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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Eleventh Day of Gadgets — A Foreman Grill

Foreman GrillOur household is a little unusual. There's no microwave in the kitchen, but there is a Foreman Grill.

The first Foreman Grill that came to our home arrived as a Christmas present, and was received with much skepticism. But as things turned out, it got so much use that it finally wore out and was replaced by a slightly bigger (though still very basic) model. It, too, has earned a permanent place on top of the kitchen counter, where it gets frequent use.

While George pitches his grill as being a "lean, mean, low-fat grilling machine," here's one of the higher-fat things it makes best: grilled cheese sandwiches. And just because the non-stick cooking surface means you don't have to use butter or oil on your food, it doesn't mean you can't. If you think a little fat would improve the flavor of whatever you're cooking (and of course it will), spread some on!

The grill in our kitchen also gets plenty of use cooking chicken thighs and breasts, grilling slices of onions, reheating leftovers, and adding a little more "doneness" to meat that comes off the outdoor grill a little too rare. And a Foreman Grill is to sausages as a toaster is to bread.

Basic Foreman Grills can be had for as little as $20; more elaborate models (such as those with removable grill plates, which make cleanup easier) run up to $150 or so. If you get one for Christmas, take it out of the box and give it a try.
J. Silverheels Gray, 8:00 AM