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Old 07-19-2013, 10:03 AM   #1
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Removing Seeds from Canned Tomatoes

I do some canning, not a lot, but sometimes I would like to use my canned tomatoes in pasta sauce and would prefer not to include the seeds. I have been researching different products such as a Foley Food Mill or the Grinding/Straining attachment for my Kitchenaid stand mixer. Can any one give me any pointers before I spend my money? I could buy a lot of cans of tomato sauce for what I'm going to pay for the Kitchenaid attachment. ($140) LOL Is there anything that does a good job for less money? Is it really worth it? When I use my jars of tomatoes in other recipes I don't mind the seeds.
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:20 AM   #2
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We use a food mill. I don't mind cranking it by hand and it gets the job done. I'd have to do a lot of sauce to justify $140.00 for something we wouldn't use often. I don't mind spending money on something if it will get regular use.
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:32 AM   #3
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Can you tell me the type of food mill you use? A lot of the ones online were ones that people were using to make baby food. I was looking at one that was 2 qt and had 3 different disks, fine, medium and coarse. Will this work for tomatoes?
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:52 AM   #4
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It is just a run of the mill (no pun intended) one we picked up. Can't remember where. I know it isn't 2 quarts though, maybe one quart. I can process a 6# can of San Marzanos in about 10 minutes.
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:07 PM   #5
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I have a Foley that I picked up at the Salvation Army for under two bucks.

If you are not in a hurry you can find them at estate sales.

If you are working with whole canned tomatoes you can get most of the seeds out by squeezing the tomatoes over a sieve or fine mesh strainer. Squeeze them set the pulp aside, let the juice drain through the sieve and the seeds will stay behind in the sieve.
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Old 07-20-2013, 11:23 AM   #6
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I have a Foley that I picked up at the Salvation Army for under two bucks.

If you are not in a hurry you can find them at estate sales.

If you are working with whole canned tomatoes you can get most of the seeds out by squeezing the tomatoes over a sieve or fine mesh strainer. Squeeze them set the pulp aside, let the juice drain through the sieve and the seeds will stay behind in the sieve.
Aunt Bea, my husband swears we have one or had one at one time. I might have given it away or sold it at a yard sale, not thinking I would ever have need for it. We do go to thrift stores, so I will look for one there.

I am usually working with tomatoes grown in our garden. When we get too many to eat I like to can them. Most of our friends and neighbors have their own garden so I can't get rid of them by giving them away. With the cost of the jars, rings and lids, it is probably just as cheap as buying canned tomatoes, but somehow it makes me feel good knowing that I grew these tomatoes myself. LOL Mostly I use them in casseroles and soups, so I don't mind the seeds. But one of these days I would like to try using them to make home-made pasta sauce, in which I would rather not have the seeds. I have squeezed the seeds out of them a few times, but silly me never thought to do it over a sieve with a pot underneath to save the juice! DUH! I just did it over the sink and the juice went down the drain. I'm so embarassed to admit that. LOL
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Aunt Bea, my husband swears we have one or had one at one time. I might have given it away or sold it at a yard sale, not thinking I would ever have need for it. We do go to thrift stores, so I will look for one there.

I am usually working with tomatoes grown in our garden. When we get too many to eat I like to can them. Most of our friends and neighbors have their own garden so I can't get rid of them by giving them away. With the cost of the jars, rings and lids, it is probably just as cheap as buying canned tomatoes, but somehow it makes me feel good knowing that I grew these tomatoes myself. LOL Mostly I use them in casseroles and soups, so I don't mind the seeds. But one of these days I would like to try using them to make home-made pasta sauce, in which I would rather not have the seeds. I have squeezed the seeds out of them a few times, but silly me never thought to do it over a sieve with a pot underneath to save the juice! DUH! I just did it over the sink and the juice went down the drain. I'm so embarassed to admit that. LOL
I won't tell a soul!

It's nice to can a few things, when you open a jar of home canned produce the memories of summer come back into full view.

Try that with a can of tomatoes from COSTCO!
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Old 07-20-2013, 12:24 PM   #9
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I suggest you get a food mill, like the one in the picture in PF's link. I have a plastic one with three metal disks. You can also use it for pureeing food, when you don't want the noise and spattering of a blender. You can also use it to rice potatoes. Or make applesauce - it will remove almost all of the pips and core.
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When we can tomatoes, I remove the skins, take out the stem core and just squeeze them over a sieve. we actually don't save most the juice as we are after the pulp of the tomato only.
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