This is the device in question:
I've seen multiple videos online of people using this to make deli meat out of leaner cuts like chicken breast. They grind up the breast, season it, compress into this thing, and cook it in a water bath until it comes to temp.
I do like the idea of making my own deli-style meat at home. I don't like the idea of buying another gadget. My questions are:
- What benefits does this device actually bring when making your own deli meats?
- Can the result/benefits be replicated using more common kitchen tools?
- Has anyone used a device like this? Is it worth it?
What I'm trying to achieve: A highly compressed, round, chicken loaf (tube?) that I can thinly slice for sandwiches.
My first thought when I saw this thing was "couldn't you just gently simmer ground chicken in a faux-casing made of plastic wrap?" But there's a ton of talk online about how boiling plastic wrap in water is not good for you.