Healthy Cooking On a Contact Grill

    Using a contact grill is the most popular way of indoor grilling. This grill is also known as a dual contact griddler. The most famous contact grill is the George Foreman Grill and the panini  maker or panini  press.

You can get the contact grill in different sizes. This type of grill has dual hinged heated elements for grilling, one on top and the other at the bottom. The top heated cover helps to retain moisture, cook faster and eliminate the need to flip your food.

Some contact grills have a floating hinge that enable them to adjust to the thickness of food or the hinges can open flat backwards, up to 180° to create a second grilling surface, as an open grill.

Contact Grill Contact Grill or Panini Maker

A contact grill is affordable, portable and easy to use. It also cooks fast with dual heated surfaces, top and bottom. Just plug and play. The result is juicy, moist and beautiful food.

You will always eat healthy with a contact grill as it removes fat from your food as it cooks.

Start by seasoning your new contact grill with cooking oil. Do this by wiping it clean first, then dubbing the cooking surface with a clean moist cloth dipped in cooking oil.

Make a habit of doing this every time the surfaces dry after cleaning, just before storing.

Grillspot Tip! - Lay baking sheets under your grill to preserve your counter-top or stove and to collect any possible 'splitter-splatter' from the grill for easy clean-up.

Cooking Tips with a Contact Grill

   1. Allow your marinated foods to drain well before you place them on the grill.

   2. Let the grill attain high temperature before grilling meat to prevent sticking. Lower the heat to medium after placing food in it.

   3. Apply a quick dub  of cooking oil on your meat and a swish  of cooking spray on the grilling surfaces to prevent foods from sticking.

   4. Avoid opening and closing the grill to check if the food is cooked. It wastes heat and slows down the cooking clock.

   5. When cooking meat, avoid over cooking by turning off the heat just before it's done. Let it finish cooking with the residual heat in the plates.

Cook thick or fatty meat on medium heat. High heat during cooking will send fat spattering all over your counter-top.
   6. Use boneless meat in thick pieces or slices; thin pieces of meat tend to burn and dry up quickly.

   7. Always use a grilling meat chart as a guide to recommended grilling times and temperature.

Grillspot Tip! - To remove sticky food residue on clean up, place wet towels across the plate after the grill has cooled down. The dampness softens the solid residue for easy removal with a sponge.

Shopping for a Contact Grill or 'Griddler'

Things to look for when out shopping for a Contact Grill include:-

   1. Get a contact grill that can get hot and stay hot - one with enough power, at least 1500W or 425 °F (220 °C) thermostat setting.

   2. If you want beautiful grill marks on your steak, boneless chicken, hamburger patties or buns, get a grill with deep ridges. Deep ridges also allow fat to drip away from thick meats as they cook.

   3. Look for one with a long power cord if possible, at least 6ft. A long chord is safer and allows for versatility and better reach to the extremity of your kitchen counter-top.

   4. In order to get a second grilling area from the top burner, look for a contact grill with a floating hinge or at least a 180 ° capable hinge.

   5. Get a grill with a large grilling surface so that you can grill more food in one go.

Read customer reviews ahead of time to get valuable insights into quality, usability and customer service issues.
   6. Look for added features like an adjustable thermostat. This provides for varied settings to allow you more heat settings for grilling different foods.

   7. Look for one with a grease tray, cup or catcher.

   8. Get a grill with a variety of cooking plates - ridged and flat. Some contact grills have reversible plates. Turn the flat surface over and presto, you have a ridged cooking surface.

   9. Before you pick up your grill of choice, research the availability of replacement parts for your preferred make and model.

  10. Last but not least, most contact grills have non-stick surfaces. Just check in passing to make sure the one you are buying is non-stick too.

Eat healthy every time with the versatile and compact contact grill as you continue your indoor grilling journey!

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"All normal people love meat. If I went to a barbeque and there was no meat, "Yo Goober! Where's the meat? I'm trying to impress people here Lisa. You don't win friends with salad."

-Homer Simpson

"Grilling, broiling, barbecuing - whatever you want to call it, is an art, not just a matter of building a pyre and throwing on a piece of meat as a sacrifice to the gods of the stomach."

-James Beard

"It is very important that when you put something on the grill, you leave it in place to cook. If you move it around too quickly, chances are it is going to stick."

-Bobby Flay