A while back, we obtained a Squeezo that came from a garage sale. Now I know that some of you may be asking what’s a Squeezo?
A Squeezo looks like a big old fashion heavy metal hand operated meat grinder with a long nose. The difference is that the auger, which pushes the food through to be ground, extends into the long nose, which is tapered about six to eight inches out from the unit. This long nose is a cone shaped sieve. The small end of the sieve is open. On the underneath of the sieve, is a downward slanting chute. The entire unit attachs to the counter just like the old meat grinders.
The purpose of a Squeezo is to make puree and juice out of fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, tomatoes, berries, pumpkin, squash and more.
For example, run quartered or small tomatoes through the Squeezo. Drop them in the top and push them down with the wooden pusher. As the tomatoes are forced through the Squeezo, the pulp comes out through the sieve and down the chute into the waiting bowl. The skin and the seeds are pushed through the end of the sieve into another bowl. The pulp is ready to use and you can use the dry skins and waste for your garden. A large amount of tomatoes can be processed in minutes.
We recently made applesauce. The apples were quartered but not skinned or cored. They were steamed until soft. The soft apples were then put through the Squeezo. The pureed apples came out of the sieve into a bowl and the peeling and seeds came out of the end of the sieve into another bowl. The plain applesauce with no sugar added was then processed in a water bath canner.
There’s nothing like a Squeezo Strainer for making tomato sauce, applesauce, fruit leathers, jams, and jellies. There is no need to peel or core with this kitchen helper. As you turn the handle, the fresh purees and juices simply run down the drain tray as the seeds and peels are pushed out the end of the screen. It does all the hard work for you, providing you with delicious juices and purees!
Ours has proved to be quite handy. The next thing we are going to try is pumpkins and squash. We will let you know how that turns out.