Victorio Food Strainer Rapidly Straining Heritage Tomatoes
Victorio Food Strainer and Sauce Maker
Why would you need one?
I have used my older model Victorio tomato strainer for the first time last year. Before that, I used to
- cut an shallow large X in each tomato
- blanch in boiling water
- skinned the slipperly tomato while still hot
- manually cut the core out of each piping hot tomato
By that time, myself, the kitchen and the floor were covered in water and tomato guts. Tomato guts are like cement when they dry.
This process was not the easiest thing in the world to do, and certainly not easy to do a 100 times over. If I needed tomatoes pulped, then I used an antique metal perforated cone strainer with a wooden masher. Again the tomato cement seeds and skin would end up all over myself, the counter, the wooden masher and anything else within reach.
I decided there has to be an easier way of straining tomatoes, especially when we had over 50 tomato plants in the garden.
The Victorio Food Strainer
The Victorio VKP250 Model 250 Food Strainer and Sauce Maker consists of:
- a plastic funnel to collect the tomatoes
- the main metal gear, auger, clamp piece
- a plastic splatter shield and chute for the strained tomatoes
- plastic tubing at the end of the sieve
- a cone-shaped perforated metal sieve - right size for keeping tomato seeds out of the finished product.
- additional sieves with various hole sizes can be bought for processing other fruits and vegetables
- metal handle with a plastic handle cover to protect your hand
- plastic plunger for pushing the tomatoes safely into the bottom of the funnel
There are two main improvements from the old design of the tomato machines, which is the one that I have. The first the splash guard is now plastic and eliminates any reaction of tomato juice acid with the aluminum metal.
The second improvement was the addition of a longer plastic funnel tube allows the waste tomato skins and seeds to be deposited further away from the final product. With the old model, occasionally I would find seeds and skins would drop into the clean pulp chute.
Victorio VKP250 Model 250 Food Strainer and Sauce Maker
Pros and Cons of the Victorio Tomato Strainer
Things I love about the Victorio tomato strainer are
- how fast I could process a large number of tomatoes (80 big ones/hour with cutting them being the rate limiter)
- tomatoes did not need to be heated at all - saving time and energy
- does excellent job of removing skin, core and seeds
- how easy it was, just turn a handle, stuff tomatoes in and it was done
- the clamp at the base opened far enough I could use it on my kitchen counter
Things I don't like
- when putting it away, taking the handle apart with it's wing nut is a pain
- sometimes a clump of seeds/skins would drop on the collection chute - they fixed that in the design by adding the clear tube
- it needs big tomatoes cut up into 2 inch chunks - some of heritage tomatoes had to be cut into 6 or 8 pieces, halve small ones - mashing any is too much effort
- the clamp holds OK, it slipped a couple of times and scratched my countertop
What is still work and it's the nature of tomato canning
- cutting unsavoury areas off the tomatoes - worse with heritage tomatoes
- dismantling and cleaning up! The guts are still like cement if left, but there is less overall volume and radius of mess to clean up
- It is still messy so save up and do huge batches of tomatoes all at once
How they could make the Victorio Strainer even better,
Or What Else to Look for in Great Tomato Machines
Being lazy as I am, and fine-tuning things to be efficient round here, I would
- have it motorized
- make it even easier to take apart
- make every piece dish-washerable
- suction cup or something fast and non-damaging for attachment
- make the handle grip bigger
- wider funnel mouth to make it even faster
The Victorio tomato strainer, is great as it is, don't get me wrong, but if I could make it better, that's what ask for!
So what do you think?
All in all, the Victorio food strainer is still an awesome piece of equipment, inexpensive for what it does, saves so much time, does a better job than I can, and I love mine dearly!
I hope my Victorio tomato machines review helps anyone looking to make their life easier. I'd rather spend the time harvesting, making pasta and pizza sauces and other great recipes, rather than scalding myself with hot wet tomatoes!
If I have missed anything or you need clarification, I will try to help! I'd love you to share your Victorio (or any other) food strainer shopping insights too!