Victorio Food Strainer and Sauce Maker – Best Investment Ever for Homemade Applesauce and Tomato Sauce!


I’ve always known all of you were smart. You’ve proven it to me once again.

Last year, while I was making applesauce and experimenting with ways to make the process easier, many of you suggested that I get a Victorio Food Strainer. Before that day, I had never even heard of this gadget. And I’ll admit, I really questioned – would a Victorio really make the process of making applesauce go any faster? I mean, there are apple cores and bad spots to deal with. No matter how easy the process, you still have to prepare the apples. I’m usually dealing with several bushels of apples at one time. It takes time. It takes work. There’s no way around it.

Or is there? (There is! There is!)

I’m so excited after making 13 quarts of applesauce yesterday, I could do flips. And guess what? Since I invested in a Victorio, I still actually have the energy to do flips! (Not that I can or will. I’m not that coordinated.)

But it’s true. The Victorio DID made the applesauce making process much faster and easier. Like hours easier. I can’t believe how much time I saved compared to how long it used to take me to make applesauce.

I’ve tried all kinds of methods of making applesauce:

Yes, I’ve been making applesauce for years, using all varieties of methods to save myself time.  This is why I feel like I have a leg to stand on when I say that using a Victorio Food Strainer is by far the easiest, fastest, most efficient way to make homemade applesauce – especially if you are making large amounts! (I’m also very sure this is going to save time while I make tomato sauce, though I don’t have enough tomatoes ready yet to give it a try.)

With the Victorio, you wash the apples, halve or quarter them, cook them down, then run them through the Victorio. You don’t core them. You barely touch them. My hands didn’t even turn brown – and I did loads of apples!! And this is why I want to turn flips.

Here’s a picture of what my new toy looks like:

I even figured out how to put it together all by myself. Aren’t you impressed?!

Here’s a little tutorial to show how easy this process was. You wash your apples (or in my case, you ask your children to wash the apples while you are working on other jobs in the kitchen).

You halve or quarter your apples and put them into a big stock pot. I simply halved mine since they were small.

Add a little water to the pot to keep the apples from scorching, then you cook them for 15-25 minutes until they are soft (while you go do something else!). Then you run the soft apples through your Victorio.  The process barely even challenged my arm muscles it was so easy.

All the core and skin comes out the shoot, leaving bowl after bowl full of beautiful, smooth applesauce.

I had enough applesauce yesterday that after we all ate as much as we wanted, I canned 13 quarts using the water bath method. Awesome!

The jars are still sitting on my countertop so that I can admire them for a little while longer before putting them away. You know I always have to do that right? ;)

I have to say that the Victorio Food Strainer was a wonderful investment. Anything that saves me time in the kitchen, especially during the fall season when all the garden produce threatens to overtake my kitchen, is a life saver. It is very reasonably priced for such a handy appliance.

Do you have a Victorio? Do you love it? Do you want to turn flips with me over how great this thing is?

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  1. Angela says

    Have you tried using this with berries? Do you have the berry shield or the pumpkin shield? Thanks!


    Jackagain Reply:

    Yes, they actually have 3 different strainers for this model. I have the older more rugged model 200. I got it on ebay with all 3 augers and 3 strainers. The strainers are about $17.00 each and you can get them on Amazon or here: (the finest one works for berries)

    This works good on the apples too.


  2. marcella carpenter says

    I just purchaced the victoria grape spiral from ebay ,but when I try to turn the handle it is too hard to turn. Seems like the spiral is too big around for the strainer. Am I supposed to buy a special strainer or something? Anyone else have this problem?


    Silversmith35 Reply:

    I’m not sure if this will help, but you need to mash some fruit down into the machine for the crank to turn smoothly. It it is dry, it can be really hard to turn. Try that, and I hope it helps. If that doesn’t work, you will need more help than I can offer. Good Luck !


    Vickie Houser Reply:

    I did grapes this year. Use the grape spiral as suggested, but do mash your grapes a bit first. I ran mine thru 4 times* and got loads of juice. It shouldn’t be hard to crank. If is still is, check the assembly and make sure everything is lined up and connected correctly. Oh, and only crank the one direction. The side by the handle has an arrow – turn it that direction only.

    *After the 2nd pass thru, you may need to clean the screen and spiral.


    Jackagain Reply:

    They actually sell a motor drive for these strainers:

    You may be able to pick up a good used on on ebay too.


  3. Ashley says

    I inherited my grandmothers original 200 model about 8 years ago. She is coming over to watch/help make apple sauce this week. I have fond memories making tomato juice, in her kitchen, as a kid. I’m glad my girls are getting to experience the fun with their great grandma now. Who knows how many more fall harvests we have left with her.


  4. Shelley says

    I am trying to figure out how you can cook your apples so quickly. It seems like I fill my big pot with apple quarters and it takes hours to cook it to make it soft enough. What am I doing wrong? Do you have a softer apple?


    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    One helpful tip would be to add a little bit of water in the bottom of the pot to help the apples steam quicker.


  5. Mandi Ersland says

    I recently made apple sauce. I canned them with a water bath. Every batch I did separated. The fruit floats to the top and there’s water on the bottom. Is this normal or did I do something wrong?


    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    That is completely normal.


    Mandi Ersland Reply:

    Thank you for the reply. :)


  6. Glenda says

    I just bought the Victorio model 250 and recently used it to make blueberry syrup. It was AMAZING how easy it was. I removed neither stems or blossoms (the little dried end on the opposite end of the blueberry from the stem). I merely washed them and simmered them in a little water until they turned dark blue. Then I mashed them a bit with a potato masher (probably unnecessary) and ran them through the Victorio. It removed every stem and every blossom and every seed, even though I used the tomato/apple strainer which came with the device. I do have the finer berry screen but wanted as much pulp as possible for flavor. I started with 10.5 lbs of blueberries. Approximately 1 cup came out as waste. I quickly ran the waste through one more time and with almost no effort had over 20 cups of blueberry juice and pulp.
    This device absolutely works great on berries. I’m glad to know that it will make my life easier making applesauce as well since I usually have a good supply for free from friends with trees.
    As for cooking them quickly, have you considered steaming them?
    BTW, I have never had my applesauce separate in jars. Previously I have always used my peeler/corer and then just cooked them down with a bit of lemon juice. It comes out thick and doesn’t separate.


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