- good on cherry and large tomatos Review by tomato king
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Has it's good points and bad.
Good points - It makes short work of cherry and other tomatos - just cut cherry tomotos in half, drop them in and crank. Best to use a 9x13" Non-stick pan to catch the juice and sauce. The pulp and seeds come out the end. Run that thru again to get all of the fluid out. Then just slow boil down to a sauce consistency. It will do 30 lbs of cherry tomatos in about 1 hour. Looking forward to doing all of our pumkins this fall. To do hard fruits (like apples and pears), you will defintely need to cook them first to soften up. Otherwise the auger may have problems. Cranking isn't too difficult, and does not require high speed to process tomatos. Use the plunger a bit if it seems "stuck", and no pulp is coming out the end of the screen.
Bad points - The shield is too long, and is too close to the discharge end of the screen. As a result, you may have some pulp and seeds fall into the sauce coolection pan if you are not careful. With tomatos, you probably don't need the shield, as they really do not shoot liquid out. Also, use a bottle brush to clean the screen after using. Wash and dry thouroughly, as the spring is "spring steel" (suprise!) and will rust.
Wants - a slightly better clamp system, better shield design, accessory motor with foot pedal (like a sewing machine).
(Posted on 7/16/12)