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Jaccard 200348 48-Blade Meat Tenderizer, Original Super 3 Meat Tenderizer, Stainless Steel Columns, White reviewed by Skillet Director
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Jaccard 200348 Supertendermatic 48-Blade Meat Tenderizer
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Jaccard
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$19.89
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KitchenAid KC119OHOBA Textured Aluminum Meat Tenderizer, 9.5-Inch, Black, Standard reviewed by Skillet Director
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KitchenAid Textured Aluminum Meat Tenderizer
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OXO SoftWorks Meat Tenderizer
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Norpro Grip-EZ Stainless Steel Meat Pounder
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Weston Manual Heavy Duty Meat Cuber Tenderizer (07-3101-W-A), Sturdy Aluminum Construction, Stainless Steel Blades reviewed by Skillet Director
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Meat Tenderizer X Special Review

okay this is the ex-special the 48 blade
meat tenderizer and it’s totally awesome
it says right on expressional just for
meat tenderizer works fantastic this is
my second one and the other one three
days ago and now I have this one because
I killed the other one I took it and put
it I wanted to sterilize it but I didn’t
want to use my dishwasher so I put it in
my insta pot for two minutes well that
was into that completely melt it down
don’t do that anyway there’s a
tenderizer very fantastic though where
it’s just great I’ll see if I can show
you here in a second anyway you simply
come over to your meat and I mean just
the blades go in there and terrorize the
thing these are just a whole bunch of
killer blades and as you push them
through it you can see right here the
thing go all the way in yeah so these
are about petite sirloins and they’re
very tough but they’re very inexpensive
but it’s still good meat but just tough
to eat when you do this from all
different directions just keep doing it
literally from all different directions
flip it over do it again I just do it
all the way up Mike I like those cuboid
steel cube steaks
I chose to because okay so as I say you
simply just do it in all different
directions and just keep doing it you
know a bunch of times this reminds me of
a cube steaks I like those too have a
machine that makes cube steaks so it
would take these same meats here and put
up through a machine and turn out to be
cubed so that makes it you know more
tender so you can just eat the thing
it’s not chewing like crazy through all
the tough parts so anyway works
fantastic I would pick one up how are
you I love these things and it just
really does a great job on these meats
like I said you simply turn them over
and do both sides do all different
directions and you know you
get to where you like it you know so
after you tried a few different times
you’ll go I like it’ll s you know tinder
all right I get a little Morton or
whatever I mean I got a lot I did a lot
in there so I just do a billion holes
and sometimes I even put a marinating
after that because marination when you
marinate a steak it only does about a
quart anything to a quarter-inch of the
meat
it doesn’t really penetrate so you’re
not really getting a lot out of it when
you do this you know million holes it
goes through everything so you can get
the marination in the whole thing so the
whole thing’s fantastic tastes wonderful
there’s all different kinds of a
Charbroil or different kinds of tender
our marinades on the market now so give
it a shot
yeah you guys just put them down below
okay as I said that’s what it looks like
that when it’s all done and it was hard
to hold the camera into the same time
but just keep flipping it over and doing
all directions and he’s a super tender
steak for very inexpensive you think you
buy a cheap meat like this petite
sirloins very inexpensive meat and just
simply use that thing there and it’s
like a cube steak it’s totally awesome I
think it’s actually better than cube
because you can do as many times you
want when you buy cube steaks you get
whatever that guy gave you at the
butcher shop but here you can do it as
well often as you want you can literally
do it a whole bunch of times where it’s
as tender as you want it to be because
you’re breaking down all the stuff that
holds it together okay and like I said a
bunch of different kinds of marinades
out there and McCormick a bunch of grill
mates there’s ten different flavors or
something and I just take them in a
ziplock baggie with some pineapple juice
or whatever they call for and then you
know a little bit you’re ready to go and
like I said it goes through all the
little holes you can see your millions
of little holes it’s made you can see
from the blades it just goes right in
whole million holes and then it just
goes through and it just terrorizes the
meat to where it’ll the marination goes
right in so you’re getting the most
killer flavoured
steaks for cheap that’s me cheap all
right have you have any questions put
them down below
that’s really wonderful now way to dig
into these puppies now that are all
tinder

Meat Tenderizers Buyers’ Guide

What is a meat tenderizer?

A meat tenderizer also called a meat mallet or a meat pounder is a tool that is hand-powered and designed to tenderize the meat to prepare it for cooking. There are three types of meat tenderizers. The first and most common is a tool that looks like a hammer and is made of wood or metal with a short handle. This type of mallet also usually has dual heads, one is flat while the other has pyramid-shaped spikes that tenderize the meat. The second type is like a potato masher with a shorter handle and a big metal face with spikey tenderizers. The third is a tenderizer that has rows of blades or nails used to puncture the meat and cut into the muscle fibers.

How does meat tenderizer work?

A meat tenderizer is used to “break-in” tough meat before it is cooked. A meat tenderizer such as a mallet is used to soften the fibers in the muscles of the meat. This usually means breaking the long strands of muscle and also making the collagen softer until it becomes gelatin. This gelatin leaks into the meat and makes it more tender with adding moisture for that perfect juicy meat cut. This also leads to the meat is much easier to chew, digest and enjoy. A meat tenderizer is particularly useful for particularly tough parts of steak and works well for broiling or frying this meat. Additionally, it is used to “pound out” and flatten dishes such as Palomilla, chicken-fried steak, and schnitzel, in order to make the meat thinner and wider.

How to use meat tenderizer?

The method of using a hand-powered meat tenderizer is very simple and straightforward. Make sure to cover both sides of your meat with plastic wrap and set them down. Then simply use the mallet to pound into the meat, until they are flatter and softer. Always remember to pound both sides evenly, to ensure all fibers are targeted. There is no rule to when you are done tenderizing meat, so stop once you feel it is enough. After cooking and tasting, you can determine if your pounding was enough or not, according to how chewy or soft the meat is. Next time you tenderize meat, keep this experience in mind and change the pounding time according to it.

How to tenderize a steak?

A meat tenderizing mallet can be used to effectively tenderize a steak without removing any flavor or juiciness. Meat mallets usually come with dual surfaces, a flat one and a pointy one. Use the pointy side of the pallet to pound the steak, which will cut up all the connective tissues and fibers of the muscles. This will make it easier to eat afterward, so it won’t be too chewy. Steaks that are tenderizing using a mallet are called “cube steaks” because the mallet created indentations that are shaped like cubes. Cube steaks won’t be as juicy as braised beef, but it is a super quick and easy method to tenderize a steak. Pounding also flattens the meat, making it cook more quickly and more evenly.

How to tenderize chicken?

To tenderize chicken, you must use boneless cuts such as breasts or thighs. Tenderizing cuts with bones will lead to them shattering, so remove the bone first. Cover all sides of the meat with plastic wrap, to avoid any small pieces scattering over the countertop during the pounding. Using the mallet, pound the meat evenly, making sure to cover the entire surface. Go back and forth on the meat until it is as thin as you need it to be for your recipe. This is a particularly good method for chicken that will be grilled or fried. Pounding the chicken will break down collagen and fibers to make it softer and cook faster.

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Author: Mark Miller

I have graduated The Culinary Institute of America in 2013 and became a chef assistant in one of New York city restaurants. I began to move up the career ladder – just a few years later I've worked as a chef in a 4* restaurant.