A passe-vite, or a food-mill, is a food preparation utensil for mashing and sieving soft foods. It bridges the gap between a sieve and an electric blender. In the 1930s several people experimented with a food-mill: Victor Simon in Belgium, Jean Mantelet in France (who went on to found the company Moulinex) and Charlotte Giebel in Germany. The invention of the latter became known as a Flotte Lotte (quick Charlotte).
Established in 1943 as Gebrüder Funke KG, GEFU is the manufacturer of the original Flotte Lotte as designed by Charlotte Giebel. Since the 1950s the design of the Flotte Lotte has remained unchanged. Flotte Lotte in Germany is a generic name for passe-vite, but is also a registered trademark of GEFU.
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