Please help me find a Meatball Shaper/maker

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by redwood carlos, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. I am looking for a small sized meatball shaper preferably a scoop/scissor style one. Has anyone seen one of these, or know where to get one?

    I use dime to nickel sized spicy meatballs in my chili, and making them is the most time consuming/messy part of the whole process.

    Help Please!!!

    Like this but smaller.

     
  2. Google "Meatballer" or "Meatball maker". You can also use a cookie dough scoop
     
  3. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That is what I use...is either a melon scoop or an ice cream one.

    Kat
     
  4. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yep, go to Amazon and type in 'scoop'....dozens should appear. Sounds like you're wanting about a  2 ounce size
     
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Guess I'm old school, I just use my hands... I have used the scoops before but found it takes more time, and unless they are really cold the meat sticks a bunch and you spend more time picking out the meat than you do shaping them yourself. Not to mention you  get better meat balls (burgers too) the less you compress the meat when forming.
     
  6. dcarch

    dcarch Smoking Fanatic

    Perfect meatballs, or stuffed meatballs.

    dcarch

     
  7. I make around 100 meatballs out of a 16 oz chub. It is a lot of work, but well worth the final product. I am just looking for an easier way. If I can find something already made I will buy it, if not I will hopefully make something that can expedite the process.
     
  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I've never seen one that small, and I peruse the commercial restaurant supply regularly. Your best bet would be a set of stainless measuring spoons.
     
  9. When I googled it, a pic and listing of what you have is on Amazon.
     
  10. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    OXO puts out a 1/2 Fluid ounce Cookie Scoop that will get you what you are looking for. A level scoop will result in a Nickle sized meatball, after cooking, and 1/2oz is the common size meatball in Italian Wedding Soup...Another option is to use a Sausage Stuffer with a 1/2 to 1 inch stuffing tube. As the desired sized Meatball exits, snip it off with scissors then final shape by hand... JJ
     
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2013
  11. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Fanatic

    How about a melonball scoop. Nice and small.

    chris
     

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