Food mills are great tool to have in the kitchen, especially when working with foods that need to be mashed or run through a sieve. Food mills come in a wide variety of sizes and some in varying metal types from aluminum to stainless steel. There are many great meals that could not be made without the help of a food mill. It bridges the cap between old school sieves that are good for fine powders and heavy-duty, hi tech food processors that can emulsify even the toughest of ingredients. The mill comes with three parts: the bowl, the bowl’s interchangeable bottom and the crank. The bottoms have holes in them so that the food can be pushed through the bottom and ground into smaller bits. The bottom of the bowl is interchangeable and there can be different size holes depending on the desired consistency of the food being prepared. The ingredients are placed inside the mill and then the operator begins turning the crank. The curved plate on the bottom of the crank forced the food to the holes in the bottom pushes them through. The results can be as varied as riced potatoes or apple sauce.