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Fri 23-Sep-11
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mauramac
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Apart from the humble sieve does anyone use a piece of equipment or 'gadget' to remove seeds & pips from fruit - I'm thinking raspberries, blackberries and tomatoes.

I have a problem sieving as I have a dodgy right elbow and shoulder after a bad fall down the stairs at work years ago. I should have got it treated but left it too long and now I'm paying the price! The result is I get started on the sieving but as I've no strength or stamina in the arm I have to give up after a while.

In my armoury (ooh bad pun) of gadgets I do have a potato ricer (used twice) and I'm sure somewhere in the garage is a stainless steel gadget like a mill or grinder which has a couple of metal discs which slot into a bowl and a handle which turns it round - never used. Also I'm sure if I look hard enough I do have an electric juicer which from memory separates the skin and pips from the fruit. Often I buy these things on impulse but also my kids give them to me as presents knowing I do love a gadget!

 

Now is there anything in the above that might do the job for me? I am thinking particularly of getting pips out of fruit pulp after steaming fruit for the juice to make jelly. I have a lot of pulp left over that I could make cheese with but the thought of all that sieving means it invariably gets binned. Plus - would like to make tomato ketchup and will need to get rid of seeds.

 

What do you lovely people do (I bet it's the sieve isn't it roll_eyes)

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Fri 23-Sep-11
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Yep, it's a sieve for me (sorry lol).

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The food mill will do it beautifully & the ricer will too, but is incredibly messy & takes a long time.  I used to have a food mill but somehow it never made the move from my last house.....I need to get a new one.  smile

 

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I use a strainer attachment on my kitchen aid, like this linkcheers

Fri 23-Sep-11
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JoannaS said:

I use a strainer attachment on my kitchen aid, like this linkcheers

 

Ooh - I have a kitchen Aid, wonder how much the attachment might be whistle

When you put the fruit into the bowl what happens then? How does it work exactly?

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Sorry, sieve for me too

Sat 24-Sep-11
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I have tried a food mill and it was very tedious, is a sieve easier or harder to use? And which disc of a food mill is the one to use?

Sat 24-Sep-11
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You use the disc which has holes of a smaller size that the pips, stones etc that you are trying to get rid of.....all the rest of the flesh & pulp will be forced through into the bowl below leaving the skins, pips, stones & branches of herbs etc behind in the mill. They are hard work if your ingredients are chunky or you have masses to process.  wave

 

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Thanks, I was afraid it was one of those no-way-out-of-the-hard-work jobs! eeek

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I've just heard from a lady who has a Kitchen Aid + the sieving/grating attachment and she says it works easy peasy to remove all the seeds. She also gave me a great tip - she buys her Kitchen Aid bits and pieces from the US Amazon because even with shipping costs it work out cheaper than buying in UK. I'm going to investigate the costs of buying one but will give my metal mill a go first.

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Sat 24-Sep-11
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I love my food mill and find it significantly easier than seivingsmile

Sun 25-Sep-11
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mauramac said:

 I'm sure somewhere in the garage is a stainless steel gadget like a mill or grinder which has a couple of metal discs which slot into a bowl and a handle which turns it round " never used. 
 

Hi Maura. Fiona uses the gadget in your garage. A vegetable food mill.

Passatutto Emanuel by Omac. They cost about £15 although I see them online for a lot more in places.

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mauramac said:

JoannaS said:

I use a strainer attachment on my kitchen aid, like this linkcheers

 

Ooh - I have a kitchen Aid, wonder how much the attachment might be whistle

When you put the fruit into the bowl what happens then? How does it work exactly?

You ladle the stuff into the top and the liquid and pulp pours out the white part where the spout is and the rest gets pushed through like a sausage from the hole you can see at the front as you look at the picture. It can get a little bit messy getting the stuff into the top but then I have a small kitchen and I am small and that doesn't help, apart from that it works a treat and doesn't hurt my arm.cheers

Mon 26-Sep-11
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Joanna " I'm intrigued now. I went to see how much this attachment would cost me if I bought it from Amazon US (but they only sell the spare parts for it and not the actual unit) ¦¦¦¦.I read the reviews and there were loads on there. Most raved about it for apple sauce and tomatoes but it seems not Blackberries or raspberries. It would appear these 2 berries are a big no no as they cause the plastic cone to crack and KA will not replace the cones if you have process blackberries through them.

I'm amazed it can handle apple pips and toms with ease but not the berries which I would have thought might have softer pips. Very odd.

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Oh that's strange. I have never tried it with blackberries or raspberries as I have not had enough of them to process. Tomatoes and apples are definitely much better. I thought my cone was metal and not plastic although there are plastic parts to it. The screw mechanism that moves the food along is plastic. I wonder if the seeds are too small and get stuck in the mechanism?

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