You may have thought when you went low carb that a grill press or “panini” press had no purpose in your life, but alas, the Cuisinart Gourmet Griddler is an extremely versatile and helpful kitchen tool for any healthy kitchen. Whether you’re grilling 4 burgers for your family, frying up some eggs or grilling zucchini, this gadget is easy to use, easy to clean and feels less cumbersome to use than the oven or stove after a long day at work.
The Gourmet Griddler is extremely easy to use with a variety of cooking settings and grilling functions. The Griddler has two temperature controls: one knob offers setting that ranges from “warm” to “sear” and the other with setting that ranges from 200 to 425 degrees. Both options heat the stainless steel, non stick grill plates, evenly and accurately. The grill also has a drainage system and removable tray for collecting drippings and oil residue that often result from grilling meats, which is easy to remove and easy to clean.
The grill plates are double sided – one with perforated grill marks, the other with flat, skillet like plates – these are easy to attach and remove (for cleaning and grilling preference changes). The Griddler heats up quickly, and cleans up even faster, which makes it superior to other grills on the market. The adjustable temperature controls make it safe enough for you to prepare and grill your ingredients while you’re tending to other responsibilities around the house. Measuring 13.” wide by 7 ” deep, the Griddler can cook up a meal for the family, is much larger than the average “foreman” grill.
The “floating hinge” on the Griddler is what makes this device special. the hinge can “unlock” to open the Griddler to lay flat, which creates two separate flat cooking surfaces, using this function you are able to grill two different foods at once, on each flat top, without mixing flavors. While the Griddler is closed, cooking an item, the hinge adjusts to the thickness of the food you’re cooking; which can handle anything from thinly sliced eggplant to a thick tuna steak.
The griddler is available at Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, William Sonoma, Sur la Table, Wal-Mart and Amazon.com. You can purchase online or in store and Cuisinart offers a 3 year warranty on the device.
Between the 6 retailers above, the price of the Griddler generally runs about $99. Amazon offers the lowest listed price at $83.99. While shipping and handling need to be considered in the overall price for that option, if you happen to be an amazon prime member, you can get a great deal on this tool.
The Cuisinart Gourmet Griddler is an easy to use and versatile tool that can help make cooking a healthy meal faster and easier. The easy to clean grills and quick cooking, heating method, remove some of the effort that can go along with preparing a “whole food” meal. You can get creative with the ingredients you use it for, taking advantage of all the different functions. This device transforms the famed “panini press” into an all in one, easy meal maker, great for everything from burgers, fish fillets, grilled zucchini or onions and even low carb pancakes!
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