I hadn’t meant to buy another Foley Food Mill, but it seems I am seeing them everywhere. Though they have been around since 1933 and are still made and sold by Mirro, not many people need or use them anymore, I think their biggest detraction is storage. It is just such an odd shape. It is really designed to be hung from a pot rack.
My old one is pretty beat up, but it has a story to tell. This second one has seen very little usage. Someone had put the nut on backwards and it was stuck on the threads, so I hauled it home to play with it. With the proper tool it was soon working smoothly. Now it is going to live with my mothers and finally see some usage.
As for my own well worn Foley, it got in some mileage today when I used it to add some milled potatoes to some yummy Cullen Skink I had going in the instant pot.
My Cullen Skink in the Instant Pot
1/2 lb Finnan Haddie/smoked Haddock
1 qrt milk
1/2 lbs chowder fish
1 large vidalia [my leeks aren’t ready]
1 chopped scallion
4 tbls unsalted butter
2 large floury potatoes
Simmer the Finnan haddie in the milk until it just starts to fall apart.
take it off the heat and scoop out the haddock.
While that’s going on, steam the peeled potatoes 8-1 mins in the instant pot.
Drain the potatoes and set aside.
Saute the butter, onion, scallions or leeks until the onions go translucent.
then add the fishy milk.
When the milk is warmed through, toss in the chowder fish in large chunks.
simmer until the fish is cooked through.
Add the finnan haddie to the pot.
If it starts to boil, turn it off or hit off twice and put it into warming mode.
Using a food mill or a ricer, turn the cooked potatoes into mashed potatoes
Mashed potatoes can also be used.
Add the potatoes to the pot a little at a time, stiring it in gently
you want to get the potato to thicken the soup, but not break up all the fish lumps.
Eat it with a very good bread.