The tomato press, also known as tomato squeezer is a machine that allows you to transform tomatoes in “passata”, or tomato sauce directly at home and with great ease. A first important distinction within this rich category can be made between electric tomato presses which - as can be easily deduced - are equipped with an electric motor and hand crank tomato presses, which allow the tomato pulp to be extracted by hand.
Based on this initial subdivision, tomato press machines can be grouped in four different categories, depending on the environment in which they are used and their hourly output:
Both tomato presses are available with different types of engines and set-ups, starting from simpler models, with food-grade plastic chutes and chute shields, to heavy-duty tomato presses made in stainless steel. One of the main aspects to take into consideration when choosing a tomato squeezer is the hourly output, that is, the amount of tomatoes the machine can process in one hour. Manual tomato presses are designed for a hobby and limited use, unlike the electric versions which can be used in both agriculture and catering.
There are also special sections in the catalogue dedicated to the range of gas burners for the preparation of tomato sauce and other useful accessories that should be included when purchasing a tomato press.