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This little Empanada maker does what it advertises - BUT you have to know a few things too, or you will walk away frustrated. For instance, before you fold your dough over, make sure you LIGHTLY moisten the edges as this helps the dough to stick together. Fun to use, make up your own filling ideas, create and enjoy! However, beware that this product is somewhat flimsy. It's made of very thin metal, and the hinge points appear to be the place that will fail. Use with care and it will probably give you good service.
I rolled out pillsbury canned biscuit dough really thin and cut circles with a glass to fit each and they worked like a charm! I will attach photos later to my review as soon as I make a second batch! But you can stuff these with anything. I am also going to try making my own dumpling dough and give these a whirl, I know I can make any dumpling or perogie by hand and not use these but they sure are nice for premaking and freezing uncooked product as the sizes are all the same and the filling is the same amount.
So far, I am satisfied with my pocket pie maker which is what I'm using it for! It took a few tries to figure out how to use it, but I finally got it! I'm giving just 4 stars because I've only used it a couple of times & I want to see how it holds up with many uses!
So I bought these to make pork dumplings. I used the small one only since that was the size of my dumplings. Halfway thru making them....so about 40 one of the handles breaks. This is what you use to squeeze them together. The weld was very very poor on these. So the next 60 i just grabbed the dumpling maker to squeeze and let me tell you my hands got raw from the sharp outer edges. Didn't send back because my uncle is a welder and will fix this for me, but he shouldn't have to. If they were better made i would have given them a 5 star because they work like i want them to as long as they are not broken.
It looks amazing however only if it was the size stated. It was to large for my 5.5 inch ready made pastry disc. Need to return and get the actual 5.5 this was 6 inches and yes half an inch makes a difference..
For starters, it doesn't sit flat on the counter when it is opened. The two halves are poorly aligned, so if one side is sitting flat the other side is angled up. Pushing both sides down flat will break the rivets that try to hold it together. And speaking of that, it's flimsy. Not just in the hands of a gorilla such as myself, but even my wife commented that it wouldn't take much to bend or deform it.
They include a small card that has "happy pictures of dogs" on it-apparently that is supposed to appease the purchaser when they open the package and realize what a poor quality press this really is. They should have spent the money they used on the cards to improve the quality of the press.
And I won't get into all of the misspellings and poorly translated grammar on the packaging. For example, the word litter replaces the word little, stuff like that.
On second thought, maybe the word litter is indeed what they meant.
This review is a bit late. It just didn't work out,, the smaller one was a waste for me in terms of size and the larger one, was uneven, it didn't sit flat so it couldn't make a clean cut through anything.... it just made a mess of things...it's currently sitting in a kitchen draw, probably waiting to be thrown out on my next big clean!