No bbq is complete without the top meat tenderiser (October 2020 Updated Review)
A guide to buy the best meat tenderiser
A meat tenderiser is the perfect barbecue accessory that will allow you to elevate the flavour and texture of your meat. There’s nothing better than a nice piece of tenderised meat on a charcoal barbecue, with that smoky edge….tasty! We don’t always want to spend a fortune on prime cuts of fillet, so one way we can fill the void or close the gap is a meat tenderiser. A meat tenderiser should be comfortable to hold and assist you striking meat to the thickness of your liking. It should be easy to clean and maintain. I’ve purposefully selected the best meat tenderisers and reviewed them to help you make a decision.
I have wondered many times about the meat steak being so soft in the restaurants. Not only that, they cook the dishes very fast after we give the order. How is it possible when it is taking a lot longer at home when I prepare it (not becoming soft is another issue). I did research about the same and found out that there are some tricks to make the meat soft. Some chefs use powdered meat tenderiser but there is another way to do this without using chemicals. It is by using a metal meat tenderiser. It is a cool tool that you can buy from a store or even order online, once you’ve beaten your meat, it would form very easily and make excellent kebabs. Many use meat tenderisers to make burger patties, just be sure to have a spatula on hand to flip them as a set of tongs might break the meat as you grab it!
A meat tenderiser which is also known as meat mallet is a tool that is used to tenderise meat slabs. Now, what is meant by tenderising meat? Meat is actually made up of muscles and protein is the molecule that binds these muscle strands. By tenderising, these binds break down and make the meat soft and easily digestible. So this process, in turn, speeds up the cooking. Pounding the meat steak with this tool even helps in making the meat juicy by letting liquid marinades seep in. The protein turns into a gelatin type material that gives that juiciness to the dish. Here we are going to discuss some of the best meat pounders and how you can choose the best. So, before going ahead, let us see the points to be considered while buying a mallet.
There are different types of meat tenderisers in the market. They are mallet type, blade type, and needle type. Mallet type resembles a hammer that has smooth metal heads at both sides. In the needle type, sharp needles at the head are used to penetrate the meat while pounding. The blade type is very similar to needle type. In this, instead of needles, it will be blades that are attached to the metal head. The mallet and blade tenderisers are designed for both family and small scale businesses. For busier restaurants, they use mechanical tenderisers – another type that is commercial type. They will have an opening through which you can input the meat piece and the rotating handle is used to pass the meat through the opening.
1. KitchenCraft Amco Houseworks meat tenderisers
This may seem to be a very simple meat tenderiser however this is a 4 in 1 tool that can be used for fish, poultry, and meat. There are 4 sides for this meat pounder. The bottom part of the tenderiser has spikes that can pierce through the meat to marinate it with liquids marinades. Out of three sides, one side is flat which can be used for fillets to flatten them, ideal for a barbecue. The other two sides have spikes, one with large spikes and the other with smaller spikes. The side with smaller spikes is used to pound the meat with fine cuts without changing their shape. The side with large spikes is used to make bigger pieces to soft meat pieces.The tenderiser is made of stainless steel and hence working with this tool is not tiring for your hands. The handle of this is designed in such a way that holding the tool is very easy. Let us summarise the meat tenderiser from Amco as below.
- A fine tenderiser for supple meats
- A tough pounder for toughest pieces of meat
- A flattener for fillet
- A marinade injector to infuse an ocean of flavours
- A handle that helps you to have control
- A meat tenderiser with high quality
2. Orblue 48-Blade stainless steel meat tenderiser
Next meat tenderiser on this list is a blade tenderiser that is from Orblue. Since it is made of blades it is easy to pound even the hardest meat cut. This makes the meat juicy and flavourful. Once you are done with the tenderising with the Orblue tenderiser you can marinate the meat in liquid marinades which will be absorbed fast and deep.This tenderiser is the best for beef, pork, and mutton. You do not have to use this much power or sharpness for chicken or turkey. However, if you are planning to grill or cook the chicken as a whole you can use this to infuse the marinade evenly into the meat. There are 48 blades in this which makes the pounding process faster and easy. Cleaning and storing this tool is easy. The pack comes with guard for the blade to make storing safe. The dimensions are 14.9 x 11.5 x 4.2 centimetre. Let us list out the features of Orblue meat tenderiser.
- Comes with blade guard
- There are 48 blades making the pounding faster
- Marinating the meat with liquid marinade is easy
- The handle is no-slip – easy to hold for a longer time
3. Mountain Grillers mallet meat tenderiser
The third meat tenderiser is one that is in the shape of a hammer. It has two sides; one is flat and the other is rugged. The rugged side is used to pound hard meat cuts and the flat side is used to flatten the meat. So the smooth side reduces the cooking time and the rugged side marinates the meat efficiently.The mallet is made of stainless steel and the handle adds flexibility to the product. The handle is designed in a way that it is non slip and is strong. The only drawback I see with this meat tenderiser is that it is not as big as other brands. Being said that it is perfect for a family. It has a total length of 28 centimetres. The package dimensions are 29.2 x 6 x 5.8 cm.
- The tenderiser is sized for a family
- Helps you to prepare a succulent dish
- Two-sided to make the cut flat and juicy
- Easy to maintain and clean
- Since it is compact this is ideal for camping or picnics
4. Anpress needle meat tenderiser
Next, we will see the needle or blade meat tenderiser from Anpress. This is made of stainless steel and has 48 blades. This can be used to tenderise any type of meat both tough and soft cuts. The handle has spring attached to it that will make the pounding easier and convenient. The handle is made of plastic that is good quality which makes it safe.By tenderising the meat you can reduce the time needed to cook the meat. The ABS plastic cap has a safety lock that keeps the blades together. You can wash this blade tenderiser using any dishwasher. The dimensions are 5.9 x 1.3 x 4.3 inches. It just weighs around 300 grams and so you can use it for a longer time. To keep the blades dust and rust free there is a protective cover. You should wash the tenderiser properly before the first use. After each use wash it and dry it immediately. There is one thing to remember if you are using hot water, the temperature should not exceed 80 degrees. Below is the summarisation of the points.
- Food grade stainless steel blades and plastic handle
- Durable meat tenderiser
- Reduces the cooking time
- Can also be used to marinate the meat
5. OXO good grips meat tenderiser
This tenderiser from OXO is another mallet type meat pounder that is designed for families. This also has two sides. One is flat and the other is rugged or spiked. The spiked side is used to make the meat tender and the flat side is used to make the meat thin. You can do both with tough cuts. First pound it to make the meat flat and tenderise it using the rugged side to make it juicy.The hammer head is square in shape and has the dimensions of 2 x 2 inches. This meat tenderiser is 9 inches long. The handle is made of rubber. The handle has small rubber fins to give some grip to the mallet meat tenderiser. This is one piece which is made of aluminium giving needed durability and strength. By buying Oxo meat tenderiser you get the following:
- A 2 in 1 tool for pounding meat
- A non-slip handle
- Have good grip rubber handle
- Can be used for both pounding and tenderising
6. LURICO meat tenderiser of stainless steel blade
If you have already researched about the blade tenderiser you know that it works on a spring mechanism. The spring is attached to the ABS plastic handle and the bottom part has three horizontal openings to let the blades go through and control the height of the hole 1 inch. Once the pounding is over you can remove the bottom part and clean the blade properly. The dimensions are 6 x 1.3 x 4.3 inches (LxWxH). The pack comes with the top part of 48 blades, the bottom part with safety lock, and the protective cover to keep the blades clean.In short, the LURICO meat tenderiser can offer the following features.
- Faster cooking
- Better marination of meat
- Makes dish succulent
- Easy to clean and store
7. Jaccard supertendermatic 48-Blade tenderiser
Well, the purpose of buying a tenderiser is to make the meat tender. By making a piece of meat tender you achieve mainly three things. They are lesser cooking time, tastier food, and avoiding wastage. If you are running a hotel business, you will have to discard the pieces that are not that good or soft. But by tenderising it, you can turn those hard cuts or less expensive meat to something delicious and appealing.The blades used are made of stainless steel and are very sharp. These blades are enough to make the connecting tissues or the protein binds break making the meat soft. The handle of the tool is made of ABS plastic that is durable and handling the tool is easy. The Jaccard tenderiser is the first choice among the chefs is because of the following reasons.
- Multi-blade tenderiser with 48 sharp needles
- Makes cuts through the meat to help marination
- Reduces the time for cooking
The above tenderisers are the tools that all professional chefs will need to prepare delicious dishes. You just consider your needs (you will definitely consider your budget) before finalising the product. Happy shopping!