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Old 03-29-2011, 11:37 AM   #1
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Removing tomato skins - best device?

Every summer I can lots of pints of tomato sauce - enough to last through the winter. I pressure can because water bath canning isn't safe at 7000' I remove tomato skins by dumping tomatoes into boiling water, then into a bowl in the sink and removing skins and coring with paring knife. It's very tedious, lots of time on my feet.

Several companies make a device that is supposed to remove skins and seeds to produce tomato pulp. The reviews on new ones are very bad. Does anyone have a favorite that is solid and will do the job and (hopefully) is not made in China?

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Old 03-29-2011, 11:50 AM   #2
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Sorry, I use a paring knife like you do. I have a really old one whose blade is pretty short now, but its perfect for skinning tomatoes.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:22 PM   #3
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We use your method of hot water..into room temp water. The peel just slips off...very fast when you have large quantities....Do you have any links to the companies that make the device you describe???
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:29 PM   #4
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The tool of choice for tomato skin and seed removal is the food mill. They've been around for quite a long time. It's probably the best choice if you are doing volumes of tomatoes.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:29 PM   #5
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I core them first. Then, the boiling water. Thick rubber gloves and do it by hand into a large bowl. Then I ladle into bags, seal and freeze.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:30 PM   #6
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I did a search on Amazon and turned up the Vittorio strainer (model 250). Many dissapointed customers who had the older model (200) and found the new model flimsy and difficult. There are some other brands but none that sound very strong. I have tried mushing the tomatoes in my food processor but that isn't very satisfactory.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:34 PM   #7
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This is the tool I had in mind.

OXO Food Mill 1071478
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What we use is kinda, sorta like the Vittorio....It's old but does a good job...Still we heat, core, and 1/2 or 1/4 before running them through..

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This is the tool I had in mind.

OXO Food Mill 1071478
Same here, it's a good food mill, well worth the price.

Andy, we actually agreed on one thing.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:42 PM   #10
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This is the tool I had in mind.

OXO Food Mill 1071478
Andy, will that separate out the tomato seeds and skins..leaving only pulp and juice....?
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