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I got the George Foreman grill as a Christmas present from my dad. I was absolutely over the moon. The grill on my oven doesn''t work and my landlord is probably never going to replace our oven and so this was the perfect solution. There are so many health and nutritional benifits to grilling food. It reduces the fat in all of the food you cook. It is a little bit gross seeing all of the fat roll down the grill into the tray at the bottom but I just console myself that at least I''m not eating it. Most food also tastes amazing from using this grill without the greese from frying. It takes 8-9 minutes for the grill to heat up to the maximum temperature which I think is reasonable. The temperature can be set between 140 to 215 degrees. There is also a timer that you can set which is really handy. Most food cooks perfectly on this grill. Bacon is amazing! It does just take a bit longer than cooking on a standard oven grill. However, there are some foods that don''t work so well. I tried grilling sausages and they literally took forever. Because they were taking so long to cook with the grill lid open I decided to close it which yes meant my sausages were completely squished as the lid is pretty heavy. Eventually the sausages were cooked but they were never crisp on the outside and for some reason the skin on the sausages was peeling off. Strangely this did not put me off and I tried to cook some different sausages on the grill (incase they were just perculiar sausages) but the exact same thing happened. Other than issues with sausages I have found this grill amazing. I particularly love using it as a panini press. It is really easy to clean as the grill is non stick. The grill plates themselves come out, which would be a really good selling point but they are too big to fit in my washing up bowl which is standard size. Overall I am really happy with this George Foreman grill and it is deffinately in my top 10 Christmas presents that I have ever received!
I bought this grill nearly four years ago, having previously owned two other George Foreman grills before. I liked the idea of these being a 'health grill' - it made me feel a bit better about cooking bad fatty foods! The grill comes with two plastic spatulas and two drip trays that are placed under the grill for fat from the food to fall into. It measures approximately 41cm x 35cm x 15cm and comes in a black and silver design. It holds six portions, although I'd say this meant six small chops, nothing bigger.
The main thing that attracted me to this grill in particular was it's removable plates - with the previous two George Foreman grills we'd had, they were always a pain to clean after every use because the grill plates were part of the main frame and it got very awkward. These plates come off so can be taken over to the sink to clean and then just clipped back on when dry.
At first I thought this model was fantastic - until we bought a dishwasher and that's when I started having issues. The instructions clearly state that the plates are 'dishwasher safe' but I totally disagree. The first time I placed them in the dishwasher on a normal cycle with regular tablets, I ended up with a grey powdery residue on my hands. It was all over my hands, we're not talking just a little bit. At first, I didn't even realise what it was because it never crossed my mind that the coating on the plates would ever come off, after all it was supposed to be fine for use in the dishwasher. I really noticed it though when I started to dry off the plates to place back onto the grill - with every wipe, the towel just ended up more and more covered until in the end, the tea towel I used was full of the grey residue too. It actually stained the tea towels I used to dry them on - the powder never came off the towels in the washing machine and ended up in the bin.
What worries me a lot is that if this powder substance comes off so easily onto the tea towel, it makes me assume that it will have also come off onto our food which is clearly not what should happen. I have since started to wash them in the sink again but I think since the coating has been disturbed by the dishwasher, it has never been the same as it was when new.
The actual grill for cooking is ok - the food ends up cooking nicely, although it's very difficult to brown things - if you're like us and like crispy fat on your lamb chops it's a bit of a disaster unless you want the whole thing well done. I find that I have to 'pile' the chops on top of each other continuously to try to get them to brown. I have read other reviews that this is because of the plates being removable, but I don't think it is because I also had to use this method with our previous George Foreman's too. The bottom grill seems to cook the side facing downwards much faster than the top one cooks the side facing upwards. I use it for 4 small lamb chops and they seem to take about 20 minutes. There is a variable temperature setting on the front of the grill that you can set before using and a timer setting that you can set to tell it when to have the temperature you wish ready by - I usually set ours to 5 minutes and then it's ready to use.
This product is ok and the removable plates are handier than the fixed ones but they need to seriously look at the coating that the plates are made from. I got our grill on Amazon for £54.99, for some bizarre reason it was a massively discounted price. It's now on there at £74.99. If I'd have paid a lot for it (I think the retail price is getting on for £90) I wouldn't have been happy with it. I am currently looking to replacing it because of the plate coating problems I've experienced.
I would only recommend this item if you are prepared to wash the plates by hand - they are absolutely no good for a dishwasher. I give it 2 stars, because to me it has a major design fault that needs to be fixed.
I am a really unhealthy person - I drink buckets of Coke a day, I certainly don't check ingredients/labels for calories and I count a Belgian bun as two of my 'five a day' (a cherry and sultanas). I therefore didn't buy this grill as a healthy alternative to fried food. I bought it because it is a lot, lot easier to use (and clean) than conventional frying, plus it seems a lot safer to me than dealing with boiling hot fat in a pan. Finally it seems to be a lot quicker at cooking the food. The fact that the grilled food IS undoubtedly more healthy was irrelevant for me, but would be a major selling point for some.
This grill is easily maintained - the two grill plate are (very easily) removable, making them very easiy to run under a hot tap, and it came with two drip trays, which just slot in (unattached) under the front of the grill to collect the fat when cooking. These go in the dishwasher. The plates themeselves are easily wide enough to hold 5 decent sized peices of stake or about 8 large chicken breasts/
The grill has three buttons, the on/off switch, a timer and the other sets the temparature - with a lot of grills, you cannot adjust the temperature, so this is a key feature of this particular product. This means that pretty much everything I've tried has come out well - In fact, I am amazed at how well a peice of meat cooks all the way through with this. From steak, to chicken to sausages to burgers, everything has come out great. I even used it as a last minute substitute for a BBQ (when it's handle broke) - and everyone seemed to be happy with the results - and nothing got set on fire!!
Finally, it also came with a handy quick reference book for cooking times - don't lose this as it is like a Bible!
I have found this grill exceptionally easy to use and is a must have for any kitchen. The next grilleration foreman grill is easy to use as it allows you to adjust the temperature and has a built in timer. It is ideal for just opening the lid, putting some meat on, closing the lid and choosing a setting. Price-wise I would have liked something that could handle a bit more food, but you can still fit 3 or 4 pieces of chicken on it. It has removable plates, which is a great feature, allowing easy cleaning and the ability to be able to put them in the microwave. The grill also comes with a useful recipe book and a couple of fat-drip trays.
Overall it's a great product which is great for cooking meat from fresh or frozen quickly and easily and it doesn't suck out too much flavour from the meat keeping it moist. The variable temp guage also helps to make sure the meat it cooked according to how you want the meat cooked. The recipe book contains some ideas that you wouldnt think if, and you may find your oven becomes redundant!
This product is good for grilling things such as chicken, fish,burgers and even things that you would normally fry like hash browns or fish fingers and therefore as a cooking device it is fully functional. There are grooves made onto a non-stick plate which you put the food items on and the fat then runs down the grooves and into a tray which is used for the fat.
The problem is however that often you will find that the grease has a way of missing the tray and so you have to be very careful about where your grill is mounted.
Additionally with meats like chicken, lamb, steak etc which you may want to season you have to be very careful as you can find that the seasoning can burn very quickly and may form charcoal-like-formations on your meat that have a very disturbing texture. All-in-all a good product but it needs tweaking.
I owned a compact version of the George Foreman grill, large enough to cook a big steak on but nothing else. The machine itself is a grill however a good analogy is to a sandwich toaster as it has 2 hot surfaces cooking the meat from both sides, essentially frying it but at an angle so the fat and juices from the meat drip out of the device into a plastic drip tray that comes with the machine. The weight of the machine is quite heavy compared to a sandwich toaster of comparable size and, like a sandwich toaster, it heats up quickly and is ready to use in about 3 minutes.
When I first got the machine I used it to cook steak and chicken breast, after the first few times I used it the food began to taste quite dry and plain perhaps this was because I did not really do much in the way of marinating the meat I was 'grilling'.
The worst aspect of this product is the cleaning. The problem is not so much the machine itself, which is relatively easy to wipe down, but the plastic drip tray the machine comes with, it seems that you can wash it 100 times and it is still greasy and slippery. I personally found this one aspect so annoying that I just stopped using the machine altogether.
By using this product and writing this review I have come to the conclusion that the George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling Machine is the story of how skilful marketing allowed millions of sandwich toasters to be sold as weight-loss devices by an overweight, smiling, ex-boxer, famous for losing a fight.
George Foreman 12250 is a fantastic kitchen appliance. As you cook you can see all the grease coming out of burgers, sausages, steaks etc, which you would otherwise be eating. In a junk food society, the George Foreman cuts out all the excess fat leaving you with a much healthier portion. This is the smaller version of the George Foreman range and to be honest it is only really useful for a single person or a couple. Larger ranges are available, but they all pretty much do the same thing. An alternative to grilling, it is easy to clean and comes complete with a non scratch spatula. I find the best way to clean this is by leaving it to cool, removing the residue with a spatula then warming it and wiping over with a damp cloth to removed grease from the plates. Also comes with two drip trays to collect the grease that many of us are trying to cut out of our food. Also great for chicken and vegetables.
Short name: George Foreman 12205