February 1, 2009

Appliance Review: George Foreman Lean Mean Spin Frying Machine

by Sonja

Yay, look what came in the mail!

If you thought that life could not get any better than the fake paninis produced by the George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling (Grillin’ ?) Machine, you would be wrong. Because life did get better. Did you ever think that one day a home fryer would employ the principle of centrifugal force to “knock out (up to) 55% of fat absorbed during frying?” Well dreams do come true.

I’ve wanted a “Lean Mean Spin Frying Machine” ever since my friend told me about watching an episode of Oprah in which all audience members received one. He described it to me in detail and we both envisioned the future full of corndogs and zesty Arby style fries.

Well I took everything apart.

This was kind of overly complicated, huge and heavy.

I tested three items, Korean mandoo (dumplings) was first, Pulmone brand. Pulmone is organic I believe and usually my favorite brand of Korean foodstuffs. But I will go ahead and say that the crappier brands taste better.

Load up the frying basket like a normal fryer.

I read all these comments about the basket being too small on Amazon, but quite honestly I don’t think it was. Comment gems include:
“…this machine looks great on my counter next to my stainless steel appliances.”
That’s not true it’s really ugly. Also it’s sort of an embarrassing food appliance, like the Magic Bullet.

“My 15-year-old daughter saw me making her chicken in the fryer and said oh great you are going to make me fat. I told her no it spins the oil out of it. She toke (sic) 1 bite and said this chicken is the best, show me how to use it.”

“Now I don’t feel guilty about letting kids eat French fries! I can make Happy Meals at my own house…We now spend quality time cooking together.”

I just told my sister that the average fat reduction is 38%. She said,”It tastes like more than that.” As a negative.

This is the spin cycle in action. I didn’t really read the instruction manual so it kind of takes me a moment to figure it out.


I spun the mandoo for 2 minutes on high. They basically look like regular fried “goon mandoo” but were seriously super dry tasting! But maybe not in a good way! It’s so bizarre because the texture is normal fried but it tastes baked.

I just ordered these tempura paper things offline.

Does this look like 38% to you?

You know what this means?

Mentaiko mayo! Fish eggs mixed with mayo = best french fry dip imaginable.

This mentaiko wasn’t even good but once it was mixed with the mayo…

My preferred fry brand is Ore-Ida, particularly the “Crispers.” Yes I actually have test fried many of their products so I definitely recommend them. Sometimes I love going to regular grocery stores because you can’t get soda and crappy American brands at my usual grocery stores.

They were amazing.

Finally, the last item was TGIF brand mozzarella sticks (~~**luxury**~~).

I think I spun it too high because mozzarella cheese exploded out of a couple of them. They tasted too baked and not unhealthy enough which is not true because they are still really caloric.

Do I recommend this fryer? Yes I do. Did I suffer a mild heart attack later that night? Yes I did.

7 Comments

  • CJ
    Posted February 1, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Sonja this a a great post! I have actually been looking into getting a fryer. I never heard of the Foreman fryer before I saw this. It is an interesting idea. I know you said that you recommend it, but after using it, would you buy it again or just go with a standard fryer?

  • Ricky
    Posted February 1, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Let us know how Katsu turns out.

  • akuban
    Posted February 2, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Great! Now I can eat 55 percent more deep-fried food.

  • Anonymous
    Posted February 2, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    http://static.ubid.com/pimg/256488.jpg

    Sorry but this deep fryer is clear and
    better than yours! You should really research what you’re buying, or whoever sent you this should.

  • kayoko
    Posted February 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Anonymous- isn’t it hard to keep clean though??? Could you describe some of the features to your fryer? What brand is it? How is it better?
    Please elaborate- this is a Deep Fryer Face-Off!!!

  • Sonja
    Posted February 2, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    CJ – I do deep fry sometimes at home in a large deep pan but I found this fryer to much quicker. I have to admit I didn’t clean it up yet because I know it’s going to be a nightmare, but cleaning oil usually is. I don’t think this is appropriate for anything delicate like tempura but if you plan on frying loads of more sturdy foods I would definitely recommend this. Yes it’s ugly, the filter didn’t work that great and me and my clothes all smell like McDonald’s. I’m suck a gimmick whore though so I would totally buy this again. It actually does take the sogginess out of fried foods. I guess I was pretty unclear about the actual details about the machine, but I’m a spaz so what’s to do.

    Ricky – That is so funny my sister told me to make that too. I think it would actually be a good choice to make it this.

    Akuban – I ate like 400% more.

    Anonymous – That’s actually something I would buy. Like the time I wanted to buy a glass flute.

  • Anonymous
    Posted February 3, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Damnit….this thing is tempting…….

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