Recently our friends at Weston sent us one of their Roma Electric Tomato Strainers to review. If you’re planning to do some canning and preserving this year, having a tomato strainer can open a lot of options for you. It did for us.
Like most folks who have a garden, we spend about 4-5 weeks a year with more tomatoes than we know what to do with. Having a tool like this helped us get creative and make the most of our harvest this summer. We used Weston’s recipe for pasta sauce and it turned out excellent.
The strainer will accept large chunks.
It’s not necessary to slice and dice the tomatoes into small pieces before using. We were able to chunk the larger tomatoes into big pieces and many of the cherry & Roma Tomatoes fit it whole.
Simple to use.
Getting started was a breeze. Some quick instructions, a little perusing of the Weston Products Blog looking for recipe ideas, and we were ready to roll.
Our sons had a lot of fun pressing the tomatoes in with the feeder. Our afternoon making sauce turned into a family affair and the guys had a blast. It’s always fun to eat BBQ or Spaghetti squash with sauce they helped make for dinner. They are so proud and love eating something they helped create.
The whole unit comes apart for easy cleaning and prep. There were no nooks and crannies that were hard to clean. It’s obvious that some quality engineering and thought went into the cleaning process.
It separates seeds & skins from the juice & pulp.
This feature is what makes the Roma Electric Tomato Strainer so useful. By separating, we are able to use the tomatoes to make a lot of different sauces and salsas. This separation also makes it useful for jams and jellies with fruits other than tomatoes as well.
Multiple screen options make it very versatile.
With different size screens, the “tomato” strainer becomes much more. We have plans to use it to make blueberry jam, muscadine sauce, even apple sauce. Larger screens allow more chunks through for making apple sauce and salsa. Smaller screens make good use with separating for jams and juices.
Pulp can always be added back with a little peel for a more homey-style recipe. We were very pleased with how versatile the Tomato Strainer proved to be in the kitchen.
A helpful addition to any kitchen.
We had a lot of fun getting to use the Roma Electric Tomato Strainer from Weston Products. Our shelves now have a few more jars of salsa and sauce, and there will be many more to come. This fall is going to bring Muscadines and we’re already making plans with our frozen blueberries from this summer. It looks like this little appliance is going to earn it’s keep this year in our kitchen. Yum-Yum!
If you want to read more about canning and preserving for the winter, check out the article we posted here.