As a busy Mom of 5 children, meal planning and prep often fall through the cracks and I find myself scrambling for dinner ideas half an hour before I need to serve dinner. When I got the opportunity to review the new T-fal OptiGrill Indoor Grill, which can defrost and cook meat straight from the freezer I knew it was just the product for me!
This grill has some amazing features. It is the first and only indoor grill with Precision Grilling Technology, which will detect the quantity, temperature, and thickness of your food and alert you when it is at each cooking stage (rare,medium, well done, etc.) There is no more need to cut into steak or meats to check if they are done – with the T-fal OptiGrill Indoor Grill you know it will be grilled exactly to your preference. The grill plates are tilted so that fat and grease can flow down and be caught in the basin- no eating greasy meat, and easy clean up too. And best of all, the grill plates are easy to remove and are also dishwasher safe!
It has several preset cooking programs: Burgers, Poultry, Sandwiches/Paninis, Sausage/Pork, Red Meat, Fish/Seafood, and Manual (perfect for veggies). If starting with frozen meat, simply push the frozen food button, and select the desired preset cooking program to begin cooking. It really could not be any more simple! The straight forward buttons and indicators on the front of the grill meant that I only had to read the manual once and then felt confident using the grill to cook anything I desired.In our house, my husband runs our outdoor grill. I expected this new indoor grill to be my territory, but he couldn’t wait to open the box and check out the OptiGrill as soon as it arrived. We were both very impressed with the included cookbook. The recipes look delicious!
On busy sports nights, I often serve the children hotdogs as a quick and easy meal. However, they don’t like my hotdogs. They’ve been spoiled by their Daddy’s yummy grilled hotdogs and they don’t like it when I quickly boil and serve a pack before ballgames. I was a little intimidated by the thought of grilling, since I don’t even know how to turn on our outdoor grill, so I thought hotdogs would be a perfect first try on my new OptiGrill. They were easy to cook, since the grill alerted me when they were done. And they tasted just like the hotdogs off of my husband’s gas grill. The kids were so happy to have grilled rather than boiled hotdogs!Speaking of alerts and a smart grill, this thing was definitely made with busy Moms in mind. Multitasking in the kitchen is inevitable, yet I often lose track of what I need to do next, or how long food has been cooking. OptiGrill makes cooking foolproof. I turn the grill on to preheat and get busy setting the table- normally I would forget about checking the grill readiness, but the OptiGrill’s beep alerts me when it is time to add my food. There is no need to stand and watch the grill, or open it to check the meat during cooking, so I am able to continue with dinner prep while my meat cooks. Handy beeps (and a changing colored light) alert me to each stage of doneness (rare, medium, well done) so I never accidentally over cook the meat or panic and open the grill multiple times to check doneness.
After cooking hotdogs, I was confident in the ease of my T-fal OptiGrill Indoor Grill and I felt ready to move on to grilling other foods by myself. This sliced zucchini seasoned with a little olive oil and veggie seasoning was so good it didn’t even make it to the dinner table! I hoped for a pretty plated photograph, but before I had the table set the serving plate was completely empty!
I was most concerned about cooking chicken on the T-fal OptiGrill Indoor Grill. I’m pretty picky about chicken. I want it done, but still nice and juicy. The OptiGrill did not disappoint! When the grill beeps “well done” on the poultry setting, the meat is throughly cooked, yet it is not at all dried out. No more baking chicken for me, as I always seem to bake it until there is no juice left no matter how hard I try to keep it moist.
Another thing I love about this grill is that it is perfect for my biggest pregnancy craving- chicken tortilla wraps. Even if I crave one at midnight, I can grab a frozen chicken breast, toss it on the OptiGrill and have a perfect chicken wrap or chicken salad in no time.
The T-fal OptiGrill Indoor Grill is the perfect addition to any kitchen. It is a great choice for quick and easy, healthy cooking. It’s features, such as dishwasher safe grilling plates make for easy clean up, while its sleek design and small footprint are convenient for leaving the OptiGrill on the kitchen counter.