20090202-gffryer.jpgThe food blog Umami Mart takes George Foreman's Lean Mean Fat-Spinning Deep-Frying Machine for a test drive and comes away with a perplexingly mixed review. After cooking three different fried foods—mandoo, french fries, and mozzarella sticks—the author says two of the three were "too dry" and "too baked" tasting and describes the thing as ugly and "overly complicated, huge and heavy." Still, she recommends the thing. Wha?

The Foreman fryer's supposed advantage over others is that it uses centrifugal force to spin out or "knock out" the fat after frying. It claims to remove up to 55 percent of the fat absorbed during frying. Which just means that people will buy it and feel justified in eating 55 percent more fried food. $99, from Amazon

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