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Old 08-08-2007, 10:52 AM   #11
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The new link says they are made in France!

Mouli Food Mills
Stainless Food Mill

8 Qt. cost: $299.99 ea.

From France. Heavy duty. One 3mm grill included.

I still think my_psch was probably referring to a Moulinex "Mouli Grater"

Vintage NEW In Orginal Box Mouli Grater w/ Instructions - (item 180145571102 end time Aug-09-07 19:49:29 PDT)

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Old 08-11-2007, 12:47 PM   #12
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I bought one of the Moulinex graters when I was stationed in Paris in 1961 and we still use it today. It makes great potatoes for hashbrowns. Back then, I wasnt able to afford anything that had an electric motor!!!

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Old 08-13-2007, 11:17 AM   #13
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The only object I have ever heard specifically referred to as a Mouli, and I can't remember which cooking show I was watching at the time, but a picture of Sara Moulton comes into my head when I think about it, was, indeed, a food mill, not a grater. Either I was watching one of her old shows, or possibly she was a guest on someone ele's show. Ming Tsai perhaps?
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Old 09-30-2007, 11:06 AM   #14
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Whenever anybody I know speaks of a "Mouli" they are referring to a kind of grater that is apparently no longer made, and is pictured in none of these links.

It stands on three retractable legs (it folds pretty flat for storing, and you store the blades separately), has several removable circular blades close to the size of food processor blades (but only the sharpness of the sides of a box grater) which slip into a horizontal slot at the bottom of a medium-shallow well.

Whatever you're grating you put into the well, and there is a fitted lid-thing at the end of an arm that goes into the well. You press down on the arm and turn a crank to revolve the blade. When the lid is all the way in and the last bit of food either goes through or slips out of the side, you're done.

I was fortunate enough to buy mine when they still sold a blade with tiny tiny holes perfect for finely grating Parmesan cheese. Later they sold the graters without that blade. There are about four blades.

This is one of the loveliest cook's tools I've ever owned. It isn't scary, it can't hurt you (know how if you aren't careful you can scrape your knuckles on a box grater?). It gives you more control than a food processor, which gets carried away and seems to be less versatile. My food processor grates carrot, for example, more thickly. And there's no vessel to clean, since everything drops onto a plate or a piece of waxed paper.

It also gives more control than a box grater (which to me has an awkward design). To apply pressure, you don't have to touch the food directly as with a box grater. It's easier to press down on an arm than to press down on a bell pepper or a carrot or a wedge of Parmesan. And with a box grater you have to clean the other three sides afterwards, whereas with the Mouli you just slip the little blade out for cleaning and run a sponge around the inside of the plastic well.

Everybody I know who has one loves it. I discovered to my horror when I wanted to give one as a gift that they can be found nowhere. I couldn't even find a second-hand one on the Internet (****, I'd never re-sell mine). Why they discontinued it I haven't the slightest idea, but discontinue it they obviously did.
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Old 09-30-2007, 10:16 PM   #15
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Is this what you're talking about ducdebrabant?

I grew up with one of these! Mom, her two sisters, and both of my grandmas had them ... the legs were not retractable as far as I remember - but maybe they did fold up - it's been a few years since I last used it. I remeber the disks were double-sided - slicing on one side and grating on the other. Sure beat the "knuckle buster" box grater. Was this the grand-daddy of the food processor?
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Old 10-01-2007, 12:39 AM   #16
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This is what I'm referring to, except that my disks are not double-sided (I'm not quite sure how that is even possible) and my housing is heavy-duty plastic. My ex-roommate had an all metal one just like your picture, though. When I said my legs were retractable, I meant they fold, not that they are on springs or retract into the housing.
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Old 10-04-2007, 01:37 PM   #17
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At culinary school our French chef-instructor referred to a mouli as the food mill shown by jennyema but used the name as a noun, not the brand name. We used it for hand processing tomato and other creamed soups, etc. and even ricing potatoes to make a fluffier mashed potato. But when I went to buy one for myself, this item was simply called a food mill, even in the higher-end cooks' stores.
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Old 10-04-2007, 01:50 PM   #18
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It's not uncommon for brand names to become the product name. Consider Jell-O. Kleenex to mean all facial tissue or Xerox to mean all copiers.
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Old 12-02-2009, 12:38 PM   #19
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Yes, the Chief has the correct picture of the mouli I love. I am upset because my mother threw my mouli in the trash while I was living in another city for a while. I have been crying ever since. It is the best thing ever! Mine had legs that bent under to flatten out to place in the drawer. I had the tiny disc for parmesan and all the others too. I did find a moulinex mouliware A445-08 moulit julienne. I have the site but since I am new member I am enable to give you the site. It is a new type of the old mouli we love. It has a plastic body, uggg but it looks pretty good.
Note: Chief would you read the inside of your mouli so I can buy one from the vintage utensil sites? I would love to know the original name. It looks like you have writing inside the frame of your mouli. Thank you for the picture. I am going to blow it up and frame it on the wall.

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Old 12-02-2009, 03:20 PM   #20
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Yes, but ...

I looked up the mouliware A445-08 moulit julienne, and it's a mouli, all right. However, it appears to have only two blades, and it's hard to see how finely they grate, but I assume they're only for julienning salad ingredients (hence the name). Not only is the fine blade for shredding Parmesan apparently missing, but so is any slicing blade. I don't mind using my food processor for slicing, but mine just won't grate Parmesan or Romano finely.

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