1. Place a food mill over a large bowl. Empty the can of tomatoes into the food mill, and rotate the handle with a smooth, even motion. Continue until all the tomatoes have been processed. Scrape the pulp from the bottom of the mill. 00:39
2. Pour the tomatoes into a large mixing bowl, if needed. Otherwise, add the salt and stir. Use as a pizza or pasta sauce. 02:04
What You'll Need
- Food mill
- Large mixing bowl
- Medium mixing bowl
- Large spoon or rubber spatula
- San Marzano plum tomatoes (1-105 ounce can)
- Salt (1 teaspoon)
San Marzano tomatoes are a variety of plum tomato that is considered the best for cooking due to its lower acidity, higher perceived sweetness, thicker flesh, and fewer seeds. Most commonly known to be grown in Italy, San Marzanos are often found canned which is an acceptable form since they are packed at the peak of freshness.
A food mill is a tool that allows the cook to manually grind or mash food into an even consistency. Whole foods such as tomatoes, fruit, or cooked potatoes are added into the hopper, and are pushed down and ground through perforated holes with each turn of the handle. Food mills come in different sizes and can be purchased online or in stores.
The advantage of milling the tomatoes by hand (versus a machine) is that the slower speed ensures that the water remains bound to the tomato and does not separate, creating a smooth, even sauce.