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Meat Balls? - nope - Cake Pops!
Kitchen Craft Meat Baller
Member Name: europe-chick
Kitchen Craft Meat Baller
Advantages: cheap 59pence, non stick, dishwasher safe
I bought myself this little meat baller from Amazon primarily to make Cake Pops with, not meat balls, I'd seen this recommended on one of the baking blogs that I read and so I thought that I'd give it a go. I checked them out on Amazon, spotted the price - 59pence! - yes that's right the absolute bargain price of just 59pence, and so I instantly added it to my online basket.
The meat baller is essentially a cross between a pair of scissors and a melon baller I would say. It's made from stainless steel and it's dishwasher safe, mine has been in the dishwasher loads of times with no problems whatsoever. The 'scissor' handle part of the meat baller is comfortable to use and is suitable for right or left handed users. The scoops or 'balls' on the end of the 'scissors' are coated with a non stick coating and they have drainage holes in them so that if you are forming little balls out of something with a lot of liquid in it you can actually manage to drain some of it off through the holes. A fairly nifty little gadget for just 59pence!
But does it actually work - yes, it's brilliant! I've actually ended up using this for loads of things so far; Cake Pops - which were my initial reason for buying this, Cookies - I form a ball of cookie dough and then I squash it flat on the baking tray this then makes all my cookies a uniform size, Rice Crispie Balls - I make these with my little nephew and they are the perfect bite size little treat, Handmade Truffles - it's slightly on the big size for truffles but is that necessarily a bad thing!, Meat Balls - it's proper use and it does do this well, and Stuffing Balls - I make lovely crunchy small stuffing balls using this. I'll bet that there's probably loads of other uses for it as well, but these are the things that I've used it for so far.
It's easy to use, I just 'scissor up' a portion of cake pop mix or meat ball mix etc in between the two 'half balls', and then I squash the two balls together to form the mixture into a ball. Some of the mix will invariably escape from between the two halves but I just need to wipe the excess mixture off with a spoon. I then open the 'scissors' and the fully formed cookie pop or meat ball etc will just slide out.
This is brilliant in that it's quick and easy to use, and it makes all of your items exactly the same size so they all cook evenly, and they all look uniform. It creates much less mess than forming all of the balls by hand, and it's takes no time at all to make a huge tray of cookie pops or meat balls etc.
I love this and it's had loads of use so far, and I can see it continuing to get loads more use. It was an absolute steal at just 59pence, in fact now I know how much I use this I'd actually happily pay quite a bit more for it. I'd definitely recommend it, it's just 59pence so why not add it to your Amazon basket and give it a go?
Summary: Meat Balls? - nope - Cake Pops!
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