#2 Meat Juice Press

yup. It’s a meat juice press.

Columbia #2 Meat Juice Press Made by Landers, Frary & Clark New Britain Conn, USA
Columbia #2 Meat Juice Press Made by Landers, Frary & Clark New Britain Conn, USA

It is made of cast iron and the inside of the press part is tinned.

I was able to find reference in a 19th century medical book about the use of a meat juice press to extract the juice from a 2 ounce piece of beef.

“The liquid obtained contains all the nourishing qualities of the flesh, and none of the indigestible structure, and it is much more palatable than ordinary soup or beef tea, and is decidedly more nutritious.” -1887

I guess if your teeth were bad and there were no vitamixes you’d have to get your meat somehow.

I’ll have to give it a try and see what I can manage to get out of a piece of meat.

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14 thoughts on “#2 Meat Juice Press

  1. I have one of these meat juice presses, purchased at a N.H. swap meet 25 years ago for $1.00! Do you have any idea what it’s worth>

  2. Since it’s quite obsolete, and really just a curiosity at this point, I don’t think it has much value. I’ve seen them around for about $25.
    I think it’s a cool piece of odd food and kitchen tool history.

  3. Greetings,

    If you send me your email address, I’ll send you a image of a copper and nickel Columbia Meat Juice Press. It’s also a #2, however, it is not painted or rusted steel/cast iron. The copper pieces are quite rare and expensive. Additionally, the press can still be used for concentrated juice from rare meat, which can be used in sauces, etc.

    People typically use them as paper weights, etc., however, they had strong use by chefs from about 1870 – 1910. Dealers selling the rusty versions with and without all of the pieces charge anywhere from $25-$125 — in terrible condition, as most of them are.

    I have a collection of over 15 of which 5 are copper and nickel; these include #1, #2, and #20 sized. (#20 is essentially the same size as a #2, however, it has a hinged base that gets clamped to a counter.) Restored, they are beautiful and very functional. Simply find a recipe that calls for beef stock and be prepared to be wowed by the flavors.

    By the way, meat juice was used to treat nonthriving infants as a source of nourishment.

    Regards,

    Eric

    1. Dear Eric,
      I have a Columbia meat juice press #1 in pretty good condition. What parts are cast iron and what may be nickel or copper? I want to sell it so I need to represent it accurately and I don’t know metals.
      Thanks for the information.
      Lynn

    2. I am looking for a cup (only) to a No. 2 Landers, Frary & Clark Meat Press.
      Would you happen to have one, or, alternately, a complete No. 2 Press?

  4. I have one as well it was in my family, I have two inserts for the press. One has a patent day of 1884. I have seen the other presses with only one insert with no date. I wonder if this increases the value of the press?

  5. I am putting one on eBay tonight. Mine is from 1884, cast iron, black and red paint, in nice shape. I’m glad I read this page because I always assumed it was for both “meat” and/or “juice”, as in juice from fruit!

  6. I am looking for a cup (only) to a No. 2 Landers, Frary & Clark Meat Press.
    I would appreciate any assistance in locating one.

  7. Hi everyone, we are a French couple. We’ve just purchased a n°44 Landers, Frary & Clark Meat/Fruit Press I was wondering how much it was worth.
    Greetings from France, Brittany more precisely.

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  9. I have two of these presses, both bought for $5.00 on Ebay. One I use as a flower press and the other to extract oil from hot peppers I grow. As an oil press it is ideal as the capacity is very small and that is all one needs for my peppers. Moruga Trinidads and Scorpions. I am sure confessions could be extracted as well. If you get one with the original paint, do not “restore” it !!!
    Bill

  10. I just picked one up at an antique shop, it is a no. 2 and has two cups, one fits inside the other, I had no idea that they would press meat but it makes sense.

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