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As a lifelong lover of empanadas I jumped at the opportunity to get a press to make the rolling and pressing process fast and easy.
While this product doesn't help with the rolling process, (still need the trusty tortilla press for that) it does make cutting and forming a breeze.
The hard plastic construction and sharp edge on the base is perfect for cutting the dough in circles and the hinged press leaves you with the perfect pocket.
Since it comes with three different sizes, I really enjoyed being able to make the tiny empanadas for my daughter. There isn't enough of a size difference between the large and medium ones but thats a minor complaint.
The only issues are that the hard plastic is a bit tough on the hands when pressing down and the handles that are molded in don't offer enough support to get the perfect seal. So you do end uppressing down on the plastic "cutting" edge. Secondly, the scallopped edge isn't as nontick as the rest of the surface. After a few empanadas I found them sticking to the edges. I ended up using parchment paper over the press and it worked like a dream.
Very happy with this purchase, all it needs is a tortilla press in place of one of the smaller sizes and it would be the perfect package.
Too big and some not functioning as they separate. Bright colors and an attractive box does not make a good functioning product. Cannot even return it because the free Amazon drop off point where I can drop it off is far from me.
Poor design and cheap material. When you close the press the cutting side digs into your hand. I had to use a towel to press down. The filling just pressed out of the back. I ended up using my hands. Waiting for my refund.
I loved using these with the discos that I had ordered to make empanadas. The combination was great. The thing that made them particularly funcional was using a non-stick spray so that the dough could easily be removed without damaging the pastry. My empanadas were uniform and beautiful and I can make them at the last minute without stressing! They would be great for turnovers as well, I'm sure...but I cannot move beyond empanadas!
used these in making meatpies and it came out perfect. although I had to wiggle the dough out of the back end of the mold. this might be due to putting too much meat in the middle before pressing down.