My Favorite Kitchen Gadget: The George Foreman Grill
I can say without hesitation that the George Foreman Grill is the most valuable kitchen gadget to ever exist. It’s my favorite and most used kitchen tool, and I’m currently working on my second grill. I love it. In fact, I can't live without it.
Officially called the George Foreman Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machine, this baby does it all, and it does it fast. The longest cooking time is no more than 10 minutes if you like your meat well done. The super fast cooking time is because the grill has two grilling plates that cook both sides at once. When grilling meat, it immediately sears and locks in all the juices resulting in some of the most delectable, juicy meat ever. T-bones, NY Strip, and flank steak can all be grilled in 4 to 10 minutes depending on how rare you like your meat. You can grill salmon, tuna, fish fillets, and shrimp in minutes. Other meats that do well on the Foreman Grill include hamburgers, hot dogs, smoked sausage, boneless chicken and pork. It also makes a mean grilled cheese sandwich that takes only a minute or two with no flipping.
As with every product, there are always pros and cons, and I will outline them for you according to my personal experience of using the grill for at least six years.
- It cooks food much faster than other traditional cooking methods. Cooking chicken on an outdoor grill would take a minimum of 30 minutes to an hour. You can grill boneless chicken breasts in 9 minutes on the Foreman Grill. Hamburgers can be cooked to perfection in 10 minutes or less.
- It allows you to grill indoors and results in meat that is much juicier than traditionally grilled meat. I've found that steak, salmon, and chicken cooked on the Foreman Grill are by far more tasty and juicy than when they are prepared by any other method.
- The grill is easy to use, easy to clean and easy to store.
- Fat runs off of the meat as it cooks and is collected in a drip tray. This is why they also market it as a "fat reducing" grill.
- Onions and other vegetables can be grilled in minutes, and you don't have to stand there stirring and flipping.
- Making grilled sandwiches is easy and fast.
- It’s very affordable. The smallest grill runs about $19.95, and the next size up, which is the one I’m currently using and find to be very satisfactory, is $29.99.
- The only boned meat recommended to cook on the grill are T-Bone steaks. You can't cook any type of chicken with bones, like legs, thighs, and breasts. You pretty much have to stick to boneless meat.
- The only problem I’ve had is that the non-stick surface of the grill loses its integrity over a period of time. I used my first grill nearly every day, and, after about 4 years, food started sticking to the grill plates and they became more difficult to clean. That’s not bad considering I was using the poor thing nearly every day to grill sandwiches for lunch and meat for dinner. The little grill never quit working, but after 4 years I ended up buying another one that was a little larger.
- Depending on what size grill you choose, some people may feel limited by the amount of food you can cook at once. However, I don’t find this to be a drawback at all considering how fast the grill cooks. For example, my first grill was the smallest, cheapest Foreman Grill you can buy, and it only had enough space to grill one sandwich at a time; however, because of the fast cooking time, I could still grill 4 sandwiches in less than 10 minutes and 4 boneless chicken breasts in less than 20 minutes.
I would be lost without my George Foreman Grill, and I think it's a very handy addition to any kitchen. It's compact, affordable, durable, cooks meat to perfection with no effort, and it saves time in the kitchen.
Grill Controversy Tidbit
There is an interesting tidbit circulating in the news about who was supposed to be the official spokesperson for this grill. Hulk Hogan has stated on his reality TV show and in interviews on the Tonight Show and Late Night with Conan O’Brien that he was called to endorse the grill first, but he failed to respond in time, so George Foreman was chosen instead. There’s some controversy over whether Hogan missed the call or if he actually turned down the project, but either way it’s interesting to consider how close this magnificent kitchen gadget came to being called the “Hulk Hogan Grill.”