Product Type: George Foreman electrical appliances
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George Foreman 10032 Grill
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George Foreman 10032 Grill
Advantages: Much quicker cooking times, and not forgetting its much healthier!
Disadvantages: This one isn't very large and wouldn't be suitable for more than a 2 person household.
George Foreman grills are a huge success, and they are a healthy alternative to normal grilling. You can use it to grill meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, and sandwiches, any fat in the food goes down the grooves in the grilling machine, down to the front where there is a drip tray to collect all that dripping fat. This particular George Foreman isn't a particularly large grill, and the 'Family Grill' in the title is rather misleading. As there are only 2 of us I have found this to be just a good enough size, but I certainly wouldn't call this a family grill as you can just about fit 4 beef burgers onto it, but cooking anything else in just a big a quantity would be impossible. This grill comes with a bun warmer on the top, which is basically a compartment on the top of the grill with a lid, you can put some buns in and they warm up slightly due to the heat coming from the grill. I've only used this feature once, when I first bought the grill to test it out, and it made the buns warm but also quite crispy, and I've never felt the need to use it since.
The drip tray is actually just a small gray plastic tray which you need to remember to place infront of the grill when you are using it. It's light so easy enough to throw away any of the fat that comes off your food.
The grill comes with an instruction booklet and I do recommend giving it a read. It explains how to operate the grill (though this is simple enough) but also lists all sorts of food and approximate cooking times for each. It also explains that if you put food into the grill and it's too thick to allow the lid to close properly, then it isn't suitable for cooking in the machine.
The grill is so simple to use, you simply need to wipe the cooking plates with a piece of kitchen towel containing a small amount of cooking oil or butter (though don't use low fat spread as this will burn and possibly damage the non-stick surfaces!) then close the lid and switch the power on at the wall. The machine doesn't have its own power button, nor does it even have any temperature settings. You simply wait for the red light to go out, and you know the grill is hot and ready to be used.
I have cooked a lot of things in this grill, from burgers and sausages, to pork chops and sandwiches, and I'm always pleased with the results with one exception, every time I cook sausages on it the fat doesn't seem to drain off instead it burns and sticks to the sausages, which isn't nice. I wasn't using low fat sausages or low fat spreads at the time, and I've tried to cook sausages a few times since but I always get the same result! I can't explain it as all other foods cook fine, I'm not sure if it's me doing something wrong or not. One reason I love using the George Foreman grill is because it's incredibly quick at cooking, and this is down to it using 2 grill plates at the same time, meaning you don't have to keep turning you food over. There's also something very satisfying about watching the drip tray fill up with all the fat, knowing it's being drained away from your food and making it healthier. I never notice any impact on the taste of my food either!
Cleaning the George Foreman is done with a warm, soapy sponge, and due to it not being very large it doesn't take long to clean. It's also small enough to be stored away in a cupboard, though it's not an ugly little appliance so wouldn't look bad sitting out on a worktop in your kitchen.
I love my George Foreman grill, it's the first one I've ever owned and it's quickly become an essential kitchen appliance for me as I use it for all my grilling needs. Even if you aren't too fussed about it being healthier, then I would recommend it for the faster cooking times, no more turning things over to allow an even grill, and your food will be cooked much more quickly! I bought my George Foreman grill on Amazon, but they are available all over, and there are a lot of different models out there so I would take time to consider the size you need. I would say this particular grill is suitable for couples or single person households; it really isn't large enough for a 'family' as the name suggests.
Summary: A good starter grill from the George Foreman range.
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