Marshall continues this series with quick steaks. Its time to re-evaluate power assumptions about things like electric grills to see if these useful appliances can be practically used in the right sized genverter system. If so, you can move off grid sooner with less kitchen equipment? Last time, Jackie did barbecue beef in the crock pot.
Well, it happened in Walmart the other day. We were near the checkout and it happened, something that never happens to me, an impulse buy. There it was, the George Foreman indoor electric grill, for only twenty bucks! I don’t remember, but I probably muttered something like, “business expense” as Jackie raised her eyebrows at the purchase. Wanted to try another electric appliance for our readers, and here it was, and for steaks!
You’re the man, you should do the grilling this time, she said. No problem. The appliance has a heated upper and lower plate and claims very short cooking times (4-10 minutes). Upon close inspection, I realized there’s really nothing new under the sun, like old king Solomon once said. This is a glorified waffle iron with special “steak” plates. Nonetheless, it was a great excuse to have steaks for dinner!
You might not read the instructions on something simple like this, it has no controls, just a plug. It is a 1000W load and the instructions indicated that it should be pre-heated for 5 minute. Not sure how the power numbers would be on this. I pulled out my handy dandy Kill-A-Watt power monitor and warmed the unit up as indicated.
We had six Eye of Round steaks to cook, and I managed to put 4 in for the first round. Another 5 minutes, and they were ready as advertised. It was surprising to see that it was that fast. I put the last two in for another 5 minutes, and they were done as well.
Jackie made salads, and we had a great dinner. The power numbers were not that bad, because the appliance is a large intermittent load similar to my espresso machine. Overall it was lighter on power then slow cooking in the crock pot.
Model: George Foreman Electric grill
Test time: 15 minutes
Watt Hours used: 160 WH
This was a surprisingly efficient use of our power and we’ll get Jackie to find more uses for this grill! Maybe grilled cheese sandwiches? Maybe you have some ideas? Tell us all about them below in the comment section now!
(A special thanks to Arild, who planted this idea that hatched at Walmart!)