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What is a Food Mill?

A food mill is a kitchen gadget that mashes and sieves food at the same time, combining the functions of a strainer and a blender or food processor. This device has three parts: a bowl, a bottom plate with holes similar to a colander and a hand crank attached to a metal blade. When the crank is turned, the blade mashes ingredients and then forces them through the base plate holes. Some food mills come with interchangeable plates with different hole sizes, so you can customize your gadget for different types of recipes and ingredients.

Uses of a food mill

  • Mashing potatoes
  • Removing seeds from cooked tomatoes
  • Straining seeds, cores, and skins from jellies and other types of purees