crank handle. You cut the tomatoes up into quarters and drop them into a hopper on top of the machine. Then, you turn the handle manually and they are ground up by the machine with the good pulp and juice being pushed through a perforated strainer whilst the unwanted seeds and skin are discarded out the other side.

It's a lot faster than peeling and seeding tomatoes by hand and like all food strainers, they can be used for more than just tomatoes which makes them one of the most versatile kitchen utensils you can buy. By switching out the strainer attachment many food strainers can be used as a tomato press, or a berry strainer to process fruit for pies, and preserves for example, or with a quick perforated strainer replacement, you can switch to an applesauce maker or even use it to make mashed potatoes with ease.

One of the best rated manual turn food strainers is the Roma Food Strainer and Sauce Maker which you can see is reviewed and can be seen in action in the video which follows below.

Editor's Choice Recommended Tomato Press - For Fruit, Vegetables, Tomatoes and More!

Weston Food Strainer and Sauce Maker for Tomato, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Weston Food Strainer and Sauce Maker for Tomato, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

The Roma fuit and vegetable strainer is a low cost yet highly effective kitchen gadget which, if you do a lot of home cooking and canning, will be a lifesaver in the kitchen without costing you a fortune to purchase.

This vegatable and fruit strainer will save you time when you are making apple sauce, or processing berries for making jam and preserves or it can be used as a tomato press for pasta sauce creation or for making salsa by hand.

It attaches firmly to your countertop using a powerful suction cup or can be clamped to the side of a counter or table top by using the supplied clamp and all parts are make from rust proof materials to prevent acidic fruits and vegetables damaging the machine over time.

The versatility of the machine can be extended through the purchase of additional strainer attachments which feature varying hole sizes for processing pumpkin, squash, grapes, berries or for processing tomatoes for salsa, or for making pasta sauce.

Simply feed the fuit or vegetables in to the large hopper on top and turn the handle. The strained juices and pulp is extruded through the metal strainer whilst the skin and seeds are pushed out the other end to be discarded. It's that easy and at this price, it's a great buy for any home chef.

 

Recommended Accessories

Weston 4 Piece Accessory Kit for Tomato Press and Sauce Maker
Weston 4 Piece Accessory Kit for Tomato Press and Sauce Maker

This accessory kit features three additional strainer screens and a grape spiral for the Roma Food / Vegetable Strainer. It includes the following:

¤ 1 Berry Screen (3/64 inch holes)

¤ 1 Grape Spiral (5-1/2 inch length)

¤ 1 Pumpkin or Squash Screen (1/8 inch holes)

¤ 1 Salsa Screen (1/4 inch holes)

The original machine features a single general purpose strainer but these can extend its use immensely giving you much more flexibility in what you can use it for.

 

Watch How The Roma By Wesson Food Strainer Works

The Electric Tomato Press

Automatic Tomato Presses Save Your Arms

Manual tomato presses are great when you are making a couple of jars of pasta sauce or making pumpkin pie for your neighbors or church fete but when you have some serious processing to do, then you really should consider an automatic food strainer instead. Electric tomato presses do not feature the hand crank seen in manual machine but are instead powered by a small electric motor. This drives the tomato grinder mechanism at a faster speed than you would choose to turn a handle and isn't going to get tired either.

Electric tomato presses are however, more expensive than turn handle operated food mills but they do take a large part of the effort out of your home canning and sauce making activities as well as saving you even more time by automating the tomato milling part. If you haven't got help in the kitchen, then you have to keep stopping to turn the handle but with an electric food mill, you just drop the fruit in the top and let the machine do all the grinding and straining.

If you are a gardener who grows a lot of produce each year and spends many hours in the kitchen canning and processing those fruits and vegetables then an electric tomato press and food strainer is exactly what you need. You will be able to find anything from commercial food strainers to less powerful but more affordable electric tomato presses for the home kitchen which will shave hours off the time it takes to manually can foods and make your own jelly. One of the more highly recommended automatic food strainers for the home kitchen can be found below.

Recommended Electric Tomato Press

Do You Use A Food Strainer? Share Your Tips Below!

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    Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

    We don't usually worry too much about the skin and seeds when making our tomato sauce, but if we had a larger freezer, it would be nice to make large batches and to freeze some. Then I think we would be buying a press.

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    AstroGremlin 4 years ago

    Food mills are an essential tool for making applesauce, tomato sauce, and jellies. If you are into canning, you will want one.

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    Jogalog 4 years ago

    I just leave the seeds in and skins on. If I had a huge kitchen I'd get one of these but unfortunately in a small London flat I just don't have room for one!

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    Alana-r 4 years ago

    I must get one of these, i like to make my own pasta sauce, but i usually just leave the seeds in. Thanks for sharing!

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    chas65 4 years ago

    Never used a tomato press, but seems very useful for certain dishes.

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    vinodkpillai lm 4 years ago

    I use an electric fruit juicer for making juices from oranges and sweet limes. Never tried tomato presses. Thanks for sharing.

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    SayGuddaycom 4 years ago

    No and I cook with fresh tomatoes all the time. How did I not think of this??

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    Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

    I used a cone strainer and pestle when I used to can tomatoes with my grandma. Haven't done that in years though. I have no garden now and a much smaller kitchen in my apartment, so I usually just buy storebought.

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    Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

    I feel like my family has just about everything appliance and kitchen gadget under the sun and yet we don't have a tomato press. It sounds like a helpful tool though. Blessed!

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    Just had to peek back in and see your tomato presses have become quite popular, was here last year and had not heard of them before.

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    Lenskeeper 4 years ago

    My grandmother used to make and can homemade tomato juice each season, and I've never tasted tomato juice as good as homemade. Your page made me think about her juicing all of the tomatoes by hand!

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    Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

    A food strainer would be a great help in my kitchen. Thanks for the information. Blessings!

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    WriterJanis2 4 years ago

    How helpful these are in the kitchen.

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    JuserTM 4 years ago

    Amazing lens, well done! Thumbs up!

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    AstroGremlin 4 years ago

    I use an Oxo Food Mill. It is great for making applesauce for canning! Whatever food mill you choose, it saves a lot of work in preparing sauces from fresh fruits and vegetables.

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    gemjane 5 years ago

    I use my mother's old Foley food mill. It is hand-powered, but works well.

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    CoolFool83 5 years ago

    Oh I need something just like this! Thank you for this helpful lense.

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    BabyGirl1940 5 years ago

    What a good idea!

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    PaulWinter 5 years ago

    We grow tomatoes in our garden. This gadget would be useful for processing any we can't eat straight away.

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    Diva2Mom 5 years ago

    Tomato Press? Wow, I'd love to have one Nice lens!

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    mysweetjane lm 5 years ago

    I'd never heard of this before! I just use the old fashioned tedious way!

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    joannalynn lm 5 years ago

    I wonder if my KitchenAid mixer has an attachment for this? It has an attachment for every thing from pasta to sausage making, and all types of slicing. I don't use half of them.

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    poorwendy lm 5 years ago

    A tomato press could come in handy at times. I'd like to try it.

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    bohica96 5 years ago

    Sometimes serendipity intrudes. I was looking for a hand blender to make tomato soup when you liked one of my lenses. Thanks for that and the info here.

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    BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

    Never have, these look really good.

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    hobbygirl98 5 years ago

    @Kailua-KonaGirl: try the early girls

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    mrsclaus411 5 years ago

    Yes, I do. It's very useful.

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    Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

    I never saw one of these either. What a handy gadget.

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    Millionairemomma 5 years ago

    I never have but this looks useful!

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    June Parker 5 years ago from New York

    I use to when I was growing a huge vegetable garden. I downsized last year to an apartment and growing tomatoes in containers. I recently moved to Minnesota and am deciding as I type what will be the best for this cold climate and short growing season.

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    mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

    nice product!

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    goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

    i should get this strainer one of these months. thank you for giving us some ideas.

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    Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

    It's never too much work for a nice big glass of fresh tomato juice :)

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    Rosaquid 5 years ago

    Sounds like something I should have. Thanks!

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    flicker lm 5 years ago

    I have the Roma food strainer and it's very hand to use with all kinds of vegetables.

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    EcoPottiJo 5 years ago

    Never heard of a tomato press before! Thanks for the info!

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    jstarley 5 years ago

    I never even knew such a thing existed...LOL. And I consider myself a fairly good cook. Very informative!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    A lot of really good information especially when your preparing something and you haven't got the right ingredients, this would come in so handy

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    awesomedealz4u 5 years ago

    Nice lens! I'm going to have to put one of these on my wishlist!

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    Heidi 5 years ago from Benson, IL

    Haven't thought of it but I can certainly see where this would come in handy. We get a lot of tomatoes out of our garden every year and the hard part is thinking of stuff to do with them all.

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    ngio64 5 years ago

    I have a big metal cone that sits over the bowl on 3 legs. You stir and press the tomatoes with a big wooden cone and scrape the pulp off the outside of the metal cone. My grandmother had one just like it that she used for canning. Thanks for bringing me some nice memories.

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    greenmind 5 years ago

    pretty cool lens! I'm the cook in the family and now I need one of these.

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    Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

    Well, I was a fan of all sorts of kitchen gadgets for years but now I am returning to the roots. I like good sharp knife and wooden desk best... Never hear of tomato presses before. Looks like great idea for people pushed for time!

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    Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

    I came back to bless this lens. Thank you for visiting my canning lens. It doesn't get much traffic now that it is winter.

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    skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

    Yes, and I love it! I have no idea how I used to do it all by hand!

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    hysongdesigns 5 years ago

    I have a Squeezo strainer with three screens, can handle everything from raspberries to pumpkins and anything in between. I bought it because while more expensive it is all metal and will last a few lifetimes, no plastic parts to wear out or crack.

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    Churchmouse LM 5 years ago

    yes and I worship it. Couldn't do all my sauces and soups without it.

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    elyria 5 years ago

    I am all for electric one, press a button and magic happens :)

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    Ben Reed 5 years ago

    Looks like a useful tool. Enjoyed reading your lense.

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    Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

    I still use the food processor and then a strainer to do my tomato juice and sauces. Sure looks like a good tool. Got my interest.

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    viscri8 5 years ago

    wonderful tool -- I am from a country where home made preserves and other home made canning is essential for survival but also very efficient, as fruits and vegetables are plenty and cheap in season, much cheaper than in the rest of the year. Brought to the fresh produce markets in every city, they are a welcome aid to a poorly paid population by an economy that is only recovering after dsecades of communist inefficiency. The health benfits are a bonus -- lately appreciated by the people. Unfortunately, in my current country of residence canning tomatoes are pointless -- vegetables are all round the year but only in the supermarkets -- roughly the same price -- jars are very expensive as its not in demand on the market. Nevertheless, for the well meaning cook it is always a good option to prepare food from home made ingredients. Keep well.

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    LouisaDembul 5 years ago

    I love sauce made with fresh tomatoes, and I am seriously considering buying one of these. Great comparison of different ones.

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    Mark Falco 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

    @EdTecher: That's how we used to do it and it works, but ugh, it's a real pain compared to using one of these.

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    Heidi Reina 6 years ago from USA

    I have a few friends who can tomatoes. I think they use the boil-ice-peel method. I'll have to ask if they've tried a strainer. Certainly a time saver.

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    Tomato presses of strainers are new to me and what time saving devices if you have a lot of tomatoes to process.

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    mivvy 6 years ago

    Never ever heard or saw tomato presses. I just use a dood strainer

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    DonMcCyclist1 6 years ago

    I remember my mom making apricot sauce with a Victorio strainer that looked an awful lot like the one you feature in your margin here. Didn't have that in mind when I saw the lens' title, but I'm glad I stopped by. Great topic well put together!

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    Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

    I could see these really come in handy. I haven't usedone before but I will have to look into it.

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    LouisaDembul 6 years ago

    I wish I had one! For now, I use my daughter- she's really good at peeling tomatoes!

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    blanckj 6 years ago

    I've never used one but it does look interesting. Thanks.