Our 12-volt household water pump failed so we had a barbecue — 11 Comments

  1. Thanks for your offer to help. The problem is it plugs up constantly and I have to take it apart to clean it. By plugging up I mean it will not process any more tomatoes, they will not feed in, and I then have to clean it out. But as I stated earlier it does a swell job on raspberries.

  2. David Young,

    Wow, I’d say you have some problem with your Victorio tomato strainer if it doesn’t do well with tomatoes. Mine is perfect and many of my friends always have great luck with theirs too. What happens with yours? Plugging up? Seeds and skins containing too much pulp? Let’s fix this problem for you so you can love your mill as much as we do.

  3. DonnaB,

    You’re welcome. The reason I aim for two years instead of the “normal” one year recommendation is that in a long-term emergency situation, you may have A. more people to feed (relatives or close friends for example) B. It may take a couple of years to get a good crop (newer garden, enlarged garden or really poor weather) or C. Until you’re living entirely off your pantry, you don’t really realize how much you DO use. More is better; hungry sucks.

  4. Maggie,

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for the tip. I’ll buy a grape spiral today. I knew there had to be an answer to that problem. Luckily, BHM has such smart readers who willingly share their tips!!

  5. I guess I am just lucky or just dumb. My Victorio berry screen works really well on raspberries but I have never had what I would call success with the tomato screen processing tomato juice. I prefer the old Foley food mill for tomatoes.
    I did have to loosen the wing nuts that hold the cone on the machine when doing the raspberries.

  6. Cindy, I agree with you about canning ahead. When I had a house, I always had a one year supply of canned items. (Hard to do in my apartment now with very limited space and no cool areas — praying for a homestead!!)

    I never thought about having a TWO year supply till Jackie suggested it. But, it sure makes sense — especially with the weather patterns changing so much the last few years — and two years’ supply is what I am aiming for now.

    Thanks, Jackie for the sage advice. It is always greatly appreciated.

  7. I know exactly what you mean about the berry screen. And don’t use the grape attachment either. Many years ago I tried the grape attachment. Got the grapes in there. At first it started squeezing really nice but then the seeds got stuck. Well the whole contraption came off the edge of the cupboard and there was grape juice and slop all over and up and down!!! I was devastated!

    But I did get the whole area of the kitchen really clean!!!

    I use my steamer. Just put whatever berries you have in there and juice away!! Works great!

    Love your garden. This is the year of extreme weather for us and weeds and woodchucks and rabbits and you name it!! It’s a fight for every bean. Thank God I have always heeded your advice on canning ahead!!!

  8. I know what you mean about raspberry seeds. I ended up puting through steamer then straining out the tiny seeds. But results are sooo good. Just put up 48 half pints of cherry jam. Yummy. Have a great fall.

  9. Hi Jackie, sorry you had such a mess with running raspberries thru your Victorio strainer. We have run gallons of blackberries thru our Victorio and had great luck. What you need is the grape spiral. It is shorter than the standard one used for tomatoes and it doesn’t jam up like the standard one. You can get it on Amazon, search their site for “victorio strainer grape spiral”. They list it for $12.56. If you go to the Victorio site it’s listed at $6.99 but would have to add shipping. With the grape spiral you can get rid of those pesky seeds just as easy as tomatoes.

  10. We also had to recently replace the pressure switch on our 12 volt pump, which supplies drinking water to the house. Best of luck with your garden. We can’t imagine being bored here either!