Best Cookie Press for Making Cheese Straws
Cheese straws are familiar snacks or side appetizers that are usually served in the Southern parts of the United States and in England.
If you love to snack or just nibble on tidbits from time to time, then cheese straws are for you! So how are cheese straws made?
Cheese straws are made by cutting strips from a recipe of margarine, flour, cayenne pepper and cheddar. Cutting the strips would be made easier when a cookie press is used.
A cookie press is some sort of cylindrical tool used for shaping – cookies of course, and whatever else you would like to shape from a flour mixture or recipe.
Choosing Your Cookie Press
To conveniently shape cheese straws, cookie presses should be a handy tool in the kitchen. These kitchen tools are usually handheld and aids in shaping doughs into a variety of shapes. Below are some top pick cookie presses that you can choose from.
|#1. Mercato Biscuit Maker|
Our Best Pick
|Produces consistent and well defined shapes. Equipped with a toggle that allows you to make small to large shaped doughs. With appealing design and durable.|
|#2. Kuhn Rikon Cookie Press|
|Can produce dozens of cookies. However, the shapes are not quite consistent and it has some sort of jagged edges on the rod plunger, which makes cleaning a little difficult.|
|#3. Kitchen Aid Cookie Press|
|While this particular cookie press produces perfect and detailed designed cookies. The downside is that it struggled to get the dough out giving partial designs, and was difficult to operate since it is heavier than most and its press cannot manage a softer 75-degree dough.|
|#4. Wilton Preferred Press Cookie Press|
|This press operates quite well on the first try-outs and was manageable. But the longer it is used with the discs it was bought with it became more difficult to operate as some cookies broke easily. It was also difficult to push the dough out and the hand stopped working after sometime. Sad to say it isn’t durable enough.|
*As seen on the table above the Mercato Biscuit Maker beats the rest in performance, design and durability, although it is more expensive than the others.
But if you are not so keen on how the designs turn out but would still like to get a cheaper one then go for the Kuhn Rikon Cookie Press and Kitchen Aid Cookie Press.
Manual cookie presses are often preferred by moms who often bake at home, and maybe it would be a good idea to try them out if aside from the suggestions given above if they are your thing, since these types of cookie presses are inexpensive, easy to use and does not require any electrical devices in order to work.
To get the best out of your cookie press make sure that you follow all instructions given by the manufacturer. It is also important to keep the receipt of your purchase so when it bogs down within the warranty period you can have it replaced.
Although most of us would go for cheaper press cookie tools, you might want to reconsider if the more expensive one will give you a long and lasting service, which is more worth your money.
Also, take into consideration the ease of use and maintenance – is it easy to wash?
Does it dispense dough properly and easily? Does it give off well designed cookies? These are just a few things to ponder on aside from the price of course.
Buying the best possible cookie presses available in the market means investing your hard earned cash. While almost everyone would rely on reviews done on the internet or on the television, it is still better to get a first-hand experience in trying out the cookie presses before actually purchasing one.
This will give you a more personal experience. And like what I have always been told at home, when you buy a tool or any kind of equipment use it immediately and make it work hard within the warranty period.
The reason behind this is that if or when it breaks down then you have an option for replacement.
So there you have it! Should you intend to purchase a cookie press soon to make attractive looking cookies or more intricately designed cheese straws then feel free to look for the press cookie brands mentioned above and try them out for yourself.
How to make Cheese Straws
There are plenty of ways to make cheese straws and people combine ingredients according to their taste. Varieties also abound because you can have different types of cheese to make cheese straws.
Blue cheese straws and parmesan cheese straws are some varieties that you could try making if you haven’t done it yet.
Here is a Basic Cheese Straw Recipe (you can try to alter some ingredients depending on your taste):
- Grated Cheese
- Self-rising flour
- a pinch of cayenne
- a teaspoon of mustard
Mix salt, butter and mustard together gradually adding the flour. Then add the egg and mix it well. Add the grated cheese and put in the pinch of cayenne.
Mix everything thoroughly until you get a smooth cheesy like dough consistency.
Put the dough on top of a flat surface dusted with flour (you can use a flat aluminum pan) or you use your kitchen table provided it is clean (of course) and dusted with flour.
Next get a rolling pin and flatten the dough out with it, cut it into strip of 1½ inches thick and then twist it three times. But to make things easier it would be best to use a cookie press.
Cookie presses will give your cheese straws a better and more attractive shape. Just be sure to follow the instructions given by the manufacturer.
After all the dough has been shaped, it is time to bake. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from the baking sheet and let the cheese straws cool on a rack. Enjoy and serve with soup or a salad.