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Helen Chen's Asian Kitchen Dumpling Press and Pierogi Maker
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- Dumpling press for making pot stickers, pastries, pierogies, and more
- Crafted from durable white polyethylene for light weight and easy release
- Hinged design makes tidy, efficient work of dumpling preparation
- Created in collaboration with Chinese food expert Helen Chen
- Safe in the dishwasher; creates 4-inch dumplings
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|Dimensions||2.3 inches x 5.3 inches x 2 inches||5.25 inches x 5.5 inches x 2.5 inches||4.5 inches x 2.5 inches x 6 inches||11.25 inches x 4 inches x 1 inches|
|Item Package Weight||0.18 pounds||0.55 pounds||0.25 pounds||0.65 pounds|
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Top Customer Reviews
The part of the press that is deepest, to allow for filling, is a circle in the middle of the press (as it should be), measuring only 3cm in diameter. This circle lies only 7mm (in height) from the edges of the press. There simply isn't enough room for filling. Even for small dumplings, which don't require much, this press doesn't hold enough to make a palatable dumpling that isn't made up almost entirely of dough (or wrapper, if that's what's used).
As far as the difficulty in finding appropriately-sized wrappers to fit this press that has been expressed by some here, I have a simple solution. I used the bottom of the press to score my rolled-out dough, then cut circles perfectly sized to fit this press. I'm sure this method could be employed to trim pre-cut wrappers, too. But this raises the question, if one has to employ my method, is the product truly simplifying the dumpling-making process?
I don't like this product, because the dumplings that can be produced through its use have an oddly small ratio of filling to wrapper/dough. I do think that the item appears to be well-made of decent materials and thus should be durable. While I can see the attraction of a press like this which promises to save time and simplify the process of pressing dumplings, I didn't find that it made the process any easier than by hand. To me, the craftsmanship and durability are trumped by the poor design and lack of ability of the product to simplify the process for which it was designed.
A few tips for users:
1) We found that it is best to dust the inside of the press with a little flour each time, or else the dough sticks.
2) Make sure the dough pieces do not get caught in the hinges when you are pressing because it's difficult to get the dumpling out
3) have a sharp knife handy because you have to cut away the excess dough from the outside of the gadget. (In the future I would like to purchase a new stainless steal press which will cut the excess for me)
All in all a great product!!!
Recently we bought some larger potsticker skins from a San Francisco market which were a bit larger and thicker.
They held almost 2 teaspoons of filling and it was a much faster and easier process to make dinner. Mostly we use the supermarket variety which are round and about 1/2" smaller than the inside of the press which is why those dumplings are so small. The press is still one of my favorite dedicated kitchen tools.
What the heck I thought. Maybe this will work, if it doesn't it's only a couple of bucks. I have a Chinese-American co-worker and as I picked it up I could just hear her saying "That's not Chinese."
I got my wrappers from the market, made the stuffing and got out the press. And it worked like a dream! Each dumpling coming out perfectly. I've read here that some people had problems but it sounds like problems with the wrapper, not the press itself. I was so use to having a 30% failure rate that I found I'd made too many it was great!
The next day I proudly told me co-worker about the tool. She raised an eyebrow. I showed it to her. "That's not Chinese." She firmly declared. "No" I said, "but it sure works great."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cheap! Went to pull it out of my drawer the first use dropped it about 3 feet and it broke!! Never once used it. Garbage!!Published 9 days ago by Eric J Lyons
This is a great little press! Perfect for homemade pierogi and pot stickers.Published 1 month ago by Erin G.
Very easy to use. Use wonton wrappers and any filling of your choice - even pie filling. Press and either bake, fry or air fryer.Published 1 month ago by Jo Hesh
It is so easy and fast to make pot stickers. I made 100 pot stickers in no time.Published 1 month ago by robert a fredrickson