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A number of months ago I forked out £50 for the George Foreman 18891 Entertaining Variable Temp Grill which I had been meaning to buy for some time. The choice of grills was wide and only after some research did I decide that the £50 price tag of the George Foreman 18891 Entertaining Variable Temp Grill
Made it a justified purchase. I have never looked back and this item has been essential to my new cookery plans in my new kitchen.
The George Foreman brand is well established and comes with the mark of trust and quality you would hope for from such an item. When you take it out of the box you will feel the quality from the off as the device feels so well made and so well constructed. All the parts of tight and sturdy, it feels built to last and the hinges, leads and handles all look durable. I have every confidence that this device will indeed stand the test of time.
Another plus before use is the look. All products in this range look stylish but the George Foreman 18891 Entertaining Variable Temp Grill looks very good nifty indeed. Not too Jazzy but looks very smart and simple, as it is to use. It certainly looks nice on my Kitchen Bench! The plastic outer shell also provides much easier cleaning and it looks new even though it has been used a lot in the last few months.
This is a rather large grill and as man with a big appetite that's what I wanted. It is stated as 5 Portions which I would say could be right if two of those portions were kids. I would struggle to cook for 4 adults on this but for myself and my partner this is fine. Plenty of space so no fiddling around trying to make things fit. The George Foreman 18891 Entertaining Variable Temp Grill certainly requires a decent size work bench though!
The device is so easy to use and so safe and effective. From the off it will take no more than a few minutes to get your head around how to use this device and with plenty of variable controls you can easily make products to suit your needs. Everything is simple! Nothing overly complicated and even your gran could use the George Foreman 18891 Entertaining Variable Temp Grill
With minimal fuss.
One improvement over the last device I had here is the drip catcher/drip tray which is so easy to use and reinput that it takes a massive chore away.
All in all this device reeks of pure quality. From the design to the quality of the goods down to the way in which you can use it, there can be no complaints here. Simply put this is a grill ahead of others on the market so rather than buy cheaper models, shell out the £50 odd for this and you will certainly be a satisfied customer!
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We've had this foreman for quite a while now and my main point about it is that it takes up a lot of space in the cupboard! We only get it out occasionally to cook burgers or sausages, very rarely for anything else. The main reason for not using it that often is because we have a grill......which means we don't really need it.
I suppose the beauty of any foreman is that both sides of the grill get heated very quickly and so everything cooks through rather quickly, which is great. And it does do what it says on the tin and drains the oil away from the food, however I would argue that my grill also allows the fat to drip away from my food. By removing almost all of the fat from the food, it does mean that sometimes, if you're not careful you'll end up with dry food, especially with chicken, after all it is the fat in your meat that makes it succulent. It's not that I'm against a healthy eating, it's just I'd rather eat less food that has a bit of taste to it than lots of dried out chicken!
The foreman is easy to clean, as both sides are non-stick, which is a plus as we all know the feeling of having to scrub away at welded on food on your grill, so that's a definite plus for the foreman.
I would say if you don't have a grill, or are living in a bedsit without your own cooker for example in a retro caravan than go for a foreman. If you live in a house or have a fully functional grill and cooker I wouldn't bother, it'll spend more time in the cupboard than out on the side.
Ever wanted a cooked breakfast but passed because you thought it was too unhealthy ? I know I have ! The George Foreman health grill is a miracle fat buster.I have bought one previously but after five years of use it gave up the ghost and died on me.
This time though I decided to buy a 10 portion entertaining grill ..you know it makes sense when you have a large family, and no one likes to be served last.
Knowing that I wanted to get a replacement I set off on a tour of cyberspace looking for the best deal available, I trawled through numerous websites , there are some fantastic deals to be found if you take the time to look .Amazon were selling this grill for £59.00 which was a £40 saving on the RRP, but I found an even better deal.On the Robert Dyas website they had the grill I wanted for the bargain price of £44.98 a £50.00 saving, the only difference with the grill is that instead of being Black or Silver, like the majority of GF grills it comes in White.
Inside the box you get the grill ,( well packaged with styrofoam) a drip tray for all the nasty fat that escapes during cooking , a forked spatula , for turning the food and cleaning the grill after use and an instruction manual complete with 10 recipes .
The grill has two ridged plates which are hinged so you can cook anything from fish to great steaks on it , the hinges help the food to cook evenly.
The cooking surface is 929 cm square , so not as large as you first expect.The claim is that this is a 10 portion grill (in my opinion they would have to be child portions) Being more realistic you can comfortably cook for five or six at a squeeze.
It is supposed to be non stick , but I don't really agree that it is, as meat often sticks to the inside of the cooking ridges.
On this grill there is no temperature control, which although not a problem would have been nice , all you get is an indicator light to tell you that it has reached its optimum temperature.
~~~~~~~Cooking on this Grill ~~~~~~~
Cooking on this grill is extremely simple , Take for example it's first outing after I had purchased mine. My husband wanted some steaks. I seasoned three steaks with salt and cracked black pepper, they were all of different thicknesses and sizes, I placed them on the heated grill and closed the hinged lid , you can actually smell the meat cooking ,after three minutes all of the steaks were cooked to perfection, and best of all there was no fat on them because of the drip tray which you strategically place under the front of the grill all of the unwanted fat runs down the channels into it.
I have also cooked vegetables from peppers and mushrooms to courgettes and tomatoes , all of which cooked in less than a minute ! An egg fried perfectly in 30 seconds .This grill really does cook twice as fast as conventional cooking ..
~~~~~ Cleaning ~~~~~~~~
Cleaning the grill is another simple affair , although in my opinion it isn't as non stick as claimed , you can still do so with relative ease, using the spatula supplied to scrape off any excess dried food, you then use a sponge to gently wipe both the top and bottom grill plates , George Foreman sell special ridged sponges for this , but a cheap sponge will and does get you just as good results.
I really love my grill because I know that whatever I eat from it is .as excess fat free as it can possibly be , and I can now eat foods which were previously out of my diets reach.
Would I recommend the 10 portion entertaining grill...Definitely !
It only gets 4 stars though because the portion and non stick claims don't live up to expectations.
The George Foreman grill has 3 main selling points -
It doesn't use fat to cook the food, so is healthier than fried
Because it cooks from both sides of the grill it is twice as fast at cooking, than conventional grilling/frying
It is easy to clean
The 14532 is marketed as a barbeque because it cooks up to 10 portions.
It's exact dimensions are (H)155 mm X (L) 485 mm X (W) 345 mm.
It has a ready to cook indicator on this model.
We bought this for entertaining, as an alternative to the outside BBQ if the weather is bad. It must be pointed out that this grill uses almost 2KW of power, that's almost as much as your kettle which is one of the most power hungry things in your kitchen and twice as much as a 1000w microwave. Not exactly energy efficient.
The grill comes with a large drip tray that you put under the front to catch drips of fat. When cooking to capacity this may need to be emptied a few times during cooking and when you do this fat drips on to the work surface - would have been better if it came with two trays, like my smaller foreman, so that you can swap them over quickly. It also comes with a spatula for cleaning, but I couldn't get on with this or find it any use.
The grill is made of non stick surfaces. I have found that it is much easier to clean when it is still warm, once it has cooled down it is more of a chore. When it is warm I just rub it over with a paper kitchen towel and this seems to be all it needs on the inside. You do get a lot of greasy residue that will build up on the outside after a few uses that will need to be washed with a soapy cloth once in a while.
As I write this review I think I really should use it more often! Probably because I can't be bothered to get it out of the cupboard and the oven and hob are more readily available to use. I draw your attention to the dimensions listed at the top of this review - it takes up a lot of room in your cupboard and it's quite heavy.
All in all, it does what it says on the tin. It cooks food much more quickly than other methods without the need to add fat and is easier to clean than a conventional grill pan.
The unique selling point of the George Foreman grill is the way it cooks food in a healthier way than perhaps any other grilling device. It is designed as a sloped grill, whereby excess fat from cooking food simply slides into a drip tray. If this sounds messy and difficult to clean, it isn't; cleaning the George Foreman grill is surprisingly easy. All it takes is a few wipes of the machine and it'll be clean and ready to go again. Another advantage is how both the top and bottom flaps of the George Foreman device grill food. This should, in theory, help you to cook food twice as quick.
If there is one issue I have, it's that the George Foreman grill isn't too big and doesn't even come close to the size of regular grills. Although food cooks on the grill at the same speed as any regular grill, the shortage of space means less food will fit on the grill at once, hence you will still end up cooking for a much longer period, so it's up to you to decide whether health comes before convenience. For me, and I imagine for most other people, health definitely is a priority and the extra time taken to cook the food is worth it. The size could be seen as an advantage to some people anyway: once you're finished with the grill, it's easy to just hide it back away somewhere.
Overall, I whole-heartedly recommend this grill, as it cooks as fast and as efficiently as regular grills but with the added bonus that your food will come out healthier and make yourself healthier in the long run. At just £49.99 from Amazon, I think it's in your interest to buy one if you like to grill food at home.
This is a small version of the origional George Forman grill. It's small and slek design make it more appealing to couples or small families. Since there are so many different kitchen appliances in my house, I felt the smaller version would be more suitable as it would not take up much room on the bench top or even in the cupboard.
Although the grill is small, you can still cook many items at a time, for instance up to approx 8 sausages/fish fingers, 2 small chops, 3 rashers of bacon and so on. Even when more items need to be cooked, for instance if you have guests over, the grill cooks the food pretty quickly.
Another advantage to the grill is that the food is thoroughly cooked through and does not become overdone in places. A word of advice, regular turning is required to ensure even browning.
The appliance comes with 2 drip trays and 2 scraping devices to push excess fat and crumbs into the drip tray.
The base of the grill is easy to clean, mainly if you heat the grill first to melt the fat. Warning, becareful not to burn your fingers when cleaning! I recommend pouring soapy water onto it but remember to put the drip tray inderneath. On the other hand it is more difficult to clean the top grill, and I have burnt my finger trying to do this. Therefore, the grill is often not very clean. I have been informed that there are specific sponges available in the George Foreman brand which are more useful, but they are costly.
Overall I am impressed by the design of the grill, and the added fact that you can reduce the fat you eat in many foods including those which are high in fat like sausages and even those lower in fat. Even with the negative aspects, it is still well worth having a George Foreman grill, as the health benefits are incredible. It is often difficult to motivate people to eat more healthy, and with the George Foremen you can eat in moderation and still eat those useually unhealthy favourites like bacon!
When disposing of the fat, ensure that you do not block your sink or drain by pouring hot water into it to ensure the fat remains melted.
I bought my George Foreman grill on a special offer from amazon for £35 - I didn't actually check what the full price was, but I have always wanted one of these newer models, so as soon as I saw it was on offer, I was straight in there! I don't live in a large household but we often have people round to entertain so I opted for this 'entertaining' model which is listed as suitable for cooking ten items. Now obviously items can be different sizes - a steak is much bigger than a sausage, so you have to take the ten item quote as a top end limit, but it will happily cook 6-7 decent sized bits of meat i.e. chicken breasts.
The grill itself is sloped, which means the fat can run off into the little drip trays provided - this healthy way of cooking is where the grill gets its name from. The problem with my old Geroge Foreman grill, which has since been lost to the shed, is that the grill pans had to be detatched to clean and it was all a pain unless you did it straight away - leaving your food to get cold. With this grill, you get a couple of scrapers so you can quickly wipe down the grill and then wipe with a damp cloth - it is clean in about 1 minute - excellent.
The lid drops down over the food, if you chose for it too, and this lid is the same heated element as you get on the bottom - hence your food can be cooked twice as quicly and evenly, but the lid doesn't stop the fat running out.
Overall this is a very quick and healthy way of cooking with minimum fuss, but isn't as big as the adverts would have you believe.
When it came to moving in to my own place a few years ago the first Kitchen Appliance on my list of must haves was a George Foreman grill. My mum and Dad had one at home and as soon as I moved in I made it my mission to get one too. So having looked around quite a bit I opted for the George Foreman 14532, which was billed as the largest of the Foreman grill range at the time. Of course there was only me living in the flat at the time but as soon as Jenny moved in it turned out that buying the biggest one on the market actually saved us going out and buying another one.
So what is a George Foreman Grill? Well after his retirement from professional boxing, George Foreman wanted to develop a method to still enjoy his favourite foods but he wanted to be able to enjoy them in a healthier way. So in 1996 he launched his first Foreman grill and an international phenomenon was launched and since making the first Foreman grill they have gone on to sell over 100 million of the various different models.
In the box with the Foreman 14532 you obviously get the grill, a grease drip trays, a spatula, an instruction book, which includes a number of recipes and a 12-month warranty. It's relatively easy to set up, as it simply needs to be plugged in and its ready to go. When setting it up you place the drip tray under the discharge area for the grill and set the timer to 5 minutes to warm the grill. Once this is done it is ready to cook. I found the set up process to be incredibly simple and straight forward making the Foreman grills easy to use with or without the instruction manual.
The grill boasts that it can cut dramatically the cooking times required for items such as Chicken and meat and if I'm honest at first I was rather dubious. Of course once you look at how the grill works its quite clear how it can reduce the cooking time. The set up sees a pair of grills, which by way of floating hinge adjust dependant on the thickness of the foods placed within. Once in the grills on both top and bottom cook the food from both sides faster than if the item were placed in an oven. I have to admit to being incredibly impressed by not only the speed items are cooked but by the delicious texture some items, particularly chicken seem to have when cooked on a Foreman grill.
Thankfully the cooking times required aren't just guess work and within the instruction manual provided there are guide times and even a few recipes for anything you might want to cook on a Foreman grill. With the arrangement of the grills and the proximity to the food whilst it cooks it also drains out a large amount of the fat whilst it cooks. This fat is then guided away from the cooking food by way of channels to the bottom and into the drip tray provided. This is perhaps one of the most shocking things I've seen from the Foreman grill is just how much fat there is in some of my favourite foods.
This particular grill boasts enough room to cook 10 items at any given time but I found that whilst it didn't reduce the overall cooking performance it did mean the grease from some of the items was running into others. The larger grill space though allows you to spread things out if your cooking less than 10 items and for that reason having the bigger grill works particularly well.
As well as the speed of cooking the taste of the foods is very important and I've eat to cook anything on my Foreman grill that doesn't taste as good, if not better than when they are cooked the normal way. Of course the Foreman isn't just idea for cooking meat it also doubles up as a Sandwich toaster, creating perfect toasted sandwiches and can also be used for Belgian Waffles, although it doesn't remove the fat or grease from either of these.
When you've finished with the grill it is pretty easy to clean up. The surfaces are non-stick and can be wiped clean with relative easy. If there are a few stickier crumbs then the spatula seems to be ideal for getting these loose and then just wiping clean afterwards. The Foreman's design makes it the perfect way to make fast food that little bit healthier. But then anything that can give me a delicious tasting Chicken breast in just 6 minutes will get my vote every time.
Overall I have been incredibly impressed by the George Foreman 14532 grill. It does exactly what it says on the packet and gives you delicious tasting, healthy food in a fraction of the conventional cooking times. It's easy to clean and maintain and touch wood after 3 and a half years of pretty substantial use I've still not had a single technical problem with my grill. At £38.50 from amazon it has decreased significantly since it's original release but when you look at the results and the taste it is money well spent.
Amazon.co.uk - £38.50
I have been very impressed since getting my George Foreman, and I cant honestly remeber how I lived without this in the kitchen!
For those not familiar with a George Foreman grilling machine, the idea is its basically like a grill, so you can do all sorts of foods on it, but the grill is sloped, so all the fat runs off into the drip tray, so you end up with healtheir reduced fat food.
The added bonus of one of these is tat both sides are grill plates, so you just pop your piece of meat, or whatever, on the heat and close the lid, so it cooks evenly.
With this machine comes a instruction book which helpfully includes cooking times of a huge variety of things you can doon it. One of my favourites to coom on here is sausages, as you get loads of fat drip off, and you almost feel a sense of pride knowing that all that fats not going in your body!
The cooking times themselves are roughly what you would expect compared to a normal grill, although the only downside is they are not great if you are cooing a lot at once as altought its big, doest hold too much food to grill at once.
Cleaning the grill is very simple, and literally just wipes clean, which is a huge bonus. It also comes with two scrapers whic to be hoiest I never use, as a cloth easily does the job once you've let the machine cool down.
Overall, I would, and already have reccommended this product to lots of people. The idea is simple, effective, and saves a lot of fuss.
We brought this grill on a bit of a health kick and i must say out all the faddy healthy things we buy this is one we still use. It's very easy to clean and you get 2 plastic spatulars with it that are shaped on the ends to be able to just drag them down the lines if the grill and they remove most of the cooking residue on the grill, then it's just a quick wipe over and it's all clean ready to go back in the cupboard and ready for the next use.
It's big enough to fit 5 turkey steaks on it and you get a manual with it that tells you the cooking time for all meats and vegetables.
You can cook a whole healthy cooked breakfast on it as it even cooks eggs!
It is a help for all family meals and cooks the stuff healthily, I would recommend it!
Short name: George Foreman 14532