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The george foreman 10099 gr30 is a good alternative way to cook Food.
The man behind this product is a former two time Heavyweight champion of world boxing.
the Desktop Grill machine is approximately 60cm x 40cm x 10 cm.
Relatively compact Grill it does not take too much space of the Kitchen.
The great aspect of this machine is that a variety of Food can be Cooked faster and more healthier than using Microwaves, and also using an older type built in Cooker.
what this Grill does is that four minutes is all the time needed to pre-Heat. After four or five minutes, the Food you place can be Heated within five to ten minutes extra. So approximately ten minute's is what is needed to get a well Cooked, less fat, and much crispier tasting chicken.
The machine has a nice Teflon based coating plates inside, which makes cleaning the george foreman machine very easy. Not much effort is needed to clean the Grill. A damp Towel can be used.
the Grill does not Weigh too much, it is fairly easy to move from one Room to another.
The design of the Grill means that the fat of Meat flow down to a collector tray. The Tray is again easy to clean. It takes less time to clean this Grill after usage, than cleaning an Oven and the trays that have been used. The dishwasher cleans the Grills and Trays without leaving scratches, or clean the plates via hand. So here instead of eating greasy fatty Food's, this Machine makes the flow of fat onto a Tray which is just wiped away like magic later.
if metal forks, Knives are used to take the Meat out of the Grill, then the plates can become scratched. So some attention to care is needed.
The use of this Grill is very safe to use. Safety wise the Grill has a manual so there are guidelines as to how long is needed to pre Heat and Cook different types of Food. Therefore you have no worry about what if I am undercooking or overcooking or even burning the Food.
value for moneywise for twenty five and thirty Pounds, this is a unique time saving,
stress-free way of Cooking.
extra information: The manual contained in the Product box details indicated cooking times to properly Cook Food using this portable Grill. Also it is helpful and user friendly in terms of preparing the Food for use with this super device. Also how to warm the Food up, fill the Grill, remove the Food, care and maintenance instructions are included.
some easy to Cook and healthy recipes such as George's sausage Texas style, grilled vegetables, sole with Tomatoes, rosemary lamb Chop's, Burritos, Carne Asada and a few others. Also the recipes contain the required ingredients and also the required Cooking times, and the amount of servings per person is also highlighted.
There is a guarantee for one year provided with the product from the date of purchase. Furthermore I have used the Grill for about twelve months on a frequent basis, and have experienced no problems with the Grill.
There is a repair short guide in the manual which is good if I required spare parts for the device, or if the product requires repair, or servicing. Though due to the low cost nature of this product the best way might be to just buy a new one.
What I like most about using this Grill as occasionally I make my own burger's using mince Meat. I have calculated that I am still saving time compared to using ready made processed burgers and cooking them in an Oven.
Ahh, the good old George Foreman grill. When I was younger and single and didn't cook properly and just sort of heated things up or grilled things, the George Foreman was an absolutel essential in my kitchen. I had one years ago that i had at university and then bought this one when I moved into a flat of my own.
The premise behind the George Foreman grill is that it is a healthy cooking machine in a way, and will grill your food items such as meat and vegetables better than if you cooked them in a frying pan. I find it a really convenient way to cook and also makes clean up quicker than if you fry or grill in a conventional way. To quote the information given with the George Foreman grill when you cook with this machine you, "can dramatically cut down on your fat intake and still eat your favourite meals thanks to its patented groove system, which allows the excess fat and grease to run off into a separate tray, ensuring a tastier and healthier bite. By grilling from both sides at once, it seals in all the flavours and even cuts cooking times by more than half."
So where did the idea for this grill come from as I remember George being a boxer? According to an article I read, "In 1996, the first George Foreman Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machine was launched, following former heavyweight boxer George Foreman's quest to find a product which allowed him to eat many of his favourite foods, but in a more healthy way. The George Foreman Grill has gone on to sell a phenomenal 100 million grills worldwide; its success due to it being a healthier, quicker and more convenient way of cooking."
I find it really easy to use this machine. I firstly plug it in and set it to the temperature I want as there is a temperature control on the top that allows you to set the temperature yourself. You just move the little lever along to the temperature you want. I generally only do steaks and some vegetables on this grill as I like the way it cooks these food items and don't really do regular foods like chicken as I think its too much hassle for a quick meal but for a nice steak meal its perfect.
This machine is fairly big and has enough room for six portions but I like that I can just do a few steaks and have room to move them around with my tongs. Once the machine has warmed up for a few minutes I lay my steaks on the grill and then close the lid. There is a latch underneath that it attaches to and what I like is that this will close even if you have really thick steaks on there. The fats and everything from the meat will drip down onto the drip tray which you can just remove and clean once you have finished cooking. Its really interesting to see how much fat comes off things. There is a timer on the front too which is good to set to remind you but I tend to check on things when I think they are nearly ready just to see if they do need more time.
The machine is really easy to clean once you have finished cooking as the grills are non stick and I find if you give them a quick wipe as soon as you take the food off they are a lot easier to clean later. My grill cost in the £40 region which I think is good value for a quick, healthy cooking machine.
We had our first George Foreman Entertaining grill several years ago but with time and use it started to deteriorate. It lasted a good while, however, and because it seemed so effective I decided to just buy the same one again a few months ago. If you want a healthier way to cook meat and want enough space to do more than half a pork chop, then this is a great option that's worth the initial price investment.
... The Brand ...
The George Foreman brand was launched in 1996 with the first 'Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machine', designed because the boxer himself apparently wanted a product that meant he could eat as much of the lovely meat he wanted but in a healthier manner. Since then the range has expanded to cater for different needs and wants, including different colours, sizes and functions, and I think they've sold in excess of 100 million of these grills worldwide, which suggests that they must be doing something right to be so popular.
... Specifics ...
This grill in particular is the 10099 Entertaining grill that is described as having a '6 portion' capacity. To run through a few of the specifics, this has a 20 minute digital timer and automatic shut-off function, ready to use indicator light, floating hinge and non-stick finish grill plates. The product uses 1280 W power and the cord is 75cm, which allows for just enough manoeuvrability when plugging it in to the mains if you've got a socket nearby on your countertop. The grill itself weighs in at 4.2KG, and measures 17cm in height, 36cm in length and 35 in width. The actually cooking space provided is 680cm squared, which they suggest fits 6 portions.
... In The Box ...
Inside the box you get the grill itself, a spatula, the separate drip tray, and instruction guide, recipe book with hints on timings, and a 12 month guarantee for peace of mind.
... Using The Grill ...
It's easy to use this grill by pre-heating it first. I tend to give it about 6 minutes, so you add the minutes to the timer, press start and select your heat by moving a lever. The ready to use indicator is a good way of knowing when to pop something in. Simply place the drip tray at the bottom of the grill plates, which are angled downwards slightly to ensure the grease/fats/oils run off, put your food stuffs in and set the timer and heat. I sometimes use two squirts of a sunflower oil spray to ensure nothing sticks because even though they claim to be non-stick plates, you do get the occasional thing being unwilling to budge!
Getting the timing and heat settings right varies on what you're cooking and how well done you like it, but you can lift the lid up and move things around as much as you want to keep an eye on how well it's cooking. The last time I did pork chops, they probably took 5-10 minutes from frozen, which was nice and quick on a medium-high heat.
... What Makes This Special? ...
There are a few aspects that set the brand and this grill apart from others, even though other brands of 'health grills' have more recently come about. For instance, it's designed to be healthier by enabling fat and grease to drain out in to the drip tray. It's also cooks food 'over twice as fast as conventional cooking methods', which I'd agree with and is a definite bonus when you want to keep your food reasonably healthy but quick and easy. This is partly due to the fact it grills on both sides, has a floating hinge and variable temperature, so you can seal in the flavours and the heat.
... Any downsides? ...
One thing that irks me sometimes is actually the floating hinge. This is designed to mean that the 'lid' will adjust to any thickness of food, though I don't always find this to be the case. It certainly helps, and it means that thick chicken and thinner cuts of steak are both cooked well, but I do find that much thinner things, like skinny pork chops, aren't always touched by the 'lid'. To cook those things better it usually means turning them around a lot to make sure the top bit is grilled well on the bottom half of the grill. It's not a big deal, it just requires a little more time and effort. I can't imagine, however, doing bacon on the grill, but I've never tried. Perhaps that's something I could put to the test soon!
The other thing is probably the cable length. Whilst it's adequate for me when using it on one countertop because there's a power socket, it's not great if I want to use it elsewhere and need more length. This is just something to bear in mind, but again, it's not a particularly big downside.
... Size Matters ...
What I like about this in comparison to some of the newer, large GF grills now available is the original function that seems to have since disappeared, the variable temperature control. I also like the size of this, both for cooking more portions and for just being able to spread out two or three things and give them more room to cook. I've not done 6 portions on this, but I'd say it is possible if they're not too big or funny shaped, and you don't mind them nestling each other. It's still far better to have the space in my opinion when doing a couple of things than to squeeze them in to a compact grill.
... Cleaning Up ...
This is easy to use and relatively easy to clean with a sponge and some washing up liquid when the grill has cooled. You can also buy grill-specific sponges now that adapt to the grill ridges, but I've found a regular sponge to work just fine. The smell when you cook food on this is delicious, though I can often smell it when I'm pre-heating the grill and it's supposedly clean! Not that I'm complaining, I love the smell of steak!
... Overall ...
All in all, this is a great all-round grill that I've been very happy with, so much so that I've bought the same one twice! It's a tad pricey at its RRP, but I've managed to get this at around £40-45, and it's been worth the investment. It provides a healthier, quicker means of cooking, it's easy to use and I've had no troubles with it to complain about.
RRP £69.99, currently selling on Amazon for £46.66
When we first moved to Llandudno we purchased a three storey Victorian house as mom and dad were moving with us and we all intended to live together. Dad had Alzheimer's disease and I was to become his full time carer (with mom's help). The idea was that mom and dad would have the ground floor of the house as a 'flat' and Dave and I would have the rest of the house. When we first moved we wanted to get the downstairs done first so that mom and dad would be able to get settled.
This meant that we didn't have a proper kitchen as the kitchen in the house was on the ground floor - obviously. I 'made' a kitchen in one of our bedrooms using bits of furniture that weren't needed anywhere else - tables, drawers, cupboards etc and my cooking facilities were a kettle, toaster and microwave so we decided to treat ourselves to a George Foreman grill.
We chose the large George Foreman 10099 in silver which currently retails on Amazon for £53 with free delivery. It was at the time when the grills were first being marketed and the idea of grilling food and draining away the excess fat.
The cooking surface of the grill is 680cm in width which gives you an idea of the amount of food that you can cook. It is allegedly a six portion grill but that would only work if you were just cooking the meat on the grill and cooking the vegetables separately. The grill has a 75cm cord and it weighs 4.2kg so it is fairly heavy to move around. The size of the whole thing is 170 mm high by 365 mm long by 350 mm wide.
The grill itself looks very classy in sliver and is a chunky almost round shape with a lift up lid. On the top of the lid there is the George Foreman logo, the temperature control and the digital timer. It stands on short legs at a slight angle meaning that the fat will run off easily.
As you lift the lid the hinge feels unusual and this is because it is a 'floating hinge' meaning that it will adjust to fit thicker or thinner items on the grill plate. The non stick plates are black and ridged making it easier for the excess fat to run away when grilling is in process.
The other part of the grill is the grill tray which sits on the work surface right in front of the grill to catch the fat as it runs off. Before you ask - yes, I have actually started cooking before putting the tray in place! This is not recommended as it gets very messy! LOL! Incidentally the grill also comes with its own spatula
Using the grill is very easy. First you need to plug it in and switch it on - always a good start! The drip tray needs to be put right in front of the grill to catch the fat as the cooking process takes place.
Next you need to load your grill with the food that you intend to cook. As I said earlier the grill hinge will adjust so that you can fit anything from a slice of bacon to a chicken breast or a thick steak in the grill. The lid must then be closed as the grill will cook both sides of the food at the same time.
The temperature can be changed from minimum to maximum using the slider on the lid of the grill and the digital timer can be set for anything up to twenty minutes just with a few presses of the buttons. Once the required heat is reached a 'ready to use' indicator light will come on - you then press the start button and away you go. When the timer runs down to zero the grill will beep to let you know that your food is cooked.
This is obvious but it is worth mentioning that the grill plates will be VERY hot when in use so be careful you don't burn your fingers when turning or removing the food.
We used this grill to cook bacon, sausages, chops, chicken, all sorts of vegetables and even toasted sandwiches. The grill cooks food fairly quickly and evenly and the amount of excess fat that drains away when cooking meat is nothing short of amazing!
The food tastes excellent when grilled although you do need to check that thick meats have been cooked through properly. If it needs a bit longer than originally anticipated just reset the timer for a bit longer and press the start button again.
Initially the grill was very easy to clean and just needed a wipe over with a damp cloth with a bit of washing up liquid on it. As we used the grill more and more we did find that bits of food stuck to it more and cleaning after grilling certain foods could be a bit of a pain.
When we didn't have a proper kitchen we used this grill pretty much every day and cooked some really lovely meals using it but since we had the kitchen fitted we have hardly used it as the oven and the grill are easier to use.
I would certainly recommend this grill if you want to cut out some of the fat from your diet although, as with many other kitchen gadgets, it gets a lot of use initially but then gets confined to the cupboard!
As I said earlier this is the 6 portion version but there are quite a range of George Foreman grills on the market. Mom and dad had the little two portion one and they loved it.
We got this as a wedding present - it wasn't on our list, but what a great choice! This is one of the lucky kitchen appliances that gets to sit out on the workbench. I use this to cook meat, toasted sandwiches pan ins, grill vegetables. It is very versatile. I love the chargrilled lo it gives the food. There is also something very satisfying about being able to throw out the 'fat' - when cooking the meat, the fat runs out and is collected in a tray for disposal. Some may say this would leave the meat very dry but to be honest, it really hasn't been an issue for me. In saying that, I was never a fan of shallow/deep frying, and yes, there probably is no substitute to the moist, succulent meat you get from slow oven cooking. But let's be honest - most of us don't have time to slow cook our meat every day.
It's fine to clean. The only problem is that the plates aren't removable so you can 't lift them off to clean them in the sink.
It has a timer so you don't need to worry about burning your meat!
All in all, a great product and a great simple way to try and reduce the amount of fat in our diets. Thanks again George!
I have had access to a George Foreman 10099 since I have rented my current house because it came inclusive with the kitchen appliances within the house. Admittedly I don't use it on a day-to-day basis, but it has made some of my cooking incredibly quick and it very versatile.
Cooking meat with this appliance is a dream because it cooks it quickly and the George Foreman comes with two drip trays. The advantage of this is, unlike using a grill, having the fat from (generally) red meat collect in a drip tray is much easier to wash up. When cooking steaks, your preference of cooking is easier done than cooking it any other way because it cooks meat on both sides simultaneously.
This grilling machine comes with a variable heat setting which means you can have it either very low or very high. Although you can preheat this grill, for my liking it does not get hot enough at times. it comes also with an in-built timer which basically determines how long it cooks for. This is useful though but can only be timed in whole minutes rather than the more handier half minutes.
You do not only have to use this for meat, I use this for toasted sandwiches. They come out crisp and hot in the middle and with the George Foreman you have no need for either a panini grill or sandwich toaster.
Would I recommend this? I find this item more of a luxury than a necessity. If you have the money and love cooking, I would buy one. If not, save money and use your grill.
We were given this as a Xmas present one year and a lot of our friends raved about it at the time. It is basically an indoor grill with a corrugated surface that cooks both sides at once. Size wise you could easily feed a family of 4 from it (and it quotes that it will do 6 portions), cooking burgers, chicken breasts, sausages etc and whatever else you can get between the grills. The process is that you first pre-warm the grills for about 10 minutes. The top has 2 buttons and a digital timer to assist with this where you can set the time, start it off and it gives a load beep when it has finished. You then lift the top grill (which is hinged on a floating hinge from the bottom grill) place whatever you intend to cook on the bottom grill, close it all up (where the grills will automatically adjust on the floating hinge to vary the thickness between them), set the timer and away you go. Since it is cooking both sides of the meat at once, the idea is that it seals in the flavours, and the cooking process is quicker, and hence more efficient, because it is cooking both sides at once.
Now the real key to George Forman grills are that they are meant to cook with less fat, grease etc from the meat. Normally if you cook meat in a pan or even in an oven, you will get a lot of grease/fat etc coming out of the meat as it cooks. The meat then soaks in the liquid until it is ready and you then serve it on a plate. With George Forman grills, the grill plates are slightly sloping forwards, which means as you cook the meat on the grill, all the fat etc drains away down the grilling channels. That's why you are also supplied with a nicely designed drip tray which goes under the front lip of the grill to catch the fluid that drains away.
The first time we used it with 4 burgers, we were very surprised to see how much fat/grease came out into the drip tray, and a lot of it was fat because if you leave it to cool, it congeals. Now with all that moisture etc coming out, it does tend to leave you meat etc a little bit dryer than you may be used to, and the whole George Forman advertising campaign for these grills was that grilling this way, and draining the juices away in the process, was very much healthier. Admittedly though, the food does taste very good. So much nicer to bite into a burger in a bap that has been cooked on this grill and not have half a glass of fluid fat squirting out the other end.
Cleaning the grill can be a little tricky. We found we had to wait for it to cool down before we could really clean it properly, and you can't just immerse it in water or put it in the dishwasher because it is an electrical item. Cleaning the actual grills was fairly easy because they are coated in a non-stick coating and the grills are easily accessible. But the device also has various little lips and channels running around it, and over time we found that these areas did tend to get greasy. In the end we bought a little nail brush and used that with washing up liquid to clean the areas.
To compliment the grill, it also came with a cook book of various cooking ideas which does have some tasty recipes to try.
In summary, it is ideal for cooking on a smaller scale (perhaps in a student bedsit?) and can cook the odd dinner for a family if you are looking to grill the meat. It did really open my eyes up as to how much fat and grease is contained in some of our foods, and the joys of eating such food with the fat and grease removed, but you'll never do a whole chicken or your spaghetti bolognaise on it. So overall a good recommendation as a useful addition to your kitchen wares.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
This review is of the George Foreman 10099, an indoor grill, very useful for small amounts of cooking.
The model I have, and as far as I know the only colour that is available for this model, is silver coloured. The packaging notes that it can hold six chicken breasts to give you an indication of the amount of food that it can both hold and cook.
For those that aren't aware, grills such as these can be very efficient in terms of the speed at which they cook, which may mean you don't need to power up an oven, and they can be of health benefit, given that the fat drains off to an easily cleanable and removable tray.
I'd note at this point that cleaning the grill really isn't too difficult because of the removable tray, but it is something that is best done immediately after cooking, as parts of the equipment are slightly difficult to clean, and it's best to stay on top of this. Overall though, I found this just as easy, if not easier, to keep clean as any other oven.
Foods which I've found this item good at cooking are chicken breasts, bacon, burgers, sausages and so on (all the food which doesn't sound very healthy!), and it's easy to change the height given the different thicknesses of the food as there is a "floating hinge" which allows for this.
The main advantage for me was actually having this at a separate location from where I'd normally cook, which made cooking accessible and simple. The cooking speeds are good, cooking meat is much quicker than it takes in an oven, which is at least cost effective in terms of energy!
Another advantage would be for those who might have limited space in the kitchen, as this takes up very little space, and is easy to store when not in use. Not to mention how satisfying it is to see so much fat draining off the meat, and the obvious health benefits of this!
As another extra, the equipment comes with some recipes for items to cook using the grill, as well as detailed instructions on how to use it. These are a useful addition, and are well presented and accessible.
The George Foreman retails at 69.99 pounds, but can currently be purchased from Amazon themselves for 54.87 pounds. Second hand reconditioned grills can be, at the time of writing, found on sites such as eBay and Amazon for around 30 pounds plus postage.
Overall, I found this to be a very useful cooking device, easy to use and easy to store and clean. Suitable really only for small meals, ideally just for one, but very convenient for making quick snacks. Definitely a healthy way of cooking, and much quicker. The unit seems sturdy and well built and has given me no problems! Great buy!
I have had a George Foreman 10099 for years now, in fact I am on my second one now (will explain later) and it is one of the products in my kitchen that I could not live without.
George, as I call my George Foreman 10099, is a large indoor grilling machine. It is the ideal replacement for a frying pan and a grill, a healthy way to cook for your food.
At 37cm in width and 33cm in depth it is one of the larger George Foreman Grills. You can cook up to 6 pieces of meat at a time and being a family of 5 it is the perfect size for us.
I cook everything on George, chicken breasts, burgers, sausages, steak, bacon etc. You simply put the food on the grill, set the timer to how many minutes you require and it will cook the food for you, just make sure you turn it occassionally.
Before you use the grill you need to turn it on for 5 minutes to warm it up. There is a variable heat setting, between 1 and 10, although I usually cook things on maximum heat. The timer device is simply a button that turns the minutes up 1,2,3,4,5,6 etc. When your grill is preheated and you have set the heat and time setting you just press the start button and begin cooking. When the grill has finished it will beep at you which I think is a great way to remind you that your food is cooked.
Included with your George is a plastic tray, you need to put this at the bottom of George and this will collect all the fat and grease from your food. It is a great way of seeing how cooking on George is making your food much healthier as you can see for yourself all the fat and grease coming out of your meat.
The grill retails at aroung the £50 mark depending on where you buy it from but I think it is worth every penny. I use mine so often and would not be without it.
The one and only negative to this grill is cleaning it. It gets very dirty when cooking and it is a nightmare to clean. I use a cloth to clean mine, with hot soapy water, and it takes me ages to get it clean. I said this is my second George and the reason I had to replace it was because I used to use a scrubber to clean my old one and I basically ruined it. You need to use something soft and gentle but this does make cleaning hard.
The George Foreman 10099 Family Health Grill really is the perfect way to cook your food and everything that is cooked on George is always very tasty. I love my health grill and think it is a must for all kitchens.
The George Foreman Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine is an indoor electrically-heated grill. The grill is manufactured by Salton, Inc. and endorsed and promoted by retired champion boxer George Foreman.
The George Foreman Grill has a clamshell design with sloping ridged Teflon-coated heating surfaces so that the fat will drain away from the food when being cooked.
The George Foreman 10099 grill will cook up to six extra large burgers, six plump chicken breasts or three full size juicy steaks in minutes, using the adjustable temperature control and twenty minute timer.
The design of the grill cooks the food evenly and the grill channels carry run-off grease and fat into a separate tray to make this a healthier way of cooking.
The grill is very easy to use, even for beginners. Just power up the grill and the thermostat controlled ready light indicates when grill is ready. The grill is very easy to clean as the cooking plate is non stick and the grill even comes with two specially designed spatulas for which fit perfectly into the grooves.
The grill is just a grill, and fat does drip through the grate of a normal grill providing a similar effect.
There are a large variety of George Foreman grills now available including smaller grills for individuals and much larger grills for use as BBQs. There are also George Foreman grills which feature detachable grilling plates for cleaning purposes. This is great because you can just pop them into the dishwasher.
The grills are now available for about £40.00 and in my opinion it is well worth the money. It is a really quick way to cook food healthily and the possbilities are endless.
Short name: George Foreman 10099