These are absolutely awesome, my daughter and I made two different size of empanadas, we love the fact that there is a circle cookie cutter on the opposite side of this product to cut out your dough. Then you place the circle dough on the inside for your empanadas maker, it's super easy. We learned the hard way that putting too much meat will make the empanadas bulge out of the back of this product when you squeeze it down. Other than that, this is a perfectly well made items, and I will be buying more.
Any issues with this product can be solved with trial and error, bigger dough circle, too much filling, better dough. ..etc.
I used a dough recipe I found on the internet to make beef empanadas. On a few the dough squished out the back of the press which may have been from too much filling. Also some did not seal properly, I think the dough might need to be slightly bigger than the circle, or maybe need to brush edges with water. Overall a great product for the price, I think I will have fun trying lots of different recipes.
I love these! The middle size is just right for making meat pies. Occasionally the dough doesn't release from the mold, but is easily released by hand. When that happens, just use a fork to crimp the edges. Tip...if you have extra dough, roll it out and use the larger cutter to cut your circle. The rolled dough will "shrink" a little, so in this instance you can't use the same cutter as the mold.
This was a great purchase. They make my life so much easier when preparing ravioli and empanadas. A bit of a learning curve with knowing how much stuffing to put in, but once you get it down, this is easy breezy.
A few tips is to make sure your dough covers the ridges completely. When you close it, press down hard enough to make sure the edges seal properly, and before opening, pull off any excess dough from the side. Also, if you find you dough sticking to these, just rub a tiny bit of flour on the inside.
This is so much easier and more quick then making empanadas, turnover, ravioli, etc, by hand. Highly recommend.
I used the middle-sized press to make empanadas using store-bought 'discos' (pre-cut pastry discs, frozen) as well as a gluten-free homemade dough. The press is great for cutting discs (you have to press and turn) as well as sealing the pies. Easy to clean - seem pretty durable!
I also used the medium press to make some British-style pasties with store-bought puff pastry - cut and sealed perfectly. Highly recommended.