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Kitchen Aid fruit/veg. strainer ?'s

Posted by highalttransplant z 5 Western CO (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 4, 11 at 18:39

Had a couple of questions in my photo thread, but wasn't sure anyone would see them there, so thought I would post the questions separately.

I'd like to make applesauce tomorrow. The past couple of years, I've used the apple peeler/corer that attaches to your countertop, then boiled the apples until soft, pureed them in the food processor, then back to the pan to add the sugar, lemon juice, etc. I have the Kitchen Aid fruit/veg. strainer attachment, and read reviews of the product where people used it for making applesauce. They simply quartered and boiled the apples, then ran them through the strainer, no peeling or coring necessary. I certainly like that idea, but I don't want to end up with a puree so thin that it is like baby food. I like a little texture to my applesauce. Not big chunks, but a homemade feel if you know what I mean.

If anyone has used the strainer for making applesauce, please let me know what kind of consistency you ended up with.

Another question relating to the fruit/veg. strainer.
The grape jelly I made today with Reliance red grapes turned out green rather than red. I used the Kitchen Aid strainer attachment to make the juice. Should I have cooked the grapes before running them through? I was hoping for a nice amber color, and was disappointed.

Oh, on the plum jam I made yesterday, I decided to leave the skins on, and also wanted a thicker texture, so instead of using the strainer attachment, I used the course meat grinder attachment instead. Worked like a champ! Just need to remember not to put too much pressure on the plunger, or end up wearing the plums. Ask me how I know, LOL!


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RE: Kitchen Aid fruit/veg. strainer ?'s

The strainer makes a pretty smooth apple sauce. Although how smooth seemed to depend somewhat on the variety. The ones that disintegrate on their own were more like baby food than the ones that keep their shape.

The plastic housing on my attachment (the part that attaches to the machine) has developed a crack and leaks. I need to order the replacement part. Thankfully it isn't too awfully expensive.

RE: Kitchen Aid fruit/veg. strainer ?'s

Okay, well today was an example of how NOT to make applesauce, LOL! I decided to go ahead an use the apple peeler/corer, but the settings must have gotten moved since the last time I used it, because it was only peeling about half the apple. I kept adjusting it, but never could get it right, and then about 2/3 of the way though the batch, it decided not to spiral the bottom half of the apple. I ended up peeling by hand, and using one of those manual apple corers that cuts it into 8 wedges. Then, I couldn't find my jar of Fruit Fresh, so I had to make a solution of lemon juice and water to keep the apples from browning. After cooking the apples, I tried running them through the meat grinder attachment, but decided that was going to be too chunky, so then I had to transfer everything to the food processor.

Eventually I did manage to can 8 pints of cinnamon applesauce, but it was definitely a labor of love. Good thing the kids love my homemade applesauce!

On the grape jelly I made yesterday, I noticed that the finished product was kind of cloudy. I don't have a jelly bag, but I did strain it through cheesecloth placed over one of those funnel shaped strainers. Would straining it through cheesecloth a second time eliminate the cloudy appearance, or is a jelly bag necessary?

RE: Kitchen Aid fruit/veg. strainer ?'s

I use one of those tomato strainers for apple sauce - quarter the apples, microwave or otherwise cook until soft, run through strainer which will remove the seeds, skin, and stem.

The only issue I've found is that using the strainer, you will leave about a cups' worth of potential apple sauce (or potential tomato sauce) inside the thing, so its best to do reasonably large batches, like over a gallon.

Here is a link that might be useful: link to tomato strainer

RE: Kitchen Aid fruit/veg. strainer ?'s

David, the metal strainer on that thing looks almost identical to the fruit/veg. strainer attachment on the Kitchen Aid. The only difference being yours requires you to hand crank it, and the Kitchen Aid is motorized : )

Here is a link that might be useful: Kitchen Aid Fruit/Veg.Strainer Attachment

RE: Kitchen Aid fruit/veg. strainer ?'s

I have a Food Strainer like David52. I use it for tomato juice and apple sauce. I quartered my apples into a huge pot, then boiled, then ran them through the Food Strainer. I ran the peels that came out through twice more and got a lot more sauce. I quarter my tomatoes up for juice and core, and then run them through the same way, running the peels through one additional time.

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