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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Panini makers

    I've decided to get a panini maker. Anyone out there who uses one and has any
    suggestions as to what I should look for? I've been look ing at different brands
    online, but wonder what features are good to llok for. Thanks.

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    dsi1 Guest

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    On 9/27/2012 11:38 AM, [email protected] wrote:
    > I've decided to get a panini maker. Anyone out there who uses one and has any
    > suggestions as to what I should look for? I've been look ing at different brands
    > online, but wonder what features are good to llok for. Thanks.
    >


    I just got this one the other day. It was cheap and the shipping was
    free. I've only used it once to fry some chicken but it worked fine. The
    cooking area is about right for the price and the temperature goes high
    enough for me which is saying a lot cause I'm power hungry. The grill
    plates are not detachable which might be a deal breaker for you. Anyway,
    that's my initial impressions. I'll know more in a few days.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001AQEPMM/

    Oddly enough, it appears to be the same as the "Hamilton Beach 25331
    Steak Lover's Indoor Grill" which goes for $15 more on Amazon.

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    notbob Guest

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    On 2012-09-27, [email protected] <[email protected]> wrote:
    > I've decided to get a panini maker. Anyone out there who uses one and has any
    > suggestions as to what I should look for?


    I would think getting a multi-purpose version would be the ticket.
    Doesn't a George Foreman grill turn into a panini maker, waffle iron,
    and a men's tie press? If not, it should.

    nb

    --
    Definition of objectivism:
    "Eff you! I got mine."
    http://www.nongmoproject.org/

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    Chemo Guest

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    On Sep 27, 3:01*pm, notbob <not...@nothome.com> wrote:
    > On 2012-09-27, rfd...@optonline.net <rfd...@optonline.net> wrote:
    >
    > > I've decided to get a panini maker. Anyone out there who uses one and has any
    > > suggestions as to what I should look for?

    >
    > I would think getting a multi-purpose version would be the ticket.
    > Doesn't a George Foreman grill turn into a panini maker, waffle iron,
    > and a men's tie press? *If not, it should. *
    >
    > nb
    >
    > --
    > Definition of objectivism:
    > "Eff you! *I got mine."http://www.nongmoproject.org/


    Yes it does. We have one and it works great.

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    Nunya Bidnits Guest

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    dsi1 <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On 9/27/2012 11:38 AM, [email protected] wrote:
    >> I've decided to get a panini maker. Anyone out there who uses one
    >> and has any suggestions as to what I should look for? I've been look
    >> ing at different brands online, but wonder what features are good to
    >> llok for. Thanks.

    >
    > I just got this one the other day. It was cheap and the shipping was
    > free. I've only used it once to fry some chicken but it worked fine.


    How does one fry chicken in a panini press?




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    Nunya Bidnits Guest

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    notbob <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On 2012-09-27, [email protected] <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> I've decided to get a panini maker. Anyone out there who uses one
    >> and has any suggestions as to what I should look for?

    >
    > I would think getting a multi-purpose version would be the ticket.
    > Doesn't a George Foreman grill turn into a panini maker, waffle iron,
    > and a men's tie press? If not, it should.
    >
    > nb


    I like the one that also makes donuts and retreads old tires.



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    Chemo Guest

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    On Sep 27, 4:07*pm, "Nunya Bidnits" <nunyabidn...@eternal-
    september.invalid> wrote:
    > notbob <not...@nothome.com> wrote:
    > > On 2012-09-27, rfd...@optonline.net <rfd...@optonline.net> wrote:
    > >> I've decided to get a panini maker. Anyone out there who uses one
    > >> and has any suggestions as to what I should look for?

    >
    > > I would think getting a multi-purpose version would be the ticket.
    > > Doesn't a George Foreman grill turn into a panini maker, waffle iron,
    > > and a men's tie press? *If not, it should. *

    >
    > > nb

    >
    > I like the one that also makes donuts and retreads old tires.


    Mine makes new tires.

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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

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    On Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:38:04 -0400, [email protected] wrote:

    >I've decided to get a panini maker. Anyone out there who uses one and has any
    >suggestions as to what I should look for? I've been look ing at different brands
    >online, but wonder what features are good to llok for. Thanks.


    I'd buy something with reversible plates
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...95007&csid=_61


    Cuisinart Griddler GR-4NFR

    http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-GR-4.../dp/B002YD99Y4

    It is much more versatile than a dedicated panini maker

    We got a waffle maker/griddle for a wedding gift 46 years ago and we
    still use it for grilled sandwiches.

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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Panini makers

    On Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:38:04 -0400, [email protected] wrote:

    >I've decided to get a panini maker. Anyone out there who uses one and has any
    >suggestions as to what I should look for? I've been look ing at different brands
    >online, but wonder what features are good to llok for. Thanks.


    Thanks for the replies so far. I meant to ask one other thing. I am not blessed
    with a dishwasher. I'm the dishwasher. So how easy are these things to clean
    without one?

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    jmcquown Guest

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    "Nunya Bidnits" wrote in message news:k42m5j$n0s$[email protected]..

    dsi1 <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On 9/27/2012 11:38 AM, [email protected] wrote:
    >> I've decided to get a panini maker. Anyone out there who uses one
    >> and has any suggestions as to what I should look for? I've been look
    >> ing at different brands online, but wonder what features are good to
    >> llok for. Thanks.

    >
    > I just got this one the other day. It was cheap and the shipping was
    > free. I've only used it once to fry some chicken but it worked fine.


    How does one fry chicken in a panini press?
    **************
    Excellent question! It's not a deep fryer and it isn't a George Forman
    grill. How does one cook chicken in a panini press?

    Jill




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    sf Guest

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    On Thu, 27 Sep 2012 22:55:27 -0400, Ed Pawlowski <[email protected]> wrote:

    > We got a waffle maker/griddle for a wedding gift 46 years ago and we
    > still use it for grilled sandwiches.


    Is that (sandwiches) what the flat side is for?

    --
    I take life with a grain of salt, a slice of lemon and a shot of tequila

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    jmcquown Guest

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    wrote in message news:[email protected]..

    On Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:38:04 -0400, [email protected] wrote:

    >I've decided to get a panini maker. Anyone out there who uses one and has
    >any
    >suggestions as to what I should look for? I've been look ing at different
    >brands
    >online, but wonder what features are good to llok for. Thanks.


    Thanks for the replies so far. I meant to ask one other thing. I am not
    blessed
    with a dishwasher. I'm the dishwasher. So how easy are these things to clean
    without one?
    ***************
    Should be fairly easy to clean the plates as long as you don't let things
    dry/stick on them. I have a one with lots of plates. You can make waffles,
    paninis or cookies or waffle-cones for ice cream. The plates are easily
    washed by hand.

    Jill


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    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Fri, 28 Sep 2012 00:57:08 -0400, jmcquown wrote:

    > Excellent question! It's not a deep fryer and it isn't a George Forman
    > grill. How does one cook chicken in a panini press?


    A panini press is basically a glorified Georgio Foremani grill.

    -sw

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    Nunya Bidnits Guest

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    jmcquown <[email protected]> wrote:
    > "Nunya Bidnits" wrote in message news:k42m5j$n0s$[email protected]..
    >
    > dsi1 <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> On 9/27/2012 11:38 AM, [email protected] wrote:
    >>> I've decided to get a panini maker. Anyone out there who uses one
    >>> and has any suggestions as to what I should look for? I've been look
    >>> ing at different brands online, but wonder what features are good to
    >>> llok for. Thanks.

    >>
    >> I just got this one the other day. It was cheap and the shipping was
    >> free. I've only used it once to fry some chicken but it worked fine.

    >
    > How does one fry chicken in a panini press?
    > **************
    > Excellent question! It's not a deep fryer and it isn't a George
    > Forman grill. How does one cook chicken in a panini press?
    >
    > Jill


    Not just cook, fry. That's the pressing question.



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    dsi1 Guest

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    On Sep 27, 5:51*pm, rfd...@optonline.net wrote:
    > On Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:38:04 -0400, rfd...@optonline.net wrote:
    > >I've decided to get a panini maker. Anyone out there who uses one and has any
    > >suggestions as to what I should look for? I've been look ing at different brands
    > >online, but wonder what features are good to llok for. Thanks.

    >
    > Thanks for the replies so far. I meant to ask one other thing. I am not blessed
    > with a dishwasher. I'm the dishwasher. So how easy are these things to clean
    > without one?


    These things clean easily when new. Not so after the coating gets
    damaged. Removable plates are easier to clean than fixed plates. If
    you're making paninis, cleaning is very simple and easy. If you cook
    steaks, it's harder. If you grill steaks marinated with some sugar
    you'll get burnt carbon which can be tough to remove. I don't bother
    to clean these units very well, I just wipe it down as best as I can
    with a damp paper towel. I don't use soap because a coating of oil is
    desirable. If you're the type that wants grill plates that are
    spotless, you should find one with removable plates.

    I made a couple of paninis this evening. I've had these grills
    previously but this is the first time that I've ever grilled a
    sandwich. It was pretty good even though the grill is not sold as a
    panini press. I'll probably make more paninis tomorrow.

    As of now, I'm pleased with the unit, it has what I want in a contact
    grill - it heats up fast and is capable of high temperature, grill
    area is at least 100 square inches and cost is less than $50. I'll
    probably use it a lot and if it lasts over a year or so, I'll consider
    that money well spent.

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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

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    On Thu, 27 Sep 2012 22:03:04 -0700, sf <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Thu, 27 Sep 2012 22:55:27 -0400, Ed Pawlowski <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> We got a waffle maker/griddle for a wedding gift 46 years ago and we
    >> still use it for grilled sandwiches.

    >
    >Is that (sandwiches) what the flat side is for?


    That is what we use it for, but anything can be cooked on it. Panini
    is just a grilled sandwich anyway, but suddenly there is a market for
    a new appliance.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panini_(sandwich)

    In Italy, panino (Italian pronunciation: [pa'ni?no]) is the word for a
    sandwich made from bread other than sliced bread, in which case
    Italians call it a tramezzino or porco. Examples of bread types used
    are ciabatta, rosetta and baguette. The bread is cut horizontally and
    filled with deli ingredients such as salami, ham, cheese, mortadella,
    or other food, and sometimes served warm after having been pressed by
    a warming grill. A toasted sandwich made from sliced bread is not
    called "panino" but "toast" (pronounced as "tossed"), or "tosto"
    (pronounced "tossed-toe") by Italians, and is usually filled with ham
    and a few slices of cheese, and heated in sandwich press. A popular
    version of panino in Central Italy is filled with porchetta, slices of
    pork roasted with garlic, salt, rosemary, and sage.

    In the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, the term panini has
    been adopted to refer to a pressed and toasted sandwich; there is
    widespread availability and use of sandwich presses, often known as
    "panini presses" or "toasted sandwich makers."

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    sf Guest

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    On Fri, 28 Sep 2012 05:59:09 -0400, Ed Pawlowski <[email protected]> wrote:

    > A popular
    > version of panino in Central Italy is filled with porchetta, slices of
    > pork roasted with garlic, salt, rosemary, and sage.
    >
    > In the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, the term panini has
    > been adopted to refer to a pressed and toasted sandwich; there is
    > widespread availability and use of sandwich presses, often known as
    > "panini presses" or "toasted sandwich makers."


    Not a big "toasted" sandwich eater here, but I'd try that pork
    sandwich once and see how I like it if I ever get the chance.

    --
    I take life with a grain of salt, a slice of lemon and a shot of tequila

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    sf Guest

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    On Thu, 27 Sep 2012 23:50:01 -0400, [email protected] wrote:

    > On Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:38:04 -0400, [email protected] wrote:
    >
    > >I've decided to get a panini maker. Anyone out there who uses one and has any
    > >suggestions as to what I should look for? I've been look ing at different brands
    > >online, but wonder what features are good to llok for. Thanks.

    >
    > Thanks for the replies so far. I meant to ask one other thing. I am not blessed
    > with a dishwasher. I'm the dishwasher. So how easy are these things to clean
    > without one?


    Every modern iron and panini press I know about has a non-stick
    coating on the (removable) plates, to make them as easy as possible to
    clean. How dirty they get is up to you.

    --
    I take life with a grain of salt, a slice of lemon and a shot of tequila

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    Paul M. Cook Guest

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    <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > I've decided to get a panini maker. Anyone out there who uses one and has
    > any
    > suggestions as to what I should look for? I've been look ing at different
    > brands
    > online, but wonder what features are good to llok for. Thanks.


    Be sure you can detach the grill plates to clean. Otherwise they are a
    nightmare.

    Paul



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    The Cook Guest

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    On Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:38:04 -0400, [email protected] wrote:

    >I've decided to get a panini maker. Anyone out there who uses one and has any
    >suggestions as to what I should look for? I've been look ing at different brands
    >online, but wonder what features are good to llok for. Thanks.



    Invest in the edition of "Cook's Illustrated" entitled "Modern
    Classics." It has instructions on making panini without a special
    maker.
    --
    Susan N.

    "Moral indignation is in most cases two percent moral,
    48 percent indignation, and 50 percent envy."
    Vittorio De Sica, Italian movie director (1901-1974)

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