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How to Set Up a KitchenAid Food Mill Attachment

When I started canning, I didn’t have a whole lot of fancy tools. You honestly don’t need that much, but there are a few extras that really make life easier. One of those is a food mill. This is basically a crank that forces food through a screen. In doing so, it removes seeds, stems, peels, and tough fibers and produces a smooth and uniform sauce. I use it for fruit butters, applesauce, and tomato juice.

You can buy a manual version, but if you have a KitchenAid stand mixer, I’d recommend the attachment. It’s super quick and leaves your hands free to do other things. You have to buy two attachments, though, which kind of irks me. The food grinder just grinds, so you need to add the mill component to strain out the bits. Once you have the two boxes, putting them together is like playing with Legos.

9 comments to How to Set Up a KitchenAid Food Mill Attachment

  • Stephen

    Looks like you can just get the “Fruit & Vegetable Strainer & Grinder” which is 2 attachments in 1, and about $10 cheaper than buying them separate. I might go out and get one shortly.

  • Mary

    I really like your demonstration. I’ve used this before for tomato sauce. However, today I went to make applesauce and I sprung a leak at the tightener. Do you have any idea as to what I’ve done wrong?

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  • Thank you so much for posting this! I think I bought the accessories pack on sale years ago, or maybe I got the whole shebang at Costco, but I’ve never used this attachment before. I still have my main manual but it doesn’t explain the food mill part. I had dental surgery yesterday so soft diet for a week, and my favorite cookbook says use a food mill for tomato soup. I was about ready to order one when it occurred to me I might already own it. The photos are very helpful.

  • sheryl barrone

    I notice a good sized gap, 1/2 inch maybe, between the auger and end… 2 and 3. unassembled the pieces can be pushed together but not once I get the whole thing together. Is this normal or am I missing something?

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