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      13.01.2014 18:07
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      A healthy kitchen essential!

      When I bought my first George Foreman over 5 years ago, it was a bit of a novelty item to have in my kitchen. I'd use it on the odd occasion, mainly when I remembered it was there or I found a recipe that called for it. Over time, it has developed into one of my most used appliances in my kitchen. It's quick, super healthy and saves on the washing up. They are brilliant value too, so I'd recommend it to anyone who loves eating healthy, tasty food! Since my first purchase, I've upgraded to a 'family' size grill. Whilst this isn't big enough to cook for my family of four all at once (we eat quite a lot mind you!) it can quite easily grill all of our meat at the same time. Its also the perfect size if I'm whipping up a quick meal just for myself, because I can throw on my meat and veggies altogether and they'll be done in minutes. They say you don't realise what you have until its missing, and this is true with the George Foreman! I was on holiday recently and stayed in a self catering apartment. The kitchen had all the appliances you could ever ask for, apart from a George Foreman - and boy did I miss it! I didn't realise how much I use it, but I lost track of the occasions where I thought 'I'll just pop those on the George Foreman' only to realise my beloved was at home. Pan frying or grilling the meats were the only options - and while still tasty, they didn't provide the succulence or the convenience the George Foreman offers. If you've never heard of them, George Foreman grills are a patented appliance from the ex-boxer himself, dubbed the 'lean, mean, grilling machine.' Its a convenient open and close grill, which heats up in seconds and cooks food thoroughly in minutes. It requires no oil to cook with - and even better - its slightly angled so that the fat drains right off into the tray at the bottom. This results in one of the leanest cooking methods around on the market today. So what do I cook on my George Foreman? Quite simply, anything that I want to be done in minutes without sacrificing flavour. In terms of meats, its excellent for chicken breasts. I'm yet to find a cooking method that delivers chicken breasts that are so succulent and tender. It's also brilliant for salmon fillets, pork chops, and tender cuts of beef like sirloin. You'll be able to cook a chicken breast in 5 minutes, no problem. Sometimes, if I'm after extra speed, I'll put a weight on top of the grill when I close it so it presses tighter against the meat, resulting in even further reduced cooking times. My George Foreman is also brilliant for griddled veggies. Courgettes, Tomatoes, Peppers, Aubergine and Mushrooms taste AMAZING when thinly sliced and thrown onto the George Foreman for a minute or so. You can cook meat and veggies at the same time - and therefore have a healthy, balanced meal ready in minutes. I don't eat bread, but others in my house who do swear by it for their toasted sandwiches. I must admit, they do look delicious, complete with the griddle marks running vertical along the bread. I've always been tempted to have a bite but have managed to resist (so far!) If I were to have one complaint about the George Foreman, its that its a little awkward to clean as it can't go through the dishwasher and you can't get the electric part wet. I've found the best way to clean it is to heat it up so that any of the grease that is stuck on there becomes hot and loosened, and then to wipe it down with a dish cloth and a little anti-bac spray. Its awkward to try and wash it over the sink. Its not a major problem though - so the George Foreman still gets 5 stars from me!

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      11.11.2013 23:44

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      Clever little grill!

      I first got a George Foreman grill a few years ago and now I use it to cook almost everything; sausages, chicken breasts, burgers, steaks, etc. You simply sit your food in the grill and then close it over (a bit like a sandwich or toastie maker). There is a little tray where all the fat runs into. It's amazing to see all the fat that I would otherwise have eaten! I especially notice this when I cook sausages on it. It's because of this I really do think it makes my diet far more healthier. And it's not only the health aspect - it's really easy and quick too- I can make a delicious meal in minutes! The only disadvantage (a very small one that I can live with) is the cleaning of the grill. It can be a bit fiddly and not very nice getting all that fat off the tray - however I suppose cleaning it off a tray is better than eating it! And it's really not much worse than cleaning a normal grill.

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      14.07.2013 15:13

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      great product in the end but can be a headache for many people to use.

      This amazing product was bought two weeks ago from sainsburys at an amazing half price value.The fun starts when you get home and open it up. Its simple to use really, all you need to do is turn on the switch and of course marinade your meat, in my case it was chicken breasts. So i marinaded the breasts with encona chilli sauce ,salt and pepper, touch of soy sauce and fresh coriander and mint leaves. All i did next was slap it on the grill and like any greedy man, keep opening it up every minute to smell and see if its ready. The really great thing is it took a total of 8 minutes to cook the meat to perfection and when i tasted it , the flavours were clean cut and really tasty to my amazement. The only problem is , i find chicken breast to be expensive and secondly that it makes a terrible mess using the grill. The sauce does get burnt very easily and stuck to the grill but can be peeled off easily at the end. Another problem is that its expensive eating this way and i find it hard to be creative when making food that relies on a grill. How on earth do you grill vegetables and still make it tasty. Grilling also causes the meat to shrink much more than traditional cooking methods which is a major downside. All in all, i would recommend this grill to anybody who wants those quick cooking times but be prepared for the mess.

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      16.10.2012 21:36
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      Cheap, simple, a must have!

      -THE STORY- Myself and my boyfriend received a mini George Foreman grill as a Christmas gift. We had just moved into a small flat together and added it to our amazon wishlist as we thought it would be handy to make quick, healthy meals. -WHAT DOES IT COOK?- The mini George that I have is just right for 2 people. I have tried cooking everything in it; sausages, chicken, steaks, onion and it also makes a mean cheese toastie! It's important to keep checking the meat or whatever you have in there as if you don't move it around it can get stuck and start to burn. This is especially important if cooking sausages as the ones on the end don't cook as fast so it's important to swap them around! -POSITIVES- The George is a really easy way to cook meat quickly and efficiently and to top it all off - it squeezes out all the excess fat! It is ridiculously easy to use so even the worst cooks can create a tasty dish. It also heats up really quickly so you don't have to wait around to stat cooking. -NEGATIVES- The only downside to the George is cleaning it. You obviously have to let it cool before you can clean it but this means that any residue goes hard and sticks! I tried many things to clean it from hot soapy water to cillit bang but here is my TOP TIP - Use antibacterial wet wipes to clean your George! It takes off all residue quickly and easily! -OVERVIEW- I believe that everyone should own a George! Even if you love spending a long time cooking complex dishes, the George will come in handy for something! Remember - the mini George is great for 2 but any more people you will need to uppgrade!

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      06.04.2012 20:44

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      Fantastic product get one now wish I had got one years ago

      Having looked at these grills for a while we decided to take the plunge,the one we went for was the 10 portion entertaining grill by George foreman,as a family of 5 we thought this would be ideal for us,we picked it up from Argos for just 49,99 which was half of the normal price due to a sale,we took it home and plugged it in,that's all you have to do,then wait for the grill to heat up,we tried something simple just a ham and cheese toastie to start us off,wow it was ready in about a minute and was beautiful,this thing really kicks out some heat,we have done gammon,steak and mushrooms since and it is absolutley fantastic,the steak was tender with lovely chargrilled markings on it the mushrooms were cooked to perfection,all in about 7 minutes,I had heard cleaning was a chore but that couldn't be further from the truth,just get a warm wet sponge while the grill is still hot and the gunk just wipes away,no more grease filled meat tins to wash up and a saving on electricity cause it cooks in a fraction of the time compared to a oven,there is no temperature control on this model but it's just not need,chicken breast was juicy and tender,done in 6 minutes,the grill is quite large but for anyone with at least 4 in the family I urge you to get this model,one more thing is try and leave some space on your work top to leave the grill out,as I think it will be used a lot more if it's out all the time rather than lugging in and out of cupboards,all in all I'm more than impressed with it,and I will get another if this ever breaks,I'm very impressed and would give it 10 outta 10 ,thanks for reading

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      08.02.2012 02:29
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      fantastic

      I received the George Foreman "fat reducing grilling machine" as a Christmas present a good few years ago now. I'd seen the advert on TV and thought it would be a fun and different way to cook dinner, rather than the usual oven or frying pan. What also appealed to me before receiving it and trying it out, was the lack of washing up compared to making tea on average, where usually there are dozens of pots and pans waiting to be washed up. So along came Christmas and I ot to try it out at last. First i wiped it with a damp snonge before-hand to clean it properly, then set about turning it on. The grill gets very hot very quickly so beware of kids etc and mind your fingers!! I cooked bacon for a bacon sandwich in the grill, using the grease-catching tray (which was supplied with the gril) to good effect, as it catches all the fat created from cooking which drains down the grill. There are 3 modes of cooking where you can move the grill closer to or further away from your food depending on if you are in a rush/starving or not!

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        29.01.2012 23:37
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        An easy to use grill which is very cheap to run.

        One of the first items I knew I wanted to buy when I moved into my new flat was a grill machine. I was going to buy one from Tesco as that was the one I had previously but it had been out of stock for a number of months. I decided to have a look on Amazon and thought I might treat myself and get a George Foreman one. The one I eventually purchased was the George Foreman 13621 3-Portion Compact Grill and Melt in Silver. The reason I choose this one is because it has a melt function also. What this means it that you are able to lock the top plate open allowing you to melt toppings on your favourite foods, ie cheese on toast and pizzas. I've only used this with cheese on toast and it works a treat. The reason I love this grill is because it grills all foods throughly, quickly and saves you time and money. I use this with many different foods, including, chicken, potato wedges, mushrooms, burgers, hash browns, fish and oddly for warming up pork pies. Now I would definately recommend purchasing a George Forman grill over the other lower priced makes as the extra money really does make a huge difference. As I said I've had a Tesco one previous to this and the difference is shocking. To clean this one I am just using a clean, damp cloth when the grill plates have cooled down and any bits of foods that are on the plates just come right off. With the Tesco one food would still be stuck to the plates and you would end up having to scrub at it and removing some of the non-stick coating. This meant that within a year we had to go out and buy a new grill. One thing I will recommend everyone to try on this is when you make yourself a bacon butty for a few moments place the butty on the grill and close the lid. Once the bread is browned, remove so it doesn't go to hard. What you're left with is a lovely warm butty that isn't toasted, isn't sealed like a toastie sandwich but the edges are ever so slightly stuck together. Yummy

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          24.10.2011 09:56
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          Great for grilling food quickly and without hassle

          Another purchase made in the lead up to starting university was my George Foreman grill, affectionately (but not surprisingly) named 'George'. George is one of the smaller grills which can take 2-3 portions of meat/chicken and doesn't have the bun warmers and extra bits that come with some of them. The reason I purchased George was because in my university halls there was a grill (but it was disgusting) and they had decided not to give us an oven but instead a microwave oven so I felt that I needed something else of my own to cook meat and other 'inventions' on. Purchase: When I bought George he was in Tesco on offer for £15. Tesco do their own cheaper versions but I decided to go for the real deal because I wanted something reputable that was more likely to last. These grills can be bought in lots of places; most big supermarkets, department stores, argos and on the internet. They come boxed with the grill, a drip tray, a spatula type thing and an instruction book. The grill: The grill is quite sturdy but doesn't take up too much room. The lid is on a hinge so you can open and close it and it turns on automatically when you plug it in. A red light comes on to tell you that it's heating up and then this light turns off when the grill is at the right temperature. My grill is a silver colour as are most of the other grills I believe, with the grill plates themselves being black. The drip tray is a long plastic oblong which sits nicely under the edge of the grill. Useage: To use the grill you just wait for it to heat up and then plonk on whatever you want to grill. I've done toasted sandwiches, toasted wraps (banana and nutella, mmm), chicken, sausages, burgers, steak and possibly a few other random things as well! There are some great recipes in the instruction booklet and guidance as to how long each type of food should take to grill, however if you know anything about grilling/cooking you should be able to use your own discretion. The only item that I've had some issue with is a certain type of sausages. Frozen sausages bought frozen and cooked from frozen seem to grill really well on George, however fresh sausages which have been frozen seem to burn on the outside before they've cooked inside regardless of whether they're frozen or defrosted (I've tried both!), however this could be down to my poor grilling technique! When grilling I tend to turn the item I'm grilling over quite frequently to get them done nice and evenly. Another great thing about George for cooking sausages is that the corrugated grill plate means you can sit a sausage in there and it won't roll around. Woe betide you if you try to grill a sausage put in horizontally though as it will roll all over the place! There's also an element of pleasure when you see how much fat is coming out of your burger, in a 'I'm not going to be eating all that grease' *smug face* kind of way. I particularly like chicken grilled on George. Chicken is one of those meats that fills me with fear because I panic about not cooking it enough and poisoning myself, or overcooking it so it's dry and chewy. These fears don't come into play with George. He cooks chicken quickly and gives it a lovely grilled appearance and if you stick a knife into the chicken you can check that it's hot and appropriately coloured inside. I've never managed to overcook chicken on George so it always tastes lovely and not dry but also feels healthy to eat and great with a salad. Cleaning: When I was looking into buying one of these this is what everyone was moaning about. Apparently cleaning a George is really tricky and it's not worth buying one for this reason. It's all lies! I clean George after every use (otherwise my precious would be ruined!) and I clean him while he's still warm by using a damp cloth (perhaps with a bit of washing up liquid) to wipe away anything which has been left on the grill. Residue is removed really easily and even if you leave your grill til it's cooler it's still easy to clean. The drip tray I either leave for the fat to solidify if there's a lot and scoop out the fat and chuck it in the bin then wash the tray or if there's not a lot in there then I just give it a wash. I was told that washing the fat into the sink could block the drain and I didn't want to be fined by halls for that! Overall: In case you can't tell, I love my George! He's easy to use and clean and makes cooking meat a lot quicker and tastier. Some of my housemates have been out and bought their own after seeing mine, though they do laugh about how I treat my George like my baby! Look after him and he'll look after your food!

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          05.09.2011 22:00
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          A vital addition to any meat loving family's kitchen

          First things first, this isn't suddenly going to turn that supermarket bought 1/4 pounder beef burger, six pack of sausages or smoky bacon into a fat free meal any weight watchers program would approve of but what it does do is provide what has to be the quickest, most convenient and healthiest way of cooking your weekly intake of red meat. Since purchasing my 3 person George Foreman grill I've found no reason to fry or grill meat in any other way. Yes, the grill plate can be a little awkward to clean after use and some people may object to the slowly increasing pool of fat under the grill but, personally, I'd much rather see the fat there to dispose of then dread to think of eating it as part of my meal! The grill requires little skill to use as the model I own has no buttons or settings other than on or off. Simply switch the grill on, allow it to heat, place your meat on the grill and wait until cooked safe in the knowledge that the fact content has been hugely reduced once your food is ready to eat. As well as grilling meat the George Foreman can also be handy for making toasted sandwiches or Panini if a dedicated flat plate is not otherwise available. I also find it useful for grilling chicken and even vegetables such as mushrooms, onions or peppers if I'm feeling particularly lazy and only want to use one cooking implement! In short, cost per use this is probably the best kitchen appliance I own as it is extremely versatile and easy to use. It's a fantastic purchase and sometimes leaves me wondering how I survived without it...maybe I'd not have survived if my fat intake wasn't reduced!!

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          16.06.2011 04:35

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          good value for money. would recommend.

          I have used 2 of George Forman's Grills in 2 different sizes. It makes it easy to prepare a good meal in 10-15 minutes. It works well for everything and vegtables taste really good when cooked in it. Grilling burgers was really amazing; the amount of fat that was collected in the little plate was shocking! The only problem is that if you have items of different sizes the smaller items don't get contact from the top part. Not very good if for example you want to cook your chicken and vegs at the same time to have them ready together. Also whatever is on the inside cooks faster than things closer to the edge. Another problem is that it's quite easy to forget it on since it doesn't have an off botton and the light indicator is easy to miss. It's relatively easy to clean and if you buy the mini one it doesn't take up much space. Ideal for singles and flats with small kitchens. I have had it for more than 2 years and it still works perfectly so good value for money.

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          23.01.2011 21:33
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          Great gadget and deffinately not another kitchen 'dust collector'

          When we moved into our new home, we had no cooker connected and if it wasn't for 'George' we would of either starved or gained a good few stone eating takeaways! To be specific the George we own is a big family sized one called Junior George, infact im pretty sure its the one dispayed above. Basically, you can cook meat, quorn, some veg etc on it with no added fat and drain off the excess fat in the drip tray at the bottom. The George has a built in timer so you need not ever burn anything, aswell as a leaver to alter the temperature- ensuring that the food is cooked for just the right amount of time and evenly. Positives: * Removes a lot of fat and grease * Cooks both sides at once * Comes with two drip trays so if one is getting full, you can quickly swap it to stop overflow * Gives chicken, steak etc a nice chargrilled look * Steams onions wonderfully and very quickly * Comes with a scraper specially designed to remove burnt on food and grease from inbetween the grooves of the grill. * None stick coating is still going strong after two years of regular use and cleaning * Cooks a lot of food at once, infact we have even used it instead of the BBQ a few times Negatives: * Takes a good five minutes to heat up * Hard to clean as you can't submerge it in water, so i ring out a damp soapy cloth and clean it whiles its still warm- which i find is easiest. * Big in size, not really a negative unless you have limited cupboard space like me Overall we love our George Foreman Grill, it was great value at the time and i beleive it is even cheaper to buy in the shops now. Its a great gardget to have and very versitile in what you can cook with it, we will use it time and time again for many years to come.

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          18.08.2010 15:45
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          Cannot go wrong with this. George Foreman is becoming a household name with this grill

          Everyone needs to have one of these! They are superb. We have had one for years now and use it mainly to make toasted paninis and sandwiches but I have also used it to cook steaks on too. Our grill is silver on the outside and has black metal grills on the inside which are easily detached for cleaning. This is great as they can get quite greasy. If your cooking meat with this is, the fat actually runs through the grill on comes out the bottom where you place a plastic bowl type device which collects all the fat. Its disgusting to see after you cook a steak and see the amount of fat that you would have consumed if you had fried it on an ordinary frying pan. This also makes it a healthy option compared to other way of cooking beacuse it helps reduce the amount of greasy fat your eating. It cost about 100 euro but you can get a lot of different variations such as family sized grills and small grills suited to a couple. There is no noise from this either and its really simple to use as it only consists of two buttons. One button you press to get the amount of minutes you want to grill your food and the other button is start! So anyone could figure it out. Im sure it would be great for lazy people who dont know how to cook. The results are lovely. I really find a difference in sandwiches toasted with the George Foreman and those toasted with my ordinary Tesco brand toaster. You cannot go wrong with this! Would be nice house warming present too.

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            17.08.2010 21:25
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            A brilliant invention in the world of cooking

            When me and my partner moved in together, he bought with him a George Foreman Grill, and I am quite glad he did, it is actually a pretty awesome piece of kitchenware that I think every home should own! I had seen adverts for the George Foreman grills before, but never really thought about buying one. George Foreman himself is an ex-boxer from America who was born in 1949. He had a very succesful boxing career, and is now a church minister, as well as the head of the George Foreman business! The actual "health grill" was invented by Michael Bohem and was sold by Russell Hobbs. George Foreman was very popular at the time and a partnership of success was born! The George Foreman grill me and my partner own is silver on the outside, and the grill plates themselves are black. These grill plates are removeable to enable proper, hygenic cleaning ( I put mine in the dishwasher with no problems) and they are also non stick, so nothing will get stuck or burnt on to them. The grill is actually sloped, so that any food you cook on the grill plates becomes healthier! This is due to the fat from the food sliding away through the grooves in the grill plate and down the slopes into the fat collection tray! You will be amazed how much fat is in food, even the foods you thought were healthy! To cook food on the grill, plug in the George Foreman and select the temperature. There is a light on the grill which will tell you when the grill is at the correct temperature and you can start to cook. Place the food that you wish to cook on the lower plate and close the lid down on top of the food, and this will cook it from both sides simultaneously. The lid is on a hinge, so you can cook foods of different thickness, and you can cook things with the lid open, but this will of course take longer as you are only cooking from one side of the item of food. You can cook almost anything on this George Foreman grill, and I reguarly use mine for steaks, chops, grilled tomatoes, chicken, bacon, peppers, onions, garlic bread and much, much more. I find that food is cooked perfectly on this grill, and not yet have I had a complaint about anything that has been cooked on it. There is a timer on the grill too so you can set it to let you know when your food is done. I cook quite a lot of food on the grill at one time, and it does fit a surprising amount of food on it. This is always ready to go in my kitchen, and also I have found this brilliant for BBQ's as I do not have a BBQ myself, so this is the perfect substitute for one. It cooks BBQ food quickly and easily and it still tastes great with less fat and unhealthiness. You can even use the George Foreman to toast burger and hot dog buns. The George Foreman comes in many different sizes, I have the general family size one, but you can buy a larger one for really big families and there are smaller ones too. I paid around £80 for mine, and you can buy the smallest one for £15, I am unsure of the price of the larger one. You can buy these almost anywhere. You can buy them on Amazon, at Currys, Dixons, Morrisons, Robert Dyas, John Lewis, Tescos and in some catalogues too. I personally can not recommend the George Foreman grills enough, if you do not have one - do your self a huge favor and go get one now! Trust me you will not regret buying one. They are so easy to use, and very sturdy. I have had mine in the house about 3 years now and it was in my partners old house for a couple of years before that, so it has easily stood the test of time, and I am sure there are many more years to come with my trust George Foreman.

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              17.08.2010 21:06
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              A great little kitchen gadget

              I bought my George Foreman grill about 5 years ago and it has been in constant use ever since. There are several different types of George Foreman available to buy these days, some are quite basic and some are more flash with more features. My grill is a basic model, which is approx 12 inches wide, by 10 inches deep, by 4 inches high. Colour wise it is predominantly black, with a silver central panel. The lid lifts open to reveal the grill which slopes downwards to allow any fat to drain off as your food is cooking. The machine comes with 2 plastic drip trays. During cooking, you position one of the trays in front of the grill and any fat which drains off the food is collected ready for disposal. To operate the grill it couldn't be simpler as there are no dials or switches, you just plug it in, wait for the heat indicator light to go out and then it's ready to use. You place your food on the grill, close the lid down and your food cooks without the need of oil or any other greasing products. The lid of the machine is also a grill, so your food is being cooked on both sides at the same time - there is no n eed to turn it. The grill is brilliant for cooking all kinds of foods, such as burgers, sausages, chicken or even vegetables. Personally, I mainly use my grill for bacon, as it contains the mess and saves me having to clean my oven all the time! The bacon is always grilled to perfection and tastes divine. Best of all, you can clearly see that all the fat has been drained away, so the food is a lot more healthy than it would be normally. When I first used my grill, I found that it cleaned easily just by wiping with kitchen roll, however over time, you may find that the none stick surface of your George Foreman begins to wear away, which can make food start to stick to it in places. Whilst this does not impair the cooking of the food, it can make cleaning the grill a little tricky. I found that once the food has been removed from the grill, pouring a little fizzy soda (coke or lemonade work well) over the grill whilst still hot, helps any residue bubble off. I paid around £20 for my George Foreman and it has been well worth the money. If it broke tomorrow, I would be rushing out to buy another one!

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                26.07.2010 19:57
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                A great addition to any kitchen

                I've had one of these George Foreman Grills for about 3 years having 'upgraded' from the mini George Foreman Grill i had at university. What is it... I imagine most people know about George Foreman grills by now but this is essentially an electric grilling machine. The top and bottom plates are ridged and coated in a non-stick material. Pop your food in between the plates and close, the grill then cooks the food and, if you cooking meat, also reduces the fat. It does this due to its design, the ridges keep the meat slightly off the bottom of the grill serving two purposes 1. not burning it, and 2. allowing any fat to drain away into a dish (provided) at the front of the grill. What can you cook on it... I have a standard size George Foreman grill, you can comfortably grill two burgers or chicken breasts, 6 sausages (more at a push) or 4 kebabs on this grill. This works equally well for vegetables, i've sliced up some pre-cooked potato and grilled it, i have also grilled vegetables like courgettes on here. Why use it... You could use a normal grill but in my opinion this has a few advantages. Its easy to clean, once its cooled just remove the baked on fat with the tool provided then wash with a damp cloth/sponge and some Fairy liquid - takes literally 5 mins, alot less time than a grillpan. It also cooks quicker as the food is cooked from both the top and bottom at the same time. How much is it... For a standard size grill it costs about £40-50, a reasonable investment but well worth it. I've had this one for around 3 years and its been used alot! Any downsides... Not really. My only observation is that after 3 years of use the non-stick coating is starting to wear out...it might be time for a new one.

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