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Old 03-19-2004, 09:56 PM   #1
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Meatball Magic

I saw a commercial the other night for a device called Meatball Magic. It's just a square plastic tray with nine compartments. Form some ground meat on the table, turn this over it, press down and make circular motions. In just seconds, you have nine perfectly formed meatballs. The size of the meatballs depends on how thick a pile of meat you put down. Has anyone tried this? They cost around $20, but I bet if I watched just a few episodes of the New Red Green Show, I could figure out how to make one myself.
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Old 03-19-2004, 11:05 PM   #2
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I remembered seeing this on QVC's website:

Item Number K0826
Meatball Magic and 5 Stackable Containers with Lids

Waitlist Only
Retail Value $30.00
QVC Price $18.75
Introductory Price $16.91
Shipping and Handling $4.72

I've never seen it demonstrated though, but my friend saw it and said it looked like a real time saver. Must be popular to be "waitlist only".

I hope someone can shed some light on this product. *▄*
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Old 03-20-2004, 02:24 AM   #3
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I saw that thing on the shelf at Target, and for the life of me, I couldn't figure out how it was supposed to work.

And for $20 (or more!), I wonder how much of a time saver it *really* is. I mean, I've never really minded rolling my own meatballs anyway.
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Old 03-20-2004, 03:03 AM   #4
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My problem is I can never get them the same size, which is preferable so they're evenly cooked. This gadget seemed to do that chore.
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Old 03-20-2004, 03:42 AM   #5
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Bruce, I totally understand what you are saying about uneven size = uneven cooking.

I got a stainless steel scoop - sort of like an ice cream scoop, I guess, from Pampered Chef. However, I've seen them in the cookware departments of most major stores. Just fill the scoop and level it off. Release with the spring, and Voila! - even sized meatballs. I've found it helpful to spray the inside with Pam, and rinse it frequently if I'm making a lot at once, though.

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Old 03-20-2004, 03:57 AM   #6
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Have to check this out because I love gadgets. lol.
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Old 03-20-2004, 03:57 AM   #7
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That's ok for some meatballs, but I like my Chinese meatballs of different sizes -- small for soup and larger for toothpicks. A third size for Hunan cucumber stuffing.
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You can get ice cream scoops of all different sizes. These are used by professional chefs all the time.

I use my measuring cup for larger ones 1/4 cup for every meatball. walla uniform size.

AND for small ones I use a measuring spoon. Like little ones? 1/2 tbl Like medium? 1 tbl. of course I have round ones

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Old 03-20-2004, 04:26 AM   #9
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Bruce, I bet with a few old car parts and "the handyman's secret weapon", you could come up with something.

Seriously, I did try this once and it worked pretty well. Pat your meatball mixture into a rectangle on some wax paper. With a big knife, divide the rectangle into equal-sized squares, then roll each one into a ball.
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I use a cookie dough scoop for smaller meatballs...and about 4 of them are a serving for me.
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Old 03-20-2004, 07:56 AM   #11
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I have a melon baller with a different size on each end.. This works great for both appetizer sized meatballs and main meal sized meatballs. I think I won it at a tupperware party..
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I'm 100% Italian. My Grandmother, Aunt, and Mother and myself just use our hands.......grab a wad of meatball mix the size of a little bigger than a walnut. roll between your hands and wella!!!!!
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