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Foreman Grill vs Toaster Oven - which one should i get?

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sensei_shaw Mar 6, 2008 08:42 AM

So here's the problem: I live in a residence with no kitchen and I'm totally sick of the cafe food. And since I can't afford to go out often, I want to purchase either a foreman grill or a toaster oven to use to cook in my room. I'll be cooking meat (steaks, chicken legs/wings, salmon, etc) 6 out of the 7 days of the week but, so the better option [I assume] would be the foreman grill. But I also enjoy baking, and various other non-grill cooking, which I would about once or twice a week, so the toaster oven would fit here nicely.

So what do you guys think I should do? Does meat taste just as good in the toaster oven as it does on the foreman or should I just stick with the foreman and forget about my intrinsic cooking...

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    Janet from Richmond RE: sensei_shaw Mar 6, 2008 08:47 AM

    I don't have a GF, but I love, love, love my toaster oven. I have one at home and one at the office and over the years I've learned to make most anything in it.

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      stuckinschool RE: sensei_shaw Mar 6, 2008 08:51 AM

      i have both, and use my toaster oven on a daily basis while my foreman grill hasn't come out of the cupboard in over a year. i totally agree with janet, you can make almost anything in them.
      if you're really need a grill option, get a cast iron grill pan, they take up less room and will get you as good of a grill effect as the foreman IMHO!

      1. aussiewonder RE: sensei_shaw Mar 6, 2008 09:01 AM

        i, on the other hand could not live w/out my GF. i use it quite a lot, mostly for grilling vegetables and chicken breasts. I wouldn't do a steak on it although I do pork chops. Not sure how fish would fare either. But it's very useful and perfect for one person when i don't feel like getting a bunch of dishes dirty, it's quick and easy.

        1. maplesugar RE: sensei_shaw Mar 6, 2008 09:08 AM

          My vote is for the toaster oven. we've done steak, salmon, sausages, appetizers etc in our Krups toaster oven. It also makes a mean tuna melt :)

          (you might want to post this query on the Cookware baord as well)

          1. macca RE: sensei_shaw Mar 6, 2008 09:09 AM

            I have a foreman grill, which was mainly used by one family member who would eat boneless, skinless chicken ERERY night cooked on the grill. When my toaster oven went, I bought a inexpensive convection oven. It ia a Hamilton Beach, and even came with a rotisserie. I bought it at Kohls, on sale and paid about $80.00. It has two racks, a convection setting, and I love it. I have roasted meats and vegetables, baked bread and pastries, broiled burgers and fish . It has a setting for baking, convection and broiling. I have had it for more than two years now. Much better than a toaster oven- the temp. setting goes up to either 450 or 500 degrees. Size is great- fites two 12 inch pizza's.

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              JalamaMama RE: macca Mar 6, 2008 09:28 AM

              One thing not mentioned is the need for a hood/ fan. I wouldn't use my foreman without one. I cover my stove in newspaper and then cook with the foreman on top- roll up easy to clean and a nice fan exhaust. I love my foreman, but am afraid it hasn't come out of my cupboard in close to a year. I have a foreman roaster that I love- but that really needs a exhaust!

              A toaster oven would probably serve you better.

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              sensei_shaw RE: sensei_shaw Mar 6, 2008 09:42 AM

              So from what people have been saying this is what I think would work best for me:
              http://www.canadiantire.ca/browse/product_detail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=1408474396672151&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524443291774&bmUID=1204828528281&assortment=primary&fromSearch=true#BVQAWidgetID
              vs
              http://www.canadiantire.ca/browse/pro...
              Obviously money is an issue but, at the same time, I want something that will cook/grill properly and also last the test of time. Whats looks like the best choice?

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                maplesugar RE: sensei_shaw Mar 6, 2008 09:51 AM

                I'm not familiar with Bravetti as a brand, but the two racks are a definite plus, the rest of the features are similar to my Krups which was a lot more than $40. I say go for it. As for the timer issues one poster mentioned on canadiantire.ca I'd invest in an cheap digital or even manual timer just to be on the safe side...wouldn't want all that dorm room cooking to go to waste. :)

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                sensei_shaw RE: sensei_shaw Mar 6, 2008 08:37 PM

                Thanks you everyone for your input. I settled on a $100 Black and Decker convection oven and I'm sooo stoked.

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                  Jack_ RE: sensei_shaw Mar 7, 2008 07:39 AM

                  GREAT!!! let us know how you like it

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                  RGC1982 RE: sensei_shaw Mar 7, 2008 05:02 AM

                  I'd look for a combo toaster/oven broiler. You can roast, back, broil and toast in most of these, whereas, IMO, the GF cannot usually achieve the same things. For example, you can't bake a potato with GF. The broil option on the oven will crisp things up. What you won't have is contact grilling, so if grill marks on your meat and fish are what you are mostly concerned about, this won't work and GF may be the way to go. How will you be cooking vegetables? Do you have a microwave?

                  Another option for you: Hot plate and a square grill pan? Maybe even with a press. That would give you the flexibility to actually use a skillet, sauce pan, etc. -- just like a stove, as well as grill meat and fish. In fact, if you could manage the hot plate and the toaster oven, you could replicate a basic kitchen.

                  Down side to all of these - think about ventilation, as grilling ALWAYS makes smoke, and clean-up. Can you open a nearby window if needed? The smell of grilled fish is not pleasant when you still smell it in the morning. Also, it is usually harder to clean an electric appliance than a pot or pan, and I don't find the GF to be that easy to clean.

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