Tomatoes are a rich source of vitamins A and C, potassium and lycopene, a carotenoid that could be beneficial in the fight against certain cancers. Tomatoes can be juiced or pressed for easy consumption.
A tomato press, also known as a tomato strainer, is a mechanical device that can be operated by turning a handle. A tomato press will remove the peel and seeds, leaving a fine puree. A press is commonly used for Italian style recipes, which require the use of tomatoes as a base for sauces.
A juicer will extract only the juice from the tomato, discarding the peel, seeds, and pulp. The result is a very liquid juice, suitable for drinking directly. A juicer can also be used to extract juice for numerous other types of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Whether you opt to use a juicer or a press to liquidize tomatoes will depend largely on what you wish to do with the resultant product. Generally, a tomato press is more suitable for cooking purposes. If you wish to derive the benefits of consuming many tomatoes, drinking pure tomato juice made with a juicer is a convenient choice.
- National Library of Medicine: Lycopene
- Kitchen Contraptions: Tomato Press
- Consumer Reports: Juicers
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Deborah Green has been providing online content in the health and fitness industries since 2001. She has written numerous weight loss and wellness articles, and her work now appears on eHow and LIVESTRONG.COM. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English language teaching from Sussex University and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in health studies from The Open University.