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The Chef's Press (Weight Adjustable Tool)


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Does anyone own this or can suggest an alternative to this? If you own some, I'd love to hear your experience of their value (or lack thereof). I couldn't find any reference to them when searching eGullet, so sorry if this discussion has already been had.

 

Saw these from a video awhile back. It was J. Kenji López-Alt who I first saw using them.

 

I'm in central Texas and maybe these prices are affordable in the Bay Area but there are outrageous to me!

 

Tempted because it is a neat design which not only allows for stacking for creating more weight, but also "staggering" to create a larger area of coverage. Seems very functional, but I don't have much experience with using any press.

I figure it just helps you free a hand while pan searing meat so you don't have to press the meat yourself. Please educate me if you see it's uses beyond what is advertised. :)

 

  8.oz = $14.00

13.oz = $19.00

 

https://www.thechefspress.com/shop

 

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I have one kinda like AlaMoi's.    Never use(d) it.  $1 at a garage sale.    Only time I need to weight something is "chicken under a brick" for which I use a....foil wrapped brick.

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I just put a piece of tin foil on top of what I'm cooking/searing/grilling and put a cast iron pan on top of that.  If needed, I'll add some extra weight, like canned tomatoes.

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I don't have a grill press and have been thinking of picking up a couple of Chef's Presses because I like the design of them better than the alternatives. I have held off on the purchase because I don't know that I'd actually use them. But all things considered, $14 or $19 isn't a bad price for what you're getting. You could pay a lot more for a much simpler design. Like this $150 Pressy Downy thing.

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, TdeV said:

I also have one like @AlaMoi's. Very rarely use it. I recall using it to squish something with a roundish shape, so that I could get more pan sear.

 

the round bit works for

bacon strips in the pan - 3/4 in 10"  - note:  I cut full length strips in half

3-4-5 hamburgers

5-6 sausage patties

grilled cheese

thin / mini steaks

chicken breast sliced to half thickness

 

I also use it on the griddle - pancakes are often preceded by bacon,,, typical bacon strips are longer than it covers but with a little attention to detail one can manage to get the full lengths flat and 'equally' cooked/fried.

however it 'shines' in a 10" frying pan - pan's round, it's round . . . .

 

more I've forgotten, I'm sure.

it's a neat tool - it not only provides the 'flattening' effect but also is an effective 'no spatter' shield.

 

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On 7/7/2021 at 10:30 AM, Margaret Pilgrim said:

I have one kinda like AlaMoi's.    Never use(d) it.  $1 at a garage sale.    Only time I need to weight something is "chicken under a brick" for which I use a....foil wrapped brick.

I love this

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On 7/7/2021 at 11:41 AM, TdeV said:

I also have one like @AlaMoi's. Very rarely use it. I recall using it to squish something with a roundish shape, so that I could get more pan sear.

 

Exactly. The specific goal for me is to keep steaks from “lifting itself” when it shrinks and tenses up when contacting a searing hot pan. I want that as much pan-contact and these seems like a easy to store. 

 

After seeing everyones input, me thinks the product in original post is overkill.

 

Thanks everyone!!

 

PS @btbyrd That video was very helpful for me! I trust those ladies since I already follow some of their work ;) #Smushlife  

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2 hours ago, rotuts said:

I used to have one of these:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Norpro-Cast-Bacon-Press-Handle/dp/B00004UE7B/ref=psdc_3737201_t1_B0002IBQWG?th=1

 

back in the day.  they were very common.

 

may still be somewhere 

I have a similar "Bacon Pig" somewhere in my kitchen. Always came in handy when frying bacon...

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28 minutes ago, Toliver said:

I have a similar "Bacon Pig" somewhere in my kitchen. Always came in handy when frying bacon...

And they are usually adorably made with a pig image

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