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Old June 30, 2015   #1
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Default Food mill options

So I have way to many tomatoes and need to start canning them tonight. I just bought a oxo food mill and wanted opinions on weather to use it or wait and buy a Victoro. Also curious if the 250 model is still the same quality as there are several bad reviews on Amazon. Here is what I bought.
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Oh and if I do use it would I use the disc with the smallest holes or?
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Old June 30, 2015   #2
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What you going to do with the squash?
The Vuctorio works really well, don't know about the one you have.
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Old June 30, 2015   #3
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The one you have is similar to the one I started with and quickly abandoned. It'll work, but it'll take a hell of a lot longer and require much more manual cranking. So far I'm very happy with my newer model Victorio.
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Old June 30, 2015   #4
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get a victorio ( or similar brand)right away. That thing takes the joy out of canning and makes it a hateful experience.
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Old June 30, 2015   #5
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Agree. The food mill is ok for small batches of stuff but any of the Victorio/Roma processors will leave it in the dust when it comes to ease of use for large batch processing.

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Old June 30, 2015   #6
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So far I'm very happy with my newer model Victorio.
Did you get the motor as well? I keep debating it...
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Old June 30, 2015   #7
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I bought the Victorio VKP250 with the motor. This will be my 1st year for sauce making and canning. Everything I read pointed to this.
I haven't used it yet, but I am going to THIS WEEKEND with some 'storebought maters' to try it out.

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Did you get the motor as well? I keep debating it...

No, I didn't. Somewhere I have a generic motor I bought for my hand crank pasta machine before I bought my Kitchenaid with a pasta attachment. I need to dig it out and see if it's the same as the one they sell for the Victorio.
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Old July 1, 2015   #9
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You hand mill purchased is excellent. You only have a few tomatoes. Just organize your area and don't be afraid of a little bit of cranking. Here is my one year's effort. To give you encouragement. http://durgan.org/2011/ All detailed here.
Preserves to date 2014
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?WUPPJ 15 October 2014 Cranberry Juice
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?BNQMB 27 September 2014 Concord Grape Juice
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?TLUOH 21 September 2014 Pumpkin Juice
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?XGPAG 20 September 2014 Apple Juice
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?RGIAR 16 September 2014 Tomato Cucumber Juice
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?KDVQT 7 September 2014 Vegetable Juice
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?HYPCT 3 September 2014 Tomato Juice
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?RFQUV 2 September 2014 Tomato Juice
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?OPEHN 1 September 2014 Pear Juicing.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?AKDTN 29 August 2014 Elderberry Juice.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?LYSXF 25 August 2014 Tomato Cucumber Juice
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?ZJWVZ 24 August 2014 Tomato Juice
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?YEKDK 19 August 2014 Cucumber Juice.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?YCVZV 17 August 2014 Tomato Juice
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?ZQHOP 15 August 2014 Beans Cucumber Juice
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?TLFGK 12 August 2014 Sugar Beet Fruit Leather
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?QXHNH 10 August 2014 Vegetable Juice
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?AGNPW 6 August 2014 Cucumber Tomato Juice
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?NZKIF 4 August 2014 Blueberry Juice
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?UDKNV 5 August 2014 Cherry Juice
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?SWHUT 2 August 2014 Vegetable Juice
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?MJGFJ 31 July 2014 Corn Preservation
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?OKFOS 30 July 2014 Blueberry Juice
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?CQSLE 29 July 2014 Sweet Cherry Juicing
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?ANQXT 28 July 2014 European Gooseberry Juicing.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?SATFZ 27 July 2014 Blueberry Juice
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?PLEUN 26 July 2014 Vegetable Juice
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?LTKEO 24 July 2014 Vegetable Juicing
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?LBPGV 22 July 2014 Carrots processed for juice.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?GJWDW 22 July 2014 American Gooseberry
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?ACKRG 21 July 2014 Black Currant.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?IDDLX 15 July 2014 Black Currant Juice
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?KEZMR 15 July 2014 Cucumbers Juicing
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?GXPHS 13 July 2014 Black Currants
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?LDKQB 10 July 2014 Garden Vegetable Juicing
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?EIGDL 7 July 2014 Haskap Juice
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5 July 2014 Purslane Juicing
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?PQOEH 1 July 2014 Garden Produce Juicing
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?GOJJG 24 June 2014 Juicing Greens
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?VEZPS 19 June 2014 Vegetable Juicing
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?GAGAB 4 June 2014 Juicing Garden Vegetables

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With the Food Mill use the largest disk that removes all the seeds. By habit now I usually start with the smallest, but if smaller than necessary it makes more unnecessary work.
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What you going to do with the squash?
The Vuctorio works really well, don't know about the one you have.
Throw it at anyone with their windows down? but seriously idk, I planted 4 plants and I get so many squash per week it is ridiculous. We have already gave away numerous bags to family/friends/neighbors and they are getting tired of it as well. I think the rest will likely go to the local homeless shelters.
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Old July 1, 2015   #12
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Thanks everyone, I'm going to get the Victorio. I'm leaning toward getting a 200 model off eBay since I would prefer an old model made of cast aluminum and apparently the salsa screen fits the old models as well and is available online at parts shed.
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I use a plastic Victorio. This is the third season and it is still in perfect condition. I boil the tomatoes down for a half hour before milling them. I use a potato masher initially to get enough juice in the base of the pot.
Hand cranking the soft, boiled tomatoes is not an issue. It takes me about 15 minutes for 25 lbs. and most of that time is dumping the juice from a low sided container (the only kind that will fit below the discharge chute), into a cooking pot.
I do the same with blackberries but only heat them through enough to get the juice flowing.
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Old July 1, 2015   #14
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I would rather not have to boil down as I will mainly be using it for salsa and had planned on just flash boiling/halving then processing. I find the less I cook down my salsa the better it taste and the flash boil is mainly just to sterilize and loosen the skins. My old way was to do this then remove peels and try to squeeze out all the seeds which took forever. I tried making some w/o removing seeds/peels and it had an odd bitterness that was quite off-putting.
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Old July 1, 2015   #15
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I found a Victorio at a Master Gardener rummage sale for $5 and will be trying it out this summer. As far as squash, lots of things you can do with it. I like to shred and dehydrate to save space. Use all winter in whatever is cooking on the stove/in the oven. I also make the tomatoes n zucchini and the pineapple zucchini in the Ball Blue Book for winter cooking. Zucchini is one of my favorite foods. Oh and slice in half, scoop out innards, blanch briefly and stuff with grains, meat, etc a la stuffed peppers.
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