Cooking is full of mysteries and secrets that occur behind closed doors and under tight lids. Ingredients of various origins get placed in an oven or a pot, and out comes a cohesive whole equaling more than the sum of its parts. What happens between these two points in time? Luckily, there are professionals to worry about such things. For the rest of us, a window will have to do.
The Hamilton Beach Model 25361 Searing Grill ($89.99) is an indoor grill with a closeable lid that has a window incorporated into it. Under the hood, the countertop grill features a familiar design with the inclusion of a dishwasher-safe grilling plate as well as a drip tray. A variable temperature dial offers the control necessary for cooking a wide variety of foods while a sear function helps to brown foods for added flavor. An update of a previous design, the new Hamilton Beach grill is scheduled to become available in September of this year.
An indoor grill with a lid helps rein in some of the mysteries of cooking. For example, it easily answers the question of how to melt cheese on top of a burger. It also makes it easier to get evenly-cooked results. In both cases, the answer is to just close the lid. Unfortunately, as convenient as a grill with a lid and a window may be, it won't answer one of the kitchen's most enduring mysteries: is dinner ready yet?