There’s More Than One Way to Grill Your Food

George Foreman Grill

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It took me a long time to decide to get a George Foreman grill.  I wasn’t sure I’d really use it.  I ask friends who had them what they thought.  I read about them.  I looked at them when I was out shopping.  And finally, after MUCH thought and many months of thinking, I took the plunge and bought one.  That was about 15 years ago.

The George Foreman grill is not a tool I use daily, like my Kitchen Aid stand-up mixer, but I do use it a lot.  In fact, I have two George Foreman grills.

George Foreman Grill

I have a small one that I use primarily for sandwiches, especially the grilled cheese sandwich I like for breakfast.

George Foreman Grill

I also have a large one that’s big enough for my family.  I love them both.

George Foreman Grill

In case you’ve never used a George Foreman grill, they’re very easy to use.  I spray both grill plates with Pam, plug the grill in, wait about 5 minutes for it to warm up, put my food on, and in most cases, it’s done in about 6 minutes.

My George Foreman is old and does NOT have removable plates.  That makes clean-up a bit of a pain.  To make it easier, after I unplug it and it cools off for a few seconds, I wet a cloth rag, put it on the grill and close the cover.  After dinner, when I wash the grill, it’s quite a bit easier to clean than if it just sits there without the wet rag.

I use the grill for burgers, chicken, vegetables and sandwiches.  I recently got adventurous and used it for fish.  When I cook fish in the oven (I use frozen tilapia or salmon), they get little blobs of white.  Someone told me I was overcooking them but according to my meat thermometer, I’m not.  Anyway, when I cooked the fish on the George Foreman, it only took about 3 minutes, there were no white blobs and it tasted better!  So fish will be cooked on the George Foreman from now on.

The grill is especially handy when:

  • you don’t have much time (the food cooks faster);
  • it’s hot outside and inside and you don’t want to heat up your oven;
  • you need your oven for something else that cooks at a different temperature;
  • you want that grilled flavor but don’t have time to grill (it’s not the same as cooking outside on a gas grill but it’s closer than cooking in the oven); or
  • you want to cook a little healthier (the fat/juices drip off the grill plates and into a tray so the meat isn’t sitting in it while cooking).

George Foreman Grill

So if you’ve never considered a George Foreman grill, it might be something that you would really enjoy and it might even make cooking easier!  By the way, it doesn’t have to be a George Foreman.  The George Foreman is the only one I’ve used but I would guess that all of the tabletop grills are pretty similar.

Do you have a tabletop grill?  Do you use it often? If not, is this something you might enjoy trying?

DISCLAIMER:  I did not receive any compensation for this post.  I’m writing about this product because I like it and I think my readers would like it, too.

Comments

  1. Barbara west says:

    Like to use the grill but HATE the cleanup anyway you go!!!

    • Agreed. I’m hoping to get the one with removable plates that you can put in the dishwasher. That would make it a lot better to use and I would probably use it more.

  2. Teresa says:

    I love my GF grill. I got my first one when they first came out. It lasted until about a year or so ago. I bought a new one the day after the first one died. I didn’t get one with the removable plates. I clean mine the same way you clean yours except I use soaking wet paper towels. I don’t like getting my white kitchen towels all black from the grill. The towels are so hard to clean. I try to use cloth when I can but sometimes I would rather use paper towels. It takes 3 to 4 weeks to use a roll of paper towels so I don’t feel bad about using them.

    • I’ve used soaking wet paper towels, too. The only problem I had with those was that sometimes they dried too fast and stuck to the grill.

      I don’t usually use my good towels. I have some rags I like to use. But the paper towels definitely are a better option so your rags don’t get dirty. Sometimes I just throw them away.

  3. I am on my second GF and use it very often – granted, I am single with no children so I find it very handy! While they are more difficult to clean, it is excellent for quick cooking!

  4. Patty, if you use it often, you REALLY ought to invest in the one with removable plates! I can’t imagine how difficult clean up must be. I’ve only had my GF grill for about 5 years and didn’t even know the older models didn’t have removable plates. Yuk! I don’t think I would have used it very often. I suggest you check them out at a store display and see how easy they pop in and out and you might be convinced! You might want to get yourself a gift like you got that $20 stick vacuum that made your life easier!! Yup… I have that same one too for all the pet hair…works like a charm! Love your blog. Keep up the great work.

    • Carol – my birthday is this month and I’m asking for one then. If I don’t get one, I probably will treat myself. As much as I cook . . .

      And thank you for the kind words and the encouragement to get a new George. I should have a long time ago!!!

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