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“Knock out fat, fast!” or so George Forman has told me on numerous adverts over the years. I had never been convinced, but when the opportunity to try out and review the George Foreman Family Grill presented itself, I jumped at the chance.
Flyboy is on his annual health kick (I’ve hidden all of the Easter chocolate, in my sewing room) so it was the perfect time to check out the grill and it’s claims.
Now, how to test some of the claims? In true Myth-busters style, I came up with a test.
A steak cooked on a stove top griddle pan versus a steak cooked on the George Foreman Grill (or GFG for short). I would let the family decide which tasted better. I would be looking at cooking time, mess and the overall experience.
The GFG is quite compact. The packaging tells me that it can cook five servings, but I think that they would have to be small and not the brontosaurus steaks my husband brings home.
I extended the patented legs to produce a slope for the fat to drip down and away from the meat, and placed the separate drip tray underneath. The advantage of this grill is that both sides cook at once, sealing in the juices.
Both steaks were placed in there respective devices, the one in the pan was soon spitting fat and oil all over my nice clean stove top (grumble, grumble), whilst George’s steaks were contently cooking on both sides – at once. By the time the stove top steak was ready to turn over, the one in the GFG was ready to rest. This was a very pleasing result. The speed in which it can cook food.
Both sets of steaks looked good, the pan steak had more char on the fat, yummy, but, for healthy eating not so good. They were all lovely and pink in the middle, though George’s had nice grill marks on it. The steaks from the pan were certainly more greasy, so it was another win for the GFG.
Steaks eaten, time for the kitchen clean up.The non stick coating certainly made it easy to wipe the juices from the GFG, and it was pretty quick to tidy up. The opposite can be said for my stove top that was splattered in grease.
I’m not really a fan of a lot of gadgets in the kitchen, but storing the George Foreman Family Grill is also easy. It closes up flat and can be stored on its side, saving space.
After our road test, I do have to admit that the George Forman Family Grill is a great addition to our kitchen. Even though I personally think that it’s a little bit small for a family, with FlyBoy away 4 or 5 nights per week, it is perfect to prepare meals for myself and the kids. It would also be fantastic for a couple – it certainly saves washing up pans and cleaning up the stove top afterwards.
The George Foreman Family Grill retails at $69.95 and comes with a 12 month warranty.
Steak with freshly made pesto is such a winning combination. Have you tried it?
Do you have a George Foreman Grill? Thoughts?
Any favourite recipes you care to share, using the GFG?
George Foreman’s Powerburger : Recipe
Makes 8-12 hamburger patties
1/4 cup finely chopped vegetables (eg zucchini, capsicum, spring onions)
1/4 cup grated carrot
1/4 cup wholemeal breadcrumbs
2 tbs parsley
2 sprigs of thyme – leaves only
750g lean minced meat
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp ground black pepper
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well with you hands. Shape the mixture into eight patties, place on a plate and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the grill. Arrange patties on grill and cook with the lid down for 4-6 minutes until the juices run clear.
Serve on wholemeal hamburger buns with spinach, fresh tomato, low fat cheese, fresh herbs and mustard.