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George Foreman Baby George Rotisserie Review

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Review Date: May 30, 2012

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Summary: The Baby George Rotisserie is one of the most compact home rotisserie grills you can find.

Baby George Foreman Features

  • Lift-up cover with window
  • Easy to use spit assembly
  • Suction-cup feet for a secure base
  • Cooking-time chart plus recipes
  • Pull-out drip tray for easy cleaning
  • One-year warranty against defects
  • Handle tool for easy removal of hot food
  • Includes: flat basket and four kabab skewers
  • Three-hour timer with a bell signal and auto shut off

 

Introducing the George Foreman Baby George Rotisserie

When the first George Foreman grill was unleashed on the public a long time ago, we were already beginning to realize the importance of rendering as much fat out of meat as possible for healthy eating. Just wait until you use the George Foreman Baby Rotisserie.

The original grill – still in use in many homes – opened people’s eyes to the ease with which they could do this at home and gradually the new healthier way of cooking spread across the globe, making George Foreman grills a household name everywhere with the TV ads etched into our minds.

Many of us have a George Foreman grill or other kitchen appliance and we trust this brand. If that’s you and you want to have a go at health rotisserie cooking, then this compact George Foreman Rotisserie, fondly called ‘Baby George’ might be the right appliance for you.

Some rotisseries are big and cumbersome, but as the name suggests the George Foreman Baby Rotisserie is very compact and will sit onto any counter with 18 inches of free area. It measures only 17 inches wide, by 11 1/2 inches in height and it goes back 12 inches deep.

Though small, Baby George rotisserie is still packed full of features and is a perfect fit for people who want to cook and eat healthier food, but are constrained by available space. This model is also ideal for people enjoying the single life and couples who don’t need to cook large quantities.

However, if you are cooking for more than two hungry people you might want to checkout the Ronco Showtime Rotisserie Platinum Edition  or the standard Ronco Showtime review here first.

Appliance Specifications
This particular George Foreman rotisserie comes complete with a variety of skewers for poultry and larger meat joints plus a nifty basket for cooking fish, vegetables, wings or even meat such as burgers, which you want to lay flat to ensure perfect cooking.

One of the strongest pluses for home rotisserie cooking apart from succulent fat free meat is thorough and even cooking which can worry some people when it comes to cooking timings. And this model is no exception, it comes fully equipped with a timer (max 3 hours) that you set and forget until the timer goes off. However, there is no choice of temperature in this model and the heat element reaches about 325 degrees F.

What’s Good

  • Small enough to fit into the most space challenged kitchen, this model makes home rotisseries possible where otherwise they wouldn’t fit
  • Ideal for single people, students and holiday or second homes
  • Affordable price

What’s Not So Good

  • The lack of temperature control removes quite a lot of cooking flexibility
  • Although sold as capable of roasting a 5lb chicken, in the authors experience this would be very optimistic
  • You will need good oven gloves. The spit has to be assembled as you add and remove the meat joint and tightened down with a wing nut on the top. It also has to be removed from the hot cooking unit and disassembled with bubbling hot meat on it when cooked, to remove or carve

What Sucks

  • The spit assembly – beware the spikes are sharp!
  • At least two new owners have reported that when the machine reaches temperature the glass door explodes. Though there are plenty of happy customers who have written great reviews, this is definitely something to keep in mind!

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Cuisinart Rotisserie

Cuisinart Rotisserie Review

Model: Vertical Countertop

Review Author:

Review Date: May 24, 2012

Cuisinart Vertical Rotisserie

Rating: Cuisinart Rotisserie Review RatingCuisinart Rotisserie Review RatingCuisinart Rotisserie Review RatingCuisinart Rotisserie Review RatingCuisinart Rotisserie Review Rating (4.3 / 5)

Summary: With 108/150 giving this a 5 star rating and others not far behind, you just know the Cuisinart is quality. This touchpad control rotisserie comes in elegant brushed stainless steel which won’t discolor with the heat. It boasts an 8-pound food capacity and has every accessory you’ll ever need including the revolutionary poultry tower, plus some great safety features like the stay cool door handle.

The Cuisinart Vertical Countertop Rotisserie Features:

  • Precision rotation speed
  • The Vertical Poultry Tower
  • Door Handle: Stays cool to the touch
  • Skewer Set: Perfect for shish kebabs
  • Interior Light: Allows you to view food as it cooks
  • Vented Top: Automatically releases heat and steam
  • Heating Element: Located on the back wall of interior
  • Touchpad Control with LCD output and 5 preset temperature settings
  • Measures 16 by 15-3/5 by 17-1/2 inches; 3-year limited warranty
  • Roasting Rack: Keeps roasts moist and tender as they cook
  • Multi Purpose Basket: Holds fish and vegetables firmly as they cook
  • Non-stick Drip Tray: Catches fat for healthier cooking and easy cleanup
  • Wide Base with Nonslip Feet: Keeps rotisserie balanced and safely anchored
  • Chrome Insert: Reflects heat for very even cooking – comes out for an easy clean

Clever Easy-Clean Design
The ultra modern Cuisinart Vertical Rotisserie may look slim, but this medium size rotisserie oven can hold a massive 8lb of food with ease and still turn out juicy joints or beautiful burgers, all perfectly cooked every time.

A genuine space saver in the smaller kitchen, it could be just what you were looking for, but do read the warning below. Designed in brushed stainless steel with a craftsmanship frankly lacking in lesser brands, the stylish looks will compliment any kitchen style and décor, new or old.

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A touchpad control rotisserie, this particular model is very straightforward to use and has a LCD display which is easy to read and does away with knobs, buttons and dials – all of which trap food and complicate the cleaning process – but here, cleaning is a breeze.

Clever technology takes all the guesswork out of cooking and the Cuisinart comes with plenty of preset temperature and cooking time ranges for you to choose from, so no more stressful hit and hope guesswork, just perfect mouth watering meals every time.

There have been some thoughtful additions as well, like the interior viewing light so you can keep an eye on your meal, a door handle that stays cool to the touch and non-slip feet on the wide base to help with stability.

Hate The Clean-up?
And for those of us who hate the clean-up afterwards, in addition to the LCD easy-wipe touchpad, there is a removable dishwasher-safe glass door and other non-stick fully dishwasher safe parts, actually this model is the easiest and fastest to clean that the author has used. Also included is a variety of purpose designed non-stick and very useful racks with utensils, plus several rotisserie forks for different joints of meat, eight skewers, and the non-stick wire basket for burgers and vegetables.

Healthy low fat eating is one of the brilliant benefits of rotisserie cooking and this vertical rotisserie oven is no exception when it comes to rendering fat away from meat. Leaving the juices to naturally baste your dinner whilst you relax with the family, the fat will drip down into a removable tray that is easily taken out to empty and clean it.

Often low fat diets, (or diets full stop) mean you eat tasteless food which increases cravings further. But not with this beauty! None of the flavor is lost and meat stays moist, inviting and nutritious. Meat that is turned on a spit will baste itself with the natural juices and that makes all the difference.

To help you confidently approach cooking with your new kitchen helper, it comes with both a user-guide and a cookbook included – not all of them do, so be sure to check. Truly, it doesn’t get easier than this. Marinade your meat or use a spicy dry rub, leave for a few hours in the fridge to infuse, and put on the spit. Bring your meat up to room temperature before cooking for best results.

What’s Good
Clever medium size rotisserie oven in a compact design
Safety features like a stay cool door handle
Touchpad controls – very easy to use and clean
Non-stick interior and accessories
Accurate pre-set times

What’s Not So Good
The vented top is not safe if you have wall units above it
Availability can be difficult – if you want one, buy it when you see it in stock.

What Sucks
Well, a lot of small kitchens make the most of space by having wall units over the worktops and the Cuisinart is taller than it is wide, with steam and heat vents at the top. These need at least 8 inches clearance and to be totally safe, I’d suggest you don’t use it anywhere with anything overhead.

The Bottom Line
Solid construction in addition to a clever space-saving design has made this Cuisinart one of the best sellers and it has plenty of positive reviews to commend it. That said, if you have a large family or hold frequent, legendary dinner parties, then checkout the Ronco Showtime or the Showtime Platinum Edition as well before you buy.

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Ronco Showtime Rotisserie – Our Review

Model: Ronco Showtime Rotisserie – Platinum Edition

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Review Date: June 15, 2012

Rating: Ronco Showtime Rotisserie Review RatingRonco Showtime Rotisserie Review RatingRonco Showtime Review RatingRonco Showtime Review RatingRonco Showtime Review Rating (4.8 / 5)

Summary: The Ronco Showtime Rotisserie – Platinum Edition is one of the larger compact home rotisserie grills on the market and is also one of the top sellers. It comes with a complete range of accessories, not a cut down version as with some other Ronco models.

Special Platinum Edition Features:

  • Precision rotation speed
  • Perfect preset temperature
  • Horizontal cooking option for flavor
  • Tempered-glass door and 3 rack positions
  • Removable crumb tray for quick cleanup
  • Specialized heating element and air vent positioning
  • Oven gloves, food ties, instructional DVD plus recipes
  • Measures 16-1/2 by 14-1/4 by 10 inches; 1-year limited warranty
  • Includes 10-by-10-inch enamel baking pan and 10-by-10-inch enamel broil rack
  • Also multipurpose basket, rotisserie spit, carving platform, non-stock drip pan
  • 1800 Watt 3/5-cubic-foot 4-slice oven with 8 preset functions and Element IQ technology
  • Backlit LCD screen; time/temp control dial; defrost button; temperature-conversion button

Whether you are Mom or Dad, holding down a busy job, caring for your family, not to mention needing some time to relax means speed is of the essence in meal preparation.

And there is no arguing that one of the fastest cooking home rotisseries on the market is the super efficient Ronco Showtime Rotisserie. Top of the Ronco 5000 series, the ST5000PLGENC Platinum Edition is carefully crafted and easily able to hold and cook two chickens in record time, it boasts being the fastest home model available, amongst other features.

Heat & Rotation Control For Better Results

Some quite revolutionary ideas are included and unlike other similar machines, the Ronco allows you to control the way meat rotates. Firstly you can turn off the rotation all together if you prefer to roast in a conventional way for a change, which for a smaller meal for two is perfect.

Secondly, normal rotation will always produce succulent meats with that classic barbequed taste we all love but if you prefer, there is a pause-and-sear option which gives you a crisper finish to meat, lovely for pork – and is also very handy to caramelize the surface of vegetables once cooked through. This really is such a flexible machine it kind of takes over and suggests recipes to try.

As the meat or poultry rotates on the spit, fat is rendered out to drip into a tray, leaving your food moistly bathed in its own juices without you having to intervene and baste it. No fat is added to meat before cooking and a lot is removed, making this one of the healthiest and most mouth watering ways to cook meat you could wish for.

Common thinking is that buying a quality home rotisserie is a hugely expensive investment and do you know what? That’s not true at all. Big gas rotisseries can come with a large price tag, but you don’t need a restaurant style grill at home to achieve the same taste and succulent results.

The Good Points

  • Flexible cooking features including pause & sear option
  • Very fast cooking time, so fuel efficient too
  • Ships with comprehensive recipe book and DVD
  • One of the larger home rotisserie machines and able to handle two largish chickens simultaneously
  • Comprehensive spread of accessories including a good sized grill basket to accommodate awkward shaped meat joints, burgers and vegetables
  • Users like it – has a massive 5 stars awarded by 125/137 customers at the time of writing

Not Such Good Points

  • Some customers have experienced warranty problems, so be aware
  • A few people say the heat can be too intense on suggested settings when cooking chicken

Bottom Line

This is an exceptionally well designed and robustly engineered appliance, which really does cook very quickly. It is compact, but larger than other models like the Baby George or one of the space saving vertical models.

So Is This The Best Rotisserie For Home Use?

Well, if you are looking for an appliance that will feel the whole family easily and give years of solid service, then this good quality home rotisserie is probably one of the best value options currently on sale. It makes a great gift too.

Ronco Showtime Rotisserie

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