This roaster is the best appliance i have ever owned. It is a complete shame that it is no longer being produced. It is simple to use and fail proof. The best chicken i have ever eaten has come from this roaster. If ever you should see one in a store or on line do not hesitate to purchase this item.
Easy to use, easy clean up, and doesn’t take up a lot of space. I use this for almost anything i would cook in a regular oven. The roaster will hold up to a five-pound chicken or pork roast and cook and brown it perfectly. You can use the roasting pan to cook meat in its own juices or you can use the traditional grilling part and have the juices flow out of the roaster into a drip pan. The roasting pan is also great for cooking lasagna or any other casseroles and even bakes wonderful desserts like apple crisp or brown betty. My crockpot and this cooker are probably the most used appliances i have. If you can find one – get it.
I already am a fan of the foreman (salton) grill, which does a chop or chicken breast or salmon steak and removes a lot of fat. The contact cooker is a small roaster that works on a similar principle: two heated sections and a hole to drain the collecting fat and liquid. The roaster is about the size of a small football helmet. The roaster includes a small oval pan for stewing (collects the juices and blocks the drain hole. ) this makes it more versatile. It has a timer, since you are roasting larger objects and this can take an hour or two. Our first trial was a roast chicken, using a modified recipe included with the cooker. We added red bliss potatoes and put an olive oil and garlic seasoned mid sized chicken in to roast. The kitchen stayed cool and the roast was juicy.
- gift and it ended up being one of the best things we got
- I enjoyed cooking my whole chicken
- Could be priced for less without drip tray.
George Foreman GV5 Roaster and Contact Cooker
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- Upper and lower heating elements provide even, thorough cooking
- Automatic, temperature control monitors and controls grill’s temperature
- Non-stick aluminum coating for easy cleaning
- Automatic, 8-minute preheat countdown; 2-1/2-hour timer
- Includes slide-out grease tray and a custom-fit, oval, baking pan
I was suprised at how good this cooker is, as i was skeptical. First task: we picked up a fresh 5. 2 pound chicken at the store, tied the legs together with cooking twine, and it fit perfectly in the roaster with a little bit to spare. (the larger chickens will need the legs secured, or pushed together to fit) it was jucier than that famous rotisserie on tv. The grease ran off as advertised, as it nearly completely filled the catch cup on the bottom. Three scrambled eggs, peppers/onions, topped with cheese. Used a light coating of spray to coat the top tray, just in case. Closed the lid and set it for 20 minutes.
I now own three george foreman grills. This one was a toss-in with the large grill i purchased. What a pleasant surprisei’ve marinated and rubbed several small whole chickens and they are simply the best i’ve ever made. The right-sized piece of beef is equally as good. This thing is easy to clean, has a self timer, and takes up about as much space as my crock pot. All of the grease and juices spill right into a pan below the unit. Here’s a bonus, i’ve used the liquid to enhance chicken stocks to start soups and other meals. It comes out so rich, it is an excellent base for this purpose.
I had moved a lot a few years ago, i always had the gv5 go with me. But i packed thebaking pan separately and when i looked at ‘this tray’ i didn’t remember what it was forso i tossed it. Now i want to start cooking vegetable soups and don’t have thetray. I been looking in the arc stores and going to start trying the goodwill stores and maystumble upon one, i hope. I think i will make a tray out of heavy duty foil formed from thebase and try that. And really there would be less cleaning.
We originally got one of these as a wedding gift and it ended up being one of the best things we got. We used it until we could no longer read the display and had to get a new one. This one was the replacement and it works great. Still one of our best kitchen appliances.
These are the best chicken, roast cookers around. Sadly there not sold in stores anymore so i bought enough that i have a spare.
I love this roaster and could not do without it. My first one finally died after years of good service and i knew that i needed to replace it sooner than possible. The price was perfect, arrived on time and condition was excellent. I might buy another one just to keep on hand. I wish george would make an upgrade.
I love this roaster i used it all the time until it broke. Trying to find another one but it looks like they don’t sell them anymore.
Could not use it without drip tray.
I bought this second one after my granddaughter saw the one i bought for her dad.
I got the george foreman contact roaster for a mother’s day gift. I love kitchen gadgets and could not wait to add this one to my collection. The first thing i cooked in it was the egg casserole (recipe in the booklet) and it turned out great. The second thing i made was a 3 lb. The aroma as it cooked was amazing. It was moist, tender and juicy. It took an hour and a half to cook. I would suggest not to line your roaster with sliced onions as i did to enhance the flavor of the chicken. The onions carmelized, then burned and got stuck in the drip hole. It was not very easy to clean that out. The roaster is also a bit small. I wish i would have requested the larger model as we are a family of 4 (soon to be 5) and i can see us outgrowing this appliance long before it wears out. I love to create recipes and cannot wait to see what i am able to concoct to cook in this roaster. It is very versetile and does not heat up the kitchen.
I bought this at a garage sale and the owner raved about it but of course he would. I fixed some boneless pork chops in it yesterday and i can see why he raved. They were delicious, browned nicely and moist. I a going to try and fine the manual online so i know what else i can cook in it and how to use the upper tray. As of now i will try the chicken and see how it comes out.
It cooks anything from a hen to lamb chops thoroughly.
What i like about this contact cooker is that it’s perfect for roasting chickens (less than 5 lbs), roasts, and whatever else you can fit in the cooker’s cavity. It heats up in less than five minutes and is ready to go when you are. The cooker comes with a removable insert which i used most of the time so the meat can roast in it’s own juices. It also makes it easier to collect the juice for gravy, just make sure to use pot holders. The insert tray handles stick out of the sides of the cooker. It gets hot and can burn you if you’re not paying attention. Plus, an unknowing person may accidently try to pick up the cooker thinking their handles for the cooker itself. It can be a potentially very dangerous situation when the cooker is being used. You don’t have a choice to the heat settings. Heck, it took me a while to find out what the cooker’s heat setting was. But, since you’re cooking using all sides of the cooker, the temperature is quite practical for all meats. The cooking cavity is not as big as i would like it to be. It’s fine for anything less than 5 lbs and not overly large. Great for family meals of 4 or less – but don’t expect to fit a pork shoulder roast or thanksgiving turkey. It also doesn’t allow room for me to slip in a temperature probe very well. The teflon coating clean up really nice. The insert tray take a little more work to clean, but it’s not too bad. It’s ready in less than 5 minutes. Doesn’t radiate heat as much like your oven would. A big plus, especially in the summer time. Just about foolproof if you follow directions. Even though i like using temperature probes to keep tabs on my food, it really isn’t necessary to do so. This is a really nice cooker to have. Lots of pluses to having it, especially when you start using it. You’ll discover the benefits yourself.
Just got this contact cooker today and the first thing we tried was boneless chicken breast. I fixed two in the contact grill and two in the oven. Both cooker and oven was preheated (oven to 375 degrees). After seasoning and breading the chicken breasts, i placed the chicken in the oval pan that came with the contact cooker and a pan to be used in the oven. Both pans were lined with tinfoil to reduce cleanup. I set the timer for 50 minutes. After 50 minutes, the chicken in the contact cooker had a rich golden brown color while the chicken in the oven was still a very light golden brown. Both chickens were equally tender and had good flavor. The chicken in the contact cooker was my favorite because it had better color and the crust was crispier. Next time i will do all the chicken in the cooker and forget the oven.
I enjoyed cooking my whole chicken, came out nice brown and tender. I am sorry gave my first one away.
Used it a lot in my small apt.
Love it, could not live without it. This one is for a granddaughter, a christmas present. Can’t wait to see her face as she begs for all the time. She is in college and will be thrilled.
Those of us who are convinced devotees of the george foreman series of indoor grills will love this relatively new offering, which now allows us to extend the two element cooking principle of the foreman grills to a more traditional cooker. Yet for us bachelor types, this is anything but cooking as usual, providing adequate space to accommodate a large (up to five pound) chicken or several steaks to thoroughly and safely cook meat to absolute perfection. This new version of the foreman grill series of devices employs heating elements which are embedded both top and bottom to ensure a more even cooking of the meat. It also features a quite unique ‘rib-grill’ design that is both easy to clean (as are all the foreman products) and has a non-stick surface that facilitates cooking without the use of a lot of vegetable oil. One of the nicest features of this relatively inexpensive indoor grill-cooker is the neat 2. 5 hour timer, which helps even a die-hard amateur like me to deliver the goods and have everyone asking for seconds, please. It also has some nice features such as a pre-heating function, a custom oval baking pan, which fits nicely inside, and an easy to use slide-out grease tray for easy disposal of the leftover residual grease. This is a great product, and is relatively inexpensive at around $55.