Indoor electric grills never held much appeal to me before until I came across an ad for the George Foreman GRP90WGR Next Grilleration Electric Nonstick Grill with 5 Removable Plates. Actually, what drew my attention were the different plates that could be used for grilling, baking, making waffles, cooking paninis and griddle cooking.
It got me really excited. After all, George Foreman electric grills were only used for grilling meats and vegetables before. But now, I'd be able to do a whole lot more with the newer model. Imagine being able to make waffles on a grill! I just had to give it a try.
When my electric grill arrived, I eagerly took it out of the box. It was just as I expected. Sleek and compact, it fit perfectly on the kitchen counter. I had been concerned that the red color would clash with the rest of my kitchen décor and appliances, but it fit right in.
This George Foreman electric grill has 72 square inches of cooking surface, just right for my family. I couldn’t get enough of the 5 removable grill plates that came with it. I was already imagining the waffles, burgers, paninis, veggies, cookies, grilled sandwiches, etc. that would soon be coming out of the grill.
I popped a couple of pork chops in the grill and they were done just right in very little time. A lot of fat was drained away, making for a much healthier meal. I also grilled some vegetables– zucchini, peppers, eggplant and tomatoes. With a little vinaigrette, they were the perfect accompaniment to the pork chops.
The removable grill plates are triple-coated with a scratch-resistant nonstick coating. Food doesn’t stick to the plates and they’re easy to clean. Oh yes! The plates are dishwasher safe too. That’s a big plus, although I prefer to wash mine by hand. Also, the handles stay cool to the touch even while cooking at the highest setting.
For breakfast the next day, the kids insisted on waffles. No problem. I mixed a batch of waffle batter and started cooking the waffles. I made sure to preheat the grill before cooking the first batch. Not perfect, maybe, but pretty good just the same. And they're really large. It took a bit of trial and error to figure out the best cooking times. You have to cook the waffles for 5 to 7 minutes, and you have to allow time for the grill to heat up between batches. No doubt I'll get perfect waffles the next time around.
With the new George Foreman electric grill, I was able to get rid of the toaster oven and the waffle maker. I use the baking pan to toast bread and reheat pizza. It's also handy for making grilled sandwiches. I've used the grill to cook bacon, burgers, hot dogs, steaks, chicken and fish. Because the plates are nonstick, I only need a tiny amount of oil.
Did I mention that you can order a cookbook for the electric grill? I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but they look delicious and easy to follow. I gave the cookbook and instruction manual a quick run through for cooking guidelines. Cooking times, as far as I can see, are not hard and fast. I've discovered that you have to experiment and find out what works best.
This electric grill model has a temperature control that lets you set the grilling temperature to low, medium or high. When grilling, I like to start with a high temperature and then lower the heat to medium.
With the five removable plates, I can use the electric grill to prepare meals the whole day. I've used the griddle plate to cook pancakes, eggs, and sausages. It's big enough to prepare family meals without occupying the entire counter top. It's also small enough to store easily when not in use, but I don't see that happening in my kitchen. I've come to depend on it more and more every day.
I find this particular electric grill to be very versatile. It's wonderful that with just one appliance I can already cook a lot of different foods. I also love that it's so easy to clean. The plates are removable so I can take them out and wash them by hand or in the dishwasher.
The nonstick surface makes it easy to clean them out. You don't even have to let them soak in the sink. The cleaning sponge that comes with the electric grill is great for cleaning the grill plate. Just be sure to let the plates cool down completely before washing them. This will help preserve the nonstick coating.
I know that some people have issues about the grill. For instance, you have to be careful in putting the plates back on. You have to make sure and position them just right, then click into place. It’s no trouble, really, and just needs a little practice.
I've read some reviews where they say the nonstick coating easily peels off after only a few uses. Fortunately, I didn't have this problem. I guess you just have to strictly follow the instructions on care and maintenance. Don't allow metallic utensils or harsh scrubbers to come in contact with the coating. Make sure the plates do not come in contact with each other when storing them. If you must stack the plates, place cloth or paper towels between them to prevent scratches on the nonstick surface.
The George Foreman electric grill is amazingly versatile. Being able to remove the grilling plates makes it easy to use and clean. The cookbook is very helpful and including it in the package would have been nice.
I love to cook healthy meals for my family. The George Foreman GRP90WGR Next Grilleration Electric Grill makes it easy to do this. It's a well-designed appliance that's affordably priced and delivers on its promise.
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