Product Type: Kitchen Craft gadgets
Newest Review: ... under £4 from our local supermarket and although it was sold as a meatball maker i use it for many different cooking jobs. Its great if yo... more
I no longer have the unedifying problem of odd shaped balls
Kitchen Craft Meat Baller
Member Name: paulie1975
Kitchen Craft Meat Baller
Advantages: Makes your cooking more consistent, I get more for my money out of my mince now
Disadvantages: Useful, but not necessary
A meat baller is absolutely not a kitchen necessity, but if like me you find it difficult melding meat balls together well, this is a decent product.
I bought this Kitchen Craft product on Amazon Marketplace for 1p, the postage at that time was £4.49, however, it is now over £7, so you are really paying £7.50 for this product. At that price i'm not so sure this is a real bargain, but it definitely has proven useful for us.
Initially I used the meat baller to make meat balls, it seemed the perfect use for it, after putting mince, egg, tarragon, salt and some lea and perrins and a little water in a bowl, I mixed it thoroughly by hand and then washed my hands and got the meat baller out.
Generally when I create meat balls or burgers by hand they end up odd shaped, inconsistent or too large, making them difficult to cook. With the meat baller, I held the handles open, closed the meat baller around areas of the mixture and then held it for a few moments, before releasing the well formed meat balls onto a piece of kitchen roll. I found this worked well and that I got a lot more meat balls out of my mixture than I generally do, they were smaller but more consistently formed and this was excellent as it meant that they all cooked quickly and within the same timeframe, which doesn't always happen with my inconsistent mess.
I have since used the meat baller for Falafel as well as stuffing and it worked brilliantly for both. For me it has been useful in helping me make consistently well formed balls of savoury foods which then cook consistently well, rather than taking some of the mix out of the oven or pan before others.
It could be said that you are adding work, as by the time you've mixed up the meatball ingredients, it takes more time to wash your hands and then use the meat baller, but for me, it's been worth it to produce a more consistent product and we have got more out of meals, and i've been able to freeze a lot more too as the mixture is compacted better and doesn't fall apart in the pan or in the plastic container for freezing.
The meat baller has decent sized handles for people with big fingers like me, it's easy to hold and very easy to wash up, with a minimum of fuss. It is also dish washer friendly so you can just bung it in there and it comes out clean. We've had ours for over 6 months and there is no wear and tear or signs of rust, it's used roughly once a month though.
The meat baller doesn't take up much space being roughly the size of a medium pair of scissors, we keep ours in the basket with stirrers etc. The item is light at around 100g, easy to carry and use and will be a great tool to help our little one get started in the kitchen when they want to, as it feels like a decent kitchen tool and makes your food that little bit more professional looking.
My wife wanted to use this for cake pops but wasn't keen on using a product which has held raw meat regularly for cake pops, but she thinks if we bought another one it would be handy for this as the size of the meat balls is apparently the same size as a cake pop (I have to admit i'm not sure if i'd like a cake this small, but she seems to think they are nice!).
So overall, I think we got our meat baller at a good price, this is a solid, reliable product that should last us a good few years and has meant my cooking has improved and I no longer end up with partially burnt meat balls or stuffing due to my inability to properly size the finished product.
It can be used for any manner of mixtures, now just meats and looks nice, without being too showy.
Summary: I no longer have the unedifying problem of odd shaped balls