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Excellent Year Round GrillPosted
I just plain love this grill! It is a talking piece when people see it sitting on my kitchen countertop. Living in the Midwest, it is marvelous to be able to grill foods and not have to brave the snow and cold. I have cooked everything from shrimp kabobs, chicken breasts, steaks, brats and grilled zucchini and squash and they have all turned out great! The grill uses infrared heat which is ideal when thinking about the dangers of propane gas or chargoal smoke. The design of the removable grill top and sliding drip pan makes cleaning and maintenance a breeze!
I would recommend this to a friend
No smoke as advertised! Fun to have.Posted
I'm somebody who cooks quite a bit and I enjoy grilling outside when the weather is good. On days when grilling outside isn't an option, or if you cannot have a grill outside, this unit does the trick. The Phillips Avance electric grill is designed well, is easy to use and the food comes out tasting good. I've cooked a couple of steaks, some chicken and hamburgers on this grill now. The steaks were perfectly cooked and delicious. The chicken was okay, but I definitely prefer the taste of charcoal grilled chicken. The hamburgers were pretty good. Not having an open flame takes something away from the taste, but they were still good. . Just not really grilled flavor. The user manual comes with recommended cooking times, which I'll list below. The grill only has two settings, on and warm. I wish the heat were more adjustable. I also think a lid would have been great, and would decrease the cooking times. The grill heats up quickly, there really is no smoke, or at most, very very little. The grill didn't heat up my kitchen really and cooking over the bright red surface was just fine. Clean up was very easy, however there are some spots on one of the mirrored walls inside that I cannot remove with soap and a sponge. They are from grease/fat drip splatter during cooking. I'll have to do some research and try to clean it with something harder w/o scratching the surface. If this isn't something that I can clean off I wonder how many uses I'll get until all of the inner reflective walls are covered with spots. Only time will tell. Overall this is a really cool kitchen appliance to have, and I'll try to make use of it whenever possible. I'm excited to try grilling more foods and I hope the non-scorched / non-grilled flavor grows on me. Owner Manual suggested cooking times: Large Steak: 12-16 min Small Steak: 8-15 min Burgers: 10-15 min Chicken: 22-26 min Fish: 15-16 min Shrimp: 12-14 min Brats: 16-18 min Hotdogs: 12-16 min Corn: 14-16 min Veggies: 8-15 min Bread: 2-5 min
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Lights - Action - Dinner!Posted
When I first saw the Grill on-line pictures it looked Big, which was a bit of a concern for us due to counter space and storing. Turns out the grill is not overly large and fits our needs to a T. Sits nicely on the kitchen counter and found space in my utility shelve for storage. Cleaning. It could not be more simple and easy, grease from meats drops into a removable tray. The infrared lights do not point toward the tray so the grease is not cooked further, you do not end up with hard baked grease. Simply spray warm water onto the tray to wash away some of the cleanup, then we swiped the pan with a sponge and everything came out in one swipe. NO Scrubbing. Kudos, could not be easier. The grill as well is simple to clean after cooking, not hard baked on particles. The grill appears to be have been made for our sink as the raised feet underneath the grill made for keeping the grill steady in the cooker fit exactly within our sink. Makes for, again a simple cleanup. First meal. We went for Brats and sliced grilled vegies. The Brats and grilled vegies came out spectacularly, could not have been more delicious. Lovely grill marks on the Brats and perfectly grilled bell peppers, mushrooms and onions. Yummy, thumbs up all around the kitchen table. Second meal. Went with 1" Pork Loin Steaks to see how the grill handled the thick steaks. The experience would lead me to go with a less thick cut next round due to how the infrared works. The infrared fires more directly at the bottom of the steaks rather than sides. We ended up holding up the steaks a bit to get the sides fully cooked, not a big deal, but will cook thinner cuts in the future which should work well. Was the Pork Good? Absolutely delicious. Very little smoke was produced from the brats, just a wisp. The Pork Loin Steaks did produce more smoke as I expected, it is not smokeless, but it is from our observation less than cooking in a skittle on the stove. Reason for that is the grease falling under the cooking area into pan below and not being cooked further. The grill can hold two large steaks with a cooking time of approximately 15 minutes. Believe you could cook about six hamburgers, as for Brats load up the grill! Big Pluses: Convenience of indoor grilling, similar to a gas grill for flavor Quick, easy meal without messing up the kitchen Easy, fast clean up (love it) Infrared Cooking - cool stuff And not last but least - wonderfully cooked food, your taste buds will thank you Do pay heed to the instruction on not staring into the infrared lamps, it is not comfortable. That being said, you still have to look into the grill area to cook and cannot avoid the lamps completely. Not a big issue. Like grilling, easy clean up and tasty eats? Than you will enjoy the Grill.
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Really cool if you can't use a real grillPosted
We live in a 2nd floor condo and aren't able to have a "real" grill on our balcony. We've wanted something to emulate one for a while. This does a pretty decent job at that. The cooking surface is kind of small compared to an outdoor grill, but it's a kitchen appliance so I can't imagine it getting any bigger. It was tough enough to find a storage spot for the entire grill as it's pretty large. You can cook 2 steaks on it comfortably. You don't have a lot of control over temperature and there isn't a meter anywhere to know how hot it really is. Controls are minimal and easy to use. It's a single dial with an "off" position and then a low and high. It's super easy to tell which setting you're on as this thing is BRIGHT! Seriously, don't stare directly into the grill when you turn it on. And make sure the grill is in place. I can't imagine how bright thing thing is without the grill obstructing some of the light. The low setting is bright and then the high setting is BRIGHT. There is no "not bright" setting. So far, I've only really used the high setting to cook a couple of steaks. And then we tried to cook some brats on the low setting but they weren't really cooking at all so we turned it up to high. Both turned out really well. The brats we a lot better than the water bath version we usually do. The steaks were really good and beat out the "Griddler" that we usually use to cook things. Cleanup is pretty nice and simple. The bottom tray comes out pretty easy to clean up the drips and such and the top grill isn't attached to anything (just lays over the top) so it's super easy to remove and wipe down or wash. You're told not to submerge the actual unit in water (obvious reasons here) but I'ven't noticed it getting very dirty and it's just plastic on the outside that's pretty easy to wipe down. Which, speaking of plastic, I was pretty surprised by how cool the main plastic stayed. The harder plastic that's right next to the grill top gets a little hot but the plastic all around the unit stays really cool for the amount of heat the grill throws out when you have it on. You almost immediately feel the heat when your turn it on. Overall. Highly recommended if you can't use a real outdoor grill for whatever reason. I'd probably still go with an outdoor grill if I was able to use one, but even if I had an outdoor grill, I think I'd still use this on occasion as it has been really easy to setup and tear down (which, sometimes, can be a hassle with an outdoor grill). So I guess I'd recommend this to anyone!
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Solid Option for Simple Indoor GrillingPosted
Philips Avance Collection Smoke-Less Indoor Electric Grill Solid Option for Simple Indoor Grilling Specs Price: $279.99 Color: Black Use: Indoor Weight: 12? lbs. Power: Electric, 1660 Watts Cooking: Infrared Grate: Cast Aluminum Warranty: 1 Year Bonus: 30-Page Color Cookbook w/Grilling Recipes & Tips Summary: I'm pleasantly surprised w/how well this grill has worked out. Getting started is easy w/just 3 primary parts: the main housing, the liftoff grilling grid, & the removable grease tray. These take all of 1 minute to set up. The grill surface heats up very quickly (6-minute warmup time recommended prior to placing your food on the grill); so, you'll want all your food prep work completed before you turn on the grill. The aluminum grilling grid surface heats up to a constant 446? F.-the perfect temp for grilling different types of food simultaneously, including searing meat, preserving tenderness & juiciness, & browning w/o burning-& maintains that temp throughout the cooking process. The simple temp control knob has just 3 settings: Off, High, & Low. The Low or 'Keep Warm' setting is self-explanatory as it allows you to keep your food warm once you've finished cooking it. Cooking: So far, I've grilled rib-eye steaks, chicken thighs, lamb chops, & vegetables, including zucchini, yellow squash, & mushrooms. @@@@@@@@ Be sure to cut your veggies large enough so that they don't fall thru the grate to the bottom. @@@@@@@ All the meats & veggies turned out fantastic & tasted very good, though the finished product doesn't taste quite like charcoal-grilled food from a real outdoor BBQ. @@@@@@@@ But then neither do they taste that way w/an outdoor propane grill. @@@@@@@ The die-cast aluminum grid does make authentic BBQ grill marks, & it did brown/grill all sides of our cuts surprisingly evenly, thanks, in part, to the heat reflectors. All in all, I got much better results w/this 112-sq. in. indoor infrared grill than w/my large, round, 240-sq. in., 15-serving, George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Electric Barbecue Grill. Cleaning: The grill's nonstick surface is much easier to clean than my Foreman grill, though I'll be interested to see how durable the nonstick surface is after a year of use. Thankfully, there was minimal splatter. With my Foreman grill, there's a ton of splatter; so, I've to line the sides of that grill w/walls of aluminum foil, or I end up scrubbing grease off everything around the cooking surface. And the Philips grill is "virtually smokeless" (boasting an 80% smoke reduction), although my nearby hallway smoke alarm did go off several times. @@@@@@@@ But it also goes off when I broil steaks in the oven. @@@@@@@ Rather than your food cooking in its own grease, excess fat drops onto the XL-grease tray, allowing for leaner grilling. But the grill is too long to fit into a standard kitchen sink; so, soaking it'sn't feasible in our kitchen. Tip: Line the drip pan & the 2 non-heating-element sides for easier cleaning. The detachable parts of the grill are dishwasher safe. Portability/Space: This Philips grill takes up less space than my large Foreman grill. And this grill is light enough that's it easy to move at just 12? lbs., yet the rectangular cooking surface provides enough space to grill an adequate quantity of food for a family of 4. It's large enough to grill 4 steaks or 6-to-8 hamburgers at once. Convenience: In my experience, cooking on this electric grill has proven far easier vs. the hassles associated w/my gas, propane, & charcoal grills, including even my other electric George Foreman grills. This Philips grill provides a simple & convenient way to grill indoors all year round, though I'll probably use it mostly during the winter months & when it's raining. Extras: Included in the box is a 30-page color booklet of grilling recipes, but I'ven't tried any of them yet. Electric Power Cord: Philips gives the user a pretty short leash. Based upon our limited counter space available for grilling, due to our many other kitchen countertop appliances, we don't have an open/unused power receptacle immediately adjacent to our preferred spot for grill placement. So, a power cord longer than 40" would be helpful. Safety: The infrared heating lights (& reflectors) are extremely bright. There's a warning not to stare at them, which seems obvious, but it's difficult not to look down at them during the cooking process as I'm turning, repositioning, & monitoring the food on the grill. I'm seriously considering donning my polarized sunglasses the next time I grill. Durability: I wonder about the longevity of the reflector surfaces, which I find are accumulating burn spots from dripped grease w/each successive grilling session. Because they're so hard to clean (dishwashing soap & hot water won't cut it), it seems logical that the gradual buildup of these "stains" will reduce the efficacy of the grill over time. Price: The grill is a bit pricey for the value, but it's far less expensive than a large outdoor grill. Bottom Line: 4 stars out of 5-I recommend this product. This Philips indoor infrared grill is a wonderful & convenient alternative to bulky, cumbersome, multi-step outdoor grills. I'll be using this grill often.
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Quick, Healthy, Lean Grilling in the GREAT INDOORSPosted
This Phillips Avance Collection Smoke-Less Indoor Grill with Infrared Technology is so unique and amazingly quick. Over the past week I have used this grill five times, and, the more I use it the better I love it. Indoor grilling with Infrared Technology is a whole new venue compared to conventional charcoal, gas, NG, or Propane. But, the FUN part of Infrared grilling (for me) is that the learning curve is so simple. This is not a complicated indoor cooking grill. There are only three user components to deal with. The grill's main body houses the infrared tubes and reflectors, the die-cast, non-stick, aluminum cooking grid, and the grease and spatter tray How much simpler can it be? Out of the box the grill can be ready to cook right after you wash and dry the non-stick aluminum grid. At one end of the grill housing is the heavy-duty appliance cord, which is approximately 40" long. The grilling unit is labeled, 1,660 watts at 120V. Typically, appliance outlets can be found in the kitchen to handle that power requirement. At the opposite end of the grilling unit is a simple three-position lever switch, 'OFF', 'WARM', and 'ON'. Because of the power demand and the fact that this unit heats up to a constant 450 F degrees. I place this grill on my ceramic cook-top range, directly under my exhaust fan so I can dissipate the grilling heat. This baby gets hot, approximately 450F, and a little smoke (normal) will be also be produced when grilling various kinds of meat and veggies. So, my positioning it under the exhaust fan is where I want this unit to be for exhausting heat and what little smoke may be produced. Before I go any further I think I should explain the Phillips, 'Smoke-Less' feature as against the perception of 'Smoke-Free'. No cooking that I am familiar with is completely 'Smoke-Free', and I am sure you will agree. What I experienced is that using lean cuts of beef, poultry, pork, and fish are absolutely necessary, not to mention healthier for you too. However, using cooking oils with higher 'Smoking Points' is also a necessity for indoor grilling. I quickly learned that coating my meats, chicken, steaks, fish, and veggies with a light coat of cooking oil that have a high 'Smoking Point', well over 400F, produced little or no smoke while infrared grilling. Here is my list of higher 'Smoke Point' oils I have used - Corn Oil, Peanut Oil, Soybean Oil, and Extra-Light, Olive Oil, and Avocado Oil (not cheap). Be aware that regular virgin olive oil, butter, and, or, any kind of vegetable shortening is more suited for lower temperature cooking methods - the Phillips Infrared Grill reaches a pretty constant 450F, uniformly across its 112 square inches of cooking surface. Now for the actual grilling experience . . . . Like many men I think of myself as the 'Grill Master' of my er, ah, kingdom. My Lady, Darlene, is the Head Chef of our domicile. However, for whatever reason, she delegates the grilling responsibilities to me. So, after 50 years of grilling, I found the real gastronomical feast is successful only because of the 'preparation' - the grilling is just the final step of which, I play the 'Grill Master', the flipper of the switches, turner of the foods, and 'judge' of when the banquet is done. WooHoo! I like my'tasty' job. Duplicating the ambiance of grilling and bar-b-queuing outdoors is a challenge for indoor epicureans to match. The rich, flame-kissed flavors only charcoal, natural-gas, and propane can produce require a lot of creativity, spices, and flavorings to convince your taste-buds this is real smoky taste. This is where Darlene's 50 years of cooking experience takes Infrared grilling to practical realism. I watched as Darlene mixed two tablespoons of Extra-Light Olive Oil with about five drops of liquid smoke and swished them around'till blended. She then coated the chicken liberally on both sides. She used a combination of Smoked Paprika and Herbs and Garlic on the veggies, Summer and Zucchini squash, Portabella mushrooms, and Purple and Gold potatoes, which were all lightly coated in corn oil, first. When, we grilled the NY Strip Steaks, she used a 'Smoky-Mesquite' powdered rub and Charcoal Seasoning, a Hickory Smoked Sea Salt on the Yellow potatoes, and Shiitake mushrooms, which were marinated in dark, smoky, porter, craft beer. Yum Yum! On the grilled salmon she used a cedar plank, powder-rub from Seattle that was super-delicious. She did not use any spices, powders or flavorings on the center-cut pork chops, just a light sprinkling of smoky sea salt. Is anybody hungry yet? Darlene says you can find all of these smoky flavor enhancements at your favorite grocery or specialty store, and, they are inexpensive. She also says experimenting with mixing combinations of these spices, rubs, and powders is very taste rewarding using this Infrared Grill. So, mix your own - get taste-adventurous. I love the grilled veggies on this Phillips Infrared Grill. The non-stick, die-cast aluminum grid is spaced so that smaller cuts of veggies do not fall through the grate. They cook quickly with an even temperature of 450F and without burning or flare-ups. I cannot cook the veggies on our gas or charcoal grill with the same results. I love this grill for the quality and taste of the veggies. The grilled meats, poultry, and fish are delicious, but I can't get enough seasoned, and grilled vegetables. YooHoo! Clean-Up. When I was done with my grilling I noticed how the grease/splatter pan could be immediately cleaned. It remains 'cool' so just washing it with soapy dishwater liquid is fine. The spatter on the metal reflectors removes easily with oven cleaner, and the glass protecting the quartz cooking tubes cleans easily with ceramic/glass cook-top cleaner. It is important to note that the grill should be cleaned after every use. Included in the package with your grill is: User Manual set of Instructions and a Grilled Menu Book along with a sheet of Highlights Illustrating the advantages of Smoke-Less, Infrared Technology. You can go to the main Phillips website, register this product and download a comprehensive User Manual and peruse the Frequently Asked Questions along with detailed Cleaning Instructions. This unit has a one year Limited Warranty and is equipped with quartz heating tubes, which are rated at 5,000 hours of continued use by the manufacturers - should last you a 'lifetime'. TIPS: Use insulated pot holders while touching the cooking grid or its handles while cooking. Leave the skin on vegetables and fruit while grilling. Use powdered spices and rubs if you can - grainy spices, rubs and breading cause spatter. Don't be afraid to look at the ultra-red light - it does not cause any harm to your eyes. No tin foil or wraps that could cause excessive heating from reflected infrared rays. It is 'normal' to see stains on the metallic reflector panels over time. CLEAN this unit after each and every use - Use a soft brush to clean the non-stick grid. Use Oils with 'Higher Smoking' Points. Grill some fruits like apples, pears, and peaches - you will be pleasantly surprised. Needless to say the more I use this Phillips Indoor Infrared Grill the more I love it. Especially since Darlene enhances the flavors to that of those comparably grilled outdoors using charcoal, or gas. It is easy to store when we are not using it and it is ruggedly-built. It will easily grill a meal for two to four depending on your foodstuffs. I highly recommend this Phillips Avance Collection Smoke-Less Indoor Grill with Infrared Technology as a 'Must-Have' for any home and, or, apartment dweller. It is especially useful when the weather does not cooperate for outdoor grilling, and, or, it is too dark to grill outside. I love this Infrared Indoor Grill. My favorite grilled, food meal is seasoned veggies with chicken. Don't get me wrong - outdoor grilling is fantastic. But, with a little preparation of oils, spices, rubs, and powders, this Infrared Grill can almost duplicate or even surpass the outdoor grilling flavors.
I would recommend this to a friend