This meat hammer from the OXO Good Grips range is made from polished aluminum, and has a chunky black plastic handle with non-slip fins. The description on Amazon describes the handle as stainless steel, but as the metal part of the steak tenderizer is all one piece, that is obviously wrong. It’s about 9” long, and the head is approximately 2.5” x 2”. The faces of the meat tenderizer are square, one side of which is smooth, the other covered with small teeth.
If you have any other Good Grips tools like this meat pounder, they’ll match the design of this one. It does feel a bit light in the hand, but the grip is excellent, even if your hands are greasy or wet. The textured side is used for tenderizing meat, the flat side for pounding and flattening. This flat side of the tenderizer mallet can also be used for breaking nuts, crushing things like garlic, and for breaking ice and hard candy. Just make sure it’s been cleaned if the steak hammer has already been used on raw meat.
I liked the design on this tenderizer tool. The grip is really good, and the body is machined from a single piece of aluminum, which means there are no joints, which would weaken it.
There is only one flaw with this, and unfortunately it’s a bit of a deal-breaker, at least for me. These kinds of meat mallets need to be thoroughly, almost clinically clean because the bacteria from the meat gets pushed right into the crevices. This wouldn’t be a problem if it could be put in the dishwasher, but it can’t. Don’t try it, dishwasher chemicals react with the aluminum to form a grey residue, which can get into your food.
Sure, many people don’t have a dishwasher, and there are anti-bacterial chemicals you can buy, and scrubbing the meat hammer in very hot water will get it clean, but it would be so much easier if it was dishwasher safe.
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