“ Brand: George Foreman / Type: Grill „
George Foreman making his millions in outside cooking apparel makes me chuckle. It's as if one of those crazy schemes all heavyweight boxers are offered by seedy hangers on back in the day to relieve them off their cash has actually come off. The big man has made millions from this stuff and more famous for foldable grills than his boxing career to most. The 1968 Olympic Champion and twice World Champion remains the oldest ever winner of the heavyweight crown at age 45. But if you're under 30 he's the fat bloke on the TV commercials selling grills. His company has sold 100 million of those grills worldwide and he sold the naming rights alone of his grills for $139 million dollars in 1999. At the peak of the grill sales he was earning an incredible $4.5 million a month as he got 40% per grill sale from Russell Hobbs, who signed him up after big George claimed his healthy eating campaign enabled him to win back the world title in 1994. The $200 million he made from what is a simple grill is ten times what he made in boxing purses in his career. The power of the celebrity endorsement.
The range name of 'healthy grills' is a cheeky as you can get as Foreman was only ever a big man. Even Jamie Oliver would wince at that idea of a 'fat reducing' grill product. All a grill does is produce fat! No, I stand corrected; there is indeed a Jamie Oliver fat reducing grill from old chubby face. You are not going to lose weight eating BBQ food, what these malleable grills can also be used for.
In America there is a culture of BBQ on the move with many sports fans having a grill up for those traditional trailer parties in the car parks of the great concrete arenas and so why they proved so popular. So instead of carry charcoal and big BBQ kit around they use these things, which have a carry handle and various safe heat settings on. They are ideal for 'glamping' and festivals and stuff and not too heavy or messy.
The grill consists of a fold out application of heat coming from both the top and bottom grill. This enables toasted sandwich and burrito options etc. Some models heat only from top or bottom and so limited to grilling. This is an older model and doesn't have sandwich or waffle plates. It is sturdy though and would survive a drunken or accidental drop or two. I reckon you could fit at least six steak portions on the grill surface at once.
Cooking on these is designed to be fat free although I do baste the base with something to stop a singe or two of the food. You have a decent grilling area and grid option and straightforward as far as the heating buttons go. Food can roll of like it does on your BBQ, although you will be picking off the grass or the kitchen floor, not the hot coals.
The outdoor cooking experience is artificial but fun and grill type food cooks pretty quickly. I was turning sausages after about 10 minutes, steaks around 15. It's pretty safe as far as arm and hands burns go - using and packing away - and the fat drain cavity is effective and hygienic, if you clean it regularly. I would make sure you don't pack up the grill and carry it away without securing the fat tray as it could leak out all over you with this model if it's full and congealed.
The Foreman Grills are great for cooking inside the house, especially if your over doesn't have a grill, of course. A lot of eye-level grill spend all day spitting hot fat in your eyes and so a welcome lateral cooking treat for me. As I say you can use this type of grill pretty much anywhere. As far as being a low fat grill and so earning healthy eating status I can't really see it. Grills are made for fatty food grill ups, the sizzle and smell of hot fat adding to the experience, so no real reason why you would want to cook healthily on it or it should have any healthy eating credentials.
Durable and cheap these grills are good value and do the job, coming in between £20 and £40 for the smaller grill and double that for the fuller BBQ sized ones. The only issues for me would be the regularly cleaning and the amount of electric they use. It is a bit of a luxury as far as economics go. Saying that you can't argue that it cooks the food right through and drains the fat away but don't expect to be as healthy as George Foreman never was.
George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling Machines are super but there are now just so many to choose from!
The reason to have a George Foreman is they make easy healthier cooking.
All you do is put your chicken breasts,sausages, burgers, peppers what ever and leave them as it cooks both sides!
No need to put fat or oil in there as thats the whole point of the grilling machine is to watch how much comes out!!
I have got this one as it has temperature control and removable plates, that I got from Curry's for £119.99.
The removable plates is just the best decision that I could of made with a George Foreman as I just remove and wash or you can even put in a dishwasher!
This one is huge and fits roughly 12 sausages or 4 chicken breasts so perfect for a family.
I do everything in this. It just makes life so much easier for us Mums or Dads especially!
It has a years guarantee as soon as you purchase. The instructions are easy to follow and read. Care and maintenance of this product is very easy and no extra bother.
It has an auto shut off, so if you leave it on without pushing any buttons it will automatically turn off.
With this actual model you can set the temperature to what you want, depending on how fast you want it to how tender you want it. This product I feel is a must have purely because its easy to use.
If you cook say sausages you have to guard them and turn them all the time and you need to use oil too. With this you chuck your sausages in turn them half way and there done!
The product cooks underneath as well as on top! Just sit and watch how much fat comes out of those sausages!
This is a well worth buy a "must have".
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