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New Tenderizer Design: Innovative- Yes, Functional- No.

July 1st, 2011 by REW Blog Team

So here at REW…

…we’re always looking for the next great product in food prep/ foodservice. Unfortunately, this isn’t it. While this new style of meat tenderizer is pretty to look at, it also seems quite painful and awkward to use. The shift in design that removed the handle traditionally found on other “hammer style” tenderizers means that you have to hold the pointed edges when preparing whatever meat you’re serving. Holding the unit itself and not a traditional handle does two things; 1.) transfers 100% of the energy created when you make contact directly into your hand and 2.) forces you to touch the surface of the tenderizer that has come in contact with the unprepared meat. See the problems here? The potential for injury and cross-contamination in your kitchen just increased.

The pineapple/ air freshener/ gear design would certainly look great displayed on my kitchen counter, but as far as functionality and food safety go, I’ll stick to my roofing hammer when I need to tenderize a large cut of meat. Hmm… I finally understand that whole “form over function” issue.

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