Recently on "Does It Work?", we've tested spaghetti pots and parmesan cheese graters. So it was just a matter of time before we found a meatball maker to complete our "as seen on TV" Italian dinner.
The commercial for the Meatball Magic claims it makes "9 perfect meatballs in 9 seconds." We're putting it to the "Does It Work?" test.
We purchased about 3 pounds of hamburger and spread it all out on the countertop like the directions said. A thin slab gives you small meatballs. A thicker slab gives you larger meatballs. Place the Meatball Magic, with its 9 square partitions, on the slab of meat. Trim the excess hamburger from the edge of the Meatball Magic. And you're ready to go.
The directions tell you to start moving the Meatball Magic in a circular motion. The idea is, the meat starts rolling up inside each partition, until it becomes small meatballs. Trouble is, we couldn't get the meat to start rolling.
We disbanded, wiped all the grease off the counter, reformed the meat and started over. We rotated the maker and rotated and rotated. We went well past the 9 second mark. But eventually, after 2 minutes and 9 seconds, we had 8 perfect meatballs and one that was slightly misformed. We had our meatballs... but we were also out of breath. This is hard work.
Later we cut the time down to 31 seconds... later 15... but it was just too much work and effort for what we were getting. Half the time the meat would roll up into balls... half the time it would not.
36 meatballs and 16 minutes later, we reminded ourselves, just how easy it is to make meatballs the old fashioned way. We rolled up 3 by hand, in about 6 seconds.
Yeah, we managed to make some meatballs with the Meatball Magic... but... Do we need this? Does it really make 9 in 9 seconds? And most importantly, would we spend our own money on it again? No, no and no.
"Does It Work?" Certainly not like it does in the commercial. We can't recommend this thing. We give Meatball Magic a "no."
Clean up was by far the worst of any kitchen product we've ever tested. It took a package of paper towels, lots of soap and hot water and anti-bacterial spray to get all the fat and hamburger off the countertop.
The Meatball Magic is available online and in discount department stores for 20 dollars.
Joe Terrell, Reporting firstname.lastname@example.org