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2020-11-28 4:47:13 PM  
Depends on what's in YOUR kitchen, subby.
 
2020-11-28 4:54:21 PM  
if you want to cook a lot of stuff and have limited space get yourself a lodge cast iron combo cooker and a nuwave(or comparable) induction cooktop
 
2020-11-28 4:58:43 PM  
It's a super easy way of making a grilled cheese sandwich.
 
2020-11-28 5:00:24 PM  
we just found one in our kitchen... so maybe?
 
2020-11-28 5:05:16 PM  
I use mine a couple times a week
 
2020-11-28 5:09:06 PM  
That's so 90s.

Everyone today's buying the George Foreskin grill and air fryer.
 
2020-11-28 5:26:30 PM  
Sometimes you want to wake up to the smell of fresh cooked bacon...
 
2020-11-28 5:27:27 PM  
Cuisinart makes a panini maker that also makes waffles if you change out the plates.  Multi-tasker!
 
2020-11-28 5:32:41 PM  
I live in a foodie house but if i dont feel like firing up the grill foreman does great for burgers or steak in a pinch.
 
2020-11-28 5:55:33 PM  
It's still a handy thing, but there are better iterations of the idea out there.

As someone else noted, if you don't have an induction cooktop yet, you want one. They're the tits.
 
2020-11-28 6:02:44 PM  
If you are only doing one or two chops or chicken breasts, they work pretty well.
 
2020-11-28 6:16:14 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Sometimes you want to wake up to the smell of fresh cooked bacon...


You just know there's someone stupid enough to have one of these by their bed so they can have that smell in the morning.
 
2020-11-28 6:18:23 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Sometimes you want to wake up to the smell of fresh cooked bacon...


Wait, they come with a timer now?
 
2020-11-28 6:18:27 PM  
We have given away more gadgets than we've kept. Including one of those grills.

We have;
Immersion blender
Rice Cooker
Instapot (farking awesome)
Big electric griddle (3 sammiches at once, fool.)
2 crock pots, one huge- one tiny
Food bag vacuum thing.

Now out of all those things, I can't live without... The food vacuum bag thing. I love the instapot because it makes fast shredded chicken. But I can't store 5 bags that are 2lbs each of it in my freezer and have it not be a horrible situation. It's also epic for marinades, camping foods and breaking up big bulk buys of meat. Not to mention how well it stores things in the freezer. Things don't get all shriveled and freezer burned. I've also never noticed a freezer taste.

/I know this CSB doesn't have anything to do with a george grill. I have a bacon press and a variety of cast iron pans for that, aside from my much more efficient griddle.
//I almost forgot about my hotpot.
///Don't count a microwave as a kitchen appliance.
 
2020-11-28 6:19:54 PM  

North_Central_Positronics: You just know there's someone stupid enough to have one of these by their bed so they can have that smell in the morning.


Hey, I don't judge by the smells that people want in the morning.

Coffee, bacon, vodka...

/ wait, what?
 
2020-11-28 7:17:24 PM  
I run mine at least once a week, usually in combination with my red copper chef grill, which is great for morning breakfast wraps.

Current gadgetry:

Foreman grill
2 Red Copper Chef Grills
Rice cooker
Air Fryer
Sandwich Press
Hot Dog and Bun Toaster

All of them come out at least once a month, but it helps that they all sit in a nice corner shelf in the pantry to get them off the counter.  No need here for an instant pot, but we'll see what the future holds
 
2020-11-28 7:21:53 PM  
I see the George Forman grill a robust sandwich press. Probably better options out there, but it is easy to store, use and clean.

My friends from Puerto Rico use these kind of kitchen tools a lot because of the oppressive heat. A standard American oven range can be hellish to use most of the time at  home.
 
2020-11-28 7:22:27 PM  

enry: Cuisinart makes a panini maker that also makes waffles if you change out the plates.  Multi-tasker!


Yeah, that thing sucked. We used it like three times and donated it. Only bad Cusinart product we've bought.
 
2020-11-28 7:24:57 PM  
Oh, and:

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2020-11-28 7:25:40 PM  
I'm still using a Raytheon Micro 21 Micro-grille from 1981.
It's the only thing I know of that's made of metal and yet safe to microwave.
 
2020-11-28 7:28:26 PM  
Crockpot
Air fryer
Instant pot
Foreman grill knock off

That plus the standard oven, stove, and microwave take care of just about everything I have to cook. I do have a sous videmachine in the basement I haven't used yet. Personally, I'd rather have the various attachments for my Kitchenaid stand mixer: pasta roller, ice cream maker, meat grinder. Though I am intrigued by the Pampered Chef cooking blender.
 
2020-11-28 7:30:07 PM  
I was trying to tempt myself with a Kitchenaid stand mixer yesterday

But I'd just use it to make bread and desserts etc and that's the last thing I need more of at the moment
 
2020-11-28 7:34:21 PM  
I had one of these for years, was pretty convenient and easy to clean... The cookplates pop out and you can just throw them in the dishwasher.

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Now I have a Black & Decker convection toaster oven (got pork chops roasting in it right now, actually!) and it's perfect when you're living la vida bachelor. Definitely get the $120 toaster oven rather than the $40 cheapo type. The cheap ones just cook despair.
 
2020-11-28 7:46:07 PM  
Thanks to the anonymous TotalFark donor! :-)
 
2020-11-28 7:48:52 PM  
Replaced my basic basket style air fryer with an air fryer oven for Black Friday yesterday. Functions as an air fryer, oven, rotisserie, and food dehydrator. Had an amazing rotisserie pork loin for dinner tonight. Going to get a pineapple and try the dehydrator next. Haven't been able to force myself to like the instant pot. I've had mine for 3 years now and basically use it to make either chicken and dumplings or boiled peanuts every so often.
 
2020-11-28 7:49:04 PM  
I still have one.  Use it maybe once a month for when I want to cook a single chicken breast and don't want to deal with going outside and firing up the gas grill.  If I go on a grilled-cheese sandwich kick, I would probably also use it for that.
 
2020-11-28 7:53:31 PM  

North_Central_Positronics: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Sometimes you want to wake up to the smell of fresh cooked bacon...

You just know there's someone stupid enough to have one of these by their bed so they can have that smell in the morning.


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2020-11-28 7:55:07 PM  

cooldaddygroove: if you want to cook a lot of stuff and have limited space get yourself a lodge cast iron combo cooker and a nuwave(or comparable) induction cooktop


I love my Nuwave induction cooktop. Making perfect eggs at 180F feels like cheating. Melting chocolate is cool. As far as precision temperature I was disappointed when I attempted sous vide.
 
2020-11-28 7:58:45 PM  
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Dude. This is my thread.  You need a hamilton beach searing grill.

A couple months ago I bought the hamilton beach searing grill, because i hadn't had one of the indoor convenient grills in a while.  this thing has changed the game for me.  The bad thing about the standard foreman type of grill is it squeezes every liquid out of the meat.

This thing doesnt do that. it just encloses. It has a temperature dial.  It takes longer than a press type grill, but the food comes out freaking fantastic.   you get some pretty grill marks, and meat does NOT lose its juices. chicken comes out great! steaks come out fantastic!  And its big enough to have room for vegetables that come out really, really good.  D

Ive owned a lot of these type of kitchen appliances, but this is the first one that I told every freaking friend about.  You couldn't cook a giant meal on it, but you could definitely cook meat and veggies for two using just the grill.

Like anything else with non stick surface, you have to be careful when cleaning it, and to only use silicone type utensils to flip things.  But i'm serious you guys, this is a good product.
 
2020-11-28 8:07:19 PM  
maxheck:
Now I have a Black & Decker convection toaster oven (got pork chops roasting in it right now, actually!) and it's perfect when you're living la vida bachelor. Definitely get the $120 toaster oven rather than the $40 cheapo type. The cheap ones just cook despair.

Yep, we've had one for years. Baking potatoes, cooking a pizza, or pretty much any other thing you cook in the oven. I have to keep telling my wife to use the damn thing, because she still seems to think it's just a toaster oven.

Bonus: You don't need an air fryer if you have a convection oven. Spray a little bit of oil on your item to cook, and cook it on the convection setting, and it's just like an air fryer, but with a ton more space.
 
2020-11-28 8:10:30 PM  

bostonguy: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Sometimes you want to wake up to the smell of fresh cooked bacon...

Wait, they come with a timer now?


No, you have to wake up, plug it in, go back to sleep and THEN wake up to the smell of fresh cooked bacon.
 
2020-11-28 8:17:43 PM  

bostonguy: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Sometimes you want to wake up to the smell of fresh cooked bacon...

Wait, they come with a timer now?


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I discovered a George Foreman grill in the depths of one of my kitchen cupboards recently. Probably bought about 20 years ago since it was a bit of a fad back then, then forgotten. But it's alright for the meat I've cooked in it.

Something with replaceable plates like this would be better, though:

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Waffle iron, toasty maker and generic electric grill in a single item.
 
2020-11-28 8:25:17 PM  
We've got one from the 90s and use it often enough. Fajitas, grilled cheese, and hamburgers are favorites.
 
2020-11-28 8:26:20 PM  

Mikey1969: Bonus: You don't need an air fryer if you have a convection oven. Spray a little bit of oil on your item to cook, and cook it on the convection setting, and it's just like an air fryer, but with a ton more space.


I think my Tefal actifry counts as an air fryer, and if it does, its main advantage is that it has a paddle that keeps whatever's inside it turning. If I'm cooking stuff in my oven, it will need turned at some point; the paddle in the actifry means the food's always turning over and cooking evenly.
 
2020-11-28 8:35:36 PM  
a pan has more uses and is better.
 
2020-11-28 8:47:41 PM  
I'd give all that shiat away for a simple old Sunbeam 2-slot toaster.
 
2020-11-28 8:50:46 PM  

enry: Cuisinart makes a panini maker that also makes waffles if you change out the plates.  Multi-tasker!


I've had the T-Fal version of that for years and use it constantly.

Besides waffles and paninis, it's also great for hash browns, fried eggs, falafel, bacon, quesadillas, pizza crust, and all sorts of things that sound great when you're really high.
 
2020-11-28 8:54:29 PM  
Man, everyone loves the Insta-Pot, but I've used mine maybe twice.
 
2020-11-28 8:55:57 PM  

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Dude. This is my thread.  You need a hamilton beach searing grill.

A couple months ago I bought the hamilton beach searing grill, because i hadn't had one of the indoor convenient grills in a while.  this thing has changed the game for me.  The bad thing about the standard foreman type of grill is it squeezes every liquid out of the meat.

This thing doesnt do that. it just encloses. It has a temperature dial.  It takes longer than a press type grill, but the food comes out freaking fantastic.   you get some pretty grill marks, and meat does NOT lose its juices. chicken comes out great! steaks come out fantastic!  And its big enough to have room for vegetables that come out really, really good.  D

Ive owned a lot of these type of kitchen appliances, but this is the first one that I told every freaking friend about.  You couldn't cook a giant meal on it, but you could definitely cook meat and veggies for two using just the grill.

Like anything else with non stick surface, you have to be careful when cleaning it, and to only use silicone type utensils to flip things.  But i'm serious you guys, this is a good product.


I haven't had an indoor grilling thing since my George Foreman croaked probably 5 years ago.  I may have to get one of those, looks like a good product.
 
2020-11-28 9:08:06 PM  

arrogantbastich: Now out of all those things, I can't live without... The food vacuum bag thing.


My neighbor got one and demonstrated its strength by crushing an empty beer can. As part of that evening's merriment, we ended up tacking up that obviously empty can-in-a-bag on the wall. We really know how to have a good time!

A few days later our other neighbor, bless his precious heart, walked in and saw that, and was horrified. "You're not supposed to do it that way!"

That delightful fellow actually thought, with open beers in our hands, that we were storing a vacuum-sealed beer for later. On the wall. With a thumb tack.

Same guy - true story - walks in on his wife doing the old penis-in-the-vagina trick with another gentleman, and says "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING!" His wife says, "See? I told you he was stupid."
 
2020-11-28 9:09:21 PM  

Any Pie Left: I'd give all that shiat away for a simple old Sunbeam 2-slot toaster.


This from my cold dead hands.

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2020-11-28 9:21:08 PM  

theflatline: Any Pie Left: I'd give all that shiat away for a simple old Sunbeam 2-slot toaster.

This from my cold dead hands.

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Do you use the rack on top to heat/toast things?
 
2020-11-28 9:34:25 PM  

iron de havilland: Mikey1969: Bonus: You don't need an air fryer if you have a convection oven. Spray a little bit of oil on your item to cook, and cook it on the convection setting, and it's just like an air fryer, but with a ton more space.

I think my Tefal actifry counts as an air fryer, and if it does, its main advantage is that it has a paddle that keeps whatever's inside it turning. If I'm cooking stuff in my oven, it will need turned at some point; the paddle in the actifry means the food's always turning over and cooking evenly.


Yeah, that's a feature that ours doesn't have, but the tips I found say that using a dark baking pan helps with that, obviously not as well as turning it. But the french fries we tried so far stayed crispy all over. And like I said, the larger amount of space than a normal air fryer is a plus.
 
2020-11-28 9:37:52 PM  

theflatline: Any Pie Left: I'd give all that shiat away for a simple old Sunbeam 2-slot toaster.

This from my cold dead hands.

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I love blackened toast, so I stand by the cheapest toaster money can buy.  Cheap toasters have crappy electronics that are better for being damn close to burnt toast on the high setting; the nice ones don't get it close. you have to put the bread through twice.

I'm the same way with fans.  I need a loud fan to sleep; the nice/expensive ones highest settings are too quiet.  You buy a cheap dollar store box fan? that high setting will block out every sound in the world and rattle to high heaven.
 
2020-11-28 9:45:05 PM  
Never had one, not allowed in my house.
 
2020-11-28 9:47:45 PM  

Any Pie Left: I'd give all that shiat away for a simple old Sunbeam 2-slot toaster.


Why the fark are these no longer a thing? I've seen the vids on youtube, and they are amazing. I guess the only reason might be that once you've bought one, you'll never need to buy another, so the market kills itself?

Mikey1969: iron de havilland: Mikey1969: Bonus: You don't need an air fryer if you have a convection oven. Spray a little bit of oil on your item to cook, and cook it on the convection setting, and it's just like an air fryer, but with a ton more space.

I think my Tefal actifry counts as an air fryer, and if it does, its main advantage is that it has a paddle that keeps whatever's inside it turning. If I'm cooking stuff in my oven, it will need turned at some point; the paddle in the actifry means the food's always turning over and cooking evenly.

Yeah, that's a feature that ours doesn't have, but the tips I found say that using a dark baking pan helps with that, obviously not as well as turning it. But the french fries we tried so far stayed crispy all over. And like I said, the larger amount of space than a normal air fryer is a plus.


I've actually been doing proper kitchen experiments recently to do perfect potatoes.

My findings so far are that for a perfectly crisp outside, you need to dry them first. I've been doing that by putting them in the oven for a bit first, then resting. And you need to choose your fat well. My best results have involved lard, but god damn, I hate the smell of lard when cooking.

But ultimately, I think the best process involves part cooking, chilling, then cooking again. It's all about getting a skin going on on the outside of the tattie that will then brown nicely with some proper heat on it.

But anyway. I digress.

;D
 
2020-11-28 10:00:10 PM  
if you want 1 application kitchen gadgets 'to have' buy them for $2 at the thrift.

if you want Christmas gift idears...give them a gift certificate.

most items like the GFG just gather dust in the garage. we all have 3 fry pans.
 
2020-11-28 10:03:33 PM  
Too soon for a complete review. More settings than the space shuttle. It's nice though. I'm in an apt with a gas stove that has a ridiculous governor on it and I love to cook so it was kind of out of necessity.

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2020-11-28 10:05:04 PM  

drewogatory: Man, everyone loves the Insta-Pot, but I've used mine maybe twice.


I wouldn't say I love it and it's probably a bit overrated, but ours gets a decent amount of use simply as a pressure cooker. Definitely opens up more dinner options during the week.
 
2020-11-28 10:07:00 PM  

drewogatory: Man, everyone loves the Insta-Pot, but I've used mine maybe twice.


I gave mine away. I didn't love it at all.
 
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