Everything You Need To Know About the #1 Rated Rotary Food Mill

11.04.16 - BY Nona Raybern
RSVP Food Mill

With food processors, blenders, stick blenders, and sieves already a part of the modern kitchen, you might be asking yourself, “Do I really need a food mill?”

The short answer, we believe, is YES! And we’re not alone!

The rotary food mill is one of those classic kitchen tools that everyone should have in their cupboard. From baby food, to applesauce, to tomato sauce, to fluffy mashed potatoes and berry juice for jams, a rotary food mill serves multiple functions for the purpose of breaking up food to extract the good bits you want to use for cooking. No two process steps here where you blend and then sieve…nope, just run your food through the mill and it does it all in one go!

Many of our customers have called or emailed to ask us about our Classic Rotary Food Mill. In a test against many others, ours rated #1 in Cook’s Illustrated! According to them:

“We liked our winner, the RSVP Classic Rotary Food Mill, for its lightweight, comfortable handles; fast and efficient processing; and stable, three-legged design. And at just $24.95, it’s priced to serve both high-volume home canners and more occasional users.”

The RSVP Classic Rotary Food Mill was rated #1 by Cook’s Illustrated!


What is the rsvp classic rotary food mill made of?

Our food mill is made from ABS plastic (aka, Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene). The process to create ABS plastic doesn’t use phthalates or BPA and is considered BPA-free.

We use ABS for our food mills because it doesn’t break down when it comes into contact with highly acidic vegetables or fruits, like tomatoes. It also stands up to animal fats, alcohol, and mineral oils, if pureeing meat is your type of thing (hey, we don’t judge here at RSVP). The compound ABS also stands up to high temperatures quite easily. In order for a chemical reaction or release to occur, the food mill would need to be lit on fire. And we definitely don’t recommend lighting any of our products on fire! Well, except maybe some of our BBQ products. That’d be okay.

what material are the interchangeable plates?

The food mill discs are made of 18/0 stainless steel. This means that the metal has 18% chromium content (the first number) and 0% nickel content (the second number). If you’ve ever wondered what those numbers mean before stainless steel, then there’s your answer! The nickel content basically adds the shine and luster that you see in stainless steel. It doesn’t reflect the quality of the metal. Nickel helps to keep steel shinier, which is why manufacturers often use 18/10 and 18/8 stainless steel in things like flatware and jewelry.

We decided to go with good quality 18/0 stainless steel for our disks for its durability and lasting sharpness. Less fuss means more functionality in this case!

RSVP Classic Rotary Food Mill Discs

The three discs for the Classic Rotary Food Mill (#VEG-3) include a coarse, medium, and fine setting.

The three different disc perforations come in three sizes: coarse, medium, and fine.

  • If shredding is your path to joy, then stick a soft vegetable like squash or zucchini in there with the coarse disc and go to town. This setting is also ideal for making spaetzle! Don’t you love that word? SPAETZLE.
  • If you want nice fluffy mashed potatoes, try out the medium disc. This setting, much like a potato ricer, creates nice pillowy mounds of potato. It’ll cut your holiday prep work down, especially if you’re also making a sweet potato casserole!
  • With the fine disc? That’s how you get those seeds out of berries and tomatoes to make a nice seedless preserve, jelly, or sauce. The fine disc is also ideal for making baby food! Mmmm…mushy peas and carrots.


We’re frequently asked whether food needs to be cooked before it goes in the food mill. If your food is made of hard/solid fiber, like potatoes, carrots, apples, or tomatoes, then YES! It definitely needs to be cooked before it’s processed. But for berries and other soft fruits or vegetables, you can put them straight into the mill and get to crankin’. Whatever kind of food you put through, it needs to be soft in order for the rotary food mill to work properly.

how does a food mill work?

A food mill works by mashing the food into the perforated discs and separating out seeds, skins, and core. Think of it as equal parts masher/saucer/strainer.

is the RSVP food mill easy to clean?

Every part of the RSVP Rotary Food Mill can go through the dishwasher, including the stainless steel discs. Simply remove the disc and place everything on the top rack.

We hope that this was an informative look into the RSVP Classic Rotary Food Mill! If you have any other questions about this item, please visit us on our social media pages or contact us via email at moreinfo@rsvp-intl.com.

And now, some recipes To Put Your food mill TO WORK WITH!

Chilled Indian-Spiced Tomato Soup with Crab Meat


Tomato Soup with Eggplant and Peppers

Slow Cooker Bourbon Apple Butter

Winter Vegetable Soup with Turnips, Carrots, Potatoes, and Leeks