Tefal Optigrill Tesco Direct £89.99
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Tefal Optigrill Tesco Direct £89.99

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Found 19th Apr 2015
I ordered one of these the other day and so far ive only made a few burgers on it but they came out great. Looking forward to trying some steaks when they arrive next week. Use code TDX-KNHT to get £10 off making it £89.99.

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The problem I have with gadgets like these is trying to imagine how it would cope with a couple of sausage, bacon rashers and tomato all together. Would all the food be in contact with the heating plates? I just can't see it.

Shambles

The problem I have with gadgets like these is trying to imagine how it … The problem I have with gadgets like these is trying to imagine how it would cope with a couple of sausage, bacon rashers and tomato all together. Would all the food be in contact with the heating plates? I just can't see it.



I have one. They are amazing! Best home cooked steak you will ever taste.

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I think for doing a breakfast, you would be able to do the sausages and halved tomatos together as they would be similar thickness then do the bacon on its own after possibly with some sliced mushrooms, I dont think the bacon would take very long at all as the burgers I made were done very quickly and they were thick patties.

mambo1888

I think for doing a breakfast, you would be able to do the sausages and … I think for doing a breakfast, you would be able to do the sausages and halved tomatos together as they would be similar thickness then do the bacon on its own after possibly with some sliced mushrooms, I dont think the bacon would take very long at all as the burgers I made were done very quickly and they were thick patties.



The plates move. Everything is always cooked evenly on mine.

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thope15

The plates move. Everything is always cooked evenly on mine.



I might have to get some breakfast goods in and give it a try, I have quite a few kitchen gadgets most get used a couple of times and then end up at the back of the cupboard but I think this is one that will get used almost daily, ive ordered a load of meat from westin gourmet and plan to marinade a lot of chicken breasts and then freeze them. Have you tried cooking anything from frozen does it work well or are you better defrosting first?

mambo1888

I might have to get some breakfast goods in and give it a try, I have … I might have to get some breakfast goods in and give it a try, I have quite a few kitchen gadgets most get used a couple of times and then end up at the back of the cupboard but I think this is one that will get used almost daily, ive ordered a load of meat from westin gourmet and plan to marinade a lot of chicken breasts and then freeze them. Have you tried cooking anything from frozen does it work well or are you better defrosting first?



Yes there is a specific frozen setting. I have cooked frozen chicken breast and burgers, it's lovely.

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thope15

Yes there is a specific frozen setting. I have cooked frozen chicken … Yes there is a specific frozen setting. I have cooked frozen chicken breast and burgers, it's lovely.



Thanks, I have to say I was a bit sceptical about cooking from frozen but the reviews seem to say that it comes out just as good from frozen, its always good to hear it from someone who has actually tried it and is impartial.

mambo1888

Thanks, I have to say I was a bit sceptical about cooking from frozen but … Thanks, I have to say I was a bit sceptical about cooking from frozen but the reviews seem to say that it comes out just as good from frozen, its always good to hear it from someone who has actually tried it and is impartial.



Your welcome.

How these compare George Foreman grill?

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mspychala

How these compare George Foreman grill?



Ive only cooked a few burgers which were great, and a last night I tried some chicken breasts but, I got the problem where it would keep going to the manual setting. I think this was my own fault as I might have put the chicken in before it fully pre heated. The chicken breasts still came out pretty well.

Obviously this is a good bit dearer than a george foreman of similar size but if it delivers on the promises of perfect steaks every time then to me its worth it. The wife thinks that there is a lot less vapours and smell when cooking as well which is a bonus.

Simply the best kitchen gadget we have ever bought. Well worth the money.

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Thought id give a wee update after trying out some different meats over the past few days. Overall im pretty disappointed with it. Here is some of the results I found....

Beef Burgers - Cooked really well from frozen or chilled.
Dry Rubbed Chicken Breasts - Left for full cycle (as the instructions suggest) the chicken was a bit overdone and dried out a bit. It also left the outside hard and would fall apart when cutting.
Marinated Chicken Breasts - I took these out before the cycle had finished and they were a bit better than the dry rubbed breasts but they still that hard outer layer.
Sirloin Steak - I put in 2 sirloins they werent particularly thick steaks probably under 1" thick. I took mine out at medium and the missus out at well done, after letting them sit for 5 minutes I cut mine open and it was way past well done and the missus was like rubber.
Rump Steak - This time I only cooked 1 steak, it was a bit thicker over 1". I took it out at about medium rare, let it sit and it was much better, but it was not as good as a steak done on a burning hot skillet.
Sausages - I have some frozen walls skinless sausages, they cook well but are completely crushed after cooking.
Pannins - Made a few panninis that have all come out great, but there is not a setting for this so you would get the same results from a GF.

Will probably try out a few more over the weekend but its not looking great at the moment. I also think that machine is to heavy as it almost crushes the meats. I like to see the sear marks on my meat but this puts big indentations and almost crushes the meat. Even the big chicken breasts I put in came out flat, like they'd been squished.

mambo1888

Thought id give a wee update after trying out some different meats over … Thought id give a wee update after trying out some different meats over the past few days. Overall im pretty disappointed with it. Here is some of the results I found....Beef Burgers - Cooked really well from frozen or chilled. Dry Rubbed Chicken Breasts - Left for full cycle (as the instructions suggest) the chicken was a bit overdone and dried out a bit. It also left the outside hard and would fall apart when cutting.Marinated Chicken Breasts - I took these out before the cycle had finished and they were a bit better than the dry rubbed breasts but they still that hard outer layer.Sirloin Steak - I put in 2 sirloins they werent particularly thick steaks probably under 1" thick. I took mine out at medium and the missus out at well done, after letting them sit for 5 minutes I cut mine open and it was way past well done and the missus was like rubber.Rump Steak - This time I only cooked 1 steak, it was a bit thicker over 1". I took it out at about medium rare, let it sit and it was much better, but it was not as good as a steak done on a burning hot skillet.Sausages - I have some frozen walls skinless sausages, they cook well but are completely crushed after cooking.Pannins - Made a few panninis that have all come out great, but there is not a setting for this so you would get the same results from a GF.Will probably try out a few more over the weekend but its not looking great at the moment. I also think that machine is to heavy as it almost crushes the meats. I like to see the sear marks on my meat but this puts big indentations and almost crushes the meat. Even the big chicken breasts I put in came out flat, like they'd been squished.




Any updates on this ? What are your thoughts now ? Please advise. Thanks.

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H

isash123

Any updates on this ? What are your thoughts now ? Please advise. Thanks.



Hi mate, I actually ended up returning it. It just didnt seem to cook right, and i didnt like the indentations on the food. I also had a couple issues with it turning to manual halfway through cooking, and after googling that issue seen a lot of others had the same problem. Shame it didnt turn out the way id hoped. A big reason for me getting one was to cut down on smoking the house out when cooking steaks, so after returning this i bought a webber q2000 and use that for cooking all my meats now so the kitchen stays smoke free. Hope this helps.

mambo1888

HHi mate, I actually ended up returning it. It just didnt seem to cook … HHi mate, I actually ended up returning it. It just didnt seem to cook right, and i didnt like the indentations on the food. I also had a couple issues with it turning to manual halfway through cooking, and after googling that issue seen a lot of others had the same problem. Shame it didnt turn out the way id hoped. A big reason for me getting one was to cut down on smoking the house out when cooking steaks, so after returning this i bought a webber q2000 and use that for cooking all my meats now so the kitchen stays smoke free. Hope this helps.



Thanks for taking time out to reply. Appreciate your help.

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