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Another Great Weber Product
on July 16, 2010
I purchased one of these two years ago at a specialty grill store. I had read good things in Cook's Illustrated about it's larger cousin and I figured this smaller one would be worth a try.
I love this basket. I have tried every other product you can imagine to cook small veggies and such with very limited success. I have a closet full of gadgets that either didn't work or had so many design flaws they weren't worth using. Not so with this basket. The sides are high enough to allow you to toss around your veggies as you cook. The handles are just large enough to allow you to get a good grip on them and just small enough not to get in the way. The holes or slots are large enough to allow really good direct contact with heat and small enough so nothing falls through them. I started out doing the classic grill veggies such as zucchini, mushrooms and onion but soon realized I could now try pretty much anything. My families favorites are grilled green beans and grilled broccoli (my personal fave). Grilling these two really changes their flavor profile and will amaze whoever you are cooking for. Another dish my family loves is "grilled" stirfry. I 'stirfry' the veggies over a screaming hot heat on the grill before adding it to the rice and such. This basket also helps make a killer fajita by allowing your to get a good char on green peppers and onions. I can't say enough good things about this basket, definitely one of my absolute favorite grill accessories.
Ok, so I've read all the negative comments about clean up. I suppose if you are one of those people who simply must have shiny stainless steel cooking implements for your grill then, yes, this basket might be a problem. However, so will every other stainless steel item you cook with on a grill. The basket is cleanable and even to the point that you make it look like new each time if you desire but it's going to take a lot of work. While I loved how my basket looked new I resigned myself to have a basket that performed well instead of looking good. My basket has a dark patina on it, just like the inside of my stainless steel Weber grill, and it performs perfectly. When I'm done with it I allow it to soak in the sink (if there's any stuck on stuff) then give it a quick scrub to remove any stuck-ons then toss it in the dishwasher. Easy peasy...
One tip that will really help you grill with this basket - Put it in the grill when you do your preheat. The basket works MUCH better when it's already at temperature. I've never had any sticking problems after preheating. Also, let the basket cool down slowly. Leave it on the grill after turning off the heat so it cools down at a slow rate. Cooling it down too quickly will result in the metal warping. If this happens don't worry though..just put it in the grill as it heats up. Take it up to a fairly high temp. Then turn off heat and let the basket cool slowly inside your grill. It will be back to normal when it's done. Same principle if you are using charcoal..just let the coals die down instead of turning off heat.