A meat tenderizer, if you’ll pardon the pun, can take a lot of pounding throughout its lifetime, and so needs to be solid. This Cave Tools meat mallet is made from solid stainless steel, with a sturdy silicon handle. One face of the meat hammer is flat, the other has raised teeth. It’s about 10” long, and the face is 2” across. There’s a loop for hanging at the other end.

If you don’t already use one, you might be wondering what a tenderizer mallet does, and how it does it. Basically, it breaks down the connective tissue in the meat which makes it softer, and yes, more tender. This Cave Tools meat pounder has two sides, one with pyramid-like teeth and the other flat. Some hammer pounders have sharp points or teeth, but the idea is to soften the meat, not shred it.

The flat side of the steak mallet is for flattening food if you’re making rolled or layered recipes. This side is also useful for opening nuts, crushing garlic, and even breaking up hard candy or ice. The handle is non-slip, so you can get a good grip on it, even with greasy hands. A meat tenderizer is basically a hammer, and so it does have some weight to it. I found it heavy enough to do the job but not so heavy as to cause wrist ache.

Once you’ve used it for a while, you might be tempted to try it on other food stuffs. I can assure you that bread, watermelons, tomatoes and butter do not get any more tender no matter how much you pound them.

After use, it’s more important to thoroughly clean any steak hammer you use, as the pounding action can drive meat bacteria deep into any crevices, where they can breed. As it’s stainless steel, it’s less of a problem for this Cave Tools meat tenderizer, but it’s also fully dishwasher safe, so you can be assured it’s completely clean.

Like all Cave Tools items, this steak tenderizer comes with access to the their professional recipes online, and comes with a lifetime satisfaction guarantee.

With all being said, this product goes to the 1st place in Meat Tenderizers category.

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