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The Sauce Master comes equipped with a standard fine mesh screen and spiral, which is designed to handle tomatoes or apples. When using it to process tomatoes, the Sauce Master separates seeds and skins from pulp and juice. Simply rough chop the them, throw them into the hopper and crank the handle. Apples will need to be peeled, cored, rough chopped and simmered. I recommend the Norpro Apple Master for large batches of apples. Peels potatoes, too!.
Assembly is easy, even for those of us who aren't mechanically inclined. The base, table clamp, crank are made from heavy duty metal. Screens are constructed of chrome-steel. The hopper, plunger, spiral and sauce chute are constructed from plastic. The Sauce Master includes a detailed Assembly/Instruction and Recipe Manual. Click here to view it as a PDF file, and examine construction.
It is fairly easy to operate, although the processing goes much more quickly if one person fills the hopper and plunges, while the other cranks. The smaller you chop the tomatoes, the slightly easier it is to crank. You will find it easier to crank while using the Salsa Screen , as it has much larger holes through which the pulp and some of the seeds can pass through. Some people blanch and remove skins first, we didn't. You may also find yourself occasionally having to tighten the table clamp with rigorous cranking.
Speaking of the Salsa Screen , I highly recommend purchasing it if you intend on making salsa or chunky applesauce. The standard screen creates puree, which I personally find to be great for Spaghetti Sauce, but not so much for a good dipping salsa. We were very pleased with the texture of the finished product. Additionally, you may purchase a Berry Screen , Pumpkin Screen , and a Grape Spiral for making jams, juices, and pie fillings.
|In action, using optional Salsa Screen.|
BOTTOM LINE: 4 of 5 Stars. An absolute necessity for large batch processing of tomatoes for salsa, spaghetti sauce, and juice. I would, however, recommend going with the Norpro Sauce Master II with the improved seed/skins elimination attachment for ease of use.