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Fruit Press. 1.3L Aluminum/Stainless Steel

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  • Italian Stainless Steel and Aluminum, Some Paint with CAST ALUMINUM PRESS PLATE
  • For Pressing Fermented Fruit & Other Softer Items
  • Not for Pressing of Hard Foodstuffs Such as Nuts, Almonds, Fruit Pits, Etc.
  • Basket Approx. Six Inches Wide and Five Inches Tall
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Product Description

The "Maxi" 1.3 Liter Mini Press by Ferrari is sturdier than the standard "Torchietto" 1.3 Liter Mini Press by Tommy, this one utilizes a thicker cast press plate and a heaver base and frame constructed of thick painted steel. ***This press is intended for pressing soft/sliced/fermented fruit only as part of the wine making process. It will not press almonds, nuts, whole lemons, or other similarly hard foodstuffs. Not intended for "juicing."

Product Information

Product Dimensions 12.8 x 9.8 x 9.8 inches
Item Weight 5.7 pounds
Shipping Weight 5.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Ferrari
ASIN B001D5F0SI
Item model number 1821
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3.1 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #108,271 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#5 in Kitchen & Dining > Home Brewing & Wine Making > Wine Making > Crushing, Pressing & Stemming
Date first available at Amazon.com May 20, 2013

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Severely disappointing. I was looking forward to pressing berries, grapes, and other soft fruits for wines and melomels, but this product was a huge dissapointment.

I used it one evening for three fruits: ripe apricots, strawberries, and grapes. The apricots and strawberries at the top of the press simply turned to mush and oozed out around the 1/4 inch gap between the press plate and vessel, resulting in a mess on top of the plate surrounding the shaft with very little juice collected.

Next I tried the grapes, I collected apout 3/4 cup of juice, but in the process the thin aluminum plate at the base warped so badly from the pressure that the entire press now sits at an angle about 15 degrees off of vertical. When I realized how badly the press had bent I discontinued use. When taking the grapes out, I found that some of them hadn't even split open yet, even though the "intense pressure" had caused the press to bend. I then put the grapes into a steel mixing bowl, pressed them with a potato masher and then pressed down with another steel bowl before putting them in a strainer. This produced about twice as much juice as I originally collected from pressing the grapes in this fruit press.

If it had been built with a steel base and a tight fit where the pressing plate meets the vessel holding the fruit it would likey work nicely. However, it is poorly designed and constructed. Also, after washing the press, I woke up the next morning to find the shaft and bottom of the press plate rusted. So much for the "Stainless Steel" in the title of the item. This was especially disturbing as the rusted parts come into contact with the food items you're working on.

Hopefully the return process will go smoothly.
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I bought this to make fruit juices. I used it to make apple juice non the first attempt it tore a hole through two layers of my nut milk bag.

Be warned that you should use something between the pressing plate and the nut milk bag because the shaft spins freely and there's a snap-ring that holds the pressing plate and shaft together that can snag your nut milk bag and tear a nice hole in it.

I had an empty Lavazza espresso can so I cut the bottom from it with a can-opener and placed that circular piece between the pressing plate and the nut milk bag the next time I tried pressing some apple pulp and it did well to protect the bag from being damaged again.

It dented the metal disc pretty well so I imagine I'll have to find a more durable solution, perhaps a wooden disc instead.

Pros:

Works as it should
Easy to use
Easy to clean

Cons:

Can destroy your nut milk bag
not easy to store(Unless you just keep it on the counter), it's awkwardly shaped
two-handed operation; no way to secure the base to the counter

Overall Impression:

This is a much better juicer than an electric juicer like a Breville, etc. Because it's WAAAAYYY cheaper, doesn't add heat and removes much more of the liquid from the pulp. You could throw the pulp put out from a masticating. etc juicer into a nut milk bag in this thing and press pout a bunch more juice.

*******

Be sure that if you're going to use a nut milk bag with it, put something between the bag and the pressing plate that will protect the bag from damage as I mentioned above.
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although i love the design I expected a lot more from this product.
-The components are very cheap. Before I even used it the paint already scratched off the handle.
-The spout needs to be longer. Since it is so short it makes a big mess if the liquid slowly drips out.
-The rod that twists down is either rusting or is picking up rust from inside the red bar. This rust falls into my product. I would not recommend this at all.
- I used this to make almond milk because I thought it would work better than squeezing the pulp through a bag. However, this is not the case. There is so much liquid left in the bag, it's not worth using it.
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This is the first of this type of press unit I have used. I was very happy with the end result. I had a coconut oil blend that I had infused with some herbs and needed to press out as much as possible as the herbs are quite expensive. This little unit did the trick.
After cranking the press down all the way there was coconut oil on top of the press plate, I had to be careful to tip the vessel to get it out without spilling it. This is not a problem, just something to be aware of so you don't spill. You do need to have jelly sacks to successfully press any product, it would have been nice if the unit came with one or two sacks to get you started.
My only complaint is how much up and down cranking you have to do to get the vessel in and out of the unit. I think that regular grease or wax on the threads will be helpful in keeping it functioning smoothly. It would be nice if it would have come with a rubber hose to connect to the "out spout." The spout isn't very long and without a hose you are pretty limited to your collection container placement. I put the unit up on a small step stool unit which I placed on the counter, then put a large bowl under the edge of the unit so that I would catch all of the oil and drips coming out of the unit. I used it one time that way, but I plan to buy a piece of 1/2" hose to make it more controllable. I think a rubber hose for the spout should definitely be included with the product, and perhaps some kind of clip to put on the hose to keep it from flopping around too much.
I ran the vessel pieces through the dishwasher without problem, but wouldn't recommend trying to put the cranking unit through one as the threads might rust.
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