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Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?

Postby Stravaig » Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:44 pm

You know the type of thing - like a toastie-making or panini machine but it makes deep-filled little pies.

I fancy getting one but most models I've looked at have a number of very poor reviews. Sometimes people give poor reviews because the thing didn't work well for them. Perhaps they're not very good cooks. But it didn't fill me with confidence.

Another thing is that the two models I liked the look of most have since been discontinued (that kinda tells me something) or are otherwise unavailable.

I don't want to buy one and then be disappointed with it as it would be extremely difficult for me to return it.

Has anyone here ever used one and if so what did you think of it?

Thanks in advance.
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Postby Chantal » Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:46 am

Hi Stravaig, my mum bought one a few years ago. I will enquire for you.
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Postby Monika » Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:59 am

Somehow, I can't really see the point of a machine like this. Unless you are making loads of pies and lots of the time, would it not be easier to do it by hand?
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Postby Chantal » Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:50 pm

My mum has got back to me to say she "doesn't get on with it and hasn't used it in a long time". However, she knows someone who uses one a lot. Sorry, that's no help at all!

Personally, I agree with Monika.
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Re: Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?

Postby Stravaig » Sun Feb 28, 2021 4:54 pm

Thanks for your help.

I think the idea of it is to make things easier, especially to avoid "soggy bottom".

I'm quite happy to make my own pastry and usually do make pies by hand but I'm planning an event (socially distanced, of course) in April where I will be required to make a heck of a lot of pies and I was thinking that one of these machines might make my life easier. At this point I'm not feeling encouraged to buy one, though.
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Re: Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?

Postby Primrose » Mon Mar 01, 2021 6:39 pm

Don't, suppose yiu have a restaurant near yiu which is closed due to Covid who might be able to loan you one to experiment with?
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Re: Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?

Postby Westi » Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:20 pm

I suspect they are one of those things that to get good results you have to invest in a decent one but the market seems pretty overloaded. How about prep & freeze in foil pie dishes (maybe pre-cook some) & then could heat or cook loads more in the oven with a bit of shelf rotation. Now if no room in your oven with other things some of those mini counter top ovens seem to get good reviews & would store away until your next little soiree! Who knows might become your regular go to with just the 2 of you if you get one with the hobs on top.
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Postby Stravaig » Thu Jul 15, 2021 2:16 pm

Due to various circumstances I wasn't able to have my event in April, but was able to use a large garden for it in early May. The weather was glorious so we were very lucky in the middle of what had been very variable.

I solved my pie dilemma by not making pies. I made "rat-onna-stick" instead! :lol: And some salads. People seemed to enjoy it. The thing that most people were very curious about was the rats' tails - were they edible and what were they made of? I might tell you if you ask nicely. :twisted:
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Re: Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?

Postby Primrose » Thu Jul 15, 2021 2:22 pm

Go on, tell! I,m curious. Not criapened bacon rinds .?
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Postby Stravaig » Thu Jul 15, 2021 3:54 pm

OK, Primrose, since you asked nicely (thanks!), here's how I made my "rat-onna-stick", except that I ran out of time before the party started and had to ask one of the guests to finish them off. And I forgot to add the stick (ie bamboo skewer). :roll:

The "rats" were actually made out of pork tenderloin, cut into medallions and batted out with a meat hammer. Then panéd - like schnitzel, in other words. I next cooked them and cut them into shapes that looked vaguely like a flattened rat. I had capers for eyeballs and the tails were... wait for it.

I just chose a guest at random and asked, "Please can you make some rats for me as I don't have time?". He readily agreed and even had a couple of willing helpers. They did a fair enough job although not what I'd necessarily have done.

People willingly scoffed up the rats but were a bit suspicious of the black tails. :lol: Were they edible? Were they shoe laces, or what? Actually they were made of squid ink spaghetti and perfectly edible. I don't approve of adding inedible so-called garnishes to food. :D
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Postby Primrose » Thu Jul 15, 2021 4:30 pm

Oh the squid ink is not something I would have thought of but it would probably work well for a Halloween party !
You're right about not adding inedible decorations to food. The legal "compensation" culture has become too strong these days. You' probabky need a high personal liability insurance policy, especially if you' used peanuts for their eyes.

There always seems to be somebody with a food allergy these days,
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Re: Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?

Postby peter » Thu Jul 15, 2021 5:43 pm

Stravaig wrote:Due to various circumstances I wasn't able to have my event in April, but was able to use a large garden for it in early May. The weather was glorious so we were very lucky in the middle of what had been very variable.

I solved my pie dilemma by not making pies. I made "rat-onna-stick" instead! :lol: And some salads. People seemed to enjoy it. The thing that most people were very curious about was the rats' tails - were they edible and what were they made of? I might tell you if you ask nicely. :twisted:



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Postby Stravaig » Thu Jul 15, 2021 6:00 pm

Ha ha, Peter!

I did wonder if we might have any Discworld fans here. Yes, I was going to be CMOT Dibbler, but changed my mind at the last minute and abandoned the pie idea and decided to do Gimlet's Hole Food Emporium instead. I'm quite short in stature so it worked fine. :D (I even got a Gimlet apron from the Discworld Emporium.)

To be honest, the party was a bit chaotic because I didn't realise how much I'd need to organise beforehand. But I just told the guests that it was only a rehearsal and we'd do it for real in September.

The main thing is that people enjoyed getting out and doing something different, even if it was a bit daft.
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Re: Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?

Postby Kayburton » Wed Jul 21, 2021 8:50 am

Stravaig wrote:You know the type of thing - like a toastie-making or panini machine but it makes deep-filled little pies.

I fancy getting one but most models I've looked at have a number of very poor reviews. Sometimes people give poor reviews because the thing didn't work well for them. Perhaps they're not very good cooks. But it didn't fill me with confidence.

Another thing is that the two models I liked the look of most have since been discontinued (that kinda tells me something) or are otherwise unavailable.

I don't want to buy one and then be disappointed with it as it would be extremely difficult for me to return it.

Has anyone here ever used one and if so what did you think of it?

Thanks in advance.


It seems to me that this is a crazy thing. You can make a cake like this much faster and better by hand.
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Re: Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?

Postby Fauzan » Tue Jul 27, 2021 8:04 am

Hi, I've never bought a pie maker but a bread cutter. Honestly, the machine was difficult to use at first, so I gave the product a bad rating. However, after studying using manuals and tutorials on Youtube, now I can use it much more quickly and easily so sometimes a bad score on a product doesn't necessarily mean that the product is bad.
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