“ Brand: George Foreman / Type: Indoor Grill / Variable Heat: With Variable Heat „
This is the first George Foreman grill I have bought and I'm pretty impressed with it. I was worried it might be one of those kitchen gadgets that gets shoved at the back of the cupboard after a month.
It really is very versatile. I've cooked chicken breasts, sausages, pork chops, aubergines, mushrooms, bananas, pineapple, etc. It's also really good for making toasted sandwiches or recreating those expensive paninis you can buy with some part-baked bread.
Apparently you can even cook sliced potato but I have not tried that yet.
It's very satisfying seeing the fat drain out of your food, knowing that had you cooked it in the oven you would be eating all those extra calories. The fat drips into a little tray provided and cleaning couldn't be easier. A damp cloth placed on the grill while still warm gets all the grease off. Much easier that cleaning a big roasting tray or a conventional grill.
However, there are a couple of disadvantages of this model. There is no way to control the temp, it's either on or off (some of the other models do have this facility). Also, I would say the bun warmer is pretty naff and I haven't used it at all. I tend not to eat bread rolls with all my meals!
All in all a good buy, and a bargain because I found mine in Asda for £19.99.
My old George died after 5 years of valiant service, so I had to look for a new one. There are many new models out, but I went for the updated version of my old one.
It is priced around £35 at most stores, but I bought mine at Instore for just £19.99-Bargain.
Sizewise, it can take up to 4 reasonable sized burgers, or 4 big chicken breasts. Main difference between this and the old one is that the feet on this one seem to slip a bit more than the old one, which is a bit of a problem when cleaning, and the fat catching tray is a lot deeper. Plus you only get one spatular now :(
Good points are that it heated up a lot quicker than my old one (around 4 minutes as opposed to 6 minutes), and it seemed to be a bit hotter on the contact ridges, as the "char grill" bars were a lot more prominant on this one.
Food cooks just as quickly - 5 minutes for thick burgers or thick chicken breasts, and they come out even more succulent than ever before.
It is great for cooking fajita's also. Mix the strips of raw meat with strips of raw onion, pepper and seasoning, throw the whole lot on the grill, and put the tortillas in the warming compartment above. 5 minutes later, a mexican feast.
Cleaning is easy if you follow my tip. as soon as you finish cooking, wet a large dishcloth, and place onto the grill. Close the lid, and when you come to clean it after the meal, it will wipe off very easily. Problem is, when you wipe, the machine tends to move around a bit due to the lack of rubber on the feet, so I have put some on myself, and it seems to work fine. Dont bother with the special sponges, they are a waste of money, just get cheap non-stick ones from tesco.
I love my georges, and would reccomend it to anyone.
I have owned this product for a few years now and I don't know what I would do without it. As a student I just want something simple to use and maintain, and this offers me just that.
The grill is very easy to use, just a case of turning it on at the plug and waiting for it to heat up. It can take between 5 and 10 minutes to heat up though, so make sure you plan ahead!
It is very good for grilling various types of meat, especially chicken breasts, bacon, sausages, burgers etc. Cooking times are around the same as frying, but this is a more healthy way of cooking as the fat runs down the grill and into the tray. The grill is also very useful for toasting sandwiches, and this is probably what I would use it for most.
After use you just turn it off and wait for it to cool. I would recommend cleaning the grill pretty soon after use, as this is when it is easiest. Cleaning is quite a simple job, you can buy scrapers that will fit into the grooves of the surface, but a sponge or wire brush will be just as effective.