There are few things as satisfying as meat when it’s been perfectly prepared. With the help of a meat tenderiser, you can ensure all those meaty cuts that pass through your kitchen are as juicy and as tender as possible. At Maxima Kitchen Equipment, you’ll find a great selection of meat tenderiser models in all manner of shapes and sizes.Learn more ➝
What is a meat tenderiser?
When you cook and serve meat, you want to ensure it’s as soft and tender as possible. These results can be achieved by cooking the meat well, but preparation is also key. A meat tenderiser helps in this regard. These machines are equipped with numerous small blades that make fine cuts in the meat. These subtle nicks mean that heat from the pan can cook pieces of meat more evenly, producing a final result that scores top marks in tenderness. The process can also be carried out manually, but a meat tenderiser makes the task a great deal easier and far more efficient. An additional benefit of the meat tenderising process is that extra flavours, such as those from herbs and sauces, can penetrate the meat more easily. This not only infuses the meat with added layers of flavour, but also serves to improve the texture of it.
How does a meat tenderiser work?
A meat tenderiser has a large base as a standard, allowing it to stand firmly on your worktop. Handy suction cups on the underside provide an added level of stability. The machine is equipped with two rollers, both of which are lined with dozens of small blades. With the use of a lever, you can turn these rollers, allowing the blades to penetrate the piece of meat in various places. It’s incredibly easy to use one of these machines. To begin, cut a piece of meat to a suitable size so it can be fed into the tenderiser. Hold the meat with one hand and gently lower it into the tenderiser until it makes contact with the rollers. At this point, you can begin turning the handle to put the meat tenderiser into motion. Be ready to catch the meat once it has been through the tenderiser process and vacates the machine.
What can you use a meat tenderiser for?
One of the big perks of a meat tenderiser is that it’s a multi-faceted marvel in the kitchen, coming in handy for various food preparation tasks. Planning on making a steak? Or perhaps marinated chicken dishes are on the menu. Whatever you’ve got planned for mealtimes, putting these kinds of meats through a tenderiser will ensure each piece will be as soft and tender as possible. Beef, lamb, pork or chicken can all be enhanced by the use of a meat tenderiser. Once you’ve tenderised your meat ingredients, you can look forward to frying, poaching, baking and much more, safe in the knowledge you’re dealing with meaty morsels that score highly when it comes to succulent, juicy texture. Do you love your seasoning? If you’re keen to try out a new herb mix with a meat dish, it pays to use a tenderiser. Thanks to the many fine cuts a tenderiser makes, meat can be marinaded more quickly, with flavours penetrating more deeply. This is true of both liquid marinades, as well as dried herb rubs.
What kind of meat tenderiser models are available?
If you’re looking to buy a meat tenderiser, it’s essential you pick the one that’s best suited to your kitchen and culinary requirements. The biggest difference between potential models is size. One model will accept meat pieces measuring up to 12.5 centimetres, while others can accommodate widths of 17.5 centimetres. A wider infeed allows you to process larger pieces of meat with ease. However, if you’re only dealing with relatively small fillets and cuts on an everyday basis in your kitchen, a small model should suffice. The number of tenderiser blades found on the rollers is proportional to the overall size of the tenderiser machine. As such, you can look forward to consistent cuts, every time.
How do you clean and care for a meat tenderiser?
Keeping your meat tenderiser clean is very important, with cleaning essential after every use. To kick things off, remove the protective cap cover surrounding the tenderiser. Then you’ll need to remove all removable parts, including the rollers, the top cover and so on. Clean all of these parts with a brush, warm water and cleaning products classed as suitable for use with meat processing equipment. It’s important that you don’t use sharp objects or scouring pads during cleaning, as these can damage the meat tenderiser. Once you’ve finished cleaning the individual parts of the meat tenderiser, dry each one thoroughly with a soft cloth and then carefully return each component to its rightful place.