You probably don’t have a Tomato Press in your cabinet at home, but if you want organic, fresh and great tasting tomato sauce, you’ll want to pick one up before the end of summer. A tomato press, like most other mechanical devices, needs to last more than one season. Since there are hand crank models and electric ones, here are a few pointers when shopping for the best tomato press on the market:
The Best Tomato Press is made from Stainless steel and is sealed to protect the insides from the acidic tomato juice. In addition, the tomato hopper should be relatively small. We’ve seen models that hold a lot of tomatoes in the hopper, but it puts unwanted stress on the neck of the tomato press. This added stress can cause the head to crack, so although it’s a bit more work, we suggest the smaller size.
Electric Motor Rating:
Tomatoes are soft, especially when they are usually run through a tomato press after being boiled, so you wouldn’t think the size of the motor makes much difference right? Well it makes a huge difference, and there are 2 good reasons to get the right sized tomato press. First, the inside of the auger that squeezes against the stainless steel screen creates a lot of friction. This friction and pressure needs a decent sized motor to overcome those forces. Second, the auger comes in different sizes. For the small units under 500 watts, they have a smaller feeder and a smaller auger which means less processing power. If you do 10 or more boxes of tomatoes, you’ll want to buy a 500watt or higher machine.
Ok not everyone will appreciate the fact that for a few dollars you can make organic tomato sauce. The sauce tastes great when the tomatoes are picked at the heart of being ripe. Mass produced sauce is OK, but you’ll appreciate the better taste of high quality vine ripened tomatoes. A tomato press will provide you an endless amount of tomato juice to last the long winters.
According to our testing the My Burger Daddy brand Tomato Press rates the highest among its piers. Its stainless design, powerful motor and cone shaped feeder is among the best. We prefer this model over the others due the robust design and quality workmanship.
Canning your tomatoes:
There are a few basic steps to canning your fruit using the tomato press:
First, buy ripe fruit. Most people that can 10+ boxes are going to get them slightly green and let them ripen in the boxes.
Second, wash and rinse the tomatoes. Be sure to inspect them and cut out any bruises. Discard any that are moldy. As a general rule, if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth raw, don’t try to cook it.
Third, boil the tomatoes for 30 minutes. Once the pot starts boiling then start your countdown.
Fourth, strain the tomatoes very well. A wicker basket works great for this job.
Fifth, run the tomatoes through the tomato press twice. Since you have all day, get the most you’re your tomatoes. One pass works great but a second pass gets that little bit extra.
Sixth, add salt and lemon juice to pump up the acidity in the juice.
Seventh, can the juice, and be sure to add a bit of seasoning.
As you can see, using a tomato press is easy and enjoyable. Pick the proper sized model and start enjoying fresh tomato sauce year round.
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