Red Copper Express
Red Copper Express is an indoor grill that you can use to make all manner of regularly grilled foods including meats in addition to things like breakfast foods or sandwiches. You get a nice cookbook to go with the indoor grill so that you can make the best circular foods you need. Also, you get a nice spatula with your order to help you lift your foods out of the non stick design. From a popular company, you will enjoy your new foods.
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- Cook on Both Sides
The main benefit to the contact grill like this is that they cook on both sides at the same time and they take less attention from you, as the person preparing the food.
It is circular, so you can only cook what will fit within the circular shape. This makes it lightweight and easier to use, then store.
- Different Flavor
No matter what you use, the flavor is not going to be the same for almost any food including vegetables and meat.
- Limited Grill Lines
This unit does not have the same grill lines on it that other indoor grills have.
- Not Healthier
The indoor cookware is not going to make your food safer or healthier. Sure, outdoor grills can produce cancer causing substances if you do not cook carefully, but the same can be said of the Red Copper Express. Any burning of fat is what causes these cancer causing substances to form, so no matter how you are preparing your food, if you are burning fat you are making them.
- Same Fat Levels
Indoor cookware like this, as an alternative to outdoor grilling, does not reduce the amount of fat in your food significantly. For example, if you are preparing a hamburger patty that is 20% fat, pan frying it on this indoor grill will reduce the fat by 52% whereas outdoor grilling will reduce it by 50%. This is not a big difference, and certainly not a significant one. Consumer reports state that there is no significant difference between pan frying like this and outdoor grilling.
- Not Full Copper
Not really full copper. Remember that the name of this item, alongside many of the other brand named items under this line of cookware, is not really 100% copper. They claim to be 100% copper and the color leads people to believe that this means the entire unit is copper. It is not.
Rather, the unit has a lot of stainless steel and is covered with a copper color on the outside. With a small amount of legitimate copper on the inside of the layering for the two panels. You will find many copper products out there that have a similar combination of authentic copper with stainless steel, so they work just fine, but they are just not the professional grade pure copper cookware.
How It Works
People with limited space are not able to use an outdoor grill inside, even in a garage. Gas grills and charcoal grills produce large quantities of carbon monoxide and even small amounts stuck inside of an indoor space can kill you. This seems an obvious thing, and yet still each year dozens of people are killed because they try to use an outdoor grill inside. Indoor grilling has to be done on a grill pan designed specifically for the inside.
How it's Different from Competitors
There are two types of indoor grills. First is the open grill and second is the folding contact grill, which is the Red Copper Express. These electric appliances have heating elements and a grill-like surface for cooking. When you have to flip foods to cook them evenly, the experience of grilling becomes more authentic and the flavor becomes much closer to that of the real thing. Alternatively, things like Red Copper Express are folding contact grills which have been quite popular for making sandwiches like paninis. They are useful for making things like grilled cheese sandwiches too. Not something that you would normally make on a full sized outdoor grill, but they are versatile appliances anyway. Grill pans often sear better because of their higher ridges. Typically these alternative designs are lightweight with ridges which fail to lift food away from any grease collecting below.
Tips & Tricks
- Liquid Smoke
If you do end up using the Red Copper Express to make things like morning bacon, one option you have for adding a bit of the natural cooked flavor is to use smoking flavor. There is a liquid smoke product you can use with the foods to give it more of a smoky, natural flavor that you would get from outdoor grilling.
- Reduce Fat
To reduce fat from your food and reduce smoke, trim any excess fats from meats. The less fat on your meats, the less burning, smoking, and fat. Even if grills have heating elements that collect the fat droppings it can increase the risk for indoor fires.
- Drain Liquid
With indoor units like this, there is not the same ability to drain liquids too. If you do not want your marinades to drip onto the counter top you need to let your grilling meats drain on a cooking rack before you prepare them. Baste sparingly and lightly brush any basting solutions on your foods instead.
- What to Cook
When you are using this indoor unit you can make so many things. Almost anything you would normally make outdoors can be made on this compact indoor unit. The main advertisement of course is for baked things, for sandwiches and easier foods. Breakfast foods like waffles and pancakes are easily prepared without the mess.
- Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler
Cuisinart has a larger indoor grill that also closes like Red Copper Express. This is a larger design, much heavier with three small control knobs on the front. You can get grill lines with it because of the deep recesses on the two sides. When closed you get the nice contact grilling experience. It makes paninis, can be a griddle half or full sized, and can be a contact grill. Floating covers adjust to the thickness of your cook. Cooking plates will drain away fat and can be removed or reversed.
This is the other type of indoor grill, the one that does not close and create full contact. It is great for veggies, chicken, fish, steaks, and more. Cool touch handles make it safe to use indoors while the grill surface has variable heat controls to it. Disassemble the unit and throw it in the dishwasher when you are ready to clean it.
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