Also known as "The Amazing Mouli", it's a small hand-drive food mill (hence the name) that reduces soft fruit or any kind of cooked vegetable (and some meats, such as chicken liver) to a puree -- in other words, mush. Mushed fruits and veggies being useful as sauces, as a base for souffles, mousse, sherbet, etc, as well as being tasty in themselves (mashed potatoes, anyone?), this tool (and a similarly rotary hand grater) used to be wildly promoted during the 60's, when its French provenance gave it a taste of the exotic.

Still useful in low-tech kitchens, or for people who want a really hands-on experience with food, it's mostly been superseded by the food processor.

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