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nikki
September 7th, 2007, 05:45 PM
I don't know if you've discussed this before, but does anyone here have an indoor grill... like the George Foreman type? Is it easy to clean? How well does it cook? Which brand do you have? Does it give off a lot of spatters and greasy smoke? I'd hate to use it on my counter and have it spatter everywhere. Thank you!!

Pomai
September 7th, 2007, 06:05 PM
See the Kitchen Tools & Gadgets thread (http://www.hawaiithreads.com/showthread.php?t=6948&highlight=kitchen+tools+gadgets). Starting from about post #24 the discussion picks up on the Indoor Grills.

Also go through the customer reviews on sites like Amazon.com. Some funny reading too.

Miulang
September 7th, 2007, 06:10 PM
I have a Cuinsinart Griddler (http://www.cuisinart.com/catalog/product.php?item_id=397), which I love because it has interchangeable grill and griddle plates that are dish washable. It lays flat so both the top and bottom become cooking surfaces, but the footprint when closed up is very small. I use it mostly for making paninis, which is easy to do because of the floating hinges, which means you can make really fat sandwiches and squish them down to size. I also cooked whole breakfasts for 2 on them (eggs, bacon and pancakes).

I used to have a George Foreman grill, but I traded it in for the Cuisinart because the older George Foreman grills didn't have removable plates so cleaning was tough. I think the newer ones (the higher end ones) have removable grill plates, which makes cleaning so much easier. All of those indoor grills have channels in them to move grease away from your food, so for low fat cooking, these are great (even though they are non-stick, I usually still spray some oil on the plates lightly to make cleanup easier).

Miulang

tutusue
September 7th, 2007, 07:10 PM
I'm a George Foreman grill fan and use them all the time. I don't find them difficult to clean but I have the kitchen faucet that pulls out and sprays so that makes a difference.

Da Rolling Eye
September 8th, 2007, 07:42 AM
Yeah, the GF grill works pretty good. Cleaning the older models was a pain in the butt and there are a lot of places, in the workings, where grease and water can collect. The new ones with the removable grills is a great improvement.

If you grill a lot of steaks and chops, it's a great addition to the kitchen counter. If not, it's just a waste of money and space and you may as well stick to pan searing. My POV. :)

nikki
September 8th, 2007, 08:14 AM
Thanks everyone, for your replies. How about the countertop? Does it spatter and smoke and make a mess on the kitchen counter?

MatildaRose
September 8th, 2007, 10:04 AM
We've had two indoor grills -- both Oster brand. Durable, affordable, easy to clean, no spatters.

infinitypro
September 8th, 2007, 10:54 AM
George Foreman Grill owners here...and let me just say, it's AWESOME! Easy to use, efficient, and umm...it's easy to clean too. BTW we have the small size, (2) patties at a time size.

Pomai
September 8th, 2007, 12:12 PM
George Foreman Grill owners here...and let me just say, it's AWESOME! Easy to use, efficient, and umm...it's easy to clean too. BTW we have the small size, (2) patties at a time size.Whoah, must be hard eh?.., wit' all da' keedz you get.

"Ma, when we going eat?"

"Eh boy, you just wait. I only got done cooking da' first two hamburgahz". :D

tutusue
September 8th, 2007, 03:56 PM
[...]If you grill a lot of steaks and chops, it's a great addition to the kitchen counter.[...]
I grill salmon filets and other, somewhat thick fish steaks, too. Oh, and thick veggie slices!

[...]Does it spatter and smoke and make a mess on the kitchen counter?
Small kine splatters, yes...but not a big mess! And, no smoke...or very little. Since there's an open sided top to the grill the edges of the food tend to splatter a bit. The grill comes with a drip tray that sits under the bottom part of the grill and catches the run off.

[...]"Eh boy, you just wait. I only got done cooking da' first two hamburgahz". :D
I found that not to be as much of as issue as I thought it would be. The grill cooks so fast (averages 5 min. for the types of food I cook) that I just pop the finished food in a pre-warmed oven 'til the rest of the food is done. Now, if I had all 3 of my grills in one place I wouldn't have to turn on the oven! :D

nikki
September 8th, 2007, 04:11 PM
Thank you, Tutusue and everyone else! I'm going to take the plunge and buy one!! I've been thinking about it for a year... I hate to buy stuff and then it just sits in the cabinet, if you know what I mean.

Mokihana
September 8th, 2007, 05:52 PM
I've never even seen one of these in use... or even a demo. I have an electric cooktop with 4 burners and a griddle in the middle. (Ho, I'm one poet!):D

Anyway, what's the difference between a griddle like that and one of the indoor grills? Do the grills get more hot? And are they kinda like broiling in the oven only you don't heat up the huge 220 oven?

Christmas is coming!

infinitypro
September 8th, 2007, 07:11 PM
Whoah, must be hard eh?.., wit' all da' keedz you get.

"Ma, when we going eat?"

"Eh boy, you just wait. I only got done cooking da' first two hamburgahz". :D

We are cracking up over here Pomai! Umm...all I can say is NOBODY grumbles over here, when it's time to eat, it's time. :D

tutusue
September 8th, 2007, 07:20 PM
[...]Anyway, what's the difference between a griddle like that and one of the indoor grills? Do the grills get more hot? And are they kinda like broiling in the oven only you don't heat up the huge 220 oven?[...]
Speaking for the George Foreman grill only...it's just that; a grill...not a griddle. Also, it has a hinged top so it grills both sides at the same time cutting the grilling time in half.

Slap a marinated, boneless chicken breast on the grill and add a $1. side salad from McDonalds and I have a 5 min. dinner! :D

Miulang
September 8th, 2007, 07:21 PM
I've never even seen one of these in use... or even a demo. I have an electric cooktop with 4 burners and a griddle in the middle. (Ho, I'm one poet!):D

Anyway, what's the difference between a griddle like that and one of the indoor grills? Do the grills get more hot? And are they kinda like broiling in the oven only you don't heat up the huge 220 oven?

Christmas is coming!
Depending on the brand and model you get, you can have a grill (works as a panini press for sandwiches, too) and/or a griddle. On my Griddler, you can do both because you have 2 sets of plates, one for grilling and one for griddling (and on the Griddler, you have two separate heat controls...one for grilling and one for griddling).

When I cook breakfast, though, sometimes I make one side a grill (so I can get all the grease out of the bacon or sausage and the other side a griddle for pancakes and eggs. Then when I'm done, I just pop the plates off the machine and pop them in the dishwasher. No fuss, no muss and it cooks fast too so you don't heat up your kitchen.

Miulang

tutusue
September 8th, 2007, 07:29 PM
[...]When I cook breakfast, though, sometimes I make one side a grill (so I can get all the grease out of the bacon or sausage and the other side a griddle for pancakes and eggs. Then when I'm done, I just pop the plates off the machine and pop them in the dishwasher. No fuss, no muss and it cooks fast too so you don't heat up your kitchen.

Miulang
Miulang, does the griddle feature cook faster than any other griddle at the same temp.? The GF grill has the lid which enables both sides to cook at the same time. Does the griddle also use the same 2 sided cooking? :confused:

Mokihana
September 8th, 2007, 07:30 PM
Mahalo nui, Miulang.

One advantage of my stove one is that I can cook a lot of stuff at one time. Lotsa pancakes, or bacon, or about 4 cheese sammiches.

However: I can't grill on it.

Miulang
September 8th, 2007, 08:50 PM
Mahalo nui, Miulang.

One advantage of my stove one is that I can cook a lot of stuff at one time. Lotsa pancakes, or bacon, or about 4 cheese sammiches.

However: I can't grill on it.
Do you have a Jenn-Air range, then? If you do, can't you get a griddle insert for it? Besides, if it's just for you and N most of the time, then one of those indoor grills would be a good thing, because I know you probably do a lot of low fat cooking.

Miulang

nikki
September 22nd, 2007, 07:35 PM
Thanks everyone, for your help. I used my new Cuisinart indoor grill for the first time tonight! I marinated some lamb in olive oil, garlic, shoyu, lemon juice and rosemary. It took only a few minutes to heat up and and few more minutes to cook. Perfect! I haven't cleaned it yet, but it looks easy.

I plan on using it every night this week... I'll be marinating chicken thighs, veggies, more lamb steaks. Fun!

Miulang
September 22nd, 2007, 07:42 PM
Miulang, does the griddle feature cook faster than any other griddle at the same temp.? The GF grill has the lid which enables both sides to cook at the same time. Does the griddle also use the same 2 sided cooking? :confused:
Oops, sorry for the delay in replies, Tutu. The griddle uses both plates, but opens up flat so you have 2 cooking surfaces. So I cook pancakes on half and eggs and sausage/bacon (I cook the meat first, push the cooked meat aside and then cook the eggs) on the other side. You could also use the griddle plates like you would a top/bottom grill (like for grilled cheese sammiches if you don't want the grill marks but do want your sandwich pressed down). It's super good for making panini sandwiches because of the floating hinge so you can make your paninis really fat and then squish them down. My favorite pressed sandwiches du jour right now are Cubanos (ham, pork roll, provolone, kosher dill slices and some Dijon in a sandwich roll).

Nikki: Congrats on your purchase! I'm sure you'll have all kinds of fun with it. And it really is easy to clean. Just remove the plates and rinse them off. To make sure they're really easy to clean, spray some cooking spray on the plates while they are heating up. Guarans no sticky mess.

Miulang