Was hoping that this would work for tomatoes and grapes
Apr 22, 2020
I've had this for several years now but have only used it twice. It is the most exasperating thing I've ever used. First time we used in tomatoes and the assembly fell apart several times. The thumb screw doesn't hold the screen cone securely. And yes, I can assure you that I tightened as tight as I could get it, multiple times. And just now, we had grapes that we had harvested in the fall and froze at the time. We pulled them out yesterday, let them thaw, and then popped the skins off (following a wonderful family grape pie recipe) and then tired processing with the grape augur. It worked fr a couple of turns, with good juice extraction and seed separation. (Again, the skins were already off.) Took our time, tightened the thumb screw and then turned slowly and once again the screen cone came apart! Argh! And double argh! And then real pirate talk followed. Not sure what we're doing wrong. Perhaps if there was a video to show assembly and use it might help. But as another reviewer noted, the instructions and diagrams are less than ideal.
Lehman's says: Adding some "How-To" and assembly videos is a great suggestion!
Sep 7, 2018
I like this very much!! I like to make fruit butter after canning the juice with my steamer juicer. It works very well to separate the peelings and waste from the pulp. I recommend it.
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