So you want a great indoor cooking grill that you can use in your kitchen. I have a fantastic model for you – T-fal OptiGrill with removable plates.
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If you’re someone who’s short on time or trying to avoid fast food this is easily one of the best ways to eat healthy and cut your time spent in the kitchen in half.
I’ve been using this indoor grill a few times a week for the last month and have tried everything from burger patties to salmon.
And in case you don’t have a wide range of things to cook from, it does come with a recipe book so that will give you some ideas.
If you’re used to grilling on an infrared grill and wondering how this compares, it’s going to be pretty darn close. It uses sensors to automatically adjust cooking times based on the thickness of the meat. As long as it’s less than an inch and a half thick you won’t have any problems.
It takes about five minutes to preheat and another five minutes, give or take a few, to cook most thought items.
Whenever preheating is done, the indicator light will flash and beep. Cooking starts right after you close the lid and from that point on, you can watch as the indicator changes colors and beep each time it reaches a new range. Yellow being rare and red being well-done.
Everything in this video was cooked medium well and each item did maintain a certain level of moisture. If you want to grill the same item back to back, you’ll have to run it through the preheating process again before cooking. That’s why I usually grill more than one item at a time.
As you would expect the overall quality of the food depends on the quality of the meat. Out of everything I’ve cooked, I’d have to put the appropriately named bottom round steak at the bottom of my list.
So don’t think you can buy anything and it’ll turn out like five-star quality. My molars are still hurting from that one.
Let’s say you forgot to thaw the fish you were going to have for dinner. Well another smart feature of this indoor kitchen grill is the snowflake button. This feature allows you to grill frozen meat as well.
While there was a noticeable difference in the texture of the fish cooked from frozen, it didn’t taste like it was undercooked or anything.
The grill does a nice job of draining fats and other juices, which means you’ll need to clean the trays after each use.
Now unlike what I remember from the old George Foreman grills, the OptiGrill uses push release tabs so you can easily remove and wash the trays using a double sided sponge. And yes the plastic drip tray and ceramic trays are both dishwasher safe.
As a safety precaution, I think the grill is supposed to turn itself off after 30 minutes but I’m not going to let it run that long to find out.
Overall this is a great investment for someone who’s trying to eat healthy and save time in the kitchen.
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Today I’m sharing this fantastic addition to my kitchen – the T-fal OptiGrill.
The grill’s main selling point is the fact that it can grill from rare to well done with an indicator that will let you know.
On the right hand side, they have a cooking level indicator that allows you to monitor the cooking process. There is also an automatic sensor cooking that uses thickness measurement.
There are six cooking programs with preset cooking temperatures and cycles. You have burgers, chicken or poultry, sandwiches, sausages, red meat and steaks and fish.
The grill is nice and large and it looks like it can fit two medium to large stakes or several chicken breasts.
There are nonstick plates and they are also removable and dishwasher safe. It also has this large juice tray catcher.
I’m surprised when I picked it up I thought it would be super heavy but it’s actually not that heavy.
It also comes with a couple items like a registration card, a quick start guide, helpful tips and some other guides, including the manual and a recipe book that looks delicious.
Here is everything you get. Your warranty, instructions, a little booklet with 32 recipes, some quick guides and a drip tray.
For easy cleaning of the grill plates, just pop off a button on the side; can go in the dishwasher. I’m going to give it a quick wash to get it back on. Simply put it on and snap it in place. That’s easy and the top grill plate is pretty much the same. Clip here, pull it out, give it a wash.
You can wash the grill plates with a little bit of soap and water or they are a hundred percent dishwasher safe.
Here’s a quick look at the automatic cooking programs.
You got your power, you can put frozen food on here, burgers, poultry, sandwich, this is sausage, lamb or pork, red meat, fish or you can set your own temperature control.
This little dial here senses how thick your meat is and it will let you know if it’s rare, medium or well done by the light.
The nice large drip pan just slides right in.
Let’s get cooking.
Simply turn it on. I’m going to pick red meat and you hit okay.
For the first cook I got to go with steak. Going to leave it naked, just brush on a little bit of oil to both sides. The OptiGrill just beeped which means it’s preheated. Open it up, get our steak on. Simply close the lid and it will sense how thick your meat is.
With the steak on now, all you have to do is watch the light and it will beep at you. When it’s yellow, it’s rare, orange is medium, red is well-done.
So just keep an eye on the light. I’m taking it off when it gets the medium.
The light just beeps, saying the steaks are at medium. Let’s crack it open. Check it out.
Both side is nice and grilled. Nice grill marks and that was quick and easy.
Let’s cut it right down the middle, see how it looks. That’s medium. Here’s a better look with the steak cut wide open.
Time to dig in.
Well that steak didn’t last too long around here. Let’s see how the OptiGrill does cooking up a couple burgers.
Turn on the OptiGrill. I’m going to select the burger setting. Just hit OK, let it preheat. The OptiGrill just beeps which means it’s preheated.
Let’s get these burgers on. Just two 6 ounce burgers I made with 80/20 ground chuck. Shut the lid, let it cook.
Here’s a peek at the drip pan, working like a dream.
Because this is ground meat, I’m going to take it to well done.
Light just turn red, it means the burgers are done. Let’s take them off.
A couple of nice-looking burgers just off the OptiGrill.
Let’s cut one right down the middle, take a peek. Check that out! The meat is still nice and juicy. Looks like good burger.
Overall results for the T-fal OptiGrill – gets two big thumbs up.
Quick cooking time, easy cleanup and would be a great addition in any kitchen.