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Anyone Use Patty Molds?

kaleokahu Mar 10, 2012 09:47 AM

Anyone use these, or are they the mystery thing that never caught on/died out?

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  1. John E. RE: kaleokahu Mar 10, 2012 10:39 AM

    Are you referring to molds in which their intended use is to make hamburger patties? If so, the answer is no for hamburgers, yes for homemade sausage. I think using a mold for hamburgers compresses the meat too much. That's not really a problem for sausage patties, for us anyway.

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      kaleokahu RE: John E. Mar 10, 2012 09:57 PM

      Hi, John:

      No, these are not for forming meat into burgers. As far as I can tell, they are for dipping in batter and then plunging into hot oil, and the crispy goodness which results is either dusted with powdered sugar or filled with sweet or savory filling. They come in different shapes, decorative (hearts, stars, etc.) or otherwise. I gather these were popular >50 years ago, given that they were made by Griswold, Wagner and the like.


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      kengk RE: kaleokahu Mar 10, 2012 10:48 AM

      I have used a mason jar ring as a mold in the past. It came from my obsession to have all the patties the same size. I use a scale now to weigh out the portions of meat.

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        scubadoo97 RE: kengk Mar 11, 2012 02:12 PM

        I save cans and cut the bottoms out. I have an array of sizes and heights for stacking food. Of course the OP was not talking about this kind of mold

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        RGC1982 RE: kaleokahu Mar 10, 2012 06:45 PM

        I bought the double model from WS. I used it twice. I should use it more.

        1. dcrb RE: kaleokahu Mar 10, 2012 10:55 PM

          We have a couple of the Griswold sets that we use a holiday time or I should say my wife uses and I dust. They are well used/seasoned and we crank out dozens at a time. One of our favorite treats.

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            kengk RE: kaleokahu Mar 11, 2012 05:09 AM

            Can somebody link to what it is ya'll are talking about? I'm curious.

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              John E. RE: kengk Mar 11, 2012 09:12 AM

              I posted the first reply. I basically asked the same question because the only 'patty mold' I know about is for forming hamburger (or sausage) patties.

              The confusion arises because Kaleo did not use the correct term in her OP. The question should have been asked "Anyone use Rosette Molds?". Here is a link to tell you what rosettes are:


              Here is a link showing the rosette molds:


              Apparently my grandmother used to make these years ago when my father was a kid. My uncle must have told his children stories about them because at one family reunion one of my cousins went to the effort to make them using a backyard propane cooker. Unfortunately, the temperature was 97 degrees with about 70 humidity so I remember tasting one and that was it. I am sure they would be great at Christmas with good coffee, hot chocolate, and/or milk.

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                kaleokahu RE: John E. Mar 11, 2012 09:26 AM

                Hi, John: "...wrong term..."

                Synonymous term, perhaps. See, 90+ other wrong instances: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=.... (the manufacturers also being wrong about their products



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                  dcrb RE: kaleokahu Mar 11, 2012 09:39 AM

                  Just checked the link. Sure are a lot of Griswolds there. Thanks.

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                    kengk RE: dcrb Mar 11, 2012 09:52 AM

                    Interesting, I don't limit my diet very much but I do tend to draw the line at fried pastries.

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                      dcrb RE: kengk Mar 11, 2012 11:03 AM

                      They are light and airy. But some do come out just a tad on the oily side and they get tossed. The cups make an interesting desert filled with ice-cream, or a fruit tart, etc. Not an every day treat, but nice once in a while.

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                    John E. RE: kaleokahu Mar 11, 2012 04:01 PM

                    I was not intending it as an insult. Did you notice that the second eBay item was for hamburger patties? Just because Griswold did not know they were making rosette molds does not mean I was wrong. It does however mean they did not know how to market that particular product accurately.

                    Does anyone else know them as rosettes? I suppose there are more Scandinavians in Minnesota than there were in Pennsylvania.

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                      kaleokahu RE: John E. Mar 11, 2012 05:56 PM

                      Hi, John:

                      Well, I'll continue to call them what their makers did. Sorry for the confusion. But you might want to substitute 'timbale' for 'rosette' if you want to discuss what I was meaning in my OP.


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                        John E. RE: kaleokahu Mar 11, 2012 06:47 PM

                        Actually, I would use the term 'timbale' when referring to a timbale shell and 'rosette' when referring to rosettes. The timbale is made by attaching a timbale shell attachment to a rosette iron, dipping it into the batter and then frying.

                        I'm sorry if I offended you with my choice of words, but 'patty mold' can refer to something other than a rosette iron. Calling the device a 'rosette iron' is more precise and its use would have prevented the confusion that arose in this thread.


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                          kaleokahu RE: John E. Mar 11, 2012 08:03 PM

                          Hi, John:

                          I was referring in my OP to what also is called a timbale, which I and many others call a patty mold. The Griswold sets mixed and matched solid molds with openwork patterns.

                          Some folks call camp ovens "spiders", too. and the term is correct, even if that term can be used in another way.

                          I should have posted a photo, but then you would have also said I was wrong. http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:AN...


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                            John E. RE: kaleokahu Mar 11, 2012 08:44 PM

                            Wow, you are really taking this as a personal insult which was never my intent. A timbal and a rosette are not the same thing. A timbal mold makes a vessel for other ingredients. A rossette mold is dipped into batter, fried, and dusted with powdered sugar. I never heard the rosette molds referred to as 'patty molds' or timbal molds. Please excuse me for my ignorance to such vague terminology.

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                              kaleokahu RE: John E. Mar 12, 2012 12:30 PM

                              Hi again, John:

                              No insult taken. I persist because I was called out as being wrong when I wasn't.


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                                John E. RE: kaleokahu Mar 12, 2012 03:32 PM

                                My mistake. You were a little vague however : )

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                        breadchick RE: John E. Feb 4, 2013 06:45 PM

                        I do. My old next-door neighbor (an older Italian lady) would make them every Christmas for our annual party. I adored them!! She would make almond flavored and - my favorite - anise flavored. This was years ago and she's gone now.

                        I miss her, she was such a hoot too!

                2. SanityRemoved RE: kaleokahu Mar 11, 2012 01:39 PM

                  I used to see these in bakeries and at carnivals sometimes alongside fried dough.

                  1. dcrb RE: kaleokahu Mar 11, 2012 08:15 PM

                    To help end the confusion, I offer exhibit A, which may clear up or confuse. Enjoy.


                    So, besides my wife and me, does anyone here make patties, timbales, rosettes?

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                      cleobeach RE: dcrb Mar 12, 2012 06:57 AM

                      I have a thing to make rosettes. It has a wooden handle with two metal arm to screw the rosette/star/snowflakey looking things on to it.

                      I have never used it and doubt I ever will. I do not know anyone or remember anyone making them.

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                        dcrb RE: cleobeach Mar 12, 2012 12:04 PM

                        They are one of life's forgotten and not too unhealthy pleasures.

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                          kengk RE: dcrb Mar 12, 2012 02:56 PM

                          Now I want one. : (
                          To quote a favorite phrase of my late mother (to explain why they are forgotten) "Too much sugar for a nickel".

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                            dcrb RE: kengk Mar 12, 2012 06:48 PM

                            They can be addictive. Ebay has some fine ones, used Griswold cast iron. In all likelihood, they will need a thorough cleaning. Toward fall and the baking season, the prices go up. Being Griswold, they are somewhat collectable.

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                      r3b3cca RE: kaleokahu Feb 3, 2013 09:49 PM


                      Probably all you need to know.

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                        kaleokahu RE: r3b3cca Feb 3, 2013 10:10 PM


                        Thanks for the link.

                        Since my OP, I have purchased two sets: one a pair of "rosette" irons, and the other a "patty" pair (heart and round). They are all Wagner, and came with handles, instructions and batter recipes for both sweet an savory preparations.

                        I have used the patty's several times now, but only for savory things, like to hold creamed curried chicken and peas. It's quite a lot like making waffles or pancakes--once you get the temperature of the oil dialed in, very easy and fun.


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