Product Type: The Pampered Chef gadgets
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The Pampered Chef Cut-N-Seal
Member Name: darren55
The Pampered Chef Cut-N-Seal
Advantages: Makes fun sandwiches
Disadvantages: Lots of waste
Pampered chef is an American cooking implements company whose remit is for consultants to go to people's homes and present the range of cooking products and the guests buy whatever they feel like (my wife is a consultant).
Anyway last month Pampered Chef sent my wife the above Sandwich sealer and we have given the product a decent test.
How to use the sealer
Make a sandwich as normal, the bread has of course to be bigger than the sandwich sealer. Then with your fingers press down in the centre roughly where the sealer is going to sit. Apply pressure on the sealer and twist very slightly, this will squeeze the bread together and give the edges a crimpled effect and seal inside the contents of the sandwich. Once happy, press the central plunger and the sealer pushes the sandwich out of the mold giving a circular sandwich. The sandwich looks a little like a large mince pie in some aspects, it is slightly flatter than a normal sandwich and has a crimped finish around the edge. The sandwich can then be eaten or can be toasted and made into a toasted sandwich.
The sealer costs £10. It is made of high quality stainless steel and can be operated by children as young as 4 (with supervision obviously, we can testify to the 4 year old).
The sealer makes making and eating sandwiches fun, it certainly gave our two young boys lots of laughs when we first tried the gadget. The sandwiches do fit rather nicely into your hand, and the process of making the sandwich, made the boys more interested in eating the sandwiches and being in the kitchen in general. The toasting was a bit of a disaster first time around because you have to ensure that the sandwich is totally sealed before putting it into a standard toaster, it just about works but the edges do tend to lift if toasted for too long. This is a bit of problem as the butter inside will then run out!
The main negative is the waste of bread, it you are using a square piece of bread then you probably only use about 60-70% of the bread leaving lots of off-cuts and crusts. You could use a round loaf which would reduce this waste. The other is the toasting element which didn't really work and the mess making the sandwiches create, I couldn't imagine making hundreds of little sandwiches as small canapes which the products suggests as a use of the gadget.
Overall a fun if a little limited product, at £10 a rather expensive gadget at best, if you are going to a pampered chef party and feel the need to buy something just to be polite I'd recommend the potato masher (absolutely fantastic) or the magic whisk.
Summary: A rather limited gadget
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