Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 18
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by John Great for tomato season
I've now been using this for a few years to strain some of my tomato crop. Before this I had a Squeezo Strainer with a hand crank. It was a real chore with the squeezo. Eventually I hooked up my electric drill and stripped the crank. This has made the job much easier, faster and more fun. This year I have a bumper crop and would never have been able to process this many tomatoes with the hand crank. You do need to find a way to keep the peels and seeds from falling into the sauce. I stand a cutting board in between the bowl and a container to catch the peels. I've made a few gallons of sauce so far.
September 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Gwen Strainer Attachment
Love the strainer attachment for doing tomato's and peaches for peach jam. I would LOVE it if you would come out with BERRY SCREEN attachment as we make massive amounts of seedless Black Raspberry and Red Raspberry jam. We have to use Victorio handcrank strainer that takes forever.
September 20, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Bouncinbetty Hot Sauce 1987 K5SS
I bought a K5SS in 1987 with all the attachments. Since 1990 I have used the fruit strainer to separate the liquid and pulp from the skin and seeds on about 90 to 120 gallons of hot sauce per year. I am getting ready to order another fruit strainer set, my 3rd. It would be really nice to be able to special order parts of the strainer assembly, I have only used the metal meat cutters twice. A couple of observations the material used is of the highest quality, the design however could use some updating. The hopper size is way too small for all but the smallest jobs. This is my biggest beef as I usually process 5 to 15 gallons at a time. It would also be nice to have the option of ordering different size screens(available from other makers) to fit around the auger. I am going to get my machine serviced this year for the first time. Thanks for a great product. I use a Kitchen Aide Food Processor to grind the chiles before they go into the barrels Gary.
October 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Whiskey Excellent Investment
Easy to use, easy to clean. Made short work of processing my tomatoes! Love it!
September 7, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Chris It's Okay
If you're planning on processing low volumes of food through this I'm sure it would work well. The problem I have with it is the attachment has several limitations that prevent it from being effective on large volumes. One is a hopper size, you really can only fit one or two quartered tomatoes on it at a time. Another is the throat size on the hopper. You really have to be sure to cut your tomatoes into small pieces. Another problem I have with it is with the ease-of-use. The hopper itself ends up being directly over top of the juice bowl which can result in unprocessed food falling into your sauce. This isn't so bad on the first pass but can be a pain when you're rerunning the skins. There are also space problems with everything. The juice and discard bowls are jammed up against one another which also bumps against the mixer itself. I was extremely excited to get away for my hand-cranked food strainer and sauce maker as I prepared to put 4 bushels through my new kitchen aide attachment this weekend. In the end though I ended up going back to my manual crank after the first bushel. While it was a pain to crank I could do more volume in less time.
August 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by OhPhoenix A true time saver
We bought this attachment about 2 or 3 months ago in the middle of canning season. In the past when my wife did tomatoes it was a matter, wash, blanch, peel, core, etc... with this attachment she washes the tomatoes, quarters and fills a pan the as she does more I start the fun part. What used to take hours now takes us minutes. Apples, she quarters & cores the a quick cooking to soften and to the machine immediate apple sauce. works well on seedless grapes but not for the seeded or maybe they needed to be blanched. Waste had a tendency to curl back and sometimes fall in the good stuff so I took a plastic lid from a cottage cheese containes made a "X" in the center and put over the tip of the strainer now all waste goes in the waste pan and does not fall back into the good.
October 19, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Maureen Difficult to use with bowl lift mixer
I just received mine yesterday. I wanted to strain some sugar pumpkin that I had baked. So I setup the strainer on the machine. Imagine my surprise when I couldn't fit a bowl flat on the counter under the discharge chute. The rear part of the bowl was raised since one side pf the bowl rests on the mixer base and the other on the counter to catch the pumpkin. Problem is that the base of the mixer extends into the area where the bowl needs to go to catch the strained fruit and it is not close enough to the mixer bowl to use that for the discharge. I thought that maybe I could use the pour chute under the discharge chute since it extends a small distance out from the top of the bowl edge. However, there is still too much space between the pour chute and the discharge opening. In the end I had to carefully watch the bowl as the back part was tipped up. It did start to tip over a few times when the weight of the pumpkin puree was heavier on the side nearest the chute. I did level out the pumpkin but a lot of it moved back to the low side of the bowl. I did not notice before buying this that I would have such a problem. Certainly KitchenAid has to know about this problem. with the bowl placement. Interesting to note that they advertise that all accessories work on all mixers. But I looked back at the video's to see what type of bowl they were using. It appears that all the KitchenAid demonstration ads and videos were done on the tilt head models and not the bowl lift models. Also cleaning the cone shaped strainer is difficult. Had to brush from inside and outside with continuous rinsing of what I had just loosened. Don't know how easy it will be to use this with other fruit. In addition, the plastic parts seem very flimsy. I can almost guarantee that this plastic will break within a year or two at most. I would suggest that they provide a chute that is longer and that will discharge into the mixing bowl or another bowl resting on mixer base. The discharge chute and other parts cannot be turned in any other direction. Also this set up takes a lot of counter space since you also have to catch the waste discharge material on the opposite side and this protrudes a good distance away from the mixer. Very very disappointing. I bought this as a package with the grinder and the rotary slicer and found that one of the grinder plates was missing.
January 7, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Susan Time Saver
Love Love Love! I bought this attachment last year to use with my grinder during canning season. Best attachemnt i have ever bought and what a time saver. My daughter and I just canned applesauce. We processed a bushel of apples in less than 3 hours thanks to this! Tomatoes were a breeze! I would not do nealy the amount of canning if I didnt have this! Thank you!!!
October 22, 2015