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I bought this a few years back with the intention of using it whilst i was following a healthy eating plan.The plans long been stopped but i still use this.
Grill channels fat and grease in to separate drip tray for healthier eating
Cooks over twice as fast as conventional cooking methods
Floating hinge adjusts to any thickness of food, e.g. thin bacon, thick chicken breasts and sandwiches
Versatile--can cook vegetables, any meat or fish (fresh or frozen) and paninis. I mainly use this for cooking chicken breasts or toasties, Toasties turn out well on it all though i do recommend putting butter on the outside.
"The ideal starter grill for smaller households" When i got this i lived by myself so this made a great compact kitchen gadget. However if i was replacing it i would have to get something bigger now.
Great for small portions or cooking for one.
Low mess and quick
Easy to clean and store-its non stick so is easy to clean
Doubles up as a toastie maker.
The design is nice
Its surprising just how much fat you can get out of meat.
Says its for two but they must mean small portions
I would recommend this product if you live by yourself but i would say buy the bigger one for family use.Also i only paid £20 for it but the current price on amazon is £30 ,you can get products that are just as good for less.
I try and be healthy and though sometimes the lure of chocolate and wine is too much temptation on the whole I am pretty good about 80% of the time.
One of the ways that I try and be healthy is by using my George Foreman grill quite often especially when it comes to cooking meat.
The grill has two cooking plates on the top and bottom of the grill which have deep groves in them to allow the fat to channel out of meat and the grill is slightly angles so that the fat drains to the bottom of the grill and out to the container which you put underneath it to collect the fat.
The cooking plates are non-stick so that meat and other foods don't stick to them but I still like to give them a spray of frylight as although they are non-stick I find that without the frylight they can sort of dry out the top of meat.
The hinges of the lid adjusts itself depending on the type of food you are cooking so you can cook both thinner and thicker cuts of meat.
What I really like about the grill other than it making meat healthier is that food also cooks much quicker than in a conventional grill. Because both the bottom and the top cooking plates heat up it cooks the meat on both sides at once cutting down on cooking time considerably.
It is amazing to see just how much fat comes out of the meat when I am cooking it and I love to see it collect in the container at the bottom of the grill as it always shocks me that there can be so much fat. It is a bit disgusting when it dries though so make sure and empty it before the fat has a change to congeal and harden.
The cooking plates don't come off the grill so you need to use a wet cloth and some soapy water to clean these though they don't take much in the way of scrubbing as anything that might have stuck to the plates just wipes off again.
I love the grill and has no complaints about how it cooks but this isn't the ideal grill for everyone. It is supposed to be for two portions at a time but it is a tight squeeze and I find that it is perfect for when I am just cooking for me and at a push I could probably fit enough meat on for two people but for any more or large portions I would need to cook things twice as there wouldn't be enough room. For single people this would be perfect but for families I would personally buy a larger grill and save yourself the hassle of having to cook food on it in separate portions.
I paid £17.99 for this which is a fair price as the grill itself is great and I find it the ideal size for me personally.
I bought this griller when I had my old oven and the grill was very small. I liked that you can fit lots on this.
In terms of style and appearance, the griller is big and it verges on the clumsy side which means that it can be difficult to store. However, it can be stored on its side so provided you have a space with enough 'headroom' it fits in fine.
Before every use, you need to oil down the grill and set to heat for approximately 5 mins, this can be a faff and adds to the cooking time but it can also be used as food prep time!
You can choose what heat setting you want, you set the timer and away you go! the timer only runs up to ten minutes so there is no risk of you leaving something on the grill and forgetting it because it turns itself off after the time is up.
All the fat from your food drips down the grill and into the plastic tray that is supplied so all your food is 'fat free'.
The food tastes great, much reduced risk of burning and it cooks more evenly than in an oven grill.
The only downside is the cleaning, it is easier to clean when hot but the risk of burning is extremely high so you wait for it to cool down by which time the fat has solidified and is much harder to get off. as a result, a lot of my non-stick coating has come away due to my vigorous scrubbing trying to get it clean.
I don't use it as much as i used to, and that is solely down to the cleaning. If it was easier to clean it would be put to much better use!
When you are cooking for one person it is a little pointless messing up your grill or oven and entire kitchen for dinner for one person. Unfortunately if you are someone like me who prefers healthy eating as opposed to take away and fast food then unfortunately you are stuck with all of the washing up. This was until I came across a George Foreman 17894 2 portion compact grill and with the price tag of under £20 it was a great bargain of a purchase.
The George Foreman Grill has 2 hot plates, one on the top and one on the bottom you then place whatever you are cooking onto the plate and then close the lid so that the food you are cooking is sandwiched between the hot non stick plates. This grilling machine has a 245cm squared grilling surface and it runs at 700 Watts, which is all coated with a non stick so that they are easy to clean.
The gill has a 75cm power cable and has a temperature ready indicator light which lights up when your grill is up to optimum temperature and ready to use. The compact grill is 9.5cm high by 21cm long by 23.8cm wide so is compact enough to leave on the side in the kitchen or to hide away in a cupboard when not in use.
This grill is a great way to help with healthy eating as it has channels in the non stick plates and a drip tray for the grease and fat to be released from your food to fall down the channels and into the tray so that you are not eating any of the unwanted grease, fat and oils.
The lean mean grilling machine is quick and easy to use as it distributes the heat evenly and the food cooks in half the time of ovens and grills as both sides of your food is cooked at once.
If you are cooking thicker items such as steak or chicken there is a hinge that can be adjusted to suit the thicker foods that you are cooking. This lean mean grilling machine can cook two portions of food at once, but there are bigger machines on the market for the larger family. I find that I can only cook one portion as I normally cook a piece of chicken for example and some grilled peppers and courgettes as well.
Not only can you cook meat and vegetables on the grill I also find that it makes a great toastie or toasted Panini with any filling of your choice, you just need to keep checking it as if you have cheese as you filling it can melt and seep out of the bread and all over the grill if you cook it for too long. I have read in the books it is also great for fish, but I do not eat fish so unfortunately cannot comment.
When it comes to cleaning the machine you need to be careful and use a damp cloth as using any harsher product could damage the non-stick plates and this would ruin your food when you next came to use the grill.
The advantage to using a grilling machine is that the food you are cooking in half the time of your usual cooking method and if you wipe it once it has started to coil it is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth, if you have any stubborn harder marks to remove there is a specially designed spatula to use.
The only disadvantage to this machine is that you cannot cook a lot of food at any one time and this can be annoying if you have guests or a large quantity of food to cook
Overall a great product give you a healthier option to cooking food, it is also quicker and a more convenient way of cooking a wide range of different foods all under the one grill at once. George Foreman has created another great lean mean grilling machine.
We all want to try and eat healthier but the temptation when walking round the supermarket can make things difficult so anything that can help in the quest for a healthier lifestyle is a good thing. Fat reducing grills are a brilliant invention and the George Foreman grills are the best known ones on the market. I now own two George Forman grills and I have varying opinions on them. The larger one is fantastic but this smaller compact grill is not so good and has a few problems that stop it from becoming a must use appliance in my kitchen.
I originally bought the compact grill because I thought it would be handy when I was just cooking for myself. I reasoned the smaller grill would be easier to clean and take up less room on the worktop. It only cost me £19.99 which is a cheap price but then they do say you get what you pay for.
On opening the box for the compact grill I was surprised by just how small it actually is and it is only slightly larger than a toastie machine. The manufacturers state that the grill can cook two portions of food at once but this wasn't really my experience of it.
The compact grill is similar to the other George Forman Grills on the market being that it has a duel griddle on top and bottom with channels in it for the fat to drain out of the grill into a plastic drip tray that is included.
Extremely easy to use all you have to do is plug the grill in and place the food on the griddle. There are no buttons or complicated settings, the grill has a light that tells you when the grill is at its hottest.
It's a nice looking little grill being silver coloured and being built with an angle for the fat to drip easy it is curvy and quite modern looking. For people who don't have the space to store the grill out of sight I don't think anyone would be offended having this out on the worktop.
So far so good but the problems start when you go to cook food as it is just too small to be practical. Cooking one piece of meat is absolutely fine but when trying to cook anymore you will find there just isn't enough room. It is so small that I can't even fit two decent sized pieces of chicken breast onto it. This is fine if you live alone and are only cooking one thing but for anyone who cooks for more than one person or has a big appetite like me then the compact grill pretty much becomes unusable.
It also seems to take much longer to heat up and cook meat than my larger George Forman does, I'm not sure whether this is due to it being so much smaller or because it is only 700 watts of power but the difference in cooking times is very noticeable.
Cleaning the grill is also a bit of a faff as the griddle plates can't be removed and although they are supposed to be non stick if you leave the cleaning after cooking for any amount of time then you will need to really give it some elbow grease to remove everything. It can also be awkward to get into the grooves as they are so narrow. This isn't a major problem but can be irritating.
I also hate cleaning the drip tray as by the time I get to it the fat has congealed and I need to put it in the microwave to melt it again. However the fact the drip tray has congealed fat in it just goes to show how impressive even this George Forman grill is in removing the fat from meat.
I would definitely recommend anyone get themselves a George Forman grill but just not the compact one as it is far too small to be truly practical. A good idea from the George Forman company but unfortunately it didn't work this time.
Oh dear, we have one of these in our house, infact I think we have more than one, but it is hardly ever used. It was bought when George Foreman products were all the rage, though I think the buzz has died down a bit now. If you aren't familiar with these contraptions, they are designed to grill food in an efficient way and also make your meals that bit healthier...you basically do not have to fry them!
Dead easy to use, plug into the mains and you are ready to go. The design of the machine is enchanting with a futuristic silver plating effect. This works well in our kitchen and compliments the fridge! You simply lift the lid and place your desired food items onto the griddle and turn on.
There are dual plates which means the food can get cooked quickly and evenly. I have found it works well on a wide variety of foods, from cheeses, if you want to melt them over toast, fish, vegetables, if you lay carrots flat for instance, this works quite well, as well on meats. Grilling chicken is ideal, because the juices can drain off into the supplied 'fat collection' tray that comes with the grill.
There is no denying that grilling is healthier, but sometimes, it does take a while to get things grilled, which means you need to keep checking on what you are cooking. This is one of the downsides of the product. The other downside is the cleaning process. If you do stuff in the oven, it's a case of slamming it on a baking tray. This needs cleaning much more regularly and the dried juices can get stuck if you leave them to dry on the machine for too long.
In terms of versatility and price, it ticks the right boxes and it is a nifty little gadget for healthy eating. Probably not suitable for larger families because it is quite petite, but handy for the person who wants to whip up a quick grilled snack for him or herself of an evening. Prices hover around fifteen to twenty pounds.
We initially purchased a George Foreman grill not due to its purported health benefits, but because we wanted a versatile toasted sandwich maker! Back during my undergrad days, one of my housemates brought the grill to our manky student kitchen and shared it with us for the entire year. Whilst he used it often to grill a variety of meats and vegetables, we all primarily used it to make cheese and tomato sandwiches. It being a student house, it was rarely cleaned very well, and the dish which caught all the dripping fat was pretty atrocious after a couple of uses - but when it was cleaned, it was a surprisingly easy undertaking (with the fork-like plastic object which scraped the residue off of the grill and its crevices).
From those inauspicious beginnings, the idea of the George Foreman grill was planted in my mind, and upon becoming a proper adult, I resolved to make it one of my first kitchen purchases.
I have used the grill primarily for making steak for my husband and I, and it works a treat. The meat is left so juicy but without any of the burnt bits that can come with cooking steak in a pan. It also leaves those great grill marks on the meat - a simple pleasure in the middle of February in a tiny flat kitchen! Of course, it has also been used for the occasional melted sandwich - delicious.
The grill is incredibly simple to use and, now that we are proper functioning adults, easy to maintain. A great, quite inexpensive addition to your kitchen.
Back in May 2008 I purchased my very own Baby George Foreman grill, an appliance I simply can't do without. Since its purchase it is used primarily to grill up steaks and fish without the added oils and usual fats associated with meats in general. Sometimes it has been used as a Panini style press too and all the while saves time on conventional cooking where fat removal is concerned. Cleaning the plates seems to take faster than scrubbing saucepans and frying pans when it's all over, too! When my mum took a fancy to the Baby George Foreman I knew that eventually I'd have to buy another one and at John Lewis and Argos it seems the baby version is no longer available. Step forward the George Foreman compact grill 17894 and an early pre-Christmas gift bought by Nar for Nar! This grill only costs around £5.04 more this time around than my Baby Grill (£14-95 versus £19-99) so it was good to see that Salton (the company who own George Foreman in the UK) have launched another budget compact sized grill that won't break the bank. Claimed to be able to accommodate 2 portions of food product instead of one and still remaining to be effectively compact in the kitchen, I was sceptical as to how George Foreman's latest grill would survive. After all, just how many models do Salton need to keep launching year after year all claiming to do the same thing?
**This is a long review**
Out of the box reveals a slightly bigger surface area than the Baby Grill that had approximately 207cm-squared surface area. The 17894 has a 245cm-squared surface area but by lifting up the again-silver painted finished lid, I wasn't that taken by the bigger space because everything has to be cooked sideways. On this model you can successfully cook two slices of bacon lengthwise than my old 13631 model however. Salton have been sneaky here though; they may have improved the size but the power level is down; Baby Grill had 800 watts, this new model has 700 watts.
Like the baby version, the George Foreman 17894 has very similar and clearly identifiable features similar to that of a toastie machine including a floating hinge that allows you to accommodate bulky foods and a cleaning spatula. From the moment you plug the GF 17894 in, it begins to heat up and alerts you by its constant orange LED until the hot plates are at the highest cooking temperature and then the light goes out. That's when you add the meat or whatever you want to cook directly onto the plates. On this model however, the slats that meet the bottom have been raised up higher to extend the bottom lip of the food product you're cooking, keeping it more level and elevated at the same time so that the juices or oils flood away faster. Naturally as with all GF grills, the plates are entirely non-stick coated and everything you put in comes out with a seared effect thanks to the grill plates putting their mark on everything.
The newer collecting dish is also shallower but much easier to clean than my Baby model. What a pity it doesn't clip to the base of the grill like the previous model though because the slightest flick will dodge the fat collecting dish out of the way from the grill thus it's always best to direct your cooking tasks away from the grill. The dish is also "top rack" only dishwasher safe for those who have dishwashers. A long black cord at the back is easy to duck out of the way, although its about time Salton fitted a cool base on these models where cords could be wrapped around like toasters and kettles to make the actual appliance a bit more space efficient.
The user manual is rather basic but logical. For vegetable kebabs and grilled style bananas, there are two rather lovely tasting recipes within it and 15 additional mixed recipes. Additionally paying homage to American, George Foreman perhaps, 14 additional burger recipes are also included. The user manual suggests that if low fat margarine or similar spreads are used in lieu of oil, they may burn the non-stick coating on the plates themselves. For those, like me on diets, using oil sprays such as "Fry Light," however doesn't pose a problem. Unlike a microwave, this is one appliance you have to stand and guard however.
When I bought my first Baby Grill however, I seldom needed to use additional oil to get meat or fish cooking and it's really the same here with the GF 17984. When cooking raw, meats tend to take up to 10 to 15 minutes although there is a guide in the user manual that gives you an average cooking time and plenty of warnings about raw meat and pre-cooked meat. It can also handle frozen food but then you're looking at a lengthier cooking time and the shallow dish underneath can't cope with the additional watery liquid because of its flat capacity, often prone to over flowing. Largely common sense should tell you to cut raw meat as it is cooking to check if it has been cooked, for example.
In terms of accommodation the GF 17894 can take up to two portions of steaks, be it pork, fish, beef, lamb, turkey or even Quorn steaks and thanks to its length wise shape, only two portions can be accommodated length wise but it always seems a bit of a squeeze. I couldn't cope with two 5oz steaks one day for example and had to cook them separately! There are notches on the bottom plate that shows you where you should line up two portions of food for example but thanks to its curved back it isn't always possible to get the food on thanks to the notched alignments, and they're not really needed so it's hard to see why Salton have added them.
It is here that the first downside makes itself more apparent for the burger recipes because the GF 17894 lacks an actual burn warmer on top of the unit. Like my Baby Grill however, the GF 17894 has a lovely silver finish to it and the model name and brand are shown on top with accents here and there to make the model look smooth and flush. However the whole unit gets very hot in use - Salton have not heat insulated the unit and carries a strong warning to use oven gloves each time you lift the top hatch to gain access to food. In this respect although my Baby Grill wasn't heat insulated either, the differences of build quality are very much apparent between these two models - the older and smaller grill has a heavier weight actioned by the metal top and a lip that can be picked open without gloves. On the GF 17894 plastic has replaced metal and it doesn't feel too good in use, particularly for robustness or heat insulation.
Another issue is storage space. Salton have obviously realised that they can make more of a money-spinner by producing grills that have elevated angles and slimmer appearances and although the GF 17894 has an angle built in; it's not without its compromises. For storing away I found the GF 17894 to be bulkier than my smaller Baby Grill. This is because Salton have raised the bottom with a "heel" making it less easier to store away in an upright position. It sits too proud and bulky and takes up far too much space despite its flatter top surface. Sadly for Salton, this grill doesn't feel as well made because of the plastic top, regardless of its stubby feet on the base.
Cleaning is as easy as just switching it on and it surprises me over the years as to many consumers who moan how difficult it is to clean a slatted grill plate! Don't bother leaving it to the end after you have finished your meal. All I do - and it's one tip that even the user manual suggests - is to wipe the plates with a piece of damp kitchen towel after the grill has been immediately switched off (evidently with grease you'll need to put some washing liquid on it) - however - what the user manual doesn't say is the next additional piece of handy info which you can do for ANY of the George Foreman grills. Simply splash vinegar and cold water and allow to drip on the plate after the food has been removed. You'll find it sizzles and removes the grease upon contact and wipe with copious amount of paper towel. It's the fastest way possible of bringing the plates up to a clean state. You'll also avoid scrubbing because the vinegar cuts the grease and all you do is wipe away the excess. Because vinegar is an acid, it also acts as a hygienic cleaner that can be used with food machines.
As for oiling the plates - there really isn't any need unless you want to add taste to the product you've added.
For hygiene fans, use a damp soft sponge with washing liquid to get the grease and fat off the grill plates. Both procedures must be done by adults however! It only takes me seconds to do rather than hours if you leave the grill tatty and dirty and attack everything when it comes to wash up. Sadly the plates aren't removable on this model and cleaning has to be done manually. The outside body can also be wiped clean with a damp cloth and surprisingly despite the flat dish don't forget to wipe the underside where the oil drips off as it can create a horrible line of grease that will prove awkward to work out later on in its life.
Like my own Baby Grill, the GF 17894 heats up in seconds, cooks to perfection and meat and fish steaks come out succulent, full of nutritional value and never taste overly dry (well, unless you leave a beef steak on for too long.) Certainly if you need a compact health grill that won't allow your food to swim in grease then this latest health grill will pose as the starter model on the market. It doesn't always accommodate two portions of food successfully though, the fat collecting dish can over flow if you put frozen products onto grill and it could be so much better built to the same standard as my Baby Grill is for the extra £5 purchase price incurred. For safety conscious buyers it is also about time Salton also improved its heat insulation for these cooking appliances, no matter how small or large they come in. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2010
Short name: George Foreman 17894