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Grilling Product Review – Cave Tools Meat Tenderizer

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Grilling Product Reviews: Cave Tools Meat Tenderizer Mallet

Is the Cave Tools Meat Tenderizer Mallet the Perfect Pounder? On a consistent basis the team here at GrillJunkie™ sets time aside to communicate our formal rating on either a Grilling, BBQ or Burger related product. We do this via our Grilling Product Reviews process. As you certainly can imagine these products run the gamut from: Gotta Have It!CoolUsefulUtilitarianRidiculous and the, well, Just Plain Asinine! The spectrum of grilling related products is wide.

Today’s Grilling Product Reviews candidate:

Cave Tools Meat Tenderizer Mallet

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The GrillJunkie™ Grilling Product Reviews (GPR) Scale

Based on our extensive field research, the GrillJunkie Product Review team assigns a formal rating to every product that we test. This rating is based on a 1-5 Firepot structure as depicted through our Grilling Product Review (GPR) scale as illustrated below. The number of Firepots given to the grilling product indicates its final rating. The higher the number of Firepots, the more positive the review.  

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  GrillJunkie GPR Four FirePot ratingQuick Product Reviews Rating: For the more impatient reader who needs to get the rating right away, we gave the Cave Tools Meat Tenderizer Mallet a 4.2 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots. This rating equates to a Hot product.  The product solidly addresses and solves the problem for which it was designed in an attractive, dishwasher-safe, durable, well-balanced and well-engineered product. For more detail on this Product Review, including 6 Tips on Meat Tenderizing as well as the many upcoming Grilling Product Reviews on our schedule, read on!

First Up: 6 Tips to Meat Tenderizing

  1. What Types of Meat Should be Tenderized? – You can tenderize any type of meat but the most common are chicken, steak, pork and veal.cavetools, grilling product reviews, meat tenderizer mallet,GrillJunkie,Cavetools meat tenderizer mallet review
  2. Why Should I Tenderize Before Grilling? – When you tenderize meat you are breaking down the tough, fibrous connective tissues of the meat allowing spices and rubs to penetrate deeper enhancing the taste and texture while significantly reduce the cooking time!
  3. What is the Best Way to Tenderize Steak? – The best way to tenderize steak is to use the pyramid side of the meat mallet to break down the connective tissues.
  4. What is the Best Way to Tenderize Chicken? – Use the flat side of the meat pounder to tenderize your chicken without destroying the meat.
  5. How Do I Tenderize Meat Without Making a Mess? We suggest covering meat with a layer of cling wrap or putting it in a zip lock bag first before tenderizing.
  6. What is the difference between the flat and pyramid sides of a meat tenderizer/hammer? – The flat side is used for flattening meats like chicken. The pyramid side of the mallet is used for breaking down connective tissues on tough cuts of meat like steak.

Does the CaveTools Meat Tenderizer Mallet evolve the utilitarian meat tenderizer to the next level by successfully combining durability, effectiveness and food safety into a “Perfect Pounder?” Let’s see!

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The GrillJunkie Grilling Product Reviews follow a comprehensive structure which includes the:

  • Problem that needs to be solved or addressed
  • Solution to that problem
  • Good, Bad and Ugly elements of the product
  • Verdict – the official GrillJunkie™ GPR (Grilling Product Reviews Rating)

So let’s dig in to the Cave Tools Meat Tenderizer Mallet product review.

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  • Problem – The way we view it, the product options for tenderizing any meat being prepared for the grill are vast but mostly poorly made, dangerous, unsanitary and ineffective. Of those meat tenderizer mallets that may be considered workable, they are most likely made of lightweight, uncomfortable, unbalanced, flimsy and unsanitary wood, or are aluminum or zinc alloy models which are not dishwasher safe. The problem with such meat tenderizers is that you are left with a tired arm and with the challenge excessive clean up time and the assurance of safely sterilizing any raw meat left behind.
  • Product’s Solution Pitch – The Cave Tools team’s approach to addressing the problem was to develop, market and distribute the Cave Tools Meat Tenderizer Mallet. According to the company’s marketing material and ad copy:
“The Cave Tools Meat Tenderizer Mallet is perfect pounder for chicken, steak, beef, and other tough cuts of meat. It’s also the secret behind the best chef recipes such as country fried steak, weiner schnitzel and cordon bleu. Unlike Aluminum or Zinc Alloy Models, our STAINLESS STEEL DESIGN IS DISHWASHER SAFE saving you tons of time cleaning up and also safely sterilizing any raw meat left behind.”cavetools, grilling product reviews, meat tenderizer mallet,GrillJunkie,Cavetools meat tenderizer mallet review

According to the Cave Tools website description, the claim is made that:

✓ Meat Tenderizer Mallet is perfect pounder for chicken, steak, beef, and other tough cuts of meat. It’s also the secret behind the best chef recipes such as country fried steak, weiner schnitzel and cordon bleu

✓ Unlike Aluminum or Zinc Alloy Models, our STAINLESS STEEL DESIGN IS DISHWASHER SAFE saving you tons of time cleaning up and also safely sterilizing any raw meat left behind

✓ Did You Know? Your Meat Tenderizer Mallet is not just for pounding meat. You can also use your hammer to crush nuts, garlic, ice and hard candy with ease

✓ Comes with 25 Professional Barbecue Recipes – Step by step instructions and detailed grilling tutorial videos are great for the family

✓ LIFETIME SATISFACTION GUARANTEE – If at any point you are unhappy with your meat tenderizer mallet you can return it for a full money back refund. We Take Customer Service That Seriously

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The Good – The product has a few important positive attributes. First of all, the Cave Tools product team did indeed address the problem head on with an attractive, well designed, well constructed, materially strong, dishwasher-safe and versatile product. Under extensive product testing using various meats to be tenderized, a myriad of food and meat fiber ranges, the hard to impress GrillJunkie team found that this grilling product:

  • Is made of Dishwasher Safe Stainless Steel
  • Expedites clean up time and food safety as compared to Wood, Aluminum and Zinc Alloy which are hand wash only which may leave raw meat bacteria behind
  • Is perfectly weighted with a non-slip, comfortable silicone grip
  • Is guaranteed for a lifetime

Moreover, the former engineers and food safety experts on the GrillJunkie Product Review team discovered that the stainless steel design of the CaveTools Meat Tenderizer Mallet was not cavetools,grilling product reviews,meat tenderizer mallet,GrillJunkie,Cavetools meat tenderizer mallet reviewonly durably manufactured to stand up to a lifetime of hard use but found that it is easy to sanitize by tossing into the dishwasher. Try that with wood, zine or aluminum and you may as well throw the meat tenderizer away. We also experimented a bit and found that CaveTool Meat Tenderizer Mallet stood up to brutal use when we used it to crush nuts, peppercorn, garlic, ginger, ice and hard candy.

The Bad – There is, however, one very minor negative attribute to the CaveTool Meat Tenderizer Mallet. At full price of $21.99, it is a tad expensive. However, we’ve noticed that the product is frequently on sale for a significant 54% discount at $9.99 AND they provide you with 25 Professional Barbecue Recipes and Step by step instructions

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The Ugly – We did not believe that this variable directly applied to this product. In fact, the Cave Tools Meat Tenderizer Mallet has a clean and attractive package design and the product itself is very elegant, well designed and extremely effective. 

Verdict – We give the CaveTools Meat Tenderizer Mallet a 4.2 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots. This rating equates to a Hot product.  The product solidly addresses and solves the problem for which it was designed in an attractive, dishwasher-safe, durable, well-balanced and well engineered product. The Meat Tenderizer Mallet Tool by Cave Tools is an elegantly attractive, solidly built, high grade, well balanced and dish-washer safe meat tenderizer. The fact that this product is made of stainless steel significantly helped raise the food safety green flag here at GrillJunkie! We look forward to any new product developments that will come from the CaveTools team. The future is ours to see. Stay tuned! We only have about 250 products on our Grilling Product Reviews schedule before that.

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    GrillJunkie Rating of Cave Tools Meat Tenderizer = 4.2 / 5.0

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Comments ( 3 )

  1. Replyannajwhite88

    Great information on the Grilling Product Review. I needed to get something for my mom, I guess I found it!

  2. Replydeutschzilla

    Love Grill Junkie. Great tips, great source of necessary info. I've been trying to find a meat tenderizer for a long time. Everybody makes them, but I've never been happy, then all of a sudden Grill Junkie posts a review of the CaveTools Meat Tenderizer Mallet. WOW. This is a great product. I ordered it immediately and it arrived two days later. It's awesome. I tenderize everything: meat, my family (not really) and veal for veal parm. I've crushed garlic and ice and it's great. Then I can just toss it in the dish washer. Thanks GJ.

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