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      22.09.2014 13:46
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      A brilliant little grill.

      I bought this when I was moving out of home, as I was going to be living alone I knew that there was no point in getting a larger George Foreman so I got this, it was the cheapest model. I set it on the counter and it has been there ever since, it's so small that there is plenty of counter space. This is a big plus since I use it so regularly, I don't have to drag it out of the press and set it up, it's always just there.

      It would easily fit 2 burgers, pork chops, chicken fillets etc. so not just good for someone living alone would be good for a couple or a small family as well. I fine it so versatile and useful, it cooks things to perfection in minutes and it heats up really quickly too which is always a big plus in my book. No more standing over a frying pan waiting for the oil to heat up.

      Cleaning is really easy too, I just heat up the grill and then give it a wipe of a paper towel. If you have some particularly stubborn bits stuck to the grill then place a damp paper towel in it and heat it up. This will steam up and loosen all the stubborn bits.

      This Grill doesn't have any of the features of larger grills. You plug it in when you want to turn it on and plug it out when you want to turn it off. That is it. It has no timer or heat controls or any other features. But I really don't mind. It works really well for what it is and is well worth the price considering how much use I get out of it.

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      11.01.2013 11:54
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      Nice grill

      A few years ago, my sister bought me a George Foreman GR18 Grilling Machine in pink for Christmas. We already had a large George but she said she saw it and thought of me! The George Foreman GR18 Grilling Machine comes without the additional features our large George has (like the bread bun warmer in the lid) but it does grill food and is smaller in size so takes up less surface space. And did I mention that it's pink?!

      In use
      The grill comes with drip tray, but we only really use ours to grill lean chicken and so don't really need to use these but when we have done foods like bacon, the trays fill with fat and are useful to catch the drips but horrible to clean afterwards! I never use any fat or oil when cooking food on here, I just put it directly on the plates and let it grill. It cooks food really quickly and efficiently although the meat can stick to the grill a bit if you over cook it so it's best to check it. You also get a plastic fork but I have never used this as I think it's a bit weird for cooking with and too bendy. I just stab the chicken with a normal fork to lift it off the plates.
      The grill is hinged which is handy as it adjusts the size of the plates to the contents without squashing the food. It is also sloped which helps with dripping the fat away from the food and also has non slip feet which are really effective at holding it in place on the kitchen surface when in use.

      I do tend to have the oven or hob on at the same time as using the George Foreman GR18 Grilling Machine as we tend to eat other foods that won't cook on there which seems a bit wasteful using the energy for both to cook one meal.

      Cleaning
      Cleaning the grill is fairly simple, I just use kitchen roll or a damp kitchen scourer (sponge side) to wipe the plates clean. You will regret this if you leave it until the morning but it's best to wait until the plates have cooled down.

      My thoughts
      I like the concept of the George grills as they are healthy ways to cook food but I rarely eat meat, only small amounts of chicken really so ours doesn't get used all that regularly. We keep ours in the cupboard but I always make sure it is cleaned properly before it is put away. I think our use is limited due to the meat phobia I have (I'm not Vegetarian but probably should be). I need to try more things like cooking peppers on there as I am sure they would be really nice on it.

      Price
      Argos sell these for around £20 however I think the pink ones have become a bit rare to find so you may have to settle for silver.

      Final word
      I don't think we use our machine enough to justify owning this (never mind the larger version!) but I do think they are handy to have and would make a great present for a student or new home owner. To be honest it's not the first thing I turn to when cooking and I forget it is in the cupboard sometimes but at the same time it is quick and convenient to use and I should use mine more often. When we have cooked bacon on the grill I have found the bacon stuck together due to the weight of the press. Chicken is cooked well on there and I cook an entire chicken breast but always have to cut through it in the middle to check it is cooked properly as I am never sure how long to leave them and would hate to poison my family with undercooked food!
      PS. Quite important with kitchen appliances are the sizes so you know how much room they need on the surface: HLW 128 X 315 X 238 (mm).

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      19.05.2012 10:39
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      If you find yourself without a kitchen, buy this grill. If you want to lose weight, buy a steamer.

      My Goerge Foreman grill was first bought for me as a gift in 2002.

      There had been lots of hype around the grill this year, with a heavily promoted television advertising account featuring George Foreman himself. I understand that this is a celebrity endorsement, but I had no idea who he was! Since then Wikipedia has enlightened me that he is a former heavy-weight boxer (fronting the 'fat-reducing grilling machine'?!) and has five sons each called George Foreman.

      Anyway, back to the grill. I was excited the receive this gift as I had heard a lot about it, but I had no use for it whatsoever - after all, I had a fully equipped kitchen (and I can't cook). So it sat in the box until I moved into a halls of residence later that year and found myself without a kitchen. This is when have a portable, stand=alone grill that you can plug in anywhere really came into its own.

      My model is black, with two hinged plates so that meat grills simultaneously on both sides. It is very lightweight and sturdy and has a handle at the top for transportation. On the lid is an orange LED to indicate when the plates are hot enough for cooking. The grill is super easy to use - just whack the food in, close the lid, and wait for it to brown up. Because of the double plates food cooks all the way through quickly, and it's easy to open it up hilsts its on to check how things are progressing.

      The plates slop downwards as a sort of 30 degree angle - this is where the fat reducing part comes in. As you grill, fat and juices run out of the meat and plop out of the opening to the grill. The grill comes with a shallow plastic dish that you are supposed to position under the opening to catch this mess but that quickly went walkabout, after which I needed a lot of paper towels to clean up. My goodness, this grill is messy! The main problem is that the entire grill is moulded in one piece. The grill plates do not detach from the electrical parts. So you can never wash them. Never. You have to make do with scrubbing the plates with a dry brush and then running a damp cloth over them, which is far from ideal. Perhaps later models now have detachable plates as this was certainly the most counter-intuitive element of the overall design.

      And what about weight loss? The grill certainly does remove a lot of liquid from meat, but is it more than grilling in the oven? I'm not sure - I think that the George Foreman just makes the removal of fat much more visible than the oven, and so in that respect the whole premise is a gimmick. I personally did not lose any weight while using the grill. My neighbour in halls got over the 'no kitchen' problem by buying a steamer and the weight really dropped off her.

      For this reason I recommend the George Foreman as a stand-alone kitchen appliance, and not as a weight-loss device.

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        28.03.2012 14:50
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        4/5 a good machine but cooks some things too fast.

        Price and Availability

        When we first moved into our flat we were bought a big George Foreman grill and griddle which is brilliant but as there's just two of us most of the time we began looking for a smaller machine which wouldn't use as much power. As we knew the George Foreman we already had worked really well we decided to buy a smaller model, as the price between a non branded version and a George Foreman was only small. We picked the GR18 up from Argos for £19.99 a couple of months ago, it is available elsewhere but from what I've found Argos' price is one of the lowest.


        The Look and Product Information

        The GR18 is the smallest of the George Foreman range of grills so it's very compact and fits neatly on the worktop without taking up too much room. As far as I am aware the grill only comes in silver, it's silver coloured plastic and in my opinion doesn't look as nice as the black grills but then this is the cheapest model.

        The grill has some features which make grilling easier such as a floating hinge to accomodate different thicknesses of food and non- stick plates which means you don't have to use oil to cook obviously making your food healthier. Inside the grill plates are ridged and slope down to make sure all excess fat drains off down into the drip tray which you sit underneath.


        My Experience

        I've found the machine will easily fit two portions of food, which could be stretched to three portions for things that don't take up such a big surface. The grill is really easy to use straight out of the box, I just gave mine a wipe down and plugged it straight in. On the lid there's a power light and a light which will tell you when the grill reaches the right temperature for cooking. Although you don't have to wait until the temperature indicator is on it is recommended and I've found it does cook better this way.

        The food goes on the grill with a little sizzle and the lid needs to be closed when the food's inside as both grills heat up to cook food from underneath and above. As I mentioned before the grill plates are ridged and this gives food that lovely griddled look and in my opinion gives a nice, slightly charred flavour to the food. A chicken breast cooks in under five minutes and is lovely marinated or just griddled as either way the meat seems to retain a lovely flavour. One thing that's a little annoying is the lack of temperature control on the machine, sometimes I find meat can be cooked perfectly on the outside but inside it's not cooked at all. I cooked steak on my GR18 once and couldn't achieve the colour of meat I like as the grill just seemed to cook it all the way through really quickly leaving no pink in the middle. I have now got used to butterflying chicken breasts now though or using a meat hammer to get meat to the perfect cooking thickness.

        Another thing I cook on the grill is pannini's, as the heat comes from both sides I find the filling gets cooked perfectly, especially melted cheese as well as keeping the grill marks on the bread. Even thick sandwiches can be toasted because the floating hinge allows even very thick food to be grilled properly. I've found the non- stick plates to be very effective and only occasionally does anything get stuck, this really helps in reducing the intake of oils.

        Food cooks well on the grill without becoming dry even though excess fat is draining away. The amount of fat that drips down into the tray is shocking if not a little disgusting, especially when cooking things like sausages. When the fat cools in the drip tray and solidifies I'm glad it's in the tray and wasn't still in my food. The tray isn't attached to the machine so you have to remember not to forget to put it down before cooking, it's very easy to clean as it the rest of the machine just let it cool then wipe it down.


        Overall

        We use this machine a lot and it does allow us to eat food without it holding onto a lot of fat or having to use oil. The non- stick plates work well and in general the grill works well to cook but it can sometimes cook too quickly as there's no heat control. The machine is easy to use and easy to clean and is an ideal size for a single person or couple.

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        22.02.2012 16:31
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        Wouldn't be without it now!

        As I turned 18 (nearly four years ago now, gosh!) I decided that I was fed up of being the chubby friend and that I should do something about my appearance. At the time I was about 2 stone over the upper ideal weight for my height, cared little about fashion/dressing well or even doing anything with my hair other than scraping it back into a pony tail, had spots and generally looked like a grubby 15 year old boy rather than a young lady. So when I went to uni I made an effort to eat healthier and exercise more and now I'm much more happy with myself and more confident!

        How does this tie in with a George Foreman grill you may ask? Well, very loosely. At 18 I didn't have much of a clue about eating healthy - I knew about vegetables and fruit and what I was supposed to be eating, but the difference between say, frying a chicken breast in oil and dry grilling it escaped me. Even three years later, I was still pretty clueless and by this point my weight had well and truly plateaued at a much healthy BMI of 24.5; however my goal has always been to wear a pair of size 12 trousers and that was just not going to cut it! So, last year I decided to revolutionize my diet and my life a little bit. I briefly went vegetarian to prove to myself that I didn't *need* to eat meat and since then have cut my meat down to about three times a week - and I've got rid of prepared frozen meat almost totally. However this is where the grill comes in; the meat that I eat tends to be either mince or chicken/turkey breast. I use my grill all the time to make a tasty, low fat, high in protein chicken breast that I then have with veggies, cous cous, rice, potatoes, in a wrap, in a sandwich, on it's own - the possibilities are endless! It's so quick and easy to use that it's a shame not to.

        I'd been wanting a George Foreman for some time so when my Nan offered me hers just before I left for second year of uni I snapped it up. She used it about twice since she got it three years and so whilst it's not brand new and doesn't have a load of snazzy features, it works and it works well. In the box you get the grill with the power cord attached, a drip tray, a little weird plastic fork style pokey thing and an instruction and recipe book. The recipe book tells you all the different things that you can do with this grill and many more! It really is endless. As I said, I use mine mainly for chicken breast but I've also done quesidillas, paninis and vegetables on it. The vegetables ended up going in a ratatouille and it was gorgeous! Apparently you can do steak on it too but I've not quite got the courage to try that yet as it's so expensive and I'd be so sad if it went wrong!

        When you first get your grill and you're starting to prepare your first taste of George Foreman yummyness, there's a couple of things to do before hand. First, wipe it over with a damp cloth to make sure that there's nothing nasty lurking on it, and secondly, when it's dry get a little bit of oil on a sponge or cloth (pouring it on doesn't work, trust me!) and wipe that over the grill area. Just a little bit; after all this is the oil free alternative to frying your food! But if you don't, you risk your food sticking to the grill. I also do this about once every five times I use the grill just to make sure that there's no chance of my food sticking. Don't forget to put the drip tray right underneath the front either, it's needed to catch all the fat and juices!

        The only gripe I have with this model is that there's no heat setting. I don't know if there is one on the other, more modern and more expensive machines, but it seems weird to me to have a cooking implement that has only one setting. As a result, I sometimes find that my chicken breast starts to burn slightly on the grill lines before the centre is cooked and ready to eat. Am I doing something wrong here or is it meant to do that?! Also, it can be hard to tell when the grill is up to heat as the light on the front doesn't have any apparent actual indication of what the temperature is. It would be more helpful to have a digital text display here I think, maybe with the ability to change the temperature based on what you're cooking.

        These grills generally retail around £20 and they are well worth it. I can't unfortunately comment on how long lasting they are yet as I've only been using mine properly for about 7 months, but I don't think I've ever heard a complaint about that aspect. Clean up is easy enough and takes 3 minutes; just wait til the grill plate has cooled enough to touch it and use a damp sponge to wipe away all the ick. It tends to go quite brown with chicken breast, I'm not sure why! But wipe it all off and then dry it down with a piece of kitchen towel. Don't forget to keep it unplugged when you're not using it as like a toasted sandwich maker, there's no on/off button and if someone accidentally leans into the switch and flicks it, it will turn on and heat up to skin burning proportions. Safety first people!

        I don't know what I'd do with out my grill now - whilst I don't use it all the time, I use it enough to see it's worth.

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          21.02.2012 13:35
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          A great little grill ideal for couples of small families

          You may have seen my review on the Belling oven, and if you have you will know we had problem after problem and the grill stopped working. When this happened, we just couldn't afford to buy a new oven and the replacement part was around £80, so we looked for another option and the George Foreman range seemed to provide the grilling we needed.

          Unlike the cooker part which would cost £80, the George Foreman GR18 was just £22.99 from Argos, and a friend had one and recommended it. When we got it home and set up we were impressed. It is easy to set up, just plug in, switch on and go. You are told to wait for the temperature to reach optimum level, pop you food on the bottom grill and close the lid on top of it......so easy!!! The food should them cook quickly and evenly.

          The grill is a stainless steel finish and it relatively compact and will easily sit on a small worktop or be stored in a cupboard. It has a hinge lid which when closed will cook both sides of your food simultaneously. Both plates are non-stick, and even 3 years on they are still non-stick! The grills are sloped so that any fat drips down and away from the food meaning your food is healthier! You are supplied with a long thin plastic drip tray that you place on the work surface under the grill for the fat to run into which is just the right size.

          The GR18 has a power light and indicator to show when the temperature is ready. As it is 800W this heats up quickly and cooks the food really fast! We mainly cook chicken breast and will cook in a matter of minutes. As the lid has a 'floating hinge' this will adapt to fit larger items and still cook evenly. You can fit around 3 chicken breasts on the grills, so is probably best for a small family of couple. George Foreman do larger grills to suit everyone's needs but this GR18 is one of the smallest.

          Additionally the grill has non-slip feet and a cord storage which add to the convenience of the product.

          The only problem we find is that as the grill has no heat settings - just on and off. Sometimes the food can cook too quickly and burn on the outside. A few settings for the temperature would be ideal but this doesn't top us using it, it just means that when cooking something like chicken we have to keep a close eye on it!

          Overall this Lean Mean Grilling Machine is ideal for our needs, and 3 years on its still working and looking like new!

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          A heath conscious method of cooking, providing complete and tasty results.

          Reasons for Purchase ~ 'A Good Grilling'!

          I purchased the George Foreman GR18 Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machine as I had heard about the advantages of these grills and wanted to try this as another method of greatly cutting down on my fat consumption in food preparation.
          Additionally, similar to slow cookers and microwaves, these grills use far less energy, thus, saving money and being environmentally friendly!

          The Product ~ 'Char Grilled'!

          These 800 watts. Grill has a predominately silver coating, with black ridged grill inner surfaces. The smooth lid contains the words 'Lean Mean Fat X Grilling Machine, with the former boxer's decorative signature underneath the title and slightly above the red power display light. The grill even has non-slip feet to avoid the grill moving, even on shiny surfaces! I haven't continued with the product's description from this point as I feel it is better to incorporate its practical features within my usage experience of the gadget.

          Usage Experience ~ 'By George'!

          As with most kitchen gadgets, I like to clean before use to ensure any manufacturing elements have been removed. I simply wipe all surfaces with a clean moistened sponge. I do not eat red meat as much as I used to, due to published healthcare studies regarding the wisdom of cutting back the intake on these types of foods. Therefore, I will give a few examples of the foods I generally cook in the George Foreman Grill first. As an example, I have given a recipe using salmon and Mediterranean vegetables that I often prepare using the grill:

          1) I buy my salmon bone free fillets fresh from Tesco. The grill can hold approximately three salmon fillets weighing around 200gm/7oz each. If I am intending to grill vegetables at the same time, then I only use two salmon fillets, as this is the most the rather small surface area can hold! Firstly, although this brand of grill is manufactured with a non-stick surface, I like to lightly spray the top and bottom surfaces with Fry Light Olive Oil Cooking Spray. This prevents the occasional food residue that occurs from certain meats and vegetables. Added to this, I find it adds to the flavours in a lovely subtle way. After I've sprayed the surfaces, I close the lid and plug in my grill to pre-heat. The heating process takes around four to five minutes. There is a handy temperature ready indicator that is displayed when the grill has reached the correct cooking heat.

          2)I then place the little plastic black drip container below the grill in the centre; the grill has a ridged indicator to show where surplus oils, grease etc., will pour out during cooking. Unfortunately, the tray to catch the fats is a little small and light. I often have to rearrange the tool to ensure good positioning and it can be easily knocked out of place when I open the lid to check the food.

          3) While the grill is heating up, I prepare my glaze for the fillets to give them an extra spicy flavour. In a round Pyrex bowl that is large enough to fit the three fillets, I place 2oz (50gm) brown sugar, 2 tsp soy light sauce, just a pinch of dried chilli flakes and 1 tbsp of lemon juice. I stir these ingredients well with a wooden spoon. I next pop this sauce into a pan; simmer on the lowest heat just for a moment. I then take each fillet in turn, coating them completely in the warm mixture.

          4) With the grill fully heated, I carefully place the coated but well drained fillets side by side, closing the lid gently. I am able to carry on preparing other dishes while the grill is cooking the fillets as the gadget is thermostatically controlled to avoid over-heating. During the time the fillets are cooking, I prepare some Mediterranean vegetables that I love to incorporate in the meal. To prepare an aubergine, I only use halve of a small one, I slice the vegetable thinly, then sprinkle an ample amount of salt over the slices; this helps to remove bitter and excess fluid. I generally prepare this and a salad about twenty minutes before heating the grill. Just before adding to the grill, I pop the slices of aubergine into a colander and rinse thoroughly with cold water. While the fillets are cooking, I deseed, wash and slice length way thin strips of half a red and yellow pepper. Next, I halve a small courgette, wash and thinly slice the vegetable. Finally, I wash and thinly slice a beef tomato. The remainder of the vegetable halves are covered and placed in the fridge for another meal to avoid waste.

          5) After five minutes, I open the flexible lid and the aroma is delectable! I move the fillets over to the sides of the hot plate and gently place the prepared vegetables between them. After liberally spraying the vegetables with Fry Light Olive Oil Cooking Spray, I softly lower the lid. During cooking, I need to empty the small container twice; probably to do more from the moisture from the vegetables. The sloped grill means that I do not have to be concerned that fluid is accumulating in the grill, as these run freely out in a gradual motion into the dish. I don't even need to be concerned with flipping the foods over, as one would under a conventional grill, as the lid is a hot plate too!

          6) After about four minutes the Salmon and vegetables are ready to be added to the prepared salad. I drizzle over the remaining sauce onto the salad, which I used to glaze the fillets with. The meal serves two. The grilling results for the salmon are excellent. The salmon remains intact and moist. The texture is soft, flakey and with a wonderfully succulent taste. I am by no means a great cook, but even despite my skill-less efforts, the grill's performance gives professional results! As for the vegetables, they have an almost roast like aroma, with attractive colours that have been accentuated by the olive oil and grill moisture. The texture is fairly soft but retaining certain crispness, which is to my personal taste.

          Foods that can be cooked in the grill ~ 'Flame Grilled'

          The grill can be used to cook a variety of foods. For instance, I make my own burgers using 400gm of extra lean mince shaped into four equal rounds. Cooking these burgers and other types of thicker items like steaks is as easy as the grill has a floating hinge that enables me to cook extra thick foods. Placing them into the pre-heated grill, they are cooked to perfection within seven to eight minutes! The taste is mouth-wateringly good! I have cooked skinless and boneless chicken breast in this grill that has only taken eight to ten minutes. The texture is so soft and peels away with ease. For grilling recipe ideas, I like to Google for tips as there are numerous very helpful sites on line. In fact, if you log into http://www.georgeforeman.co.uk, there is quite a few delicious recipes there.

          Advice ~ 'Sizzling' Hot'!

          Before cooking meat (apart from burgers) and poultry, I prefer to marinate in chosen sauces for at least half an hour; I personally feel that it furnishes the finished fare with even more flavour! If I'm in a lazy mood, stores have a great range of marinating sauces and coverings for assorted foods. Forgive me for stating the obvious, but foods such as pork and chicken will need to be cooked throughout, while meat can be to taste, well done for me! :D It is important never to use anything other than the plastic spatula provided or wooden utensils to remove foods. Only the plastic scraping device or similar object should be used to remove debris to avoid damaging the plates. The grill gets hot, yes; I'm stating the obvious again! :D So, the tool needs to be handled with care!

          Cleaning and Maintenance ~ 'License to Grill'!

          Before I begin cleaning the grill plates, I always unplug and cool the device completely. The grill comes with a little plastic scraper but I normally use the soft side of my sponge to remove food debris. To remove a large amount of excess cooking residue, I like to use a few sheets of kitchen paper towel. Next, I use a moistened sponge and gently clean the plates and external surfaces. I complete the cleaning process by carefully drying all surfaces with kitchen paper towel. The grill has cord storage but I don't normally bother with using this. Other than warm soapy water, I do not use any harsh cleaning products that could harm the grills surfaces.

          Energy saving and Environmentally friendly ~ 'The Heat Is On'!

          Because of the cooking surfaces being above and below the foods, clam styled, it cooks foods up to three times faster than conventional methods. A traditional grill uses 2.8 KW whilst this tool uses only 1.2 KW. As an example of cooking time, conventional grills will take twenty-eight minutes to this grill ten! There is a total energy saving of 85%, a difference of 28.6 pence to the grill's 4.1 pence! {http://www.georgeforeman.co.uk)

          Do I Recommend? ~ 'Non-Drip'!

          A very enthusiastic yes! I appreciate this grill in as much as I do my steamer! This is an excellent tool for cooking a variety of foods in a healthy way. This wonderful apparatus makes grilling food easy, no turning required, and no spitting up of hot juices! It comes with a comprehensive manual and even a two year manufacturer's guarantee. Argos has this grill presently selling at £22.99; Order number 422/8187.

          Thanking for taking the time to read my review xXx

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          George Foreman GR18 Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machine / Short name: George Foreman GR18