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Welcome back everybody today I’m taking a look at four different taco gadgets to see if they actually work that's today's video all right so I first had the idea for taco gadgets a couple years ago I’m finally getting around to it but over the years when I look for taco gadgets on amazon three of the ones I’m testing today always came up they're amazon's choice they're very popular so I want to include those one of them was recently sent to me so I completed the set with that one let's get started the first one that is this the make it real meat taco stand this takes tortilla shells and makes a flat bottom crispy shell out of them let's see how it really works
first up with the unboxing and then test it out
This is the Mi Taco stand got those on amazon two for $20 bucks 4.4 star rating I have about a thousand ratings this allows you to make flat bottom crispy shells not much in there okay it's like you wrap the shell around it put it in the pan and there you go is that worth 20 bucks for two of those I don't know 20 bucks I don't know better be good maybe it will be apparently you put the shell in between these two and that holds it in place that's that's kind of what I’m what I’m gathering it's a two-part thing here all right so the way you're supposed to use this is you wrap your tortilla around the frame and then you add the clip on the bottom just like that and then you're pretty much ready to go now hold it down for 15 seconds I’m pushing down on it and now I have to let it go for another 30 seconds we've got a nice sizzle here it's looking good all right after 30 seconds we're supposed to lay on its side let's see how that bottom looks okay the bottom looks good this is what we got we're looking good so far looking good now for the sides they say to just uh fry it to your taste so the 30 seconds was just for the bottom all right let's try the other side here all right that's side one let's take a look at how this looks on the other side here oh I think we're done I think we're done I’m gonna drain off the grease all right the way they say to do this is to use a fork to hold down the clip and to pull the frame out that worked that worked as well I gotta say it worked right the first time I’m always happy when that happens and we have a nice flat bottom crispy shell and when things work right the first time I’m always impressed and it worked right the first time so I guess I’m impressed let's try a flour tortilla and see how that goes I’m not sure if this is the right size or not but we're going to give it a shot wrapping the tortilla around the frame and adding the clip just lower it into the oil see what happens this might be too big of a shell I don't know I’m just trying to see if you can use that because I know people are going to going to wonder I’m supposed to hold it down for 15 seconds I’m just holding these together so they don't they don't open up all right let me put it on the side and see how that goes oh yeah their video showed flour and corn tortillas so I assume we can do this let me time to flip this one got a little bubble forming there but I guess that's not a big deal that looks nice though I’m not sure that flour is better than corn I think corn is better but in this case either one is working we got some bubbling here but I do think it turned out pretty good let me move over to the plate and see how it looks there's we got before removing the taco stand I’m just going to gently lift that out and I think we are good to go let's take a quick look at this I definitely think the corn tortilla came out much better I think it's more designed for that although a flour does work this is definitely what I think that the intent of it is I’m very impressed I think I’m gonna do is load these up and give them a shot and see how they taste I got like a mini basic taco bar sitting right here let's uh load this thing up and see how it tastes everybody has a different idea of what should go on taco this is like the most basic I could come up with I don't want to go too elaborate I just want to see if this taco stand works and it did it did work so I’m pretty happy about that nice flat bottom taco and everything is being held there so let me give it a taste test me taco stand taste test all right well as far as the taste goes perfect nice and crispy I’m very happy with it I it was the first time it went well I had nothing really to add to I don't think I could do any better the second time so as far as I’m concerned the Mi Taco stand is a resounding success let's see what's next next up is this very highly rated taco holder set there's four of these can hold 12 tacos at once let's first unbox it and then get started
All right this is a taco holder set made of food grade stainless steel kind of non-descript packaging but let's first crack it open it is very heavy I mean it has a lot of weight to it I don't feel like these are cheaply made so here it is this is it comes as a four pack I paid $16.49 for four of these I bought this because these are very highly rated on amazon it has a 4.8 star rating among over about 8000 reviews and it's an amazon's choice they're the highest rated taco holders I could find they look pretty simple but people must like them so let's see how they work so here is the taco holder set in my very minimal taco bar here now a lot of times when people make tacos at home they put it on a plate like this they load it up but what happens is by the time they get it full they realize they've overfilled it and it's hard to fold everything falls out with something like this you can prepare it already folded and you can serve it that way so let's see if it actually works because in theory it should work you can do three or you can turn it over and do two you can do either one so the idea is you can either prepare your tacos and put them in here to serve or you can put them in there and prepare them in here as well I’ll do a couple of corn and a couple of flour I got five total I couldn't do six but I’m doing five here we go I’m just gonna prepare a couple basic tacos with my basic taco bar all right so here we go looks at that we got the three on this one we've got two over here we got corn and flour I will say that I was able to prepare all five of these pretty quickly more quickly than probably I normally would so it's a pretty basic device but it does exactly what it's supposed to do and quite efficiently so I’m pretty happy with that next up two items for consuming tacos let's start off with the taco tamer will this tame my tacos we shall see.
This packaging says it's sold at tacotamer.com and amazon this packaging says it's sold in walmart on clip strip this looks like a four pack it says easy taco slider prevents shells from breaking hard shell taco utensil great for soft shells and lettuce wraps too bpa-free fits most standard tacos I just throw the box I’m tearing the box looks like there are four of these I’m just going to pull one out all right so that's what it's kind of like it looks like an orange taco by itself but you have this slider here you have this slider that will push your taco forward so you uh it'll collect all the stuff keep your hands free and also dispenses it as well it also looks like it has a stand so you stand it up pretty cool I think as far as I can tell the four pack on amazon cost about $15 bucks before I use this one here I did take this out on a field test I got a couple of cheap tacos from taco bell to see how it worked there and here's how that went all right quick field test here I’ve got the taco tamer and I’ve got a couple of different tacos from taco bell I’ve got crunchy and I’ve got soft let me try them both in taco tamer see what happens I don't know if you really need something like that with this because these already have wrappers so I don't know maybe we'll see I’m going to place the soft shell taco in the taco tamer that's as far back as it goes there is still some taco hanging off there so I guess it's uh you know it's not supposed to encompass the entire thing so I guess I’ll eat halfway and then start dispensing because you can't dispense when it's already hanging off like that let's see what happens it does keep your hands clean now given that my hands are very clean there's a little bit of drippage coming out the back so it's not it's not wire tight back there so if you've got dripping tacos they're still gonna drip even with a taco tamer time to dispense this a little bit here now I’m gonna push this forward it does it does push forward all right so it's dispensing properly but I gotta have a napkin down here to catch the drippage the taco tamer is all the way at the end as far as dispensing goes and there is that much that much left and I just dropped some so you can go pretty close to the end I guess I guess you have to just kind of grab it for the very end now the crunchy taco's got a big old split in the bottom look at this that's not good that's what this is kind of designed for you got one of those splits you still have something that can hold it and keep it in place I’m gonna insert the taco into the taco tamer and I’m dropping stuff all over the place right now I was trying to hold up for the camera and I’m making a mess I don't think that would normally have done that taco tamer take two all right something else I’ve noticed about the taco tamer is if you tilt it back to take a bite of it this it kind of falls over this this dispenser right here so it looks like the technique isn't you can't do the taco tipping technique you have to do with the head tilt so more of a tilt than a tip I’m dispensing I’m biting I’m going to do a head tilt this time there's something oddly satisfying about dispensing a taco is it necessary maybe not but it's I still hold it satisfying last bite you got to grab I guess so that was the fast food test let's head back to the kitchen and see how that goes all right with the field test out of the way let's get right to the ones that I made today and see how it works there all right so it worked pretty well with fat with fast food tacos but how it worked at homemade talk there's a lot of different sizes and shapes it says it works with most standard taco sizes but what is the standard taco size you got these little tiny street tacos and you got some larger ones like this one down here so there's some difference of opinion here I’ve got these flour tortillas here these are pretty large tacos and let's see if it fits oh it's a lot hanging over there I mean this is this is kind of what I got and it's all the way to the end as you can see there it's uh I guess it does hold it though it does seem to hold it before I eat one let me just try all the different sizes here that one seemed a little bit large but it still held it now if you had something small I’m not going to fill this one up I have a tiny street taco shell here look at this that one just it just disappears into there so if you had a street taco very small I’m not sure that's really ideal for that either now it held the hard shell taco from taco bell but I got some flat shell taco shells here here's one I bought from the store this is a store-bought taco shell let's see the problem is if you see the difference in width the width of the flat bottom taco is wider than the taco tamer so that one does not really fit in there unless you have it up higher I mean I guess that works it's just not optimal I made a second shell with my taco stand and it turned out nicely let's see if that fits in there the same thing with the bottom is wider I guess I could just place in the top kind of like that that doesn't feel ideal though it doesn't really feel ideal to me so it seems like the ones from taco bell seem like they fit better than these do I’m going to try a homemade taco in the taco tamer I’m going to do the soft shell flour tortilla one because it's kind of large the hard shell ones I have don't fit all the way in there so I kind of kind of have to do this one it wasn't by choice this is kind of by default I’m doing this one here we go all right so I do want to point out while I’m testing this out is this is something that's pretty good for taco tamer is that you can actually set it down while you're eating this you're not laying outside it actually holds it in place while you're eating I do like that even though it hangs over that feature is pretty nice a lot of times when you lay down inside everything kind of flops around the shelf flops open there it's just a disaster this prevents this disaster from happening this is a disaster preventing taco holder but let's keep eating it I’ve eaten this far down now it's time to engage the dispenser so I’m going to slide it forward I do like this part of it this is probably my favorite part more than a dispenser more than the fact that it holds it in place I like the fact that you can actually I mean is it necessary maybe not but I do like it kind of keep dispensing this I’m getting down to the end here let me try a smaller size taco here that seems like it's maybe a little bit more it still hangs over and this is a pretty small shell but it does seem like it holds it maybe a little bit better I do like the fact that it stands up though that's one of the probably the nicest feature of the taco tamer it pretty much does what's supposed to do I’m not sure that it fits all size tacos but it's kind of fun probably it's unnecessary but I’m glad I tried it out
And finally this is kind of a fun one this is the Tacosaurus Rex (Dat Twenty note: It is over $20 unfortunately) it's just a taco holder I guess mainly for kids it's also I guess kind of a display piece they have a lot of different designs this seemed like to be the best one of the bunch not much of an unboxing on this one but let's go get started and see how it goes now it's time for the final product the Tacosaurus Rex I didn't do a proper unboxing this one so let me just crack it open all right here we here we go not much to it I mean that's it is a dinosaur with two slots in the back where you can stick a couple tacos come on I thought the mouth was going to open or you could like pretend to feed it tacos or something mouth does not open oh well in fact nothing moves on here there's no moving parts maybe that's a good thing I don't know so will it hold this flat bottom taco I keep trying to pawn off and everybody it won't it will not hold this one it will hold this one it won't hold it won't hold a flat bottom hard shell it won't nothing seems to like those no holder seems to be able to hold this type of a taco which is a shame because I really like it how about a large taco like this one all right so we've got a large chocolate let's try a small taco that works pretty well too I mean there really isn't much to it but if you can't get jacuzzi tacos I guess having display it in a fun little item like this might help it is a nice display and they have a bunch of different dinosaur designs there's a brontosaurus stegosaurus they got multiple out there they're not cheap but they are kind of cute and I guess somewhat functional and I know they're mainly marketed to kids but you know there's people out there who are not kids who still enjoy this and there's nothing wrong with that so I guess as far as this one goes there's not much to it but what it's supposed to do it does do well
All right let's talk about some pros and cons of these taco gadgets now first up I would say as far as the Mi Taco stand goes that worked flawlessly the first time which is always a good sign I did a couple more after the fact here's one as well it was perfect you never know how easy or hard they're going to be that one worked very well so I think that one is definitely a keeper as far as a taco holder goes I think that one worked pretty well too it's very highly rated because I think the fact that it's just extremely simple and very effective it's very durable this is stainless steel it feels solid it not only facilitates making your tacos but also serving them so I think that is a pretty good choice as well now onto the consumable side of things you have the taco tamer that's a little bit of an interesting gadget I’m not sure everybody's going to want something like that there's a bit of a novelty to it the real con about the taco tamer is that it doesn't seem to hold all sides of flat bottom hard shell tacos it had no problem with the ones from taco bell but the ones that I made it didn't fit as well in there it does serve a couple functions though one thing is it will prevent you from squeezing your taco too hard and squishing especially if it's a corn tortilla or hard shell it also allows you to stand on a table so it has merits it might be a little bit strange but if you know someone who is a taco enthusiast and they have everything this might be something to add their collection and finally the Tacosaurus Rex this is just something more for kids it's kind of a fun display piece I mean maybe not just for kids though there isn't much to it but it is very uh very attractive it looks very nice I think that uh if you serve tacos in there especially the kids they would probably like it and it does hold them pretty well they slide in there it seems to hold them it soft shell that holds them up it doesn't seem to hold all the flat bottom tacos for what it's supposed to do it does it well
Well that's it if you've tried any of these taco gadgets tell me what you think in the comments below I appreciate you watching and I’ll see you next time
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