Ever since the George Foreman Grills have hit the market I have owned several. One of the first ones I had is the George Foreman GR36P Indoor Grill. I was fascinated by the way it cooked and drained the grease away from the food. Like most people, I want to cook healthier for my family and thought that this would be a great idea.
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I purchased the George Foreman GR36P Indoor Grill at a local big box store for around $45.00, and couldn't wait to get it home to use. The grill itself has a 133 square inches of cooking space which should be big enough to cook food for a family of four. The countertop grill measures approximately 17 by 16-1/4 by 7-3/4 inches.
The color is kind of a pearl gray which is very pretty just in case you leave it on your counter. On the top you will see an indicator light. The light is an amber color when you first plug it in then goes to green when the grill is ready for use.
The George Foreman GR36P Indoor Grill comes with drip tray and a spatula that looks like a short fat rake. These are able to go into the dishwasher on the top rack for thorough cleaning.
When you open the George Foreman GR36P Indoor Grill the inside is black with grooves for the fat to go into so that it can drain from the grill. The black color is a non-stick coating so that you don't have to use extra fat to keep the food from sticking.
When the lid is closed you will see the handle which does stay cool to the touch so you won't burn yourself when opening and closing the grill. It's built into the grill.
The directions did say that you should clean the George Foreman GR36P Indoor Grill before your first use and use a little vegetable cooking spray. That I did and I was ready to add the hamburgers that we were having for dinner that night. I plugged in the George Foreman GR36P Indoor Grill so that it would start getting hot while I was making my burgers. Once the indicator light turned green, I placed my burgers on the bottom grill plate then realized that I couldn't cook six burgers at once. I guess I make mine a little larger than the George Foreman group does. I closed the lid and started to hear the sizzle. Since the grill tips forward I started noticing a little fat was beginning to come out the front into the drip pan. The top hinge does float to accommodate thick pieces of meat or veggies.
Since there is only one heat setting and this was my first time using the grill, I had to keep a close eye on my burgers to make sure they were done and not burned. After 15 minutes of constantly checking my burgers for doneness, they were done and ready to eat. I quickly wiped the grill plates and added the other two burgers so that they would be ready when the kids were ready to eat them. The spatula that comes with the grill really helps with removing the food. The spatula is grooved and so it slide easily over the grill plate.
The grill does come with a booklet that give you approximate times that you should cook your food. After that you are on your own, but you do have some knowledge and guidance about how long to cook.
Now comes the time to clean the George Foreman GR36P Indoor Grill. Since the grill plates are not removable, it's hard to clean. I couldn't throw the grill into a sink of hot water so I had to first wipe with a paper towel then use the warm soapy water to start cleaning. You can purchase a special sponge to make it easier to clean. It has grooves so that it can get the grooves in the grill clean. On the other side it has a steel wool like substance so that you can get the bits that do stick. I didn't have that sponge when I first started cleaning and I do recommend that you invest another $6.00, to purchase. It makes cleaning so much faster, especially since the grates do not remove.
One thing I did learn about how to clean the grill before I knew there was the sponge, was to wet several paper towels and place them in the grill and close so that the moisture can keep the residue moist which makes for easier cleaning.
I have cooked so many things on the George Foreman GR36P Indoor Grill, chicken, veggies, pork chops, sandwiches, hot dogs, and the list goes on and on. The one thing I found out is cook your chicken with the skin on or it will be dry on the inside and the outside layer has a hard covering that you can't eat.
After a couple of years of heavy use, it was time to get rid of the grill. The non-stick coating was starting to wear away and it was getting harder and harder to clean. This particular George Foreman GR36P Indoor Grill was good while it lasted.
Your food is quickly cooked and healthier for you. Just be careful, you can burn your food if you don't keep an eye on what's going on.
Amount Paid (US$): 45.00