“ For health conscious grillers! With its sloping, non-stick surface all the unhealthy fat flows into a separate tray. The Baby Grill has a floating hinge and cooking plates which means that your food is evenly grilled every time. Spatula and drip tray included. „
If you're serious about losing weight while still enjoying red meat, this is a great option, but it's no surprise to see it regularly top lists of unused gadgets. Realistically, the marketing hype probably outstrips its value to most people. This is the ideal model for a single person, as it's a low cost and small alternative to some of the other George Foreman models. It's great to be able to grill stuff while also using the oven if you don't have a dual oven.
Cooking results are generally very good - fantastic for sausages and mushrooms especially. However, really thick cuts of meat tend to cook a bit slowly and unevenly, the less crispy outcome of bacon isn't going to be to everyone's tastes, and fish fingers are left almost inedible. Additionally, it's hard to avoid some amount of fat dripping onto the worktop, the spatula tends to attract dirt, and the cleaning can be an ordeal - and seems to get worse once you've failed to do it immediately once, which is sometimes unavoidable in a busy lifestyle.
I was bought this small George Foreman grill as a birthday present by my brother who knows that I'm health conscious but still enjoy tasty food! I've always tried to avoid having loads of different kitchen gadgets and appliances after learning from my mum who regularly bought something new, used it once, and then it gathered dust for years after. However, my mum actually uses her George Foreman grill regularly, and affectionally calls it 'George'.
So far I have used it for toasties, chicken and burgers. I also tried grilling fish with it, however this was a bit of a mess and the fish stuck very easily. I think I just need to improve my technique though! The grill heats up very quickly and it's easy to check on the food while cooking by just lifting the cool lid. It's amazing how much fat ends up in the drip tray, which really shocked me as usually I fry things like chicken, burgers, sausages etc!
After cooking it's really easy to clean, just wipe off with a damp cloth while the grill is still slightly warm. Even the sticky burger fat came off easily, whereas normally I would have to soak the grill or frying pan before scouring off (and normally ruining my pan!).
I would definitely recommend one of these grills. It is a perfect size for one or two people, any more and the larger sizes would be more useful. These grills have come down in price quite a lot recently, after the initial popularity quite a few years ago, so they can be quite a bargain.
I'm a big meat eater and usually cook my meat in pans on the hob but recently invested in a George Foreman grill. I went for the smaller Baby grill and have found it to be more than big enough, you can cook two decent chicken breasts or four sausages comfortably. If cooking for a family then you would be better off with a larger version of this model.
One of the main reasons that I was attracted to a George Foreman grill was for the health benefits. It is incredible to see how much fat can drain out of the food that you are cooking (cooking sausages is quite an eye opener!). I cook all sorts on my grill now, vegetables are an unexpected bonus. It is also a must if you work long hours as you can simply pop the meat in and do other things whilst it cooks, without having to keep an eye on it.
One problem can be if a chicken breast is not an even size then it can be difficult for the plates to make contact with all of the meat. It is also wise to double check that larger portions have been cooked through.
Cleaning the grill is very simple, and the non-stick plates make it easy. I just pour water on mine when it is still hot and the majority of the grime washes straight off, then just a quick soapy scrub to get the grease off.
When Mr Lools and I moved into our first home together 6 years ago we were very keen on buying kitchen appliances, but because we had a small kitchen bench and cupboard space was limited. At this point in our lives (pre children) we were massively into eating healthy and going to the gym (at least 5 times a week!) so any appliance that supported this way of life was considered essential. So one of our first purchases to go in our new kitchen was the George Foreman 13631 Grill.
*** George Foreman 13631 Grill***
The George Foreman 13631 Grill is a small portable grill which will cook two portions of food (two large chicken breasts) on its sloping grill, minimising the amount of fat in the food you are cooking. This is the general concept of the George Foreman grills that they grill meat "healthily" and you can see the fat dripping off the food as it cooks into a plastic tray which you place under the grill and then dispose of the fat once you have finished cooking.
The outer casing of the grill is silver. The bottom of the grilling surface is 270mm by 27mm and is made from black non-stick metal very much like a griddle pan. On the lid of the grill there is also the same sized grill plate which when you pull down cooks food on both sides when it is inside of the grill.
The grill is available from a number of stores including Argos, Tesco and Amazon. At the time of writing (August 2011) you can purchase this grill new from Amazon for £9.99. We purchased this from Argos over 6 years ago which cost £19.99. Since purchasing in 2005 there have been new models of this George Foreman appliance brought out which are more widely stocked by main high-street retailers which follow the same grilling concept.
The main reason we purchased this grill was because of its compact size and that it would reduce the amount of fat in the meat we were cooking. Also at the time we purchased this grill I never cooked meals for more than Mr Lools and I so did not have the need for a larger grill.
To turn on and use you simple plug in and turn on at the plug and the grill plates start to heat up. I found the grill would heat up in around 3 minutes. On the lid there is an indicator which lights up red when the grill plates are ready to use.
There are grill plates on the base and the lid so food cooks from both sides and therefore quicker than it would on a standard grill. Personally I would always turn the food during cooking even though it was cooking on both sides. I found that food cooked more evenly by doing so as the bottom grill plate on our grill was always hotter than the top plate on the lid. I also found if I didn't do so the food would often stick to the grill plates despite them having a non-stick coating. This was particularly the case when cooking steak which I am very pedantic when cooking to ensure it is cooked evenly.
When cooking the top section of the grill did stay cool to touch despite it being attached to a hot grill plate. I did find that you need to take care when opening the grill when cooking and you should carefully lift the lid at the front of the grill where there is a grooved handle. On a number of occasions I did lift the lid holding too close to the edge and burn my fingers as around the edge of the lid it does heat up. I also did find you need to take care to keep your face away and stand back slightly as you are cooking meat when you lift the lid as sometimes this motion means hot steam shoots upwards.
The fat does run off the grill and into the drip tray however you need to ensure you place this drip tray under the grill and allow it to be positioned completely central so fat can be caught even if it runs backwards from the grill. If you position too far forwards all of the fat may not be caught. I generally found that at the start of grilling fat runs out of the meat and into the tray quite quickly but this reduces and I first used to worry that the tray would overflow but in all of the time of cooking, even with two pieces of meat the tray never overflowed. By the time the meat was cooked the drips of fat into the tray were minimal. I also found by squishing the meat down with the lid during cooking mean more fat came out of the meat.
The grill generally cooks enough food suitable for portions for two people however there were exceptions and needed to use the grill again to ensure I had cooked enough food. When cooking chicken breasts I could easily fit two large breasts onto the grill but did find that it was advisable when I first placed these onto the grill raw to press down with some pressure on the lid to squash down slightly in order to cook quicker and more evenly. If the chicken breasts were particularly thick I did find that the grill would often burn the outside of them before the middle was cooked enough hence why I would try and squash down initially.
I often found when cooking two pieces of steak I needed to do this separately in order to fit under the grill. However with burgers if positioned correctly I could fit 3 onto the grill. I often used to cook bacon on the grill and could fit 6-8 rashers on at once but this took some skilful positioning. It was often worth putting 3 pieces of bacon on the grill, waiting 20 seconds for it to shrink then place the rest of the rashers onto the grill.
The power cable on this George Foreman grill is less than 1m in length. This means you are quite restricted as to where you can put the grill as you need to be close to a plug socket. In my old kitchen, plug sockets were limited (as was bench space) so when using this grill we often had to unplug other appliances in order to put it on a bench near a plug socket.
Mr Lools mainly used to get put on washing up duties of this grill (after all I had cooked) and he did find cleaning the grill a chore. When food had been burn onto the grill or if you had cooked a piece of meat that a lot of fat came out of, he did used to complain that it was tough to get this off the non-stick grill plates. Obviously before cleaning you do need to ensure the appliance is off and the plates have cooled down but it is advisable to not let the plates cool down to much or leave the plates dirty for too long as it becomes more difficult to clean them. We didn't burn food but often found food stuck to the plates. When cooking chicken for example it was easier to clean the grill and this could be done by wiping down the plates with a damp soapy cloth and rinsing. When cooking bacon I did find that food burn onto the grill and you needed to use a scourer and lightly rub the plates to get this off.
My issue if you do not clean thoroughly is that the next time you use you get a taste of the food you cooked previously hence why we always ensured we cleaned the grill plates fully.
The grill has been used for over 6 years now and is still going strong. Being honest we do not use this grill quite so frequently as now when we cook we tend to use our grill tray in the oven as we usually cook bigger portions and cook our meat with other flavours or sauces which you can't do as easily with this grill plate. On the occasions though when Mr Lools is working away I find myself using this grill as it is a perfect size for single portions and very convenient if you want a simple grilled piece of meat quickly.
Once you have finished using the grill and cleaned it is compact enough to fit easily in a kitchen cupboard. The power cable wraps around the grill when the lid is down and sits very flat in a cupboard. You do need to ensure you store the plastic drip tray somewhere safe in order to not lose this.
I would definitely recommend this grill to those that are not cooking large amounts or enough to make up to 2 portions. It's the perfect size for someone living on their own or a couple. For under £20 this is excellent value for money and the compact size of the grill when in use and not in use means it is great for kitchens that are lacking in cupboard or bench space.
In terms of cooking the grill cooks very effectively and ensures that the amount of fat in food is reduced. You can actually see the fat dripping in the tray under the grill which although isn't pleasant it is quite reassuring to think that fat has been removed from your food before you eat it.
The grill does take some cleaning but this is not as time consuming as a grill tray in an oven and I personally would recommend cleaning as soon after cooking as possible to make this task easier.
After 6 years our grill is still going strong however our strict health and fitness regime is not, although the grill does push us in the right direction.
I've mentioned in a couple of recent reviews that it's the time of the year now when I spend a lot of time away from home and stay at our caravan at the Seaside. A few of my reviews have been about the appliances I bought specifically for the caravan as when we bought it we had effectively had a second home to kit out and rather than carry things backwards and forwards from home it made sense for us to invest in a second kettle, toaster, fridge etc.. Fortunately there were some items I didn't have to buy again and one of them is the focus of this review; The George Foreman Baby Grill.
A Baby Grill??
Don't be alarmed, I'm not a cannibal - the name of this grill is in reference to its size, not what can be cooked on it although I do think it's an unfortunate name to be lumbered with in all honesty, however compared to some of the Grills available from the George Foreman range this is, indeed, the baby of the family. I wont bore you with too many superfluous details on who George Foreman is and what these grills are as they have been around for years now and whilst they were innovative and the cause of much interest when they first appeared on the market they have been around long enough for people to know what they are and what they do.
In case anyone is new to the concept though and for the purpose of a thorough review a George Foreman Grill is designed in such a way to allow any fat that is present in meat (for example) to run down the ridges of the hot plate and be collected in the supplied container. Essentially the grill is constructed of 2 ridged hotplates which are hinged together at the back of the machine and are set at a slight angle rather than being completely flat, its the degree of the angle and the fact that food doesn't sit flat on the hotplates that allow any fat to come free from the meat you are cooking so you end up eating a healthier piece of meat rather than one which contains quite as much of the bad stuff. Grilling is always a healthier alternative to frying as the vast majority of people nowadays know, you don't need to add any oil or fat to the cooking process with a George Foreman Grill and any fat which is released is handily collected ready for disposal.
We've owned our Baby George for a number of years now and our model is the same as the one pictured here, White in colour with the product name and Mr Foreman's printed signature on the top this is something that has had a lot of use from us in the time we have owned it and especially by me in particular. My wife isn't a vegetarian but will not eat or touch Beef so any burgers or steaks that I fancy eating have to be cooked by me. We went for the 'Baby' option rather than buying one of the bigger grills as we knew that it would be primarily used by me specifically for the meat I wanted to cook and as it would be just me cooking for one person it seemed daft to spend more than we had to one something that would be too big for my limited requirements. Storing it away when not in use was another consideration, we don't (by choice) have anything on our worktops in our kitchen at home so finding space for this in a cupboard needed to be taken into account, for us this was the Grill to go for as it seemed to offer exactly what I was looking for and even now, some 4 or 5 years later it is still going strong and still gets used on a regular basis.
To give an idea on the size of this grill it is described as being able to cook 2 portions of food. In practical terms this means that you can probably fit 2 large chicken breasts on the bottom hotplate or 4 burgers at a push. You can get a decent sized piece of steak onto the bottom plate with very few concerns and if you want to you could add a few mushrooms or a halved tomato if you juggle around the positioning of things as they are cooking. Realistically speaking this isn't very good for anyone wanting to cook for a family unless you are prepared to repeat the cooking process a few times in succession, however for one person or even two people it should offer enough space to cook a single piece of meat each or one or two burgers depending on their appetite and who you are cooking for.
Because the Grill has an upper and lower hotplate I find that food cooks a lot quicker than if it was placed under the grill of a cooker, it stands to reason that it would given the fact it is being cooked from beneath as well as from the top so you should find that things like burgers and steaks don't take as long when this is used. The non-stick hotplates are usually very easy to clean and only need a wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any food which may have got caught in the ridges, I say 'usually' because I'm quite fussy when it comes to cooking meat so like to make sure that it is thoroughly cooked all the way through so do tend to overcook mine to the point of almost burning it if I'm being honest, the clean up process therefore requires a little more effort from me then it really ought to but that's not really a fault of the grill itself.
The only minor criticism I would have with the Baby Grill is that it's mains lead is rather short and so has to be placed rather close to a plug socket when in use, it does make it easier to store away though as there isn't a huge amount of wire to have to wrap around the machine itself but do bear this in mind if you have kitchen cupboards above your sockets. You shouldn't leave the machine unattended anyway whilst it's cooking food and the outer layer of the upper hotplate does stop a lot of the heat from rising but it does still remain warm to the touch when the lid is closed and the grill is on. Do also bear in mind that any fat that is released down the ridges will need to be caught otherwise it will just end up all over your kitchen counter, you do get a plastic container tray with the machine when you buy one but we lost ours ages ago so now have to position a plate where that should stand instead. When we did have the plastic container I remember it being easy to clean and obviously very easy to store away when not in use - so much so that ours was put away once never to be seen again!
On the underside of the machine is the model number, ours is the 13631 and was first introduced onto the market a good few years ago, unfortunately it would appear that later models have superseded this particular one so its availability is limited to the second hand market or Ebay now. The later models offer the same features as this one but are cosmetically different in appearance and whilst I wouldn't normally write a review on an item which was not currently available to buy the fact that we have had ours for over 4 years and still use it regularly means that I rate the George Foreman brand very highly.
There are many options when it comes to selecting a George Foreman Grill nowadays, there are many different sizes, shapes and colours available and prices will vary to which model you choose. When we bought the Baby Grill it cost around £20 and the comparable model now - the 17894 retails for £17.00 on amazon so not much difference in terms of price, it seems to offer exactly the same features as ours so presumably is the latest incarnation of the Baby Grill.
If you are cooking for just yourself and want a healthier way to cook meat then the Baby Grill would get a sure fire recommendation from me, ours is still going strong years after we first bought it and still grills food as evenly as it did the day we took it out of its box. It's easy to store away when not in use, pretty easy to keep clean when it has been used and because of its small size means that it can be transported from home to our caravan with no concerns whatsoever. Five stars from me as a rating, thanks for reading my review.
I seem to have defaulted into the wedding presents category yet again but we received our grill as a wedding present - which was great because we didn't have an oven or a grill in our first flat so it was used rather a lot!
As we don't eat meat in our house we didn't use it to cook meats so the tray that catches all the excess fat drippings from meat didn't really need cleaned a whole lot. However, my brother then came to live with us and it needed cleaning A LOT as he does eat meat and used it for absolutely everything; sausages and burgers mostly. Then one time we were off on holiday and he "forgot" (read: is lazy) to clean it and it got really mouldy! Yuck. I washed it in bleach and this took care of the problem, however, so it really is easy to clean - even when attacked by mould!
It's about the same size as a sandwich toaster, with a silver outer casing and a light that tells you it's heating up. It has grill plates on either side of the grill which means food is evenly cooked. Once the food is cooked it leaves it with a nice smoky taste and grill marks on the food. As it was a present I don't know the price of the grill and can only guesstimate it's around the £30-40 mark.
It's very easy to clean, as I mentioned. You just turn on the grill, heat it up and then unplug and run a damp cloth over the grill plates - viola, job done. The outer casing is also hard wearing and very easy to clean, just needs a wipe down. My grill came with a spatula but for bigger pieces of food it isn't really necessary - we just use a fork these days. The plug is very long so will stretch round awkward kitchen corners but I had noticed the bottom of the grill gets very hot! So watch it.
Overall it's a great little product and worth a shot.
This was given to us as a wedding present and I do use it semi regularly, but it is not something that I would have bought as we do not get enough use out of it for the cost and space taken up in the cupboard.
The grilling machine has to be plugged in. You wait for the light to go out, which tells you that it is up to heat, then you can add the food. It can be used to grill a wide variety of things including burgers, sausages, bacon, vegetables, sandwiches etc. It comes with drip tray and plastic spatula. you have to be careful not to use metal impliments or scourers on it which will damage the non stick coating.
I now only use it for toasted sandwiches. I prefer them done in here than in a dedicated sandwich toaster, as they seal the edges which makes them all hard and crunchy. In the George Foreman grill they stay nice and soft; the downside is that more of the filling comes out when cooking. The grill is small so you can only fit one sandwich on at a time, which means that cooking four sandwiches for lunch ends up taking quite a long time, and there is lots of waiting around.
When I first had the grill I tried cooking burgers, sausages etc. on it but now don't bother and just cook them in the grill, for a number of reasons. The grill is small and you struggle to fit two burgers on it, so that is only any good for a single person. If you wanted to use it as a real alternative to the grill you would have to buy a much bigger one. You have to get the machine out, clean it and put it away again after use. This is a fair amount more effort than just using a grill, which I have lined with foil so it doesn't require cleaning every time I use it.
The grills are marketed as healthy as the grooves run the fat away from the food into a little tray (if you remember to put the tray there first, otherwise you will have a big mess to clean up!). However, this is exactly the same as a conventional grill so I don't see this is really any better. They do cook both sides at once, so cook quicker than under a grill and don't have to be turned over. However, I do not find that it grills evenly as the bottom always grills quicker than the top, so I have to keep checking on the food and moving it from top to bottom, or turning it around in the case of a sandwich. So I don't find this any better than a grill either.
All in all I feel that this is one of those gimiky items that many people buy but rarely use in reality, until it ends up just collecting dust in a cupboard. If you are thinking of getting one I would advise you to think carefully first about how much you will really use it, and whether you will really go to the effort of getting it out and cleaning it every time, rather than just sticking your food under the grill as normal.
On a plus, I imagine it is cheaper to run than a grill.
When I lived at home my mum brought a George Foreman grill not long after they came out and I was very impressed with it, so needless to say when I brought my own house a George Foreman grill was at the top of my list of kitchen appliances. Lucky for us we did not have to buy one as my fiancée's mum gave us hers which she had only used once (she couldn't get on with it) a year later it broke, there was no way I could cook without one, I use it for everything!!!!! So that day I decided to go any buy one.
My new George Foreman (or baby George as its known as) is much smaller than the old one, it is described as a 3 potion George Foreman and I guess you can fit about 3 average size portions of chicken on it. I decided on the small one as being vegetarian it is only my fiancée that eats meat, and this is the main thing I cook on it.
The Appearance of George
The outside of the George Foreman grill is entirely silver and slightly more rounded than the one in the picture, I assume they have changed it slightly, it has none slip feet so that it does not slide about on your work surface and also articulated hinges meaning that you can easily cook thicker pieces of meat and do not struggle to fit them on the grill. On the lid of the grill is the George Foreman signature written in black, this is seen on all George Foreman Grills as far as I know. There is a handle at the front making it easy to lift the lid to check on the food without burning yourself and also a small orangey red light. Now my old George Foreman had a timer on it, this one is much more basic, the red light simply means that the grill is heating up, once the light has gone out it is ready to start using. Whilst having a timer and temperature gage on the old George Foreman was useful, I have not really missed it not being on the new George Foreman.
Once you lift the lid of the grill you see the actual plates used for cooking, these are black and ridged with quite deep grooves in, this allows the fat to run out of the meat down the grooves and away from the food. The plates are top and bottom with the bottom ones being sloped, again to help the fat run away they are also non stick which means, obviously, that your food does not stick to the grill plates. The wire on my new George Foreman is not that long which could be a problem for some people, however I can easily put it near to a plug socket so the short wire does not cause me any problems.
All George Foreman grills come with a plastic spatula to turn the food over and pick it up and a drip tray to catch all the fat that runs out of the meat, the amount of fat that runs out really surprises me!!!!
How to Use George
With my new George Foreman grill you simply place the drip tray under the edge of the grill plates at the front and plug it in, the light on top will come on meaning that it is heating up. Once the light has gone out this means the grill is ready to start cooking. You then place the food onto the grill plates evenly spaced to allow even cooking (according to the booklet) and close the lid. The plates top and bottom means that the food cooks evenly and all the way through at it is getting heat from the bottom and on top, this also makes cooking time reasonably quick which is very handy!!! Even though the food is being cooked from the top and bottom I still turn it occasionally using the plastic spatula provided. The cooking process is basically the same as cooking on a normal grill in that you just check it every now and then to see if it is cooked, the only difference is that any fat in the meat runs out of meaning that it is a much healthier way of cooking.
What you can cook on George
Well in short basically anything. As I have said I use my George Foreman mainly for cooking meat as I find it much healthier, it is scary to see how much fat comes out of some meats and to think that had you not cooked it on the George Foreman you could have been eating that (well my fiancée not me) Anyway other things that can be cooked on George are sea foods, vegetables, fruits (I have not tried this) sandwiches, meat wise any type of meat can be cooked on George Foreman including chicken (although make sure it is cook all the way through) The cooking time depends on what you are cooking, vegetables for example will take much less time that meat so as there is no timer on this particular George Foreman you just have to keep an eye on things. Very think foods can be cooked on the George Foreman grill however they may take much longer.
I have heard a lot of people say that they do not like their George Foreman grill as it is hard to clean, that is the reason my fiancée's mum never used hers, personally it couldn't be easier or quicker. To clean it all you need is some soapy water and a sponge, I just plug mine in a let it heat up a little then wipe it over with the sponge and water then rinse. By heating it up it means any fat still stuck on the plates with soften making it easy to wipe away with a sponge. You must never use harsh cleaning products or scourers on the plates as this will remove the non stick coating and scratch them causing food to stick when cooking. Once the plates are clean you just unplug it, let it cool and put it away.
One thing I will say about George Foreman grills being a little tricky to clean is that although the plates are very simple to wash fat does sometimes get on the underneath of the grill and over time this makes it greasy so it is a good idea to give it a good clean all over from time to time, however this can be done when the grill is cool otherwise you could burn yourself (I have done this on many occasions)
I would certainly recommend anyone buys a George Foreman grill, I wouldn't be without mine, its a quick, easy and most importantly healthy way to cook especially if you are a meat eater. They are very cheap to buy,my 'baby George' only cost me £20, come are much more expensive and a lot more comprehensive than mine, however if like me all you want is a basic George Foreman grill to cook on this one is perfect, it is not very big but I can fit everything I need to on mine, as I said previously you can easily fit 3 pieces of chicken on it or about 8 sausages so if you are a small family then this would be just the right size.
A healthy way to cook
Can cook anything on it
Not too big and bulky fits nicely into cupboards and doesn't take up too much work surface space
Easy to clean
I have lived on my own for 2 years in a studio flat with no space for an oven people ask me how I survive.... It's the Baby George Foreman!
All I have is a microwave and this George Foreman. Its light small durable and has many uses. This is the best kitchen gadget ever. As one would expect it grills meats ect.. but I also use it for grilling vegetable kebabs, warming bread, pannis, toasted sandwiches and even fruit!
I got my grill in the sale at £14.99 however I think usually price is about £18 which is a bargain. It is easy to use switch on with lid down, add cooking spray or oil, wait for the red light to turn off and away you go.
The grill comes with a basic cooking guide and a few recipe ides. It also comes with a drip tray and plastic spatula so you don't scratch the gill with something metal. It does not get too hot to touch and is very easy to clean. Just simply wipe down with water and a sponge. (I tend to do this when it still warm as it makes it easier.
The only down side to this grill is if you are cooking for more than one person you are better getting the next size up however for me living on my own its perfect and best of all its healthier than frying!
We bought this grill about a month ago from Amazon and we love it. I like it because it does the job; it cuts out the grease and the fat. It's easy to use and I don't have to worry about cleaning up extra cooking pans. The non-stick surface is wonderful, thank goodness there's no sticky foods stuck to the grill. This grill cooks and holds enough and is the right size for two people. It comes with a tray that catches the grease and fat so you don't have to worry about having a mess all over your kitchen counter.
Another advantage to this grill is that it does get very hot and it cooks the food just as it would on a regular grill or on a cooker top. It grills burgers, steaks, chicken and veggies to perfection. Investing in one of these grills is a good alternative to healthy cooking.
I was treated to one of these by my mum as a 'moving to your new house(share)' present. It's not my first Foreman-experience, as my mum owns a '6-seater' (as we call it) herself.
As well as an attempt at healthier eating, I find the George Foreman grill a really handy gadget for knocking up a quick meal - less than 10 minutes of minor effort and I have cooked two cooked chicken breasts for my dinner and lunch the following day. We have, however, corrupted these so called healthy gadgets and one of our favourite snacks would be the cheese and bacon toasty. Warm up the George, slap on your bacon, stick two slices of bread in your toaster and you're on your way to a heart-attack inducing snack of epic proportions. Pop the toast once done, whack a cheese slice on each piece of toast, sandwich your cooked bacon inside and pop back on the grill for 30 seconds to toast to perfection - enjoy! (note, I'm not responsible for any hospital trips resulting from this delicious snack)
I can't think of any downsides to this grill, other than a few extra lbs on the scale after discovering some alternative recipes! It couldn't be simplier to use, switch on, allow to heat up then leave your food on it until it's cooked!
This George Foreman was definately worth the price i paid for it. Able to cook pratically anything, my favourite being bacon and steaks,it can also grill vegetables or any other BBQ foods. The system is very small and compact too, making it easy for storage. Not much food can be cooked at one time on this, after all it is a baby grill.
Its also very easy to use, just simply let it warm up for 5 mins, throw your food on and its done fairly soon, whilst at the same time it burns all the fat out, making your food a whole lot healthier for you and a lot less greasy.
Its a very small price for a massive usage, as most foods you can cook on here.
The product is very easy to use, and also very to clean with a non-stick grill inside. So no hard scrubbing after your meal!!
I would recommend this product to anyone as its one of the most useful appliances i have used as well as being small, compact and very cheap!!
We wouldn't be without our George Foreman baby grill. it is absolutely fantastic. When these things first came on the Market. I thought whats the point another appliance to clutter the kitchen. We were given one as a wedding present and it is so useful.
It's great for toasted sandiwcihes/wraps/paninins (use part baked baguette), grilling veg, sausages, burgers, halloumi, etc. It's good when you've only a little bit to cook and don't need to heat the whole oven or fry everything in oil.
It comes with a little drip tray which catches any fat, and is really easy to clean. It was really usefyl that it also came with two funny spatulas with ridges to clean the grill part.
We've had ours now for a year and it is till going strong. It also looks quite tidy on the work top so you don't feel you have to put it away.
Goerge Foreman has come up with yet another compact and healthy grill for instant cooking. The rectangular shap is easy to store and the design is simply fabulous.
I was interested in a gadget that woul allow me to cook in very little time and cook healthy as well. The non stick interior (as in any other grill) omit the need to spray any oil before placing meat/vegetables on to it. I have tried cooking mea cutlets, boneless chicken breasts and vegetable a like on this grill and they have turned out just as the product manual claims.
The healthy factor is very important for me and I use this grill for almost every other meal to make the main course that fills my stomach and at the same time retains all it's nutrients intact. I have used the grill for making sandwiches with cooked meat and vegetables. You can innovate with various recipes with this fabulous friend of the kitchen counter.
One of the reasons to why I was attracted to buying a health grill or a low fat reducing grill isn't just because it is healthy. Working 9 to 5 in a school can be particularly stressful and at the end of the day there are times when I just want an instant meal made with fresh ingredients that won't allow me to stand about in my kitchen for more than an hour.
As such with my new health regime I reckoned that instead of putting up with my convection grill which takes an age to heat up and stand back in fear of it flaming because of spitting fat on meats making contact with the radiant element, I would invest in a health grill. At first the options were massive as were the size of current health grills which by now have grown in brand name, feature and price The only store where I could test and feel the products by sight and touch appeared to be John Lewis where a number of different George Foreman products sit on the shelves. One of them being that appears to be the latest of George Foreman products, the Baby 13631 model is priced at £14-95 alongside the same priced 13818 Baby model. Confused.com? I certainly was at the time.
The 13631 model is however recognisable as being fashionably rectangular against the more curvy and organic model, although both grills are painted and made in silver metallic metal and both have the same type of Neon light on the top to show when it is heating up. Just like a toastie machine, when the grill plates have reached their cooking temperature, the light goes out but I took my time in choosing which grill would be more suitable for my needs.
Both grills have 800 watts, which by my reckoning is just about enough power to heat up two non stick grill plates sufficiently and quickly enough before retiring from the kitchen for good. Although this model has a square foot area of 270cm squared whilst the other model has 106cm squared more, it was the general design of this Baby model 13631 which impressed me - neither model have the flip up bun warmer though - but that's beside the point. If I want heated buns I have my Toastabags! The bigger surface area on the more organic model wasn't as impressive even if it has more of a horizontal space compared to the vertical shape of the plates on the grill I had my eye on and the slightly smaller shape was one of the redeeming features of this model.
Back home, out of the box, damp cloth washed down and dried before plugging in I found the Baby grill can manage 2 fillet steaks in terms of size, or chicken breasts, salmon fillets or rashers of bacon and always being 2 of everything in this respect each time the grill is used in terms of bulky foods. The 13818 model that is curvy and more organic in shape has several downsides despite its slightly bigger surface area. For a start my Baby grill has 5 easy to clean slot mounts that are spaced out and hold food produce in before the main plate markings to give food that seared in/grilled look.
Cleaning it afterwards has never been easier whilst the drip tray underneath ensures that no drips ever splash or leak by the sides because of the nature of the angled "down" design of the bottom plate and the fact that drip tray clips under the main lip. On the bigger model there are no more than 12 raised permanent mounts that are thinner, have a higher angled wall raising up to the lid and therefore suggest more cleaning; the drip tray isn't as deep as mine and I noted in the shop that it was quite a feeble shallow dish compared to the high walled version I have. What a great pity this model isn't heat insulated because the George Foreman Baby gets extremely hot during and just after cooking so its best to cool it down before attempting to clean! The bigger surprise is just how hot and fast it heats up - within a minute from the moment the plug is switched on, this grill is ready to go! The thermostat light comes on periodically to show that it is still warming up until it finally shuts off.
A plastic cleaning spatula is also supplied but it doesn't look or feel as if it is made with this model in particular because the plate slats are very wide whilst the spatula isn't and is obvious that it is made and probably a free accessory for all George Foreman products that have the narrow slats against the wider ones here. So instead, one of my micro fibre cloths comes out and with after dampening it down with just tap water, I can clean the non-stick plates in a jiffy. Needless to say because the heating element is permanently attached to the bottom of the grill, this is not an item you can put in a basin or dishwasher but rather cleaning ad hoc on the shelf or worktop where the grill has actually been placed.
When its being used, I've found that raw fresh meat in general can take up to 5 to 7 minutes cooking time which is quite extraordinary, as my Breville grill could never do it this fast! The user manual however suggests that salmon fillets take 3 to 4 minutes but I found that there was a longer cooking time of 8 minutes to sufficiently remove all the oil from the fish as it cooks - and that's before I lift the lid half way through the cooking time to add any herbs or salt for taste.
Like all George Foreman products this Baby grill has a floating hinge that means it can accommodate most foods where most of the time food with equal sides, no matter how thin or thick the product is can be cooked; if the plates can touch both sides then obviously the grill can be of use. So far this week I've been having healthy bacon medallions with the fat removed and the cooking process has been extremely quick and beneficial as the oil and grease roll off into the drip tray underneath. Their widths however are wafer thin, but the Baby grill has had no problems in cooking them despite their thinness. So far I have produced vegetable kebabs, chicken, steak and fish fillets on this grill, with the result each time being perfect tasting and cooked throughly. The user manual does suggest that when liquids run clear this is a good indication that meats have been cooked properly. Although this is a good indicator I still prefer to cut the meat in the middle just to check!
However if there is one other surprise this Baby grill excels at other than its quick performance and ease of cleaning down afterwards, it is the weight compared to its same priced larger squared foot brother. Simply the lightest in the shop, it was one of the benefiting factors to why it appealed to me. The power cord is around 35 cm long, which isn't very much, but the points on the base look as if they can accommodate the cord to be wrapped around it. However it makes sense to keep the rubber coated cord away from the heating element, as the base and top do get quite hot in use. For storing and carrying out of the way, this Baby model is very compact and lightweight to move even though you have to keep the lid down with one hand as there is no internal lock which can lock the plates together for ease of transporting.
The user manual for this model is unclear however; it gives no indication of the model number and the user pages start straight away the moment you open the paper booklet. There are more recipes added to this booklet than an actual user manual. In its defence at least Salton, the company who produce these grills under the GF name have wisely added a diagram picture of the model with the most basic of information. The user manual also suggests that oven gloves be used at all times to lift the lid and when touching the machine in use. That's all very well but the actual pull up lid to this model is mostly cool to the touch and in use remains lukewarm - so I haven't really needed to get the oven gloves out!
Cleaning the body is also very easy since it is made of metal and being silver in colour means that it is easy to see stains which can be wiped off using just a damp cloth. The black plates inside are slightly greyish looking and clearly non-stick whilst the surround walls around the plates ensure that if any grease or food drops off the design enables most droplets to be caught on the plates rather than anywhere else outside the main grill plates - a problem which most toastie machines tend to suffer from. Clearly being non stick in design it makes common sense not to use metal implements; I have wooden tongs and spoons for example which I prefer to so-called heat proof plastic implements.
So for a little grill that doesn't look as if it does very much, the George Foreman Baby grill is perfect for one person or a couple that says what it does on the tin. Simply styled and efficient it should suit anyone looking to buy a health grill, which won't take up half of your kitchen worktop or burn a hole in your pocket! Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2008
Short name: George Foreman 13631