Pros & Cons
- Zinc alloy with chrome plating
- Reversible disc
- Easy disassembly and cleaning
Pampered Chef Meat Tenderizer Ratings
The meat tenderizer’s material and construction quality.
The meat tenderizer’s usability and suitability for inexperienced home cooks.
The meat tenderizer’s functionality, efficiency, and tenderizing results, including texture and malleability.
The range of primary functions (meat pounding and piercing) and alternative applications of the meat tenderizer (e.g. crushing spices or cracking nuts).
The use of food-grade materials and the presence of safety features that prevent potential injury and food contamination.
The amount of time and effort necessary to clean the meat tenderizer and keep it in good condition.
The average lifespan of the meat tenderizer with proper use and maintenance.
The affordability of the meat tenderizer in relation to its quality and in comparison with similar meat tenderizers.
Pampered Chef Meat Tenderizer Materials & Design
Pampered Chef tenderizer is built as a giant stamp used to flatten or tenderize any type of meat cut while keeping your hand in a natural striking position. This clever design minimizes the effort required to turn a lean skirt steak into butter. The tool consists of an ergonomic handle and a reversible disc. The disk can be removed from the handle and reattached to expose either a smooth or toothed side, depending on the task at hand.
The entire tool is chrome-plated with zinc alloy as a foundation. Since it is a kitchen tool, the plating used is classified as decorative chrome, which is quite sturdy and resistant to corrosion. The handle is 4 inches long and the reversible disc has a 3.25-inch diameter. The entire tool weighs 1.95 pounds, which is lightweight enough to prevent quick fatigue yet heavy enough to do some real “damage” to your cut of meat.
Pampered Chef Meat Tenderizer Ease Of Use & Maintenance
As with any other meat pounder and tenderizer, some expertise is required to recognize the fine line between a well-pounded chicken breast or tenderized steak and an overworked mush. The handling is excellent, however, which makes it a perfect tool for beginners and experienced users alike.
As we already mentioned in this Pampered Chef Meat Tenderizer review, the two-part construction can be easily disassembled for easier cleaning and both parts are dishwasher-safe. We do not recommend using any aggressive chemicals for cleaning the tool as they can damage the plating.
Pampered Chef Meat Tenderizer Performance & Versatility
Pampered Chef tenderizer performs admirably whether you need to flatten a piece of meat for a more even heat treatment or tenderize a lean, tough cut to perfection. The design of the tool might appear unorthodox, to say the least, but it works surprisingly well.
Apart from treating all types of meats, from pork and beef to more gamey cuts, Pampered Chef Meat Tenderizer can also be used to crush nuts, cereals, crackers, cookies, and other food used in a wide variety of recipes.