What Is a Sieve or Food Mill?


Peeling and coring apples for applesauce, getting the seeds out of the blackberries for making jam, removing the skins and seeds from tomatoes--these are tasks made much easier when you use a food mill, also known as a sieve.


  • A food mill is a tool used to grind and puree soft foods through perforated disks using a hand-turned crank.

Food Preparation

  • Food mills are used for a variety of purposes: mashing potatoes, pureeing vegetables for baby food, or making applesauce, tomato juice or seedless jam. A food mill makes removing skin and seeds easy. For example, apples can be cooked whole--no need to peel or core beforehand--then put through the food mill, making preparation for making applesauce easier.


  • A 2 1/2 quart stainless steel food mill will cost anywhere from $30 to $100, depending on how many disks it has. Additional disks contain small, medium and large perforations, allowing for a variety of food textures to be pushed through the sieve.

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