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I am a big fan of supermarket rotisserie chickens as I find it so convenient to be able to pop up to the deli counter and order a whole chicken already cooked for me. Unfortunately they are a lot of the time on the small side for the money and as I like to be able to get a couple of meals out of my chickens I find them to be a bit of a waste of money. The other thing that I dislike about them is that I found out my local supermarket pumps them full of salt water which admittedly makes them tasty but does make them much less healthier.
I decided to buy my own rotisserie for home after my friend raved about the one she had which was a George Foreman one. As I already owned a couple of George Foreman grills and find them to be excellent I was hoping that the rotisserie would be too.
I forget the exact amount I paid for it but I am sure it was around the £90 mark.
The rotisserie is so cute looking and looks just like a shrunken version of the big ones that you see in supermarkets. Everyone always asks what exactly it is when they see it as I don't think most people will have seen a rotisserie this small.
On the outside there is a big viewing window so that you can watch your chicken (and other meats of course) go round and cook which is not only useful for gauging how long the meat will need to finish cooking but it is also addictive to just watch it and see it brown.
Inside the oven there is a spit which is easy to get the meat onto and it also comes with a basket and four kebab skewers so you can cook pretty much any kind of meat in it as well as some tools for removing the meat.
There is a timer which you can set and when this finishes the oven turns itself off which is good if you need to pop out and can ensure that your meat won't completely burn.
The oven is so incredibly easy to use and you can just pretty much put your meat in it and then forget about it until it is ready. There is no need for basting and checking constantly and because it uses no oil it is one of the healthiest ways of cooking meat that you can get.
I do find that although chickens especially turn out lovely and golden and never dry they are missing a little bit of the extra taste that the supermarket rotisserie chickens have but I console myself in the fact that this just means it is healthier and besides it is still delicious.
There is a removable drip try and cleaning the oven is simply a case of wiping it over although I don't find it as easy to clean as the grills which themselves I find a little bit of a hassle.
If there was one complaint about the grill that I can find it is that I wish it was just slightly bigger than it is. The maximum size of meat that you can put in the oven is 5lbs which is fine for most days but I would love to be able to use the rotisserie when I have the whole family around but unfortunately the oven just won't accommodate the size of meat that I would need.
I would definitely recommend this rotisserie oven to anyone who is looking for an easy and healthy way to cook meat. It is really simple to use and the meat almost always turns out nicer tasting than it does in the oven. There is also a recipe book that comes with it and you might be surprised by just how many different types of food you are actually able to cook in the rotisserie oven which does make it more practical than you might have first thought.
I was given a George Foreman Rotisserie grill a few years ago and in all honesty I use it quite a lot, more so since I bothered to re-read the accompanying handbook that came with it telling me to use inside it and guestimate cooking times. The Rotisserie is actually referred to as 'The baby George' throughout the manual which for anyone who has one, it really is useful to read. As for the term 'Baby', it is used because it is a smaller version of an original Rotisserie produced by George Foreman.
As for George Foreman himself, he is probably best known as an American two-time former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion and for the fight titled "The Rumble in the Jungle" which took place in 1974 against Muhammad Ali, George Foreman lost the fight in the 8th round by way of a knock-out. Since his boxing days, George Foreman as well as a Baptist Minister and Olympic Gold Medallist introduced the world to the "The George Foreman Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine" back in 1994 and to date over 100 million products have been sold worldwide. George Foreman didn't invent the grilling machines; he is simply the front man on the commercials and allows his name to be used in connection to the products.
The Rotisserie itself is quite compact in size, when you think of a Rotisserie; the first image which springs to mind is one of those massive contraptions you might see in your local supermarket which can cook 5 or 6 chickens at any one time. This little machine is a lot smaller, so much smaller infact that it is probably no bigger than a microwave and therefore sits on your kitchen side without any problems, the actual measurements within the book state that it measures 17 inches wide, 11-1/2 inches high, and 12 inches deep.
To look at the George Foreman Rotisserie has a bright white coloured body which is metal covered by plastic and it has four feet, each feet has a sucker attached to it, so that as soon as it is placed on a flat surface it sticks to it and this provides your Rotisserie with some grip and makes it safe to use because there is a lift-up cover which has a see through front, thus allowing you to see into the Rotisserie to see what is happening at all times and the cover is lifted up using two knobs, one on each side of the body, they are grooved to help grasping them much easier and you simply turn they backwards and forwards to open and close this cover. Also on this Rotisserie body is a timer which you turn to the time you want your meat to cook, with this product the maximum time you can set it for is three hours and the minimum time is 15 minutes. If your meat needs longer to cook then you can re-set the timer as many times as you like until you are happy with it. When the timer runs out, you will hear a ping from the bell to let you know the time has elapsed and then it automatically turns itself off. Inside the Rotisserie is a heating element that is shaped like a sideways letter M or W depending which letter you prefer and when this element is hot, it glows bright orange.
Accompanying the Rotisserie are a number of accessories so that you can use the Rotisserie to its full. Firstly there is a flat basket and with this basket you can place any sort of meat chop, beef burgers, potatoes and vegetables to name a few. They sit within this basket, which has a lid and then you insert it inside the Rotisserie using the wheels which are located inside. Next you should also have Four Kebab Meat Skewers which are used for chunks of meat and vegetables and finally the actual Rotisserie also known as 'the spit' itself for your chickens, Beef, Pork and so on. This Rotisserie can only roast a Chicken up to 5lb, the same for other meats as a joint of meat, so you need to bare that in mind when purchasing your food.
Once your meat is within the Rotisserie there is one important item that I haven't yet mentioned and that is the drip tray. This drip tray which sits at the bottom of the Rotisserie catches all of the fat from your meats and collects it at the bottom, it is then up to you as to what you do with that fat, you can baste your meat in its own juices should you want to, but personally, I don't feel that any meat I have cooked needs the extra basting because as it turns forwards through your Rotisserie, some of that fat is simply transferred onto the meat when it turns so it is self-basting. As the meat turns it is amazing that it makes no noise at all, it is completely quiet the whole time, the only noise that can be heard if you get close is the timer counting down because it is analogue rather than digital.
I like my Rotisserie; it is easy to use and takes the arduous work out of cooking a roast when you simply don't have the time. The trickiest part of using the machine is learning, through trial and error, how to put your joint of meat onto 'the spit' so that it cooks properly and evenly, if you read the detailed instructions which tell you how to hold the meat and then how to place it over the skewers, it is really quite easy. I have had my fair share of re-attempts at skewering the meat properly. The rest of the accessories are such as the kebab skewers are also really easy to use, but again, I would suggest reading the instruction booklet and following the advice given to do it properly when using the first few times. Once your meat is safely fasted onto the internal skewer and turning wheel, the meat will begin to rotate as soon as you set the timer and temperature, as soon as it begins to rotate you simply close the door and let your meat cook.
Once your meat is safely inside the Rotisserie, it is at this point you should plug it in and set the timer for the meat to cook. In most cases your meat will come packaged with an approximate cooking time on it and if you are not sure at the back of the instruction booklet is a chart which gives you an idea of what time to use, so for example if you have a 5lb chicken then it states you need to cook it at the maximum temperature which in this Rotisserie is 180F for one and half to two hours maximum and should you cook a baked potato for between an hour to an hour and a half until it is tender. So each item of food has a suggested time for cooking and once your food is cooked you remove it using the supplied handle which is referred to as the Rotisserie Remover and it is a metal handle which is shaped like a fork with the middle prong missing and slightly curved to allow your joint of meat to sit comfortably on the remover until you can place it on the plate. Because the meat and 'the spit' are going to be hot, you should always wear an oven glove when removing the meat or your vegetables and you should always ensure you face is not too close to the meat because although steam and vapours are released through vents when cooking, there is always steam and vapour from the meat when the door is opened.
When it comes to cleaning the Rotisserie it is quite a simply process, firstly you need to remove everything from inside the body of the Rotisserie and ensure the heating element has cooked right down and then using a soapy sponge you simply wipe the insides of the Rotisserie, don't use anything that is abrasive or that could scratch it such as scouring pads. Once it has been wiped down, you need to dry it thoroughly, this stops it from going rusty thus making it unusable, and so I always use kitchen towels to dry it properly. With the rest of the accessories, I tend to let them soak in soapy water whilst I am cleaning the Rotisserie and then run them over with warm water before letting them drop dry for a few minutes and finally wiping them clean. Then once I am satisfied all of this has been done, all of the accessories fit inside the body of the Rotisserie for storage and then I put it in my kitchen cupboard out of the way.
The thing I love about my Rotisserie is that you can do so much with it, initially I thought I would hardly ever use this because I don't actually cook chicken that often, it wasn't until I read the manual and the recipe book that came with the product that I realised you could actually cook a whole lot more food in it, sadly you can only cook one thing at a time, but when you do cook, especially Chicken or fish, the meat is so tender it drops off the bone, with your chicken if you want crispy skin and have rubbed it with salt it turns out beautifully, you can also put stuffing into your chicken whilst it is in the Rotisserie as you would with one you put in the oven.
The one meat I am yet to cook using my Rotisserie is Pork because I like real pork crackling and not the squishy fatty stuff, so I need to spend some time working out the best way to do this and whether or not you can do it in the Rotisserie, but I have done chops, Chickens, steaks, fish, meat and vegetable kebabs and jacket potatoes and they have all been wonderful and so tasty, the aromas that emit from the Rotisserie as the meat cooks are also simply amazing and mouth watering, I just need a bigger rotisserie and a bigger kitchen so that I can cook a meal in it all together. However, it is a healthier way of cooking your food because you don't need to add anything to it, you simply cook it as it comes and it tastes amazing.
So overall I am a huge fan, I am not too sure where you would purchase this exact rotisserie from anymore as I have looked on Amazon and it wasn't available. Mine was a gift from a friend who bought it and never used it and I said I wanted it, so she duly handed it over, but a quick search using Google shows that in most places it is out of stock but there are some alternatives that range in price and size from £40 right up in the £100s, so even if this one isn't available and it is something you would like, you can always shop around.
After seeing these on the shopping channel and watching the demonstrations i decided i had to have one of these as it looked so simple to use and to clean.
One of the main winning points for me was that with the rotisserie you dont have to cook your meat in oil so it was a healthier option as the meat cooks in its own juices.
As i was never going to be cooking for lots of people i decided on the baby version of this rotisserie as it is smaller so could be stored easier when not in use. This is capable of cooking meat upto 5lb in one go which was big enough for us,
It is made of metal inside and white plastic outside with a drip tray at the bottom which you can easily remove to empty making cleaning a lot easier, it has suction feet on the bottom to suction it to your kitchen work surface to avoid any nasty accidents wholst it is hot which with two children running around i thought was a great idea. It has a 3 hour count down timer which clearly shows how long is left untill it is cooked, it beeps at you once it is cooked and automatically turns it self off. Is dimentions are 17inches wide, 12 inches high and 12 inches deep so is a good size for cooking in and small enough to fit in a cupboard out of the way when not in use.
It comes complete with tools to remove the food so you wont burn your self, the spit, a flat basket and 4 kebab skewers aswell as a recipie book with ideas of food to cook in it and times to cook for although the times are only guides and if used it cooks food to well done so if you like your meat slightly rarer you will have to adjust the cooking time slightly.
I love my food cooked in this, it is easy to use and cooks chickens, veg, steaks and fish beautifully.
My only fault with this is that it advertises as being easy to clean and the machine itself is but the wire baskets are a pain to get clean after use and require a lot of soaking and scrubbing,
The white outer plastic has discoloured a little from the heat but i cant realy complain about this as we have had it a few years now, it is used a lot and only cost me £50.
Back in the cold days of November, when me and my boyfriend Jono were jetlagged, we got a bit of an addiction to QVC's "In the Kitchen" hour. We'd seem all the George Foreman grills and wotnots in a million colours and we were - to be honest - a bit sick of them. So just before we turned over we spotted a new item that George was selling that we'd not noticed before. And our love of our rotisserie began there. Now, at about £90 we were umming an ahhhing as we thought it was a bit expensive. However we also knew that we both needed to eat a lot better and we both would do if we didn't have to cook in our smelly student kitchen for too long. We weighed up the pros and cons of having a rotisserie. Did we really need one? We both like and eat meat - we just don't cook it very often. We don't eat a lot of meat why buy then? We decided that we didn't eat a lot of meat because it was such a pain in the rump trying to cook anything like that in our kitchen at present. Space - would it be worth taking up room on what little work top space we had already? Well at 17.5" wide 13" tall and with a depth of 13" also, it was particularly space friendly. Cleaning it - we?'e not the best at washing up - would we leave it to fester? We both decided that we would make the effort - and anyway we were moving soon and would have a dishwasher, and the removable parts are dishwasher friendly! So we ummed and ahhed a bit more and then finally decided that we were buying it from QVC - we had a 30 day money back guarantee on it anyway, so why not! We could also get it on Easy pay terms, which meant we paid half the price now then half again in a months time, which helped us to spread the cost over the Christmas months. So I joined QVC and purchased a "George Junior Rotisserie". On the seventh working day there was a friendly postman knocki
ng on the door brandishing a QVC box addressed to me. As the rotisserie was for both of us, and all of us ladies know just how much you men like undoing cardboard boxes, I left the unpacking to Jono. Ripping (yes - ripping!) the box open he nearly squealed in glee at how nice it all looked, before pulling me out the door to go to Asda to buy a chicken. After we had purchased said chicken we hurried home and headed straight for the kitchen. Setting the rotisserie up is extremely easy. We gave the main body a quick wipe-over with a soapy cloth and then washed the extra utensils. The rotisserie comes with the following for all your cooking needs: Main prong - ok not the exact definition, but you know what I mean! This is the -spikes? that go straight through the meat/poultry or through the baskets below. Main prong remover - this is a curved metal device for you to remove all of the elements of the rotisserie quickly and easily without burning your hands. Drip tray - this slides in and sits in the bottom of the rotisserie to collect all of that lovely fat so you can throw it away rather than put it into your body. Plastic holder - again not the correct definition, but this is used to hold and stand the main prong vertically. It is used in two ways. Firstly to hold the main prong when you slide your chosen meat onto it, and secondly to out your main prong on with your cooked meat when its finished cooking. This allows any extra fat to drip away, it collects it in the bottom, and also to allow your meat to 'rest' which we should all do before carving. You can of course carve it off of the main prong. Round basket - for chips, loose vegetables (insides of burritos etc) you just pop them in, shut the basket up and watch them spin round. And best of all? You don't need to add any fat! Flat basket - this clever thing has a removable lid which you put on as close to your food as possible to keep it
in. Can be used for salmon, chicken breasts etc or any 'flat' food that won't fit on the prong or you wouldn't put in the round basket. Kebab skewers - this comes with 6 kebab skewers which fit easily into the main prong. Can be used for meat/vegetable/any kebabs. The overall look of the wonderful gizmo is a white, cylindrical object that a lot of people ask "What is that?" or (and this is normally the case) "Ahhh that must be your rotisserie" because we do go on about it a lot. It is white with a glass door, and silver on the inside. There is George Forman's signature on the left hand side on the white bit, and the logo for the "George Junior Rotisserie" on the glass on the right hand side. It will fit in well with most kitchens, and even if it doesn't you can put it away afterwards. It also has a timer on the outside. You set this for how long you want to cook your meat and then - leave it. You really have nothing else to do to your meat. Because it turns round, getting all that fat away and cooking evenly, it also self bastes! When it is finished the timer will ping and it will stop cooking. Really you can walk away and go and do anything else. Really - walk away. You can't can you?. And that's a problem we have. We stand there for ages just watching it go round and round and round. And before we know it - its done! Remember to bear in mind that meat cooks quicker in this. You need 17 minutes per lb of chicken, 14 minutes per lb of turkey and 19 minutes per lb of a rib roast. The inside will obviously get grease-stained with all the fat and stuff that comes off of meat when its cooking. This is hard to shift - but you?ll know already that roasting dishes eventually get stained over time, this is just the same process. The drip tray doesn't because it collects all the fat, so nothing stays in one place in there for too long. We
all know about the George Foreman drip trays don't we? They are there to show us all of the fat that we are throwing away and not putting into our bodies! It is pretty disgusting really but quite nice knowing that you?re not putting it into your body. In the "George Junior" rotisserie you can cook up to a 12lb turkey. That's a big bird! And although we don't need it ourselves, this is really helpful for larger families, or if you cook a big piece of meat at once to use in sandwiches etc. You can get a smaller rotisserie, called a "Baby George" but this only holds up to about a 3lb piece of meat and costs about £60. So in terms of value the larger rotisserie "George Junior" seems better. So what you're waiting for really is the taste isn't it? Vegetarians look away now! Well the meat that comes out of this is divine. The smell of the meat cooking drifts thorough the whole house and is gorgeous! Especially chicken - ahhhhhh. It is all evenly cooked as the rotisserie turns the meat, making sure all the fat does get away also. But the clever thing is that all of the moisture from the meat stays inside it. When you cut the meat up you can just see it dripping out, but the taste is absolutely lovely. I find that oven-roasted meat can sometimes be a bit tough and dry, but this is never the case in the rotisserie. We have found that the larger the cut of meat you cook, the more juicier the meat is. This is especially nice in sandwiches because the day after when you have left-overs, sometimes it can dry out more. Well not rotisserie meat - it still tastes moist! Ok vegetarians - you can read on now. The vegetables that come out of this are really nice too. They don't burn or crisp up, but soften nicely. This is especially good for burritos and things like that, as you get all the flavour and goodness from the vegetables, but you don't have t
o coat them in fat to cook them. Its such a shame we can't send smells over the internet because I'm sure that would sell you on it! So overall then, I would really recommend this to you. If you don?t eat meat, I would probably go for the smaller version as its cheaper, and you can cook all your vegetables in there simply and easily. It is the ultimate in no maintenance cooking. You literally put the meat/vegetables in, set the timer and leave it to sort itself out. All you need to do is wait to carve, or get on with the other bits of your meal. Oh and remember it also frees up your oven, and at Christmas time or roast day it can mean a lot less hassle. And there's hardly any washing up to do afterward compared with scrubbing out a roasting dish! And if you have a dishwasher (partners included) then its even easier! If you're really not sure then maybe try and buy from QVC as you know you can send it back then if you really don't like it. But believe me - the first smell and taste of that meat will sell you straight away! ps. we broke the main door on the rotisserie and had to get another, a simple call to the helpline and for £11.30 we got a new one! I thought that was very cheap considering how big it is! The only downside was that we had to wait 10 -14 days for delivery. Nevermind - we soon made up for all the missed chicken!
A home rotisserie that cooks all types of meat and fish, vegetables, kebabs etc / As with all other products in the George Foreman range, this rotisserie is specially designed so that the excess fats and oils from your cooking are drained away to produce healthier meals.