Indoor Grills

Grilling has traditionally been an outdoor activity but in recent times because of various reasons people are beginning to take their grilling activities indoors. This is done by using indoor grills, which are basically electric grills suited for indoor purposes. These grills are compact devices that have lids to enclose the food while it is cooking and several indicators to help determine the doneness of the food. The grills come with rubberized feet which help to grip them on countertops. They are basically small in size, appropriate for household needs. Some of them are powered by batteries, which make them portable.

Indoor grills have all the trappings that an outdoor barbecue grill will have, but in an electrical format. Instead of the traditional grills present in a charcoal grill, these indoor grills have a surface that is heated by a heating coil placed within. The food to be cooked is meant to be placed directly on this surface. To give the food the grilled appearance, the surface is ridged. When the lid is closed, the food gets the impressions of the ridges, which makes them appear just like traditionally barbecued food.

The lid also helps to conserve the heat and allows the foods to cook in their own juices. This is why some people feel that foods cooked in indoor grills are more succulent than that cooked in charcoal barbecues, but they will be lacking in the smoky taste that char-grilled food will have. However, indoor grills can help cook the food faster and much more cleanly, because there will be no smoke emanated that could pollute the environment.

Another feature with indoor grills that makes them superior to charcoal grills is that they have a temperature adjustable feature that uses a thermostat. When a particular temperature setting is provided by the user, the thermostat will record it. With the help of a sensor attached to it, the thermostat will check the temperature of the heating surface. If the surface temperature rises to more than what is set, the thermostat will shut down the heating element and the temperature will remain at the specified point. When the surface cools down, the thermostat will come into operation again and bring it back to the required temperature.

Since indoor grills do not have a flame, they need indicators to show that they are in operation and the surface is hot. These indicators are LEDs that are fixed to the outer body of the appliance. There are sometimes different colored light displays to indicate that the grill is in operation and that the food has been done and can be removed.

Almost all indoor grills come with nonstick surfaces due to which much greasing is not required. This makes indoor grilled food healthier. Some grills also have a runoff area where excess grease can be collected and then discarded. However, the nonstick surface requires a higher degree of care so that it doesn’t get scratched. These grills cannot be scrubbed, for example. Plastic or wooden tongs are provided with the grills to remove the foods that are cooked in the grills.

Indoor grills are great for cooking everything that a charcoal grill can cook. They can make sausages, salamis, steaks and other meat dishes and also sandwiches, toasts and the like. They can be also used to heat a frozen food, such as a sandwich that has been kept in a refrigerator.

Today, indoor grills are becoming more common because of the convenience they provide. Unlike charcoal grills, they do not require any setting up. As their demand increases, they are also becoming cheaper by the day. Consequently, they are becoming important units of homes around the world.

This Indoor Grills Review is Written/Updated on Apr 23rd, 2009 and filed under Kitchen Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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