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OXO February Challenge: Food Mills for the Win

OXO February Challenge: Food Mills for the Win

Words Zoe Mikhailovich

At first look, a Food Mill may seem like a complex, elusive, “for-professional-chef’s-only” tool (that is, if you know what it is at all). However, it’s among the most versatile and handy tools for chefs and home cooks alike.

A Food Mill is part strainer, part masher. It consists of three parts: a bowl, a stainless steel disk, and a crank, which in combination produce the fluffiest mashed potatoes, the silkiest soups, and the smoothest sauces. Some other common uses include tomato sauce, jams, jellies, preserves, apple sauce, soups and purees.


OXO Food Mill

To use, add cooked whole potatoes, tomatoes, fruits or whatever you’re trying to grind to the inner bowl and crank until the good stuff is passed through.

You might ask though, why choose a Food Mill over a potato masher, strainer, food processor, or blender? The answer is simple: no other tool can mash and strain food as neatly and consistently, all at the same time. Some Mills, like the OXO Food Mill, also come with 3 disks so you can choose among fine, medium or coarse textures.

Owning a Food Mill means no more transferring hot food from a blender, pushing tomatoes through a sieve, or working tirelessly to get every chunk of out mashed potatoes before they turn into a gummy mess.


Still not convinced? We put together a list of some unique and useful applications for a Food Mill that might surprise you:

1. Make Hummus
Combine the ingredients ofyour favorite hummus recipe and pass them through a Food Mill fitted with a fine or medium blade. You’ll get a smooth textured hummus in just a few minutes.

2. Juice Pomegranate Seeds
Throw pomegranate seeds into the bowl and crank your food mill to get freshly pressed juice; it’ll save you from buying the expensive stuff. Add a splash of the juice to a glass of seltzer or use it in a cocktail.

Graham Crackers crumbled in the Food Mill

3. Crush Graham Cracker/Cookies For Pies And Cakes
Add a few crackers or cookies at a time and you’ll instantly get fine crumbs that are perfect for key lime pie and cheese cake.

4. Prep Potatoes For Light & Fluffy Gnocchi
Pass cooked potatoes through the fine disk on a Food Mill before proceeding to add your other ingredients. For fluffy gnocchi, you want to avoid overworking potatoes before adding the flour and the Food Mill cuts back on the time it takes to mash it.

5. Use it as a Colander
Pop off the crank of your Food Mill and use it like you would with any other colander — rinse and/or strain pasta, grains, and vegetables.

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