About Mehu-Liisa Products

UPDATE July, 2017

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Hello! In addition to selling the Mehu-Liisa steam juicer to wholesale and retail customers, we also sell replacement parts. Unfortunately, the rubber bottle caps available in the past are no longer manufactured. Please visit the blog and become part of our growing community of Mehu-Liisa users. Please call 800-450-6081, or email contact@mehuliisa.com for all of your phone ordering and customer service needs.

Thank you,

Daniel Heila, owner of Mehu-Liisa Products

 

Mehu-Liisa Products imports the Mehu-Liisa steam juicer

manufactured by OPA-MUURIKKA OY in Finland. It is the highest quality stainless steel steam juicer available on the market today. Decades of design excellence have produced an efficient, durable, and attractive steam juicer that, with proper care, will serve the user for years. The Mehu-Liisa steam juicer is an heirloom quality canning and home food preservation tool.

Osmo Heila first brought the juicer over from Finland in the 70’s and was North American Distributor of the original Mehu-Maija for over 25 years. When the Mehu-Maija went out of production in the early 90’s Osmo started importing from OPA OY. After his passing in 2003 his son, Daniel Heila, took over the business as he felt it would be a shame to let such an excellent product become unavailable.

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Daniel Heila, owner of Mehu-Liisa Products

Daniel is an avid U-Picker and home food preservation enthusiast. He will be posting regularly offering tips and recipes and reports on his U-Pick exploits.

Thank you and welcome!

 

32 Responses to About Mehu-Liisa Products

  1. I have had one of these for years and love it. I can everything possible with it. Last year we made some vegetable broth that was the most delicious broth I have ever tasted. Now I want to make chicken and beef broth. I will freeze the cooked chicken but after the broth is put into treated jars is it necessary to pressure can too? I am unable to find any recipes or directions on meat/broth canning with Mehu Liisa. I planned to put chickens & vegetables in basket, steam until the broth comes out, put into treated jars and be done. But since meat products require pressure canning typically, I want to be safe.

    • dheila62 says:

      Carolyn – yes, absolutely pressure can your broth. I would say 10 mins. at 10 lbs pressure. However, don’t take my word for it. There are many variables on this process. Check with your local Ag. Extension office for specifics. Here is a good link to browse for instructions:

      http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog/

      This is the publications catalog for the Lane County Ag. Extension Service in Oregon.

      Here is a specific pdf file on canning meats. Canning meat based broth is addressed on page 6.

      http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/PNW361/PNW361.pdf

      Also, the resulting broth willl most likely be quite concentrated, more like a reduction than regular broth. So, you may want to dilute to taste and add salt and pepper. This can be done at time of canning or at time of use. Still pressure can. Let me know how it goes. Please consider posting on our Tips and Recipes Forum at:

      http://mehuliisaproducts.websitetoolbox.com/

      It doesn’t cost anything to join and we don’t use your email address at all. We are trying to build a community of Mehu-Liisa users to share our experiences with this wonderful kitchen tool.

      Hope this helps. Thank you for your kind words about Mehu-Liisa steam juicer.

      Take Care
      Daniel

  2. Erma Yoder says:

    I have one of the original Mehu steamer with an aluminum water pan and would like to replace it. Is a stainless steel one available?

    • dheila62 says:

      Erma,

      The only replacement water pans we have fit the newer 10 liter or 11 liter Mehu-Liisa juicers. Your juicer sounds like an old Mehu-Maija. These juicers went out of production in the early 90s.

      Sometimes you can find a water pan on EBay. Just be sure that you have the seller measure the diameter of the pan to be sure it matches yours. Good Luck!

      Daniel

      • Phyllis says:

        I also have an original Mehu steamer with an aluminum water pan. I just steamed tomatos and am wondering if the juice is safe to drink or would it have aluminum in it. Thanks so much!

      • dheila62 says:

        There is some concern about aluminum and Alzheimer disease. I do not think you are at any risk with an aluminum water pan because the juice does not come in contact with the aluminum. Do an internet search on aluminum and food risk to ease your mind. Let me know if you have any questions.

        Take care,
        Daniel

  3. Jim S. says:

    So this is a device for canning and not a juicer like this juicer?

  4. I also have an original Mehu steamer with an aluminum water pan. I just steamed tomatos and am wondering if the juice is safe to drink or would it have aluminum in it. Thanks so much!

  5. Sharon Blake says:

    Where can I get a book of recipes and instructions? Thank you Sharon Blake

    • dheila62 says:

      Sharon,

      Go to the cookbook tab on my site (mehuliisa.com/cookbook/) and click on the link there (the title under the image of the cookbook) to download a free cookbook. Let me know if you have any questions.

      Take care,
      Daniel

  6. Jacqueline Newhart says:

    Dan,
    I grew up with you in trumansburg. My name is Jackie Denmark maiden name Newhart married. I think my brother David and you were in same class or my sister Mary jo. I got mine from your father many years ago. I am still learning new things every year.I even bring it to North Carolina when I visit my sister. Plus I bring lots of fruits and veggies from my. Thank you for continuing the family business.
    Warm regards
    Jackie
    jnewhart@fltg.net
    Ps. One day I will buy my sister one.

    • dheila62 says:

      Hi, Jackie!

      Eddie and I were in the same class. Lot’s of fond memories. I’m glad you are still using your juicer, my dad would be very pleased. I think they have muscadines down in North Carolina. You ought to try juicing them, and making wine! I have lots of customers down there that do that.

      Great to hear from you!

      Take care,
      Daniel

  7. Hilda Loewen says:

    Hi,
    The old Mehu-Maija had some bottle caps available that allowed the juice to be sealed in bottles. Are these bottle caps or something similar still available?

    • dheila62 says:

      Hilda,

      Apologies for the late reply on this. It must have fallen through the cracks.

      I do not offer the bottle caps for sale anymore because the manufacturer stopped making them. Most folks use the dome-and-band type canning jars for their juicing these days. The USDA recommends water bathing your canned juice. Please refer to your state extension service for proper canning guidelines.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Take care,
      Daniel

      • John Serfozo says:

        Those bottle caps really worked well for us. Do you remember the name of the company? Do you know of anything similar?

      • dheila62 says:

        John,

        The name of the company was Teknikum OY in Finland. No, I have not found a replacement product. Good luck in your search!

        Take care,
        Daniel

  8. Ian says:

    What is a U-picker? I have never come across the term before!

  9. Chip Grafe says:

    Hi Daniel
    Is the stainless steel steamer made of magnetic steel, my stove has an induction heating system.
    Thanks chip

  10. Cheryl says:

    Does it matter what kind of water you put in the bottom pot? Can it be tap water that has chlorine in it or can I use hard water or does some of the steam water actually go into the finished juice?

  11. Justin Smith says:

    if you put botanicals in the basket can you extract the oils from them in your steamer/juice…. maybe essential oil extractor?
    Thanks
    Justin

    • dheila62 says:

      Justin,

      Apologies for late reply. The process of extracting essential oils from herbs is accomplished with an essential oils still. It is basically a reflux type spirits still used for various alcohols. I do not know the exact process but perhaps the juice from steaming the herbs can be used to extract oils from in the distillation process. I should look into this further! I’ll let you know if I do.

      Let me know if you have other questions.

      Best regards,
      Daniel

  12. John Serfozo says:

    We used to be able to buy plastic bottle caps that fit nicely over the opening of a wine bottle. They would be pushed down the neck of the bottle and would seal just fine. As the juice cooled, the top would go down slightly into the opening and we knew that the seal was tight. None of us can remember the name of the company and we would like to buy more. Do you recall anything like them? If so, where can I go to get them?

    Thanks.

    John

    • dheila62 says:

      John,

      Unfortunately, the rubber bottle caps are no longer available. The company I ordered them from has stopped making them. I have been unable to find another supplier. Most folks (as do I) use regular mason jars to bottle their juice these days. I use Tattler reusable lids to cut down on the waste of regular metal lids. I like them a lot. Let me know if you have other questions.

      Best regards,
      Daniel

  13. Pat Banks says:

    I have a Mehu-Liisa 101, unfortunately my stove malfunctioned, water base boiled dry and solder between base layer melted. Will the 11 litre base fit my model or is it wider? date on box is purchased Nov 2011.

    • dheila62 says:

      Pat,

      So sorry to hear about that. One way I keep myself from boiling dry is by using a timer. I set it for 30 minutes and then at 15 minute intervals after that, checking the water level each time.

      The 10 liter Mehu-Liisa is no longer manufactured and the new 11 liter water pan is wider than the base of your juice kettle. You can fashion a large metal washer to act as a flange to hold the smaller diameter 10 liter unit on the 11 liter water pan. I would ask at a local sheet metal fabricator to help with that.

      Let me know if you have other questions.

      Best regards,
      Daniel

      • Pat Banks says:

        Thanks Daniel; Stove was faulty, the element would sometimes become excessively hot with no warning. I replaced element several times but finally gave up and replaced the stove. Base is still partially attached to the water pan, but warped. Hoping I can maybe either use it as is, or heat it to melt the solder and pound base back into place. If not I will try your suggestion. I am a bit disappointed that parts aren’t available for a $200 steamer, even Sears carries parts for 40 yr old items. I do love my Mehu-Liisa, it makes short work of 40lbs of Crab Apples so not ready to trash it yet.

      • dheila62 says:

        Pat,

        The juicer comes with a ten year warranty on manufacturing defect (a handle falls off, etc.) but the juicer was redesigned in 2012 and the only replacement part that are backwards compatible is the drain hose. We do have a few 10 liter parts available but the water pan has sold out. My apologies. Try eBay for a replacement. Be sure to measure before you buy.

        Crab apples! That is one fruit I have yet to try. May be hard to find them around here. They would add excellent tannin to my hard cider recipe!

        Let me know if you have other questions.

        Take care!
        Daniel

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