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Why Would You Pick Up a Tomato Press?

Updated on March 29, 2010
Ripe Tomatoes
Ripe Tomatoes

Buying a tomato press is not as big commitment as some people like to make it out. There are people who make good use of one but however cheap may they be, there are people who would not profit the least from having one. Before you make any purchase it's suggested that you take a quick look at your volume output and try to figure out if you even need one.

If you want to make a few cans of tomato sauce you are probably better off with a very simple press. These varieties wont take the peel and seeds out but you don't really need them to. It is easy to remove tomato peel without using any special equipment, but if you are producing hundreds of bushes of tomato a year you probably know that peeling by hand is a little time consuming, and frustrating at about the twentieth fruit.

Pizza is particularly popular in Italy but it is starting to become the national food for many North Americans too. As such it is more and more often made at home according to traditional recipes. These recipes usually specify use of fresh tomato sauce. You can buy canned tomato sauce in just about any supermarket but once you have made some on your own you won't want to.

The taste and texture of the fresh paste always surpasses one stuffed with preservatives or pasteurized. It is time consuming to produce but you will agree that the result is worth all the effort you have put into it.

If you choose to peel and seed the tomato yourself here is a little trick to do it quickly. Boil some water and when it is bubbling pour in the tomatoes with removed vines. After thirty seconds take them out and pour them directly into cold water. It doesn't kill the taste of the tomato nor does it destroy nutrients but the peel will be easy to take off. You can grab it at one spot and the tomato will fall out of it. If you have trouble removing the skin, puncture it with a knife and it will go easily.

Removing seeds is not always important but if you want to have some thick paste without it you will have to go to greater extent. Slice the tomatoes in half and scoop the seeds with a small spoon or fingers. This method doesn't give a hundred percent perfection but the vast majority of seeds will be void.

Using paste variety tomatoes is not mandatory but some people say it is meatier and one plant produces more fruit than some other types. According to others the taste of normal varieties make up for the lower output and is worth using for the sauce.

If you make great amounts of sauce every year, and once you tried it you will want to, a good tomato press can streamline this process and save you most of the time you would have spent peeling and seeding otherwise.

The most expensive pieces come just around $100 but you can get by with a cheaper $30-$40 model. Make sure to choose stainless steel though, you don't want it to rust between two seasons of canning.

Before making a purchase I'd recommend checking out forums about this topic as you may find some other tricks that can eliminate the need for a tomato press or the folks in some threads can help you a great deal with choosing one you will make good use of.

Thanks to daniel.julia for the photo.


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