There were so many great experiences that my family and me had at the National Heirloom Expo that picking one thing to write is very difficult, our new Squeezo grinds its way to prominence.
If you are really into growing sauce tomatoes, no matter the variety, and you have never heard about a Squeezo then you are really in for a treat. I was introduced to the wondrous time saving tool that is the Squeezo from my co-worker and this tool has literally changed my life meaning it gave me time back. We grew a variety of sauce/paste tomato called San Marzano 3, an indeterminate variety, and every plant grew to a very large size meaning between seven and nine feet tall; moreover, they averaged eight feet tall.
We grew eight plants, averaging eight feet in height, most of the San Marzano 3 fruit was quite extraordinarily large meaning one pound averaged out at about eight tomatoes. Each San Marzano 3 plant easily produced over one hundred tomatoes, but if we choose conservatively and stay at one hundred tomatoes per plant then each plant produced over 50 pounds of tomatoes. In summary, eight plants at fifty pounds of tomatoes per plant, means Team Yummy Tummy Farms processed over four hundred pounds of sauce/paste tomatoes!
Now that I have made a “needs” based case for a Squeezo, let me describe the Squeezo to you and a little bit about how it works. Squeezo, as you may be able to determine from the pictures, is essentially a tomato grinder. You feed your freshly picked paste tomatoes into the hopper, turn the crank clockwise while using the provided wooden tomato club to push the tomatoes down, a super strong worm drive bit forces ground tomato skin and seeds down the shaft and out the end into a waiting bowl, while simultaneously filtering through well-made stainless steel screens, your heavenly tomato pulp and juice which gently slides down a tomato slide into another waiting bowl- Genius!
Minor drawbacks: First, it takes practice to successfully attach the stainless steel screen to the base unit so that the worm drive will not scrape against the stainless steel screen or the housing; moreover, it’s not difficult, but it does take some practice. Second, the small tomato seeds and some tomato fiber clogs up the stainless steel screen which requires the use to frequently disassemble and clean the Squeezo.
Here is a little history about the Squeezo:
In summary, Team Yummy Tummy Farms has milled over three hundred pounds of San Marzano 3 tomatoes. The Squeezo will give you back time if you decide to invest in one and I carefully selected the word “invest” because at about $225 for the base model, your purchase will become an investment that yields saved time and an absolutely beautiful tomato product. My co-worker assures me that she knows several people that have inherited their family’s Squeezo from the 1970’s and those older Squeezo’s still function as designed. Furthermore, your Squeezo should, based on other older models, last at least fifteen to twenty years, if it is well taken care of. Lastly, based on my current experience using my new Squeezo, I highly recommend investing in a Squeezo.
Full Disclosure: Yummy Tummy Farms did not and does not expect to receive anything from the manufacturer of Squeezo nor any other retailer; we just really enjoy our Squeezo and wanted to share our experiences.