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Bah....Blooming seeds/pips :-(
Tue 25-Sep-12
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mauramac
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Why can't I buy a decent gadget in this country for removing pips or seeds from fruit. They have great tools in the US for doing the job but it costs a fortune to get them delivered here. Just wasted several hours trying to find something to do the job but no joy.

Love the look & name of this great toy.....

http://www.simplycanning.com/food-strainer.html

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Wed 26-Sep-12
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aaaah, i have seen this somewhere, too... My sister has a plasticky version ( splats a lot, only has one blade, but does serve a purpose well ), she uses for tomato sauce. Unfortunately she lives abroad, but I think I have seen the plastic ones on the Lidl website at some point.. I have been using the Good Grips mouli for some time now and find it next best thing...

Wed 26-Sep-12
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You can try the mouli - if you use the finest grate plate (they usually come with 3) it removes most seeds/pips.  I find on tomatoes it tends to let some through but you could sieve the pulp a second time through a regular sieve to get the last bits out.  I bought mine via Amazon.co.uk (wish they issued loyalty cards as I am sure I am nearly their best customer).

Wed 26-Sep-12
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Hi Olga & Rob

When you say Mouli do you mean the round stainless steel gizmo with a flat blade and handle? I bought one in John Lewis years ago but I cant get it to work.....maybe it's me what_the_heck

It just sort of catches on the sides of the bowl as I turn it around. Do you know what - I'm going to get the wretched thing out of garage and have another go. I do hate to be beaten by a gadget steam

However - wouldn't it be nice to have a machine to do the job for you? I have a lovely KithenAid food mixer (Christmas pressie from hubby) which I had drooled over for ages and I do love it but all the attachments are really expensive and to add insult to injury the attachment which strains out seeds etc does not cope with blackberries or raspberries and they say the guarantee is void if you use it for that - brilliant! So I have this really expensive food mixer sitting on my worktop looking all superior but it cannot cope with a few little seeds thumbs_down

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Wed 26-Sep-12
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Hi Maura,

 

I have desired a KitchenAid for years...annoying that the one attachment you would want doesn't work for the purpose you need it for though!

 

The mouli took a bit of getting used to.  I find I have to scrape the fruit/pulp down under the plate every so often.  It seems to take a few turns for the thing to kick in and start pushing the pulp down through the plate.  Works well though for separating skins/seeds out.  Just check the direction of the blade when you are turning it though as I also started out turning mine the wrong way and wondering why nothing was happening...and that was with 4kg of steaming hot quince pulp so it wasn't fun...

Wed 26-Sep-12
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KitchenAid is brilliant in lots of ways - would have liked the really jazzy Artisan one or a coloured one but I couldn't really justify the extra money against the plain white one which does just the same work. However - the attachments and extras are a real rip off, especially when they are so much cheaper to buy in the US. I just wish I knew someone who was coming over from the States who would be willing to bring some of their stuff over for me ponder

I'll have another go at the bleep bleep mouli and let you know how I get on.

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Wed 26-Sep-12
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Good luck with the mouli Maura! I have desired the KitchenAid desperately from the moment I found it's supposed to do the de-seeding, can't believe it doesn't do raspberries etc!!!

I have, like Rob, had to process a lot of quinces and apples, but had to settle for a cheaper gizmo! Moulis can be a bit labour intensive, I find, but do a good job- I have a few of them ( always thinking I can get a better one?!). Good Grips one is easiest to steady whilst turning the blade, and the spring pushing the pulp down is really quite strong. I find turning it anti-clockwise every so often redistributes the pulp and makes the job quicker...

Thu 27-Sep-12
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Olga - I found out about the KitchenAid by visiting some great US forums. The people I met online were so friendly and helpful. They ALL told me same story. Only use the strainer attachment for apples and tomatoes. Many told me of disasters with the cone inside the attachment splitting due to not being able to handle the small pips of raspberries and blackberries. I was so disappointed but thankful I had not ordered it as they are very expensive.

With all the technology and expertise there is now available you wouldn't think it could be so hard for someone to invent a machine that could cope with some 'pips' now would you ponder

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Sun 30-Sep-12
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Neither does it cope with grape seeds aargh

Mon 1-Oct-12
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mauramac said:

Love the look & name of this great toy.....

http://www.simplycanning.com/food-strainer.html

 

  

Aw - I love the look of it too but blimey - they're not cheap eh?  Never seen anything like it here.  Mind you I was unaware of moulis until fairly recently so I'm perhaps not the best indicator here... whistle

Tue 2-Oct-12
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GOOD NEWS wave

Some time ago I bought a potato ricer thinking I would use it a lot as I love mashed potato whistle

However, much to my annoyance it has sat on the shelf in the pantry unused for virtutally all of the time I have owned it. (I blame the hubby – he doesn't like mash as much as me doh)

This morning the old brain cells must have cleared a bit and I fished it out of the cupboard and tried it using the left over apples I had steamed yesterday for the juice (to make hot chilli jelly).

Five minutes later…..I kid you not…..I have 1.5lbs apple puree in a bag in the freezer which I will make apple sauce with, and one clean gadget all ready to use again smile

Now I know the holes in the ricer will be slightly too big for straining rasps/blackberries/grapes BUT…I am going to try it with a little square of muslin or net in the bottom and see if that filters out the tiny seeds and pips for me. I am really confident it will work as it was effortless with the cooked apple so why not with cooked berries?

The joy of this is the ease of use for me. To squeeze the ricer is quite easy compared to the wretched mouli, far less mess and it washed up in seconds. I would add that the ricer wasn't a cheapie one which might be why it's so easy to use. I bought it in John Lewis for about £21 and it's made by Kuhn Rikon. It is cheaper now if you Google it you will see lots of offers, and I think it might be a really good buy if it does handle the soft fruits with the addition of some muslin or net……………I'll experiment soon and let you know, but for now I'm feeling a lot chirpier smilesmile

http://kuhnrikon.com/products/tools/tools.php3?id=238

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Tue 2-Oct-12
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I have a plastic version of the simply canning food strainer, works well with tomatoes but does drip from the handle.   Don't think it would work with harder fruit, or hot food.   Then again it only cost me 10 lev (slightly over £4) from the supermarket.

 

Just made a batch of grape and apple chutney, and silly me never thought of putting grapes through the strainer.   The chutney tastes great but comes with a seed warning.

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Tue 2-Oct-12
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mauramac said:

Now I know the holes in the ricer will be slightly too big for straining rasps/blackberries/grapes BUT…I am going to try it with a little square of muslin or net in the bottom and see if that filters out the tiny seeds and pips for me. I am really confident it will work as it was effortless with the cooked apple so why not with cooked berries?

Ooh - please please let me know if this works?  Amazon have them for just over £15 and even say "Try it for berry dessert sauces or for tomato puree" in the product description!!  The mouli I was looking at that stated 1-2 months delivery is now back available but through a third party meaning you get stung £4 for p+p and I can't use the £10 amazon gift voucher a friend got me for looking after their toms when they were away for a week.  I'm thinking this ricer may be a good alternative.  Of course you can do spuds in it too!!  big_laugh  (My chap likes mash but me - not so much. wink

What size are the holes in the smaller disc?  How do you think it would be with things like hawthorns, rowan berries, sloes?  Sorry for all the questions!  big_hug

Tue 2-Oct-12
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Hi Ruth

Never apologise to me for asking too many questions - you should see my track record on here big_laugh

I don't know when I will be able to give the potato ricer a good trial run but I am fairly confident my plan will work better than the mouli. I have an assortment of bits of muslin and net material I use for straining and often put a layer under the fruit when using my steam juicer. It doesn't restrict the flow of juice and catches all the bits up especially the hairs from rose hips so I am optimistic that if I put a piece of the netting in the ricer over the holes in the disc the pulp of the fruit and the juice will still be able to flow through but not the small pips.

Even if I have to do it in small batches it will still be quicker than seiving or using the dreaded mouli (which I do not get on with at all). Plus added bonus you can use it for your spuds or apple sauce or any puree you might need. If you have a time limit on your voucher I would go for the ricer but please don't shoot me if I'm wrong about it ponder

I promise to give it a go asap.

Maura

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Tue 2-Oct-12
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I have a year on the voucher so can wait a bit.

Another question then - how does the steaming work - can you do this in a regular 'steamer over a pan' way to soften apples?

Thank you!!  ok big_hug

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