What does this mean to you?
The Original All-Metal Squeezo strainer is perfect for home use. It is very versatile and easy to use. The machine even comes with a recipe booklet to help you get started!
Squeezo Strainer Specifications
The Original All-Metal Squeezo Strainer is made in the USA! It is composed of all-metal parts (except for the rubber gasket and nylon bushing): The body is made from die cast alumninum and the hopper is made from aluminum so it won't discolor, lose its shape, or retain odors. The screens are steel with nickel plating. Your Squeezo Strainer is an extrememly versatile tool. It comes with a standard screen, but other sized screens are available. Simply use the plunger to guide your fruits or vegetables down the hopper and turn the handle to watch your fresh juice escape into the drainer - seed/peel free!
Squeezo Strainer Operation
For best results and to get the most pulp and juice from your fruits or vegetables, apply GENTLE pressure with the wooden plunger and
DO NOT fill the hopper more than half full. If the seeds and skin do not seem as dry as they might be, you can run them through a second time, but
this is not expected to be a standard procedure. It may be necessary to clean the screen periodically if you are using it for extended periods of time, such as when processing very large batches of produce. *Squeezo does not work with pomegranates or seeded grapes.
Lemra Manufacturer History
The Original, All-Metal Squeezo Strainer was designed by a young die maker from the Abruzzi region of Italy. When he came to America in 1907, he brought his design with him. After years of trying to find a manufacturer willing to take on the project, he finally built a plant in his backyard and, using an old belt-driven steam engine, began to manufacture and sell the first Squeezo Strainers with the help of his wife and 3 children.
That was 1919. Slowly but surely, the Squeezo built a reputation until, by the thirties, it had become a favorite in Italian-American kitchens for making wonderful old-country tomato sauces and purees. Others heard about it, and started using it for home canning.
The same family - two entire generations - made the Squeezo for nearly 60 years, constantly upgrading production and quality control as more and more Squeezos found their way into kitchens across the country. There are still plenty of 30-year old Squeezos out here hard at work! But in 1978 misfortune struck; the factory in McKeesport, Pennsylvania was destroyed by fire. For various reasons the family was unable to rebuild the factory - they had to sell the business. Garden Way, located in Troy, NY, was a natural choice as a buyer as they had already been selling Squeezos successfully for several years. Garden Way built the Squeezo until it closed its doors in the 1990s, at which time Lemra Products took
over manufacturing the Squeezo.
Included with the Squeezo Strainer
The Squeezo comes with a standard 1/16" hole screen, though 2 other screens are also available to purchase (see Related Items left sidebar).
A unique recipe booklet also comes with the Squeezo -
"We know that you wouldn't have invested in this extraordinary piece of kitchen equipment if you didn't have some purpose in mind. Perhaps the apple crop is overwhelming, the tomato vines are bending double with fruit, the squash is ankle deep and the berry patch is enough for both you AND the birds - whatever the reason, we would like to give you some kitchen-tested theories to put into practice - when you take a breathing spell."
The recipe booklet give you ideas on how to use your Squeezo 365 days a year and how to conserve your food.
Cleaning and Maintenance of the Squeezo Strainer
Cleaning your Squeezo PROPERLY is very important. Be sure to dry it THOROUGHLY before storing it in order to prevent rust. If you process apples, tomatoes and berries with your Squeezo, any rust will react with their natural acidity and this can spoil your food, and is certainly not good to ingest! Take the time to meticulously clean the screens with a stiff brush that can fit into both ends, such as the one provided with your Squeezo. Give extra attention to the end of the screen where the nylon bushing is located - seeds and skin may get lodged in it. REMOVE the rubber gasket to clean thoroughly. Leaving it in place will trap moisture. Be sure to dry your Squeezo and all parts very thoroughly before putting them away. It is also highly recommended that you coat the Squeezo lightly with some vegetable oil or product such as PAM, especially the screens, before storing it in order to further prevent rust and help your Squeezo keep running smoothly.
Squeezo Strainer Accessories
There are 3 screens available for the Squeezo Strainer. The standard tomato screen comes with your Squeezo, but you may purchase the Tomato Screen
individually. In addition, we also carry the Berry Screen
and the Pumpkin Screen
. The berry screen has
3/64" holes and separates all but the tiniest seeds, and the pumpkin screen has 1/8" holes for coarser squeezes. All three screens can be found in the "related items" sidebar on the left.