CUISINART GR-4N 5-in-1 GRIDDLER®
One of the best comfort foods in the world is a grilled cheese sandwich! I have no problem taking out a pan and preparing grilled cheese sandwiches for a household or just one for me. I didn’t entertain the thought of a panini maker because I thought, “Why buy another appliance when I have done fine thus far with my trusty pan?” Then I got to try a CUISINART GR-4N 5-in-1 GRIDDLER®.
This appliance is very easy to use and even easier to clean. It has 2 removable and reversible non-stick plates that can be used as a grill/panini press, a griddle or a combination.
When open both the cooking surfaces will lie flat for full grill or griddle cooking, or you can use one plate for paninis while the cover is used as a cooking press. The cover very easily floats to adjust to the thickness of the sandwich. After just a short cool down period the press of a button pops the plates out for easy cleaning. The handy cleaning tool is perfect for gently scraping any food particles (like melted cheese!) from the ridges of the grill plate. I prefer to do healthy cooking on this appliance, but for burgers or steak, there is an integrated drip tray under the appliance for easy removal of any oil or grease that accumulates during cooking. A quick snap of the plates into position and the appliance is ready for its next use.
There are separate temperature controls for the griddle and the grill which makes it easier to do the correct cooking or searing. It does take some time to heat up, but it is not a hindrance to its performance. My biggest obstacle when using this appliance was judging how long to leave the items in the press to cook. I used the enclosed recipe and guide book to help me figure out cooking times so I didn’t have to keep opening the press. The grill and griddle were easier to determine cook times because I could see the food while it was cooking.
When I decided to purchase one (on sale, of course) I found the CUISINART GR-4N 5-in-1 GRIDDLER® for as low as $50. It can be purchased online or in stores like Kohl’s or Macy’s. It has served well in several cooking capacities and I am pleased with the delicious results. And since the appliance is 11.5 x 13.5 x 7.1 inches and weighs only 8 pounds, it was easy to dedicate a spot on the counter or in the appliance cupboard so there is easy access all the time. Grilled cheese sandwiches will never be the same!
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I am not being compensated by this company for this review. It is my own opinion~Correen Coultas.