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Deluxe Food Strainer and Sauce Maker by VICTORIO VKP250
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- SUPERIOR DURABILITY: Sturdy cast aluminum body and easy-to-install stainless steel screens
- SECURE MOUNT: New clamp design has 10 square inches of clamping surface
- MANUAL OR ELECTRIC: Designed for manual use with the improved handle, or replace that with the optional Electric Motor VKP250-M
- ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: Apple/Tomato Screen, Standard Spiral, plastic Pusher, and Instruction and Recipe booklet
- FULL 1 YEAR WARRANTY
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Why Choose The Victorio Food Strainer?
Optional No-Crank Motor
The optional motor makes food processing a breeze.
Sold Separately. Model Number: VKP250-M.
Large Hopper and Food Pusher
Prepare your finished product more quickly and easily.
Very Little Waste
With this strainer you will have lower amounts of waste so you can preserve more of your harvest.
Strongest Clamp Available
The Victorio Strainer clamp has the best grip of any food strainer.
Historic newspaper ad - The Daily Journal (Vineland, New Jersey) Thursday, August 19, 1937 - Page 6.
Great for Canning
Use this strainer in conjuction with our other great Victorio canning products.
- Water Bath Canner (Sold Separately. Model Number: VKP1130)
- Steam Canner (Sold Separately. Model Number: VKP1054)
- Home Canning Kit (Sold Separately. Model Number: VKP1205)
The Victorio Advantage
The Original Food Strainer, Since 1937
The Victorio Food Strainer is the most recognized food strainer on the market. For 80 years, generations of families have been using the Victorio Food Strainer.
Great memories have been created while making tomato and applesauce. Those memories have been passed down through the family along with their trusted Victorio Food Strainer.
While food fads come and go, the Victorio Food Strainer has been there bringing families together.
Apple Sauce / Tomato Sauce
Use the Standard Apple Tomato Screen (included) for applesauce, tomato sauce, and more.
The VKP250 Deluxe Food Strainer by VICTORIO is a great way to make all of your favorite sauces, purees, juices and jams without the painstaking peeling and coring. It quickly separates fruit or vegetable puree from unwanted skins, seeds and stems. Mounts to surfaces up to 2 inches thick.
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I'll never have to use a traditional "ricer" or cranked food strainer again.
I've attached four pictures to show what I got. The large bowl of sauce is five pints and I did two batches of this, one after the other, with no cleaning of the device between batches. Some people have mentioned that they run their waste through a second time but I didn't feel this was needed. The picture of the seeds/skins shows there to be very little in the way of actual fruit leftover to recover from a second straining.
I am very happy with my purchase the results obtained. I have not yet tested the motor accessory which I also purchased.
Overall: This thing is a breeze compared to the Norpro. The crank turns effortlessly, the tomatoes feed easily, and most of all, it's MUCH easier to clean. The components are MUCH better built than the Norpro, you can tell Victoria knows what they are doing and they do it right; Norpro seems to just want to make terrible copies of other products to make a quick buck...
-Lets start at the bottom; the clamp. The Norpro routinely comes loose from the table and wobbles, the Victorio doesn't. Last night I processed 15 gallons of tomatoes into 8 gallons of sauce and didn't have to mess with the Victorio clamp a single time. The Norpro clamp is just a small screw with a "foot" on it, the Victoria has a well-made screw with a large "foot" for squeezing. The Victorio "foot" slides on the cast aluminum base so that it doesn't wobble around. The "feet" that contact the top of the table are also much better designed. Not only are they larger than the Norpro, they also have proper gussets so they don't flex/bend/break as easily; this means more stability.
-Height: I didn't measure my Norpro but judging by the size of bowl that fits under the waste chute the Victorio sits higher. Dealing with the waste on the Norpro was a continuous hassle. Dealing with the waste on the Victorio was a "set it and forget it" type affair; I set up a bowl and didn't have to touch it until I was done making sauce.
-Axle Hub: Due to poor design on the Norpro the axle "floats" in a bronze bushing, as the auger pushes back and forth the axle moves with it. Combine that with a crappy chrome-plating job on the axle and you get a scratched up bronze bushing. A scratched up bronze bushing means you get a cut-up o-ring, and a cut o-ring means you get a continuous flow of juice out the axle. The Victorio is MUCH better designed. The auger floats on the axle and the axle is stationary in a nylon bushing. This means the o-ring doesn't get cut up (it still leaked a little bit, but not nearly as much as the Norpro). The stationary axle in nylon bushing is MUCH more robust, you can feel it...
-The auger and screen are also much better designed. With the Norpro the auger's taper matches that of the screen, which means not only is it much harder to feed the tomatoes through because they are being compressed instantly in the first inch or so of the auger, it's also possible to "lock" the auger into the screen. If that happens you must disassemble and pound it out. The Victorio auger has less taper than the screen which means the tomatoes are progressively compressed and it's much harder to "lock" the auger up. This was all very evident when actually using the sauce maker. The crank turned MUCH easier than the Norpro and I think a LOT of it had to do with the more efficient auger/screen design.
-The auger itself has a cool feature that the Norpro doesn't; it has notches cut into the first few spirals to help macerate and grab the tomatoes and pull them into the auger. This helps a LOT. With the Norpro I HAD to cube my tomatoes so they would feed easily and so they wouldn't explode and spray juice back out. With the Victorio you can leave your smaller tomatoes whole and the "notches" will rip them open and pull them into the auger.
-The screen... WOW!!! First of all it's stainless (vs. the chromed steel of the Norpro), but that's not the feature I'm impressed with. The Victorio screen is designed to be cleaned MUCH easier than the Norpro. The Norpro screen has a rolled & flattened seam which means you get 4 layers of screen material on the seam and the inner layers get packed full of pulp that is impossible to clean out. The Victorio is an over-lapped and seam-welded screen which means there are only 2 layers of screen material (MUCH easier to clean out). The mounting flange is also much better. The area where the screen is attached to the flange on the Norpro lends itself to getting jammed full of pulp that is, once again, difficult to clean. The same area on the Victorio is much smoother/flatter and no pulp gets locked in behind the screen.
-Waste shield: the Norpro doesn't even have this. The Victorio does. The Norpro would always have issues with waste (seeds/skin) falling off and landing on the sauce shield/chute (it would get in the sauce if you didn't catch it soon enough. Not only that but you could only fit a small bowl under the end so it had to be continuously dumped/moved so it wouldn't overflow. The waste chute on the Victorio made life a breeze; combined with a slight taller base and the waste chute I was able to fit a large bowl under the end and I didn't have to deal with the waste until I was completely done.
-Sauce chute: it looks the same, but it's not. The Norpro sauce chute is fixed position; you can't change the angle at which it lies. The Victorio can be rotated as far as you like. This proved beneficial because I sauce directly into a 5-gallon bucket. Also, due to the higher efficieny auger I found that sauce frequently wanted to spray out of the screen when I was first getting started (before the holes started to fill up with fibrous bits). I just turned the sauce-chute straight down which kept the sauce from spraying everywhere...
-Hopper: Not a lot to say about this, the design is roughly the same as the Norpro, the only difference is that the Norpro hopper is cheap and flimsy, the Victorio is not flimsy.
-Plunger: Not much difference except the Victorio is slightly more robust.
-Crank: The Norpro crank has a nut that holds it on, the Victorio doesn't. This sounds like a point for the Norpro but it's not. I didn't have any problems with the crank on the Victorio, it slides into the axle and that's that. The nut on the Norpro was always working loose which would make the handle loose and wobbly...
All in all I'm impressed. I feel like this sauce maker is an excellent buy. It's not only cheaper (amazon price for Victorio vs. local price for Norpro), it's better quality, better design, and will save you time. Don't waste your money on the Norpro junk, just get the real thing from the start.
The unit arrived with a damaged gasket, so it wouldn't seal properly. I contacted Victorio and they mailed a replacement.
As soon as we dumped the first batch of tomatoes in for sauce, juice started running out near where the handle attaches - around the outside of the plastic insert, which is impossible to clean. We had to put a large towel underneath to catch all the drips. As we processed, the handle got harder and harder to turn (and it was tough to turn in the first place). I was working on the second batch of tomatoes, when the whole strainer assembly fired off the unit. I had to stop and clean it completely right in the middle of processing (lots of fun when you're dealing with steaming hot tomatoes).
When I contacted Victorio customer service about the problem, she said it looked like user error, and that we must have been forcing the fruit into the machine with the food pusher. It leaked as soon as we put the food in.
Other minor complaint - the box is so small it's tough to get the unit back in it for storage.
I figure after using my old food strainer for almost 15 years effectively, I have a clue about using food strainers. I'm returning this lemon and ordering another Back to Basics unit.
PS - A friend has two older Victorio units that she was gifted by a family member, and they both leak, but in a different spot. Hers leak where the strainer funnel attaches to the base.