Indoor grilling is a popular way to prepare food without the mess or calories which come from frying and baking in heavy sauces. The most popular contact grills include the George Foreman Grill and the Panini Press, but there are others available that offer the same healthy benefits.
Contact grills are great for grilling meat like steak and hamburgers, but you can also grill chicken breast, fish fillets, sausage, hotdogs and more. When grilling on a contact grill, the fatty grease runs off and into a ‘trench’ rather than being reserved in the meat and translating to unwanted calories.
You don’t need to grease the surface of the contact grill before cooking – and the grills leave grilling marks just as if you’d cooked the meat on an outdoor charcoal or propane grill.
While the George Forman grill only comes with ‘on’ or ‘off’ capabilities, others offer advanced settings so you can choose to grill or use a griddle (for pancakes and other liquid mixes).
Also, some contact grills can be used as both a grill and Panini press and offer half grill/half griddle options. Most have removable (and reversible) nonstick surfaces making for easy cleanup and you can even use the handle to determine the thickness of the food.
There are a variety of sizes available in contact grills so you can choose a small one if you’re only cooking for one or two – or larger if cooking for a family. Besides reducing calorie consumption by getting rid of the fat, you can reduce the harmful effects of charcoal on the food you cook.
Flames from charcoal can cause a grill to produce heterocyclic amines (HCAs), which the National Cancer Institute has deemed to be harmful to your health when cooking meats. Using a contact grill helps to eliminate those harmful, carcinogenic compounds.
It’s best to cook meat separately from the veggies and fruits you want to cook and make sure you trim the fat and remove the skin from chicken. Rather than cook breaded foods or those high in fat content, choose vegetables and fruit to get much-needed vitamins and antioxidants.
Contact grills are portable, very affordable, extremely easy to use and one of the healthiest ways you can cook food. The top and bottom surface cook items fast and removes the fat for less calorie consumption. Check out the online deals for a variety of sizes and prices of contact grill and choose the one that’s best for you.