Question about George Foreman GR14BWC Indoor Grill
The non-stick protective coating on the grill surface has become worn, although the grill is infrequently used and cleaned according to instructions after each use, using the tool provided by the manufacturer. I can see metal showing on the grill surface - not a lot and just in one area but, nevertheless, clearly visible. The grill is out of warranty. So my concern is: Is the grill still safe to use? I understand from the call made to customer service that the grill is still safe to use and that the material underneath the non-stick protective coating is a type of high quality aluminum, which is heat resistant. However, raising a flag in my mind, is the fact that it is frequently advised on other, smaller manual appliances, such as a fry pan, to discard the cookware if the non-stick pretective coating has been penetrated and/or is worn down to metal. Therefore, I am in a quandry as to whether or not my grill is indeed safe to use. Please advise. Thank you.
Contact these guys and they should be able to supply replacement grill plates cheaply; http://www.esalton.com/control/contactus In general the current view is that low quality aluminium alloys, when used for cooking can put enough aluminium into the food over a long period of time to POSSIBLY influence certain conditions such as alzheimers disease, amongst others. There is a certain amount of aluminium in many things we eat or drink, regardless of what it is cooked in. If you use the grill every day then i would recommend replacing the plates, especially if the aluminium itself is becoming pitted, however I have used similar, lower quality grills before with coating worn and haven't gone mad yet. If in any doubt then replace the plates, but i think you are being over cautious here. If you find that food is now sticking to the grill, try grilling half a handful of salt with a little vegetable oil for 10 minutes or so, spread over the whole plate - a certain amount of "non-stick" can be achieved like this, although if cleaning the plates with detergent, this will soon need doing again. Hope this helps :)
Posted on Mar 27, 2007
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