Sep 19, 2017
I regularly make applesauce with the Weston Food Mill. You don't need to core or peel the apples. I quarter the apples, cook until soft and run them through the mill. The applesauce drains down the chute while the peelings and seeds exit out of the waist funnel. Wonder, fun and clean-up is a breeze!
Dislike it so much that I'm returning it
Aug 29, 2017
This tomato press does do a good job of separating skins and seeds from the pulp. That's the only good thing I can say about it. It is very difficult to assemble (and disassemble) and the instructions were clearly written by someone who doesn't speak English well, plus the diagrams don't make sense with the written instructions. It might be worth the effort if you are processing huge quantities of raw tomatoes, but I never do that. The promotional materials talk about time savings from being able to put large quantities of fruit or vegetables into the hopper. However, I like to cook my tomatoes before straining and the instructions say you have to let them cool before putting them through this press (presumably because the plastic parts can't handle high heat) which negates any time savings from being able to process large quantities. The suction cup and clamp together would barely hold the press still on my smooth, clean counter - another annoyance. I also found that much of the tomato pulp ended up stuck to the outside of the screen and I had to scrape it off. Finally, it was difficult to clean and awkward to get really dry. I am so dissatisfied that I will be returning this item to Lehman's - a first for me. And I will go back to using my trusty Foley food mill (also sold by Lehman's) for pureeing tomatoes, apples, and all sorts of other cooked foods. I can always use a sieve if any seeds make it through the holes in the food mill, and I will still have fewer things to wash than I did with the tomato press!
Lehman's says: I'm sorry you were unhappy with your mill. Yes, of course you may return it. Our Weston mill is a great mill for high volume. If you buy in bushels, it makes a lot of sense! If, on the other hand, you are satisfied with your Foley, then it is the right mill for you. I have used both mills, and it breaks out like this: Our Weston press is at least 2x faster, and also takes about 2x longer to set up and clean up. The suction cup holds very well on most counters, and a clamp is included if you need a backup. Also, I know from experience that you can put hot (but not boiling) fruit through the press. I'm sorry the instructions gave you a different impression. For me, the bottom line is that the Foley is right if you buy your tomatoes at a grocery store and make less than 20 quarts. The Weston is right if you grow your tomatoes, or buy them by the bushel, and make 20 quarts or more. --Galen Lehman, CEO