I never remember a canning season that the old food strainer and sauce maker didn’t appear in our kitchen for apricot juice, tomato juice and apple sauce. I loved the old thing… because it made my young canning experience easier.
Momma would set up a table in the carport and hook on the food strainer and sauce maker. It was a race between my sisters and myself as to who was going to turn the handle. The reward for turning the handle was that you could be outdoors and not in a hot kitchen. The war was on!
The great thing about this piece of canning equipment was that you can put raw or blanched food in the top… turn the handle and waaa laaa… the juice or sauce would go out in one direction and all the skins and waste would be deposited in other direction. Easy as pie!
After I married and began doing my own canning and preserving, I came to appreciate this piece of equipment even more. I watched, as my friends used other methods of juicing and saucing, and found that I finished my bottling process 75% faster than they did. Yea!
If you make tomato juice, apricot juice or apple sauce, you would be wise to invest in this wonderful piece of canning equipment.
I just recently heard of running pumpkin through the sauce maker for making your own pumpkin pie filling. I’ll have to try that one sometime.
Happy Canning and Preserving!
Kathy Griffiths – Insightful Nana
P.S. I know that there are plenty of brands out there… but our food strainer and sauce maker was called Victorio and it lasted forever. I’m sure there are many other brands that are just as good. Just check to see if the brand you purchase also provides replacement parts.