“ George Foreman Grills „
I use my George Foreman grill most days so it's had a lot of use over the year I've owned it. Mine is a 5 portion family sized grill, it is large and takes up quite a bit of space (about a foot and a half square). It cost 35 pounds reduced from 80 in Tesco.
This model has no temperature control it just switches on at the wall, a red light comes on and then goes off when it's ready. It's really simple to use, the grill is 2 non stick plates that sandwich food together. You just put the food on the bottom plate and close the lid- there's no clip the lid just rests there, no oil is required. The top plate isn't as hot as the bottom plate therefore I do need to turn the food over during cooking, the middle of the grill is hotter too so the food needs rearranging. At the front of the grill (which is sloped) you place the plastic tray to catch the fat.
The plates are large, I can fit 8 rashers of bacon at a push on it, 6 burgers or 4 toasted sandwiches. I use this grill for anything that would normally go under the grill, or 'flat' oven bake foods. I even spread out frozen chips, waffles, potato shapes anything like that. I cook a full fry up on there including mushrooms and eggs. It comes out okay a bit dry maybe, but perfectly cooked and the 'fried' egg is more successful than you'd think... I just crack an egg on it, it stays more or less in shape and the yolk doesn't burst either even with the lid closed on top of it. This grill will toast bread (eventually) and make toasted sandwiches- I've given up on toastie makers and just use this now.
Anything I cook comes out well, except thick sausages need slicing lengthways as they cook too quick on the outside; as do thick chops. In particular frozen battered fish, chicken, pork chops or burgers (loads of fat comes out of chops them but it doesn't impair the flavour) do well on this grill. I don't have a sticking problem with any of them, they lift right off.
This is a much cleaner way to cook than using the grill or oven, there's no spitting either. The machine is easy to clean, I give it a wipe when it's still warm and food bits just slide right off. The non stick is still like new in fact the whole thing is like new.
I've looked at the electricity meter spinning around whilst the grill is on so it does use quite a bit of power, however food cooks quickly much quicker than the oven. Frozen fish takes less than 10 mins, it takes a lot longer than that in the oven, so in that respect it is more economical to use. I recommend one of these and wish I'd bought one sooner.
I was lucky enough to pick up one of these machines whilst on offer and I can safely say that I am very glad that I did. It has been a real aid in the kitchen since it's addition to my growing pile of kitchen gadgets, and it is one of the most used and more popular I have to say.
For those unaware, the principal of the George Foreman grill is simple - after placing the meat upon the pre-heated griddle, it seals in the juices whilst forcing out excess fat, which pools in the drip tray. I can say without doubt that after seeing how much fat comes out of sausages that I will never cook them on anything but the George Foreman again.
It is big! This model has easily enough space to cook enough meat for the family with room to spare, so that makes mealtimes a lot easier. It is very simple in it's function - two griddle plates are attached by a hinge. When they heat up to optimum cooking temperature, a green light appears. You pop the meat on, and close the griddle, sandwiching the meat. Excess fat drips into a drip tray, and after a set time (there is a handy instruction guide) the meat is cooked. And cooked deliciously too!
It cooks delicious, healthy meat. I am sure that's the main selling point of this device, and for that alone it should be worth considering. As far as maintenance goes - it is very easy to clean if you do so shortly after it has been used (allowing it enough time to cool down). It's quiet and doesn't generate noise, and it is very, very easy to use. Also, the drip tray is dishwasher proof, as an added benefit.
It does take up a lot of space. But that said this is one of the larger models. Smaller models are available, so you should just consider your needs before purchasing. Also the drip tray can be a bane of a clean kitchen. If allowed to fill up too high, or if not aligned correctly to the base of the griddle, the excess fat can find its way to your counter top. Not fun for all involved.
Also - if you do not clean it as regularly as you should (for instance, forgetting to the same night you have cooked on it) which is all too easy when factoring in the time it takes for the griddles to cool down - then cleaning it can be quite a pain.
All things considered however - most of the cons I have mentioned are down to careless use. Used correctly this device is an excellent addition to the kitchen, and does exactly what it promises to do. I cannot recommend it enough.
I have had this grill for quite a while now, I bought it from 24studio for £29.99. to be honest it said in the catalogue that they normally cost more, but I am sure that you could find this cheaper anyway, if you shop around.
The grill I have is black in colour, but I got no colour option so I am not sure if it is available in other colours. As I never had the option. The grill is pretty simple to use. Although I did get an instruction manual with it, I have never had to use it.
The grill is pretty basic, all you do is plug it in, and turn the lug on. That's it there is no on/off switch, only the plug, which is good in a way because you will always have to make sure that the switch is turned off, and this will save electricity in the long run.
The grill does say that it is a 5 portion grill, but I have to disagree with that as it does depend on the size of what you are cooking. Say I want to cook quarter pounder burgers it does only fit 2 of them in the grill, 3 at a push. So sometimes using this you may need to cook things separate.
Also with this I got a plastic long thing, I am not sure what they call it, but as there is no where for the grease to fall that comes out of the food, then it just slides out of the bottom of the grill, which is on a little bit of a slant, to make sure that the grease will only fall out of one place. But if you place this plastic thing underneath it will catch all the grease in, so it will not go onto your units.
Cooking on the grill
If I am honest I have only ever cooked 2 things on this grill and both had totally different outcomes so here I will do a comparison of each. Bear in mind that the grill has a hot plate at the top and bottom, so each side is cooked at the same time.
Steak - I cooked 2 nice pieces of steak on this, normally when I cook them in my normal grill they tend to shrink, but they never did with this. They were the same size when they came out, as when they went in. They was also cooked to perfection. They were not big thick pieces and I found these only took about 6 minutes which is a lot quicker than in my normal grill.
Quarter pounder burgers - I found these a little more difficult to cook. They did not have as much grease in as normal when I cook them in a grill, but they were also pretty hard to cook. As I did 2 at the same time, when they looked like they were cooked I took them out, this took about 8 minutes, on eating the burgers one was cooked perfectly, and tasted really nice, but the second one was not cooked properly and was still slightly raw in the middle. Now when I cook them I leave them an extra couple of minutes just to be sure and they are usually fine. But looks were deceiving, so you do have to check that they are cooked. Maybe cut them in half. I think this was down to how fat the burgers were, but you do not expect them not to cook things right through.
Cleaning this is really easy, as long as you do it after it has cooled down a little bit, if you leave it too long it does tend to stick on more. but I do it after I have eaten, and it only takes me a matter of minutes, it just wipes down with a damp cloth and the grease and dirt seems to just come off really easy.
I would recommend this to buy, as it is a health grill, and it does actually get rid of fat that is in the food, just as it says it will. I was a little sceptical when I fist bought this, as I did not think that it could reduce the fat. But the burgers I buy usually have a lot of fat in that I have the squeeze out, but I never had to with this. And the food is just as tasty as in a normal grill, if not better, when it is cooked right anyway.
The only downside I could say to this is that it says its a five portion grill but five items do not always fit. And you do have to make sure that it has cooked the food all the way through, but when it has the food is amazing.
After waiting and wanting a George Forman grill for many years now, i decided that after seeing them on offer in Asda for £24 (plus my husband discount card!), it was now or never, so swiftly snaffled one up! (Which was lucky as just after i had purchased one my hubby rang to say the hoover had just died.....i had paid for it by then! Lol!).
Upon getting it home and unwrapping it excitedly (like Christmas all over again!), i hadn't noticed that it was actually the family version, making it substantially bigger than the original one i had seen and thought i was getting.
It is actually really simple to use, for the first time simply wipe over the griddle parts (situated top and bottom on the lids, switch on and wait for the green light to show on the lid, showing that it is up to temperature.
Now the idea of buying this machine was so i could cook a few more different foods to what i normally do, and was hoping that (like with my beloved actifry unit!) that it would come with actually recipes do something a little different from the norm, unformtuntaely it didn't, though it does come with full instructions and a cooking guide time for specific foods (chilled and frozen), which was helpful.
For my first meal i decided to go all out and try some steak (of which i am normally crap at cooking!), i decided to slightly undercook the pieces, so when i actually served them (more so for my hubby) they would be perfectly cooked through for him (i like mine bloody, so i took mine off considerably earlier than his!).
I followed the cooking instructions to the letter, and found that i was actually left with three pieces of sallow coloured leather, that i struggled cutting let alone eating, and this was with the undercooking strategy!
I have since stuck to sausages and burgers (i will try again will "proper" meat), and have benn quite pleased with the results, with the meat still holding there juices, but with the fat draining away from the food leaving the meat products a much leaner option to eat.
The unit works as it is supposed to as long as you follow the simple rules, the green light should be on for the optimum cooking temperature (it should sear the skin to hold the precious juices in but allowing excess fat to come away), and the meat that you are cooking should be a reasonably uniformed width, this allows the hinged lid to be touching the surfaces of each piece of meat equally thus ensuring the same cooking time for them all.
I have to say when i first cooked sausages i only used a small amount of fat on them ( i remeber using too much years ago on a hob griddle pan and smoking out the entire house!), knowing that once they defrosted and cooked a little they should give up loads of excess fat, but by the time they did the sausages looked almost cooked on the outside, but were still far too pink on the inside, so you have to make sure you keep them moving to prevent burning!
This said however the food that i have cooked on there has been really tasty and aside from the steak fiasco, has tasted just as good as being done in a pan but with the obvious leaner option.
The most successful thing i have cooked so far is a toasted sandwich for my son (he doesn't like sausages and burgers!), just a simple chees sandwich that i buttered lightly on both siades of the bread, as you would for an actual toasty machine, created a really lovely looking and tasting crisp panini type sandwich.
The only thing that threw me when cooking with this unit was the handle, which for me is there to be able to open and close the machine safely, but found that it actually got quite hot, with the instructions actually stating that yes it is a handle, but no you can't really handle it without the use of oven gloves, which to me defeats the point of it being there!
To clean this is a delight, there are no nooks and crannies to fiddle with or poke cheese and fat out of joints and hinges (like my blasted Breville toasty maker!), you simply wait until cool, then wipe over with a washing up sponge, the washing liquid very effectively cuts through the fat residue left, and even when it looks like there are some burnt on bits, they come away really easily due the fantastic tefal coating on the griddle, though obviously try not to scratch these areas as it makes them less effective when in use.
The drip tray, which isn't really a tray but simple a plastic "channel" that doesn't actually attach to the main unit, but just sits on the work surface under half under the machine, just needs the juices and fat rinsing out, and can then be lobbed in with your normal washing up, though i cannot say whether it is dishwasher proof, and the only dishwasher i have in my house is me!
To store there is a pronged device hidden on the underside of the unit to wrap the electrical cable around, and even a small hole to push the plug into to keep it completely self contained which is a fantastic feature, there is nothing more annoying then going into me equipment cupboard for something then pulling the entire lot out as usually the toasters cord has wrapped itself around everything else!
I do like this unit, though i am not quite as enthusiastic about it as before i purchased it, as to me it really isn't as versatile a machine as i was hoping, though eventually i am hoping to come to a happy medium with it and aim to cook an entire meal on it.........sausage toasties for tea then?!
Availability is widespread with them still being available (on my last visit anyway) at Asda.
Thanks for reading x
This is a recent addition to our household, an Xmas present we had not quite got round to using until about a month ago, yet is an absolute god-send in our kitchen. About ten times faster than my normal grill (built into my oven), it is also easier to clean, a lot healthier for you and heats up to a much hotter temperature in at least half the time! Literally within two minutes of switching on, this grill is ready to use where as with my oven grill, it can take up to five. Not much of a saving then but believe you me, it does make a difference as when this does get hot, it gets H-O-T!
It does use a fair bit of power but honestly, it is sooo worth it! The bumpf that comes with it claims that you can feed a family of five from it and though I cannot testify to that, I do know that there is a large amount of surface space for cooking meaning that you can cook lots of different foods all at the same time. There is no temperature control though on this paticular model so you do have to WATCH your food otherwise it will end up "nicely coloured" as a recent contestant on Masterchef called it!
All the fat runs to the bottom of the grill and cleaning is a doddle, provided that is you do it while the grill is still warm. I have not experienced it but a friend who has an earlier model to this has told me it can be a pain to clean when cold! Also, all you need is a cloth - no scourers - as using anything abrasive will remove the non-stick coating that makes this just a joy to use!
There are some who have commented on the fact that this grill sometimes feels a bit flimsy and that they have been a bit worried about the hinge on the lid but I have had no similar issues and, provided you don't go yanking on it, cannot see the hinge lid becoming an issue! One safety factor though - it is advised to keep your little one's fingers away as it can snap shut quite easily and, like previously mentioned, this DOES get very hot quickly!!
Overall, I am very impressed and only disappointed that we didn't bother getting it out of the box sooner. One thing is for certain, we are going to get plenty of use out of it!! As a present, I don't know what it cost but have seen it for not much over thirty quid if not cheaper! And, to me, that seems like a right proper bargain!
Trying to be as healthy as possible isn't always that easy, food that is good for you is more times not not completely tasteless unless it's cooked by someone with great culinary skills. It's so tempting to take the easy route and just pop something riddled with salt and sugar and God knows what else in to the microwave or even worse pick up the phone and have a heart attack delivered right to your door in the form of a high calorie take away.
My family and I love a good summer barbecue but neither Scotland nor Ireland tend to be blessed with sun filled days even in the heart of summer. So to mimic that joyful summers day feeling we ask people over and heat up the George Foreman grill. This particular model even has the look of one of those expensive hinged barbecues, with it's long, black, extendable front handle. It takes very little time to heat up and with every one having a drink the sizzle of the meat hitting the ridges of the hotplates fills the room with the mouthwatering aroma of the succulent tender meat. The fact that this grill is so large means I can have two large steaks and two large chicken fillets cooking at the same time. Or have some skewered meat and vegetable kebabs cooking alongside some salmon.
The best thing about this grill isn't it's size but the fact that the lid is not only hinged but is on a "floating hinge" this means larger pieces of meat can be cooked on this grill as the hinged top adjusts to the size of the portion, on other copy cat grills they don't have this patented floating hinge and the portion size is then reliant on the size of the closed grill, too big and it won't close and cook properly. No such problems with the George Foreman Five Portion Family Grill.
Another great feature of this grill is the fact that it's slanted. That doesn't sound too good I know, but it's great. The fact that it has this slight incline means all the excess fat and oil runs down between the ridges of the hotplate and in to the drip tray provided. These are juices that your meat would be sitting in if cooked on a pan or even in the oven. Don't worry, the meat doesn't end up dry because of these juices draining away, these are excess fat and meat juices that are not needed to add flavour or succulency to your meat all the wonderful flavorful juices are sealed into the meat the moment you place them on to the hot, hot grill. It's then sealed on both sides the moment you close the lid. This results in tender, juicy, healthy food like you've never tasted before. These ridges also leave those extremely appetising scorch marks on your steak and meats while red and green peppers come out wonderfully roasted with those yummy charcoal strips. Mmmmmmm
When it comes to cleaning it's very easy indeed, the hotplates are None stick and any caramelised juices wipe away with a wet cloth while the drip tray can be washed in hot soapy water. The grill uses 1370 - 1630 watts of power but cooks the food super fast.
Having everyone gathered around while the food is cooking gives this a real sense of occasion.
The sizzle of the meat, the mouthwatering anticipation of what's to come.
The George Foreman Five Portion Family Grill is a real party must have.
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For only £29.99 + shipping very good value for a great product
I have a couple of George Foreman grills and think they are brilliant little machines for eating healthy. When I first got one I bought a smaller one and although I found it was ideal for cooking for one person it wasn't very practical when you wanted to make more than one portion of food at a time so I decided to invest in a bigger machine so I could cook for family and friends when they came to visit me.
I ended up buying the 14053 model which is marketed as a 5 portion family grill.
The grill comes in silver and is reminiscent in shape and design to the other George Foreman grills I have seen but instead of being curved is more square shaped. Like all other George Foreman grills it is designed to sit at an angle when placed on your kitchen work top so that the fat from the meat you are cooking drains off into the supplied drip meaning that the meat is healthier as it doesn't sit in its own fat reabsorbing them into the meat. The grill part is also ridged meaning that the meat never touches the fat which is released from the meat making it an ultra-healthy way to cook.
The grill is double sides which not only cuts down on the cooking time quite significantly compared to putting something under a normal grill and having to turn it but the double grill parts are ridged which gives the meat lovely scorch marks and really gives it a genuine char grilled flavour. I like the fact that as well as being quicker to cook it is almost impossible to dry meat out using this grill and 99% of the time it ends up being lovely and succulent and even with all the fat being drained from it moist and juicy.
It has floating hinges which means it adjusts to the thickness of the meat you are cooking so in theory you can cook bacon as well as thicker cuts of meat like steaks. In reality I do find that bacon is the one meat which just doesn't cook as well in this grill as in a conventional grill. For some reason although it cooks through fine it ends up sticking to the grill and it just doesn't get a nice uniform colour to it and is the only thing I prefer doing under my gas grill.
Also although it claims to be a 5 portion grill this is a little deceptive because it really depends on what you might be cooking on it. Yes you will get five pieces of chicken on it but you would struggle to get even four decent sized portions of steak on the surface of the grill.
With this grill it is also important to either have a big enough kitchen to leave it out at all times or else enough cupboard space to store it in as it is on the large side and does take up quite a lot of space. I just leave mine out as I use it all the time but it is quite cumbersome looking sitting on my kitchen worktop.
My one bug bear about the grill is the fact that it doesn't have an on/off switch or a safety cut off point and unless you unplug it the grill will stay on. I have often forgotten to unplug it after use and realised a few hours later it is still on. Although there has never even been a hint of it causing a fire or being dangerous to be left on I would still feel safer if it shut itself off after a certain amount of time. I would ideally also like some sort of temperature control just so I could adjust it for foods that tend to burn quickly as it can be a bit of a pain having to constantly watch them.
As with most George Foreman grills cleaning is a bit of a faff. You have to make sure that you run a damp cloth over the grill plates as soon as it is cool enough to touch and this does make a difference in just how easy it is to clean but I have found that no matter how careful I am with cleaning the non-stick coating does have a few scratches on it and isn't quite as non-stick as it was when it was new. I would love it if the grill plates were removable on this so that I could put them in the sink or dishwasher to clean but that's me just being lazy.
The drip try is also one of those things that need to be cleaned as soon as possible before the fat begins to congeal and harden which is not only disgusting to look at but also much more difficult to get rid of.
Although I have gone on about how good the grill is to cook meat you shouldn't think that this is the only thing that you can cook in it as this grill is amazingly versatile and can cook all manner of foods. Vegetables taste amazing in it and the char grilled flavour really does make them taste better. You can also use it to cook food such as Panini's and grilled sandwiches and unlike a sandwich toaster you can fit them easily on the surface of the grill without having to squash them together to make sure you can fit them on.
I personally love my George Foreman grill. There are a few little niggles with it that I would change if I could but on the whole it is definitely one of the most used items in my kitchen. I tend to have large portions of food so even when I am cooking just for myself I usually go for this one as opposed to my smaller one as I can cook meat and vegetables on it at the same time. It is well made and feels sturdy and good quality and unlike the cheaper ones I have seen in the supermarkets for sale I wouldn't be worried this would break just because I put the lid down a little too hard.
I paid £39.99 for this grill which I thought was a fantastic price but if you are willing to have a look online and search a little you can now pick this grill up for under £30 which I think is an absolute bargain.
price I paid 80Euro. That's around £63 good value, but Amazon have it at only £28.99 at the moment
The summers well and truly over. In fact I don't think I noticed it at all. And with the end of summer, most people put away, or cover up their barbecue until the sunny months return.
That's where the George Foreman family grill comes in.
This wonderful invention by the world famous boxer is a way of having that BBQ experience all year round. Even the grill itself looks and feels like those big American hinged top BBQ's. But the best thing about this grill is how healthy the food is. Because of it's ridged cooking surface the meat or vegetables sit on top of these ridges giving them those wonderfully appetising scorch lines. But the ridges are not just for appearance sake they allow the fat to drip between them and away from your food. This is so much better then shallow frying or even congenital grilling because the meat doesn't dry out like it can under the strong heat of a conventional grill. The sloped grill design means the food is cooked at a slight downward slant furthermore encouraging the fat to leave your food. This slanted design also makes the fat run off the grill and into the juice reservoir that's provided with the grill. This is a long troff-like dish that sits at the front just under the edge and collects all the drippings. Most of the time these are not needed and will be discarded but some times the juices are of great use when making an accompanying sauce or gravy.
This heavy steel machine feels good and strong, no flimsy parts here.
The grilling surfaces themselves are high quality cast iron. The difference between the George Foreman grills (although lots of copied the design) is that it features a double sided cooking surface. This cuts the cooking time in half. And the chance of your food drying out is almost non existent. This ensures complete, fast, even, cooking.There are two matching grilling plates one on top and one on the bottom (think of a sandwich toaster but much bigger). The "floating hinge" design enables larger pieces of food to be cooked. These special hinges adjust to the thickness of the food, whereas if the hinges where fixed cooking larger items would be impossible.
This paticlaur model is one of the largest and can cook five portions at a time it has a 516 (cm2) grilling surface. This means you can cook six quarter pounder at once or five larger sized chicken fillets. The long thick handle is very comfortable and easy to use, as you may have cooking implements in one hand you can use the other to open and close the grill. It looks like it would be heavy to lift the handle but because of the floating hinge design it opens with the least amount of effort. The handle is also extendable so you can adjust it according to your Height.
This grill should be a permanent feature in your kitchen. It shouldn't be one of those appliances that only come out for novelty reasons. It's product dimensions are : HLW 134 X 338 X 320 (mm) meaning it's not too big for the average counter-top. It's silver outer covering with the George Foreman logo makes it easy on the eye.
Power consumption is always something to look out for as gas and electricity bills seem to always be going up and never down. This grill use 1370 - 1630 watts of power. This may sound a lot, but just compare it to having your oven running for hours on end compared to just minutes with this grill.
Cleaning this couldn't be easer. All you have to do is give the grill plates a wipe with a damp cloth.
Tip : clean them when they are still warm ( not hot ) as they wipe clean so much easier this way then when it's completely cooled. Again compare this to cleaning an oven or dirty grill.
Any time I use it, it seams to become an occasion. Everyone gathers in the kitchen to have some drinks as the food sizzles away in the grill. The smell of the juicy meat and vegetables really gets your taste buds going.
The best thing about this grill is how good the food can taste if cooked for the correct amount of time.
It's full of flavour, not at all dry, the complete opposite in fact it couldn't be juicer. The instant contact of the grill-plates seal in all the juices. The cooking process itself is appetising and the appearance of the grill marks add to the overall BBQ look.
So although the summers over, with this George Foreman five portion grill, the party's don't have to end.
Previously I owned a smaller George Foreman grill which was only really suitable for 1 or 2 items. I got recommended buying another one from an ex-grill chef who stated that you can't cook a better steak any other way. I decided on this grill as it is the perfect size for two people, we often use it for both meat and vegetables, no-mess sausages and of course, steak. It is very fast to heat up, extrememly easy to clean if you do it fairly soon after use. Any cooked on food and grease comes off very easily when it is still warmish. This for me is a huge benefit as I find grilling and pan frying messy and pans impossible to clean. It's great for fish, toasties/paninis and cooks very evenly. The lid 'floats' and is not too heavy which is another reason I went for this model - it doesn't squash your food forcing juices to be squeezed out!
It is the best, most useful kitchen appliance I've bought in ages!
This is the second George Foreman grill I have owned. Previously I had a smaller 2 portion model. I bought this particular one in Tesco it was only £30 instead of it's usual £45.
The grill itself is silver in colour, it has a black handle which you use to lift the grill open to reveal the plates. There is also an orange indicator light which shows the power is on.
In the box you get the grill, 1 drip tray, 1 spatula, a recipe book and an instruction manual.
The grill also comes with a 12 month guarantee.
The grill was invented by the former heavyweight boxer George Forman who was looking for a healthier way to cook his food the first one went on sale in 1996.
The grill is designed to cook foods in a more healthy way by channelling grease into a separate drip tray. It cooks food twice as fast as conventional cooking methods. It is also non stick.
I use my George Foreman almost everyday. Mainly I grill chicken and fish in there. I also use it to make cheese and ham toasties. If you use it to make toasties they only take a few minutes and you get lovely lines down the toastie. When you grill meat and fish you also get chargrilled lines down the food which makes it look like it has been barbecued. The grill heats up in minutes. When you grill certain items like sausages and bacon it's amazing how much fat comes off! The plates also 'float' so the grill will adjust to fit any thickness of item placed inside it.
I have also grilled veg in there it is nice for onions and mushrooms.
The main bonus of the grill is not only the speed of the cooking but the fact that it is so much easier to clean than an overn or grill. As the plates are non stick you can simply wipe off most of the grease/mess while the grill is still warm. I use some kitchen towel. Then when the grill is cooled I use a cloth with some warm soapy water to wipe the plates clean. I haven't had anything stick so far! it does tell you in the instructions though that you can wipe the grill with some oil to revive the non stick ability!
I would recommend this as a kitchen must have for everyone! It is so versatile you can even cook food from frozen on there! it is easy to use and keep clean and it looks stylish on your worktop! a great buy! It is also available in a variety of sizes to suit all families!
George Foreman has managed to shift over 100 million grills since their release, and there are so many different variations of the fat reducing grill, that there is something for everyone's cooking needs.
This will be the second George Foreman grill I've owned and the model I've probably had the longest at just over a year and a half. The model I have is the 17873 5 Portion Family Grill. Just an old version of the one advertised on here.
When me and my boyfriend were moving into our first home together, we were looking around for a George Foreman suitable for our needs. Something that holds a fair few portions of meat, cooks quickly and reduces our fat intake. We found the George Foreman 5 portion family grill at our local Asda in the sale for £25 instead of nearly £40! Absolute bargain!
Features of the Grill:
Cooks up to 5 portions
Ready to cook indicator light
Floating hinge enables cooking of thick portions of food
Grill channels fat and grease in to drip tray
Non-stick finish on grill plates
Extended handle for ease of use
At first we used it around 3-4 times a week, cooking everything on it, meat based anyway. Burgers, chicken, bacon, and even toasties! We've never actually been able to fit 5 portions of meat on it, I think that's probably because we love our meat and wouldn't buy "normal" portions. It's meant to be a health grill, so portion size is small and controlled, so I think that's where they get the 5 portion thing from. for example; 5 tiny pieces of chicken, or 5 tiny burgers.
We managed to fit on;
3-4 fresh beef burgers
3 large chicken breasts
3-4 rashers of bacon
1 good sized steak
Obviously not all at once, each was cooked on separate occasions. The grill was definitely big enough for us, but I'm not sure how a bigger family would be able to make good use of it. Bacon sandwich's have to be done one at a time, as does steak, but 3-4 burgers is definitely enough for a small family.
Cooking on the grill is quite quick, compared to frying or putting things in the oven. It does take a lot of the fat off the meat, which is obviously a good thing. However, chicken can be a little dry if cooked for too long on the grill. Over time the more and more we used the grill, the worse it seemed to cook. It's probably through normal wear and tear I suppose, as the non-stick surface on the grill plates starts to wear off? Here are the bad points I have with the grill anyway;
1. Floating hinge is good if cooking thick pieces of meat, but if one piece is thicker than the others, the smaller portions won't cook the same as the larger ones.
2. No temperature control, so you can't be sure what temperature you're cooking your food at, and you can't choose the temperature you want to cook at. There is a light to let you know the grill is ready to be used, but what temperature that is, nobody knows. The light on mine is broke now, so it's just a guessing game when ours is hot enough to cook on.
3. The grill plates cannot be removed. This makes cleaning the grill a real pain. I found that it was easier to clean the grill whilst it was still warm so the dirt and grime just washes away, but the George Foreman I had before had removable grill plates enabling me to give them a good scrub. The grill plates are coated in a non-stick coating but I think over time it becomes worn and isn't so "non-stick" any more.
The removal of fat and grease from food is of course the best thing about George Foreman grills, the grill plates are slanted so the fat and grease slides away from the food into the seperate drip tray. You just have to remember to clean this often as it get's a bit grim if you leave it to fill up. I dispose of the fat and grease when it's cooled down by scooping it out into a sandwich bag and into the bin. DO NOT empty the fat into your sink or drain as it will harden and block your pipes. It is much easier to dispose of the fat when it is cooled down and hardened.
I'd only recommend this grill to a single person or a couple/small family that is only going to use it once or twice a week. There are more con's than pro's for this grill, and for a little more money you could probably find a much better one. I personally would rather have a grill that has removable plates to clean more easily, and I'd have preferred it to have some kind of temperature regulator, so I know how hot the grill is.
The floating hinge is brilliant if you're cooking extra thick steak or burgers, but as I said earlier if you're portions are all different sizes then some are going to be cooked more than others. The good points are of course, the removal of fat and grease from food, and the quickness in which it cooks food, but had I known before about all the bad points I probably would have looked at getting a different grill or at least a different model of George Foreman grill.
George Foreman 14053 5 Portion Family Grill
My mother-in-law tends to buy us kitchen appliances for Christmas and last year was no exception.
This family grill from George Forman is a healthier way to grill your food, as well as an easier way as it grills both sides at the same time unlike putting it under a conventional grill in an oven. Due to this, timings are also quite often reduced. The grill is a large, decent size, fitting about four to five average chicken breasts with some room left for smaller bits on the side.
The appearance of the grill machine is actually quite posh looking in some ways. It has a black and silver colouring to it with a handle to open it up to show the inside of the grill machine which again looks like a posh, small industrial style grill (though obviously a lot smaller!)
As with most grill machines, the lower grill is angled so the fat runs out and into a drip tray. This helps the healthiness of the cooking and I find it gives the food that extra bit of taste, though that is just me personally. Two of these drip trays are included in the grill set which is handy for the meat which contains a lot of fat; you can swap them over straight away when one is full instead of leaving it to drip on the surface whilst you clean one.
Overall, this is one of the mother-in-laws good ideas (and that doesn't happen much!). Although it was a gift, I checked the prices for this review and this can be found between £35.00 and £40.00 online at places like Amazon which is more expensive than other grill machines, though George Forman is a good make and we have had no problems with this machine at all. It is a nice size and easy to use and would recommend to all.
Student Essentials: a George Foreman Grill!
I have been using George Foreman grills for years and I use it almost everyday, mostly because I think it's a waste of energy heating up an oven just for small frozen food like fishfingers, and it cooks a lot faster than oven (think about the time waiting for it to be preheated and for the food to be cooked thoroughly). George Foreman grills are more energy efficient, faster, arguably easier and healthier way to cook.
Since I'm living with flatmates we bought this family sized grill which is meant to cook for 5 people at a time, it cooks fast anyway so I don't really worry about the size. Like all George Foreman grills it has angled hot plates both at the top and bottom, and a tray designed to fit beneath the front of the grill which allows the fat from the food to run down from the bottom plates. Cleaning is easy because the plates are non-stick, usually a wipe with hot water plus sanitiser would do, and it's easier to do while the plates are still warm. Nevertheless from my past experience, after a year the non-stick layer would start coming off so if that bothers you you might have to replace it with a new one every few years - they don't cost a fortune so I guess that's alright.
I don't like using the grill to cook fresh meat though (apart from chicken), because the angled plate design and the pressure from the top of the grill squeezes the meat juice out and leaving the meat quite dry. But other than that I use it as an alternative for oven for most frozen food, pizzas, and sometimes vegetables (I tend to use steamer). It's just hassle-free and cooks things quickly, I think this is a great grill for students. And you usually hear students putting on a lot of weight on their first year since they are too lazy to cook/can't be bothered to cook, this grill is an easy and healthy alternative to pizzas and takeaways. Definitely recommended!
We bought this George Foreman grill between ourselves for christmas, we didn't get to a good start as the handle that you use to lift the top broke, so we had to super glue it back together. You can cook a variety of things on the George Foreman, obviously meat and some vegetables and we tend to cook our mushrooms on it as well and they seem to really hold their flavour.
You can fit a lot of food on the plate but be careful not to overlap as this can sometimes cause part of the meat to not cook properly, the fat from the food drips and is caught in a tray and it's quite satisfying seeing what fat you cold have been eating that has now been taken away! My partner suffered from sickness a few times after we had used the grill, but as it was new we wasn't sure if it was due to us not cooking the meat properly on it. Try and make sure you always clean it straight away afterwards as if you leave it too long it's a nightmare to get clean!
It is a quick, healthy and easy way to cook meat but to be honest I find cooking it under the normal grill where the fat can drip into the tray underneath just as effective.
Back in 1996, George Foreman released the Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machine as a healthy alternative to the way food was grilled. Upto that point, it's fair to say that his claim to fame was as being the other guy in the 'Thrilla in Manilla'. A heavyweight champion and boxing legend, it's fair to say that if you mention the name George Foreman now, it will conjure up images of the grills he has put his name to. Like Hoover and Biro and their respective products, George Foreman has become the name for healthy grilling.
The 5 portion 14053 weighs in at a little over two and a half kilograms with measurements of 134mm x 338mm x 320mm. Powered by 1630 watts through a 75cm power cord connection to your mains supply. The cooking area measures 516mm squared and is coated in a non stick finish to allow for ease of cleaning. Internally the grill plate has recessed channels to allow for the grease and fat to run into a seperate drip tray. This ensures the food is not cooked in its' own fat and helps to cut down on unhealthy eating.
The machine is constructed from a mixture of metal in a steel finish and black plastic. On the top of the lid resides a light which indicates the correct temperature has been reached. The lid hinges on what is called a flotaing hinge. This allows the lid to be raised or lowered to accomadate different foods with differing levels of thickness i.e. Steaks and quarterpounders.
Does it work, well the fact that 14 years later the brand enjoys near domination of this particular market maybe an indicator. From personal experience I can definitely give a big thumbs up. I would suggest taking a look at the drip tray after cooking quarterpounders, but if you have a weak stomach, perhaps not. It is both amazing and a little sickening to see exactly what comes out of some of these food items.
Cooking is an absolute doddle and is faster than most normal ovens as well. Within the box you get the 14053 model, the spatula, the drip tray, a 1 year manufacturors gaurantee and of course the all important instructions and cook book. You will find that you'll probably not need this for more than a couple of weeks as it is a fairly simple device to use. Swich on heat, set the time and heat and cook.
It is difficult to come up with any downsides to this device. Perhaps the only one would be in its' name, the five portion grill. At 516mm squared they would need to be small portions, not what you would expect from Americans. There is more than enough room for a couple of big steaks, sausages or 4 quarter pounders.
It is a great device that helps you eat helathily, is easy to use and is very easy to clean and store. George Formen came up with the idea of the grill in order to help him eat all the foods he enjoys but in a way that was still healthy, and if it is good enough for the two time former heavy weight champion of the world, then it will do for me. Prices for this model retails at around £29.99 on amazon.co.uk and for that price I would recomend it.
Cooks up to 5 portions of food / Sloped grill design, channels fat & grease into separate drip tray / Non-stick grill cooks from top and bottom at the same time for fast, even, complete grilling results / Short name: George Foreman 14053