About Mehu-Liisa Products

UPDATE January, 2016

Please visit our New Store

Hello! We are undergoing some changes here at Mehu-Liisa Products. In addition to selling the Mehu-Liisa steam juicer, rubber bottle caps, and spare parts, I will be focusing on our blog and on developing a community of Mehu-Liisa users. Please call 800-450-6081, or email daniel_tapio@yahoo.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.


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!


22 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:


      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.


      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:


      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

  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:


      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!


      • 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,

  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:


      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,

  6. Jacqueline Newhart says:

    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
    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,

  7. Hilda Loewen says:

    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:


      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,

  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?

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