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Electric Indoor Grills

If you enjoy using your outdoor grill and would like to continue to eat grilled food in the colder months of the year, you should consider using an electric indoor grill. Since indoor grills are designed to sit on the kitchen counter, they are also handy for anyone with no place for outdoor cooking or who lives in a building where the use of an outdoor grill is not allowed. Although they are not able to cook the quantity of food that an outdoor grill can handle, and many do not produce the same kind of smoky, charcoal flavor, it is possible to get tender, tasty results from an indoor grill.

If you are thinking of buying one of these grills, consider the following:

  • Grills with lids that act as contact covers will cook food more quickly than those without covers, but these grills will tend to bake meat, which can result in a slightly rubbery texture. Placing a non-contact cover on cooking food may steam it. Only an open cooking surface will give you the desirable seared effect.
  • Look for grills that have gaps in the surface plate that allow the fat to drain away as the food cooks. An angled grill surface will also channel fat into a drip tray. Meat that cooks in its own fat will tend to be greasy and much less healthy to eat, and splattering fat can be dangerous and may make a mess in the cooking area.

Because the ease with which a kitchen appliance can be cleaned often determines how often it is used, look for a grill with easy to remove surface plates that are dishwasher safe.

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