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The truth about food mills
on 24 November 2017
If you read through various different reviews and try to look for videos on how to use it you will soon find out that opinions are split and what works for one person doesn’t work for another.
Here is why…
First of all, you need to know how to use this tool and most people don’t.
I won’t lie, working in restaurants as a lowly chef assistant puts you in a position where it’s on you to fulfil most of the arduous and annoying jobs and as such I’ve gone through hours and hours of running potatoes through the food mill and can attest that it is a sheer nightmare!
Using a food mill may make you hate cooking and more so, hate on life!
It’s slow and annoying but unfortunately it has no substitutes, none!
A food mill is the only way to take things such as tomatoes or apples with their pill on and seeds still inside and end up with a pile of clean edible food and another of skins and seeds… it really is magical!
However, for every two full spins of the mill you need to make a whole counter turn because unlike a grater or mashing anything through a fine sieve the food mill doesn’t “mash” or “chip small pieces” but rather it places food parts at what I can only describe as “a positional disadvantage” thereby forcing them to go through the pours. But, it doesn’t use a forced press as much as it squeezes food between two walls and because of that pills, skins and seeds are left closing pours that need to be scraped (hence the counter turn) followed by manually manoeuvring the food into the open area with a spatula.
So, to put it in arduous steps:
1) Complete two whole circles
2) Complete an entire counter turn (it’s important to fully complete it)
3) Use a soft spatula to manually manoeuvre the food into the open section of the mill
4) Repeat from step 1
About this mill by OXO:
It’s stable, works fine, easy to turn and is quiet (doesn’t squeak).
Its size is a bit on the small side but still good for home use (it’s about a third or even a fourth of restaurant size mills).
If you’re using it in correlation to whatever food you’re making for one specific dish it’s fine but it’s certainly too small for making large quantities.
Whether or not the extra rubber that is associated with OXO is worth spending the extra money (this mill is expensive) is a personal question but I would say that it probably isn’t.
I bought mine through ebay for half as much as it’s being sold here on Amazon.
OXO makes good tools so in most cases anything by OXO is a “safe bet” but they are overpriced and sometimes they are being celebrated for being more than they are but in general I can’t think of anything I have by OXO that is bad… they make good tools and I’d recommend this food mill to anyone.