Need a George Foreman Grill in Lieu of Every Other Appliance
Due to a series of unlikely circumstances, I'm living in a 4th floor walk-up crashpad among drug dealers with no lock on the front door, no telephone service, and no gas for the appliances. Also, all my stuff's in boxes, but that's another story.
This was supposed to be temporary, but it looks like it will last for a while. I could get gas turned on, but there's really no room to cook, and I'm not quite resigned to fully setting up for housekeeping in this hovel.
So I'm thinking about buying the George Foreman grill/griddle/oven/wafflemaker for like $100. I'm figuring that along wiht my hotpot and toaster oven and rice cooker, I can do whatever I need to do on at least a subsistence level.
2. the griddle is tilted, I understand, so unless you get it super hot, pancakes and eggs just run down into the trough. This seems incredibly dumb. And I don't want to super heat the grill, cuz it'd scorch the eggs.
3. is this the item to get? another possibility (no oven, and not as fancy, and a little smaller - which is actually maybe good) is this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/cust...
I looked at the G5 in Costco and almost bought one for my brother. As I recall, the ones with a waffle/removable plate option have a tilt option so they can be used flat or tilted. That option might turn out to be some plastic thing you put under the legs, or the like, but I think it'll be there.
That, by the way, is what I do with my current foreman grill when I don't want to lose marinade - I turn one drip pan upside down and put it under the legs of the grill and leave the other drip pan under the lip to catch the few stray drops that still find their way out.
How about a camping stove instead(for your purpose, it would be just like having a gas stove)? They're more versatile than a George Foreman. I've used a 10,000 BTU Coleman double burner outdoors and it got hot enough to adequately sear steaks on a smoking 12" cast iron pan. I use it in my kitchen if I need an extra burner or 2 to supplement my stationary stove. They've got a 20,000 BTU version also. That's more power than most kitchen stoves. Most use those small propane canisters that cost $2-5. You can get an adapter hose if you want to use those bigger tanks. Just cuz you're living in a shithole doesn't mean you need to cook like it.
And if space is an issue, here's a double burner 20,000 BTU unit that folds in half for $67 (now I want one!): http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-2-Burne...
Need one with a grill also?
Save your $100 (towards a padlock for the front door?) and just buy a plain ol' electric skillet. If you buy a fairly deep one, you can do just about anything you'd do in a Foreman, plus cook liquidy things too. Here's a decent one for only $38: http://www.amazon.com/Presto-06852-16... Pancakes, quesadillas, burgers, stews, soups, casseroles, etc. I think that the contact grillers (Foreman-type thingies) are overrated...they're good for giving a top/bottom crust to things like quick-cooked chops, burgers, grilled cheese, etc. but kinda limited. With an elec. skillet, you can get the same effect by just flipping the damn food over (how hard is that?)
And, you can make jambalaya and/or red beans in an electric skillet. Try that with a Foreman and see where it gets ya.
re: Hungry Celeste
Almost spot on, Hungry Celeste. (The "same effect" is a self defeating comparison)
I have a Hamilton Beach (HB) 16 x 12 electric skillet that is 18 years old (may get to vote this year - lol) and still is working reasonably well, although it has some sticky spots when cooking mostly eggs.
Unfortunately, I have had gone through 2 HB fat reducing grills, (one warranty replacement , with the replacement lasting 2 years) and a little over half a dozen GF grills. The GF grills seem to last about a year and starts sticking like crazy.
What I do miss was those circa '60s clam style grills / waffle makers. The one I had, had the reversible flat grill / waffle grid that was cast iron. It made 4 sandwiches at once and open up for flat cooking. Rather wicked, speed wise in whipping out batches of grilled cheese in a hurry. Closest thing today probably would be a form of a panini grill with a 18 x 18 inch reversible surface grids. (Or what Jim has found, but rather small in my opinion)
I am without a cook top at the moment and am having to improvise until it is repaired or replaced. It was a GE Momogram Gas 5 burner that I have loved and used for 16 years and the glass top shattered on New Years Eve. I bought a 4 qt. slow cooker at Target for $19.99. I borrowed an electric skillet from a friend. I do have a gas grill outside and the winter is warm just wet so there is that option. I have never seen what people see in the Forman grill things. Do as Celeste suggests and get an electric skillet, it is much less expensive and versatile. Then yoyu can get a slow cooker and an electric tea kettle is useful too and none of those items will put you in the poor house. If you have the skillet you can brown things for a braise iini the slow cooker, make good soups in the slow cooker, you did not say if you have a microwave but mine is getting a work out now and it may be a month before the cooktop issue is resolved. Sorry you are in such awful surroundings, I hope things look up soon. But put your money in a few less expensive appliances that can give you a lot more options.
Guys, an electric skillet is just great advice. I dont' want all that tricked-out stuff anyway. I don't really care about the pressing element (I love panini, but I'm not going to make them...or waffles). What I need is an all-purpose workhorse. I like the idea of a griddle. It's long been my fantasy to own a built-in griddle and be my own at-home short order cook. One day!
Now I have to go shopping.