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      14.09.2012 19:27
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      Simply brilliant

      What a fabulous invention this grilling machine is. I use it for so many things.

      I have had mine for a long time, probably about 8 years now, so mine looks slightly different to the recent model; it still works on the same principle though.

      The grilling machine is plugged into the main and left for a few minutes to heat up. A light on the front of the machine indicates when the sufficient temperature has been reached to begin cooking. This literally only takes a few minutes. When ready to grill the food, the machine is opened and the food carefully placed on to the grill. There are hot grill plates to both sides, so when the machine is closed the food is cooked from both sides. This reduces the amount of time it takes in comparison to a normal grill, and also diminishes the need to turn over hot food for even cooking.

      The guide that comes with the grill gives a fantastic guide to cooking times, but for a quick peek at progress it couldn't be easier to simply lift the lid, have a look, then replace.
      The great thing about this machine is that you can actually see the fat being extracted from your food. A small, plastic collecting dish is placed at the bottom of the grill so that as the food cooks the excess fat is expelled into the dish. As long as this doesn't put you off(!), it's great as you can enjoy your food in the knowledge that it has been cooked in a healthier way than usual, and enjoy favourite foods, the taste just as great, but minus some fat - a bonus! I find it particularly good to cook meats such as sausage, burgers, bacon, steak, chicken fillets and even fish.

      The use of the grilling machine also saves on having to wash up baking trays, griddles or wiping clean the inside of ovens/grills; it saves fingers from being burnt when turning food over mid-cook; it saves meat from being fine on one side yet burnt to a cinder on the other!

      It is perfectly easy to keep clean too. The fat in the trays can either be poured into a bin, or scraped into a bin once it's solidified a little. The machine itself can simply be wiped clean using a scourer, sponge or even kitchen roll depending how diry it is. If the food has been left a little while and it has solidified, I find that just switching the machine on for a minute and allowing it to get warm just softens the dried on food, making cleaning much easier.

      At a price of about £25 all that time ago it has never given me any problem and is still going strong. Along with regular use, and my delight at this product it has been fantastic value and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this product to anyone who is thinking of buying one.

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      05.09.2012 17:40
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      A great buy which we're still using regularly

      We purchased our George Foreman Junior Health Grill over five and a half years ago from John Lewis, using vouchers we had been given as a housewarming present on our move to London. If I remember rightly, it cost just over £20 at the time. The grill comes with a variety of different coloured lids, but we went for the clear lid. The main body of the grill is a silvery grey.

      Most people are likely to be familiar with the George Foreman grills, but allow to explain in case you're not. The full name of the range is the George Foreman "Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine", which is fairly explanatory. The grills are designed to cook food keeping it tasty but removing all that nasty fat.

      The Junior Health Grill is, I think, the smallest of the range. On the top is a bun warmer, which is covered by the plastic lid which is available in various colours. The grill itself opens to reveal a sloping surface, with ridges lengthways down the slope on both the base and the underside of the lid. You have a small "trough" which slots along the front of the grill to catch the fat which should be running down between the ridges. On the top of the grill is a pair of lights, red and green - the red one is lit when you plug the grill in, and then this goes out and the green one lights up when the grill is ready to start cooking.

      Size-wise, I find the Junior Health Grill just right for us - but it definitely wouldn't do for more than two people. It can take 3-4 rashers of bacon or four burgers at once (of course you can cook lots of other things too, but these are just examples to illustrate the size).

      Most of our use of the grill is for bacon and burgers. We also use it for sausages and veggies. My vegetarian burgers and sausages don't contain a lot of fat, as with vegetables, but I still use the grill for them.

      I find the grill incredibly easy and convenient to use. I just wipe a light coating of oil on it, plug it in, leave it to heat up for a couple of minutes, and then place the food on it and watch it get to work. It cooks bacon in just a few minutes, but obviously larger items take longer. I always turn the food during cooking to ensure that it is evenly cooked, but in all honesty I'm not actually sure if this is necessary - it's just a cooking habit. My partner is always happy with the meat that I cook on here for him, although I think that beef burgers look a bit odd after they've been cooked on the grill. My veggie burgers and sausages are always tasty too, as are any vegetables I cook on it. I do find that vegetables are a bit fiddly to cook on here, but then it's the same under the grill in the cooker if I'm trying to turn them.

      I'm very confident in saying that the Junior Health Grill really does deliver on its promise of reducing fat. The amount of fat which collects in the little trough when cooking meat is incredible, and makes you realise just how much excess fat is contained in meat products. My partner loves food cooked on the grill, so losing all that unhealthy fat doesn't mean losing any taste. The effects are considerably less when cooking vegetables or meat-free products - there can be a little oil comes off them, but so little that it is barely noticeable.

      The only problem I have with cooking on the Junior Health Grill is the fat collection trough (I don't know what it's actually called, but it's long and rectangular and trough seems like a good word). It doesn't attach to the grill itself, just slots in under the front, and this means that some fat does escape. It seems to run through the very small gap between the trough and the grill, and end up on the kitchen worktop. I quickly learnt to put a piece of folded kitchen roll under the trough and the front legs of the grill, which doesn't stop the mess but catches the worst of it.

      Cleaning the grill is pretty easy. It comes with a little plastic spatula thing, which is not only handy for flipping food, but it has ridges on the end which perfectly match the ridges on the grill, so I use it to scrape fat and mess off the grill into the trough when it is still hot. To clean it fully you need to wait until it is cool, and then you can clean it with warm soapy water. I tend to use the trough to catch water as I clean the grill, so I can clean it with a sponge and washing up liquid, and then squeeze clean water over it to rinse it.

      As I mentioned earlier, we've had our Junior Health Grill for over five and a half years and it is still going strong. We've had no functional problems with it, it is still in great condition, and the grill plates aren't marked or scratched in the slightest.

      All in all, the George Foreman Junior Health Grill was a really good purchase for us, and an excellent use of our vouchers. I feel confident that using the grill helps us to eat healthily, and it is so easy and convenient to use.

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        19.08.2012 07:29
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        Great grill

        We have had varying George Foreman grills in the past - our last one got broke when moving so we bought this one purely and simply because it is in my favoriet colour - purple which is shallow I know but true.
        Anyway, overall I think this is a great product and has defo helped me on the weightwatchers plan as I know the food is whatever points it says on the packet as cooked on this, there is no no need to add oil or butter etc.
        Its a no frills product really although still easy on the eye and its a simple on/off device with no temp adjusters or other fancy features but its all you need really.

        The idea is to cook meat in a really healthy way , the grill is slanted and so all the fat comes away from the meat and rolls down into the tray rather than allowing the food to sit and cook in its own fats, It is surprising to see just how much fat and juices are in our food.

        We use it most days and it is large enough to cook the following meat at any one time:
        *Six rashers of bacon
        *Six sausages - or 4 if you slice them length ways first (always make sure pork is cooked thougherly)
        *4 burgers (quarter pounders)
        *2 pork chops
        *4 lamb chops
        *lots of peppers, onions and mushrooms
        *Corn on the cob
        *A few eggs Yes Eggs!...(but as the grill is slanted you have to make a baracade with bacon or bread or tip the grill until the egg is not so runny but not recommended as its very hot)

        We also use the grill to make our own panini type sandwiches or wrap parcels - this is where you take a wrap, pop the filling in the middle, bring the edges in to make a hexagon / star type shape then pop on your grill and press down to secure...theyre great, kids love them so if you are imaginative you can usr your grill for things other than meat.

        On the top of the grill and under the purple plastic there is a bun/bread warming facility which is great and I use it to keep warm the paninis and wrap parcels that ive done whilst im cooking another. The only thing is you have to remember to remove these before opening the lid as they will end up as dog food.

        As mentioned the purple lid is for the bread warming function which is a really good idea but it does have a tendancy to fly open when opening the grill. It doesnt appear to be broken so cant understand why it does this but it is the one thing that lets it down.

        It warms up and cools down quite quickly and is surprisingly easy to clean, if youre quick you can usually just wipe it down with a bit of kitchen roll, then wipe out the fat in the tray and pop the tray in your dishwasher.

        I wouldnt like to advise how long to cook your own food for on here as it will depend on the weight, thickness of your food and your own personal prefernce but as as idea, I put the bacon on, then fill and boil my kettle, pop toast in, do a brew and then the bacon is pretty much done. so a matter of minutes. There is no need to turn the food but I find that the meat touching the bottom cooks quicker so I do like to turn it.

        Would I recommend it? YES!!!!!!!

        ***Tips****

        ***Great for added extras to your meal too like mushrooms, onions, peppers and my fav, corn on the cob! leaves them dark lines on for proper bbq look!
        ***Use at BBQs and Parties to cook the little extras and to keep them warm
        ***Cook as you prefer but then finish on here to get the grilled look (black charcoal lines)
        ***Use as a sandwich press for paninis and wraps



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          27.01.2012 16:41
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          We have had this Grill for years. We got this when it first came out all those years ago and Health Grills were all the rage. I'm sure they are still pretty popular, but there was a time where it was all about these grills. We are still on our original first Grill, but the plates inside are starting to show their age a bit so we will probably look to replace it in the future and would consider this one again - or perhaps a slightly bigger one.

          I think we paid around £35 for this and they seem to have held their price well. This model is the smallest in the range (that I know of anyway), and we use this for the 2 of us in my household and it is a good enough size. If we are having larger bits of Meat then sometimes we have to start cooking a few bits and slot the other bits in when the 1st bits have shrank a bit, but all in all this does ok.

          So what do you get with this Grill? You get the unit, 2 Drip trays and 2 Scrapers. The Grill sits up a little at the back and lower at the front. This is to allow the Grease to drip out. You can make this sit flat, but slanted is fine for us. So you put your Meat or whatever you wish to cook in here and shut the lid. There is quite deep grooves on either side and this allows the Meat to cook and the Fat goes into the Grooves and then drips out since this is tilted. You pop 1 of the Grease trays just under the lid of this and all the nasty Fat gathers in here. Just clean the tray out when the Fat has solidified. The Scrapers have a fork shaped bit at the end, so this allows you to get right into the Grooves and clean this out. Just wipe down with a damp cloth when the Grill is cold as well and this will end up clean enough.

          Meat cooks quick enough on this. I cook Fresh and Frozen meat on here and both sides end up slightly charred but in a more so flame grilled kind of way. The back of the top of this is hinged so if it is thicker cuts of meat then that would still fit in here ok.

          The Grill looks the same as the picture on here. Also you lift up the top part of this lid and this is a Bun warmer, so if you are cooking Burgers then at least you will have nice hot Rolls as well. The Bun warmer squashes the Roll a bit though, but it is still nice.

          A great Health Grill that has lasted me many goes and still seems to have a bit life in it yet.

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          24.05.2011 12:43

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          Recommend to anyone but only if you are prepared to spend time cleaning it.

          I bought this grill a few years back now and at first, as with many appliances I buy I was apprehensive as to whether or not it would work. However, I had heard rave reviews about it and I though how could all those people be wrong?
          So I bought it and took it home from the shop and was looking to test it out immediately. I thought it would be a product with a rigorous set up process but in fact it was simple! All I had to do was plug the grill into the wall and it was on.
          There is a light on the front of the grill which goes off when food is ready to be cooked (so you know when grill has heated up). Then you simply place whatever food you want onto the grill and close the lid down and it cooks.
          I use the top compartment under the aqua lid to heat up things. For example if I am having burgers I heat up the roll.
          It is a great product and it does remove a lot of the fat from the food- which is great for helping to slim down! The only problem I have with the product is that it does have a rigorous cleaning process to complete before it is used again. And for that reason alone I have started to use it less and less purely because I do not have the time to dedicate to cleaning a grill.

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          21.06.2010 04:48
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          great item suitable for any kitchen

          The George Foreman Junior Health Grill

          This grill i have had for sometime and love using it. it makes cooking fatty foods such as burgers and sausages just that little healthier due to draingin the fat out of the meat during its cooking cycle.

          Its very easy to use just a case of turn the power on and put in your food.

          This is perfect for burgers or many meats, I have noticed when cooking meats that are rather thick it sometimes burns the outside before fully cooking the meat through (i like mine well done) but this grill also works well for peppers and many other vegetables.

          Its compact and doesn't take up much room so its not in the way of doing other food preparation

          Overall a great product very helpful nice design and compact. cooks very well and makes food much healthier i give this item a fair 7/10 only disadvantage being as I mentioned above the burning of thick foods .

          I am not sure if they still sell these grills but I know there is newer models available in many shops or online

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          17.09.2009 14:25
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          This is a product I've noew been using for about 6 years . I frequently mention it in my food reviews, as I cook with it very often, so I was amazed to suddenly realise that I'd never reviewed the product itself .

          I was given this as a present from my parents shortly after I moved into the house I live in now . I think at the time they were currently quite a new product - I certainly remember having seen them advertised on television before I got one, so was delighted to get this little gadget.

          As you can see from the product image, the main body of the product is a silver effect, and there is a colourful lide on the bun warmer section - this actually comes in a variety of colours, mine was pink. On this you see the words Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machine . Opening it up, it has two non stick grill plates with ridges down them, which create channels for the fat to drain off .

          It has a little indicator light that lets you know when this is at the right temperature for cooking - however, there is no temperature control, so unlike an oven grill you can't select how hot you want it to be .

          It comes with a little grey plastic spatula, and a little plastic drip tray that you slip under the lip of the grill plate to catch any fat that drains off . It comes with a plug already attached, and the black power cord is rougly 70 cms in length, so it is quite flexible for positioning . It doesn't take up too much space on a work surface, and once cool is small enough to be put into a cupboard easily. It's 17 cms high by 23 wide, and has a depth of 31 cm , so it's really quite a compact little product . You can still comfortably cook 5 rashers of bacon or four small sized beef burgers on it .

          So - how easy is it to cook with ? Well, stunningly easy in fact - all you need to do is turn it on at the wall, and wait for the little light to show you that it's ready to cook . Then stick whatever you want to cook on the non-stick plates (no oil needed), flip the lid down, and wait for your food to be cooked .

          You do need to bear in mind that with an ordinary oven grill, the heat only comes from one direction which makes it neccessary to turn items over to ensure even cooking . However, with this, the two plates make contact with the food, cooking from both sides at once . So, no turning over, and cooking time is effectively halved, which of course is very convenient .

          You can see the fat draining off as you cook . It's actually pretty yucky to see it draining off - but its also reassuring to know that thats how much less fat you're eating compared to if you oven cooked the product.

          I've never had any problems cooking here - it has a floating hinge which makes it possible to cook even quite thick cuts of meat. However, I do find that when cooking certain products, especially things like fishcakes and vegeburgers of the mashed potato kind, it can squash them a bit, making them flat and out of shape . This makes no difference to the taste of course, but if you're a stickler for presentation, perhaps it may be an issue .

          It's not just meat I've cooked on here - I've also cooked veggies, toasties, and even done a sort of stir fry noodles on it . The bun warmer I have found useful for defrosting frozen bread rolls, and it does this so much better than defrosting them in the microwave .

          I've also found that if I forget my cooking for a few minutes, it never burns anything , and nothing gets stuck on the plate .

          Once you've finished cooking, cleaning this is easy . Its a case of simply taking a cloth and soaking it in warm soapy water, then wiping the non-stick plates clean . Obviously you can't scrub these with a scourer, but you really shouldn't need to - if you do get something that gets stuck to the plate, I tend to spray it with a little fry-light, and then gently loosen it with a dry cloth .

          I've had this for six years now, on a daily basis . It has completely replaced my oven grill which now never gets used, and almost totally cut out the need for a frying pan (the only thing I need them for now is eggs!). It has not a scratch on it, due to careful cleaning on my part, and still works perfectly , cooking food quickly and conveniently and in a healthy way . I shudder to think at how much fat I've thrown away that I would otherwise be eating - and it's so nice to know that the fat is in my bin and not in me .

          I have once or twice forgotten to turn this off at the wall, and left it on . I think this is because there is no actual on-off switch on the product, and if I could make a change, this would be it , as it would make it harder to forget it was still on .

          Mine was a gift, but a quick look on amazon tells me you can get one of these for £29.99 , a £20 saving off the recommended retail price displayed of £49.99 . While I think this was very worth it at the imte of purchase when George Foreman was the only brand making these, now there are cheaper and probably equally good alternatives out there , as worktop grills have become increasingly popular, so it may well be worth looking around at alternative products .

          This product is the junior grill, and is ideal for my needs, cooking as I generally do for myself and one child, or occasionally for 2 adults and one child . I find this gives me enough space to get all my meat products cooked, although I am considering upgrading to a larger version of this product if my boyfriend moves in on a permanent basis as then I will be needing more space to cook .

          However, for a family of two, or perhaps for a student or someone that cooks mainly for themselves, I really do highly recommend this product. It's made cooking healthily easy, simple, and fast , and I love it .

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            27.09.2008 15:23

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            great little grill which is very easy to use, but unfortuantely not easy to clean.

            This grill is an excellent addition to any kitchen, and it's small size means that it can be stored away in cupboards if necessary.
            I have owned mine for over 5 years now, and it is still going strong despite regular use.
            I mostly use it for meat, and it is quite horrifying how much fat comes out of the food whilst cooking! In my opinion the food tastes much better cooked in this appliance (rather than using a conventional appliance), however that would depend on your taste.
            I only have two complaints about this product - the first is the about of time the grill takes to heat up (10 minutes?), the second is that the grill plates are not removable for cleaning, which means doing so can be a fiddly & long-winded process.
            Overall I reccommend this product, though I imagine the newer version with removable plates would be an easier product to live with.

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            07.08.2008 10:25
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            Really good for those on a diet

            I cannot emphasise enough how brilliant these health grills are. They are so simple to use, cook things really well and easily and are healthy too (supposedly - we'll come back to that later!!)

            There is basically a griddle with ridges that gets extremely hot. You place your meat or veg or fish on the griddle and shut the lid. This causes the top griddle to press down on the food inside and so it is cooks evenly on both sides. Due to the ridges, any fat or water from the food drains away and into a drip tray situated at the front.

            If you are on a diet or concerned about the amount of fat you eat, this is a great way to ensure you are getting rid of as much fat as possible. Also, by getting rid of water in the same way it makes things like grilled prawns truly delicious.

            It's also really easy to keep clean - the non-stick is very high quality.

            The only downside.... the first time wee used it, we cooked pork chops. The fat that came out all collected in a tray and we sat like two little piggies with a french stick, dipping in the fat - oh my was it good! I'm sure George Foreman would have been proud!!!

            (P.S. Tried an Asda own make version which is much much cheaper and works just as well)

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              10.03.2008 16:39
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              The George Foreman Junior Health Grill is a brilliant invention. Its very useful and in my opinion much better than actually grilling as this gets rid of almost all the fat content in your food. I purchased this a few years ago and its still working fine.

              The design of the grill is very simple and convenient. It opens up when you lift the top half and has enough room to cook two good sizes quarter pounder burgers or about four regular burgers leaving some room in two of the corners. It also has a coloured clear lid on top which is for warming your buns and conveniently will hold two bun halves. The colours vary I have a green lid colour I think you can get it in 3 different colours.

              Operating the grill is easy; just plug it in and switch it on. It has a heat indicator light which switches off when it is ready to use. This basically tells you the grill is hot enough for you to cook on. When you use the grill for lets say sausages or burgers, you will be amazed to see how much fat is collected in the drip tray you place at the bottom end of the grill. That fat would have gone straight into your body and neatly stored under your skin! Now if that doesn't make you want one I don't know what will.

              It's so easy and convenient to use you can grill almost anything on it. I grill my sausages and burgers on this always. I even use it to reheat food such as pizza. You can also make your own recipes and try different things to grill.

              Main functions:
              - Embedded heating elements grills food fast
              - Unique patented contact design grills food evenly
              - Non stick coated cooking plates
              - Grill channels to carry run off grease and fat
              - Roll and bun warmer
              - 750W
              - Thermostat controlled ready light indicator
              - Floating hinge for even cooking
              - 2 Drip Trays to catch run off fat
              - 2 Specially designed spatulas which fit perfectly into the grooves of the grill plate
              - Extender feet to raise the grill for easier filling of foods such as pitta bread or taco shells

              Cleaning the grill is simple as it has a non-stick coating so you simply wipe it down with a damp cloth or kitchen paper.

              Overall the George Foreman Junior Health Grill is a very useful and healthy way to grill your food. It will definitely surprise you to see how much fat the grill will squeeze out into the drip tray. I purchased the grill a few years ago from Woolworths and got it for around £19.99 on offer.

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                10.10.2006 19:05

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                A dust gather for your worktop.One of those gadgets you will want but rarely use.If you have a grill why buy this?Fashionable but will never really be used.

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                12.05.2006 15:23
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                healthy food

                First bought the george forman grill for me when it first came out .Was on a diet at the time and i thought this would be great for chicken breast and grilling vegetables and it is healthy compared to frying which i hate.
                Thought it would be great for the family in summer when they want burgers etc .
                When i first tried it you have to wait for the light on the front to go off before you start cooking with it.
                The grills on it are not very big and you can only get about 2 chicken breasts on at a time but when cooked everything tasted nice and all the fat out of the meat goes into a little tray at the bottom.
                It is very hard to clean if you dont clean it straight away and leave the grease to go hard its murder to clean as you cant put it into water.
                It was not that expensive at £30 and there is loads of different ones out now that are bigger and different colours.

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                  30.04.2006 22:26
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                  A lot healthier than frying and easy to use and clean.

                  The George Junior grill that I have is in a silver colour with a purple see through lid, but they also sell them with a green see through lid and a clear see through lid,
                  and comes complete with 2 drip tray's and 2 spatulas.

                  I bought mine about 4 years ago and they are still selling them in the shops now and also in larger sizes.
                  At the time I bought mine they were advertising them all over the place, and so popular were they that most of my friends and family now own one of these lean mean fat reducing grilling machines!

                  The George Junior is the smaller of these grilling machines and opens up to reveal the top and bottom grill plates, and to give you an idea of the cooking area ........4 large burgers will fit neatly onto the bottom grill plate,

                  Above the grill plates there is a separate compartment under the coloured lid which is the bun or muffin warmer,
                  which does just that! warm's the buns or muffin's ready for the burgers ect....

                  Cooking with the grill is really easy , first place one of the drip trays under the grill to catch the draining fat.
                  and before placing the food ect on the bottom grill plate you must first give both plates a light coating of cooking oil which I do using a pastry brush, the grill is then left closed until the indicator light goes out meaning it is now hot enough to use,

                  Put your food on the bottom plate and holding the handle lower the top plate onto your food and cooking will start straight away,
                  the average cooking time is around 6 mins for burgers,chicken,sausages and vegetables ect..........
                  some foods can also be cooked from frozen but these will take a little longer.

                  I find that cooking with one of these types of grills is a lot healthier as little cooking oil is needed to cook the food and most of the remaining fat drains away into the drip tray ,
                  but apart from being healthier, having top and bottom grill plates it cooks both sides at once cutting the cooking time.

                  I find the food cooks just as well and faster than it does in a frying pan or under the conventional grill, and tastes just as good too if not better as there is definately less fat left in the food.

                  What I did find was that if I overcooked, the food tended to go a bit rubbery, but with having the grill and cooking with it for so long now, I've got the timing just right and this does'nt happen anymore.
                  I have found the drip trays very shallow and can fill really quickly, so always have your other drip tray nearby ready to take over!

                  The spatulas are quite flexible and like the drip trays are made of plastic and shaped perfectly to fit the grooves in the grill, and as the grill plates are non stick teflon coated you must never use metal utensils as this will damage the grill plates.

                  Unfortunately I lost one of my spatulas ( I think it went in the bin by mistake) and recently my new puppy got hold of my one and only remaining spatula and chewed it up beyond recognition!
                  I tried everywere to find the same type spatula but couldnt
                  so had to borrow one from a friend until I can buy the same type.

                  As for cleaning I let the grill plates cool down but leave them just a little warm, as I find leaving them warm to the touch makes them easier to clean, I then give them a wipe over with a damp sponge, I found through practice that using a sponge makes cleaning easier as it gets into the grooves better than a cloth, and then I dry them off with a clean cloth or kitchen towel.
                  The outside I wipe down with a warm damp cloth too.

                  I've owned this grill for going on 4 years and have used it a lot even lending it out at times and never had a problem, it's easy to use and clean and it's really quite light to carry and small enough to store away in the kitchen cupboard,
                  and would recommend it as a good buy.

                  The cord is pretty short at 100cm and unfortunately there is no cord or plug storage
                  The grill came with an easy to understand manual giving cooking, timing and cleaning instructions.

                  When I bought this grill it cost around £29.99
                  The price has'nt changed much as Amazon are selling the clear lid one for £34.99.

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                    26.03.2006 13:17
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                    The lean mean grilling machine that makes you lean!

                    My boyfriend bought me a George Foreman grill to help me eat more healthily. Being a student I tended to opt for quick, easy meals which usually meant high fat content and more calories. My George Foreman has made life so much easier!

                    SO WHO IS GEORGE FOREMAN?

                    George Foreman is a world champion boxer. In 1968 he won an olympic gold medal, in the 1970's he became World Champion, he retired in 1977 but came back ten years later and regained the heavy weight title in the 1990's.

                    Boxers are known for being fit and healthy and nowadays George is known for putting his name onto this 'lean, mean girlling machine'.

                    THE RANGE OF GRILLS

                    No matter what size grill you want I am sure there is something to suit you. These grills come in baby, junior, large, family size, grill and griddle combi's, double champion grills, barbeques......you name it and it's probably available!

                    The grill I have is a junior one, but I am sure they all do pretty much the same thing, the only difference will be size and price

                    THE JUNIOR GRILL

                    This is a good size for me as I only ever cook for 1 or 2 people. You can fit about 4 chicken breasts on the grill at one time, or 2 steaks. If you have a big family I would suggest a larger grill.

                    HEALTH BENEFITS

                    The grill plates are non-stick which means you never have to use extra oil/grease when cooking. This is the first health benefit. Secondly, the grill is at a slight angle so any fat coming out of the food will run down into the drip tray that you must place at the foot of the grill. (This is included when you buy the grill) It is a good idea to gently prick the meat with a fork as this allows extra fat to come out and helps you be a little bit healthier.

                    COOKING

                    The grill plates are on the base where you put the food, and also on the top so cooking is evenly spread. There is no need to turn the meat when cooking. It takes about 10 minutes for chicken breasts to cook, and they come out tasting lovely. The grill also gives the 'barbequed' look with the lines down the meat. It really is a quick and easy way to cook. You can marinade your meat or put seasoning on before cooking and this adds to the flavour, just means a little more mess to wipe off, but this doesn't take long at all.

                    You can see the fat in the drip tray as soon as the meat starts to cook. I have noticed that with food such as burgers and sausages the fat will turn thick and white, whereas when cooking chicken or steak the fat is much 'cleaner'. This really makes you pay attention to what you eating in future.

                    CLEANING

                    You are provided with 2 plastic 'scrapers'. When you have taken the meat off you simply glide the scrapers down the gril and this takes any mess off immediately. I also run a sponge or kitchen roll over to finish off the cleaning, it doesnt take very long. A handy hint is if you don't manage to get it all off and you realise this next time you go to use it, gently heat the grill before wiping, it makes it easier to clean.

                    EXTRA FEATURES

                    There is a place on the top of the grill where you can eat bread/buns etc but I have never used this. The space really isn't very big, but I am sure it works ok.

                    PRICE

                    My junior grill cost about £35 i think but that was a little while ago now. I've had a look around on the net and you can get one on ebay for around £15, but other sites have them for around £25. This really is good value for money.

                    OVERALL

                    This had made cooking a lot easier and quicker, and the health benefits are well worth getting one. I recommend this to anyone who doesn't like spending ages cooking but wants to eat healthy meals.

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                      25.08.2005 12:09
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                      A great addition to a kitchen although not without its limitations.

                      The George Foreman Junior Health Grill is such a gimmicky piece of kit. George claims, "I'm so proud of it, I put my name on it". Maybe, but considering his degeneration from lean mean, fighting machine to a stereotypical overweight American then it is obvious he does not use it! Despite my annoyance my wife found a used one on ebay for £4 and can never resist a bargain so it was reluctantly purchased.

                      Nonetheless, despite my pre-amble the Junior Health Grill is a decent piece of kit. On arrival its Junior status is indicative of its size. Slightly smaller than a sandwich toaster, silver with a green top this looks more CD player than health grill and will take up little room on your kitchen worktop. Operating instructions are as complex as plugging it in and switching it on so in this respect it certainly has an ease of us compared to other health grills. There are not temperature dials and you know it is hot enough to use when the light on the top of the grill goes out much like a household iron. Opening the loosely hinged grill reveals two griddle style hotplates top and bottom. Several deep ridges and a gutter on the bottom that runs tilted slightly downward are what gives this grill the health element. Whatever the item of food you put on the grill, it is slightly raised from the bottom so that the juices and fats are able to run into the drip tray attached below.

                      Having already mentioned the small size of this grill you will not be surprised to learn the George Foreman grill fits very little in the way of food on it. This is not a grill suitable for the family and will not fit more than two burgers, chicken breasts or four sausages comfortably on it. I would say this grill is ideal for the single man or woman or the student as you can do a meal for one on it but that is about all. However, the food that does fit on the grill cooks quickly and it is indeed healthier in both appearance and taste. Food is cooked quicker than normal grilling due to the top and bottom hotplates sandwiching it together thus halving cooking times. Meats such as burgers no longer need turning. Foods such as sausages can be an irritant though, as they need turning often due to its speed. You may find yourself having to check every few minutes to avoid burning. Due to its griddle style food on the George Foreman grill are seared in appearance and taste a little like barbecued food with the bonus in that they retain the moistness yet get rid of the fat. Of course meat is not the only thing that can be cooked on the grill and I find grilled vegetables cook beautifully and within minutes on the grill.
                      Cleaning the grill is easier than I thought it would be. The scraper/spatula that comes with the appliance is pretty useless but if you leave the grill to cool I find it the plates clean very easily with warm soapy water and a cloth. The drip tray fully detaches and is easy to clean again in warm, soapy water.

                      Of course this grill has its problems and limitations. A rather gimmicky bun warmer is hidden beneath the green lid of the grill but this tends to make buns wet rather than warm. The hot plate is dangerously close to the lid and I have burnt myself a few times. Similarly, the hinged lid has to be loose to close over food properly but can close without warning when raised leading to a serious burn possibility. Cooking wise this grill cannot cook items that are not uniform in shape. As such ribs, drumsticks etc are a no-no as it just burns them. This is not an all encompassing grill, it has no timer so food cannot be left unattended and the lack of an actual on/off button is an irritant. It cannot cook everything and as such you may find yourself using it alongside your hob and oven rather than instead of. However, if you are looking for a healthy way to cook simple food this grill is ideal and I consider it a great little addition to our kitchen. Despite my wifes insistence on calling it "The George Formby".

                      Cheapest price found: £27.86 Tesco via kelkoo

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                      The George Foreman range, already a phenomenal success in the US, now offers the George Foreman Junior Grill / a healthy alternative to conventional grilling / Whatever you grill be it meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, seafood or even sandwiches any excess fat or liquids are channelled down the grooves in the grill and into a collection tray at the front of the unit / The machine is also very convenient, reducing cooking time because the food is sandwiched between two grills so that both sides cook at once / The useful instruction manual lists the different cooking times for different food / Short name: George Foreman 13628