|Meatball maker from Harold Import Company.|
If you've got a lot of practice, you can grab portions with your hands and turn out trays and trays and trays of meatballs.
If you're into super-precision, you can weigh those meatballss. If you have a disher, you can use that for portioning.
So, why do you need a meatballer?
It's sort of like a scoop or disher, but it creates actual ball-shaped balls, which is kind of handy. And it's not necessarily just for meat. As long as your mixture is the right consistency, it will work. I'm thinking rice, for example. Maybe dumplings?
Speaking of consistency, it really does matter. I used this meatball-maker quite a few times, and the first time, the mixture was much softer than I usually make, and the results weren't all that good. With a more normal consistency and a little bit of practice, I got nice, even meatballs.
When I was nearly done with the batch of meatballs I made most recently, I started getting some sticking. Next time, I'm going to experiment with spraying the inside of the meatballer with a little oil, or dipping it in cold water to see which one will get it to release easier. But even without it, it wasn't a deal breaker.
And, if I'm being honest, it was kind of fun to use.
Who's it for: People who want to make evenly-sized round meatballs.
Pros: Simple gadget, relatively inexpensive. Made from stainless steel, so it's dishwasher safe.
Cons: It's pretty much a unitasker - if you don't often make meatballs or other ball-like foods, then you probably won't need this.
Wishes: This is a good average-sized meatball, but it would be nice to have options for a smaller and larger meatballs.
Source: I received this from the manufacturer for the purpose of a review.