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Friday, November 20, 2009

Cooking With The Butterball In-door Turkey Fryer

I know it's not barbecue, but indulge me for a minute. The folks over at Butterball sent me an indoor turkey fryer to try out this year. At first I thought they were nuts. Why would I want to fry a bird inside? All that hot oil is dangerous, and frying stinks! The house would smell for days. I was a bit dubious in trying this out, but finally curiosity got the best of me.

I've been frying turkeys outside for years. There's nothing like the flavor of a fried turkey - it puts the oven roasted bird to shame. But frying a turkey outside is a hassle and it's dangerous as hell. Every year I read stories of people whom have lost their homes due to turkey frying accidents.

But this seemed different. Looking over the fryer, it seemed safe and well built. So I picked up a 12lb turkey and defrosted it in the refrigerator for 2 days until it was completely thawed. Seasoned it up and got it ready for it's hot oil bath.

This machine has some really nice features. It has a porcelain-coated pot that's dishwasher-safe and can be used for steaming and boiling, in addition to frying. The fryer includes a drain valve to make clean-up easy and only needs two gallons of oil. It also has an adjustable thermostat and a digital timer, that help make indoor frying simple.

A couple of words of caution. READ THE MANUAL and FOLLOW ALL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS. If you've never deep fried before, you need to know what to expect. Adding any food to any hot pot of oil will cause the oil to bubble up. Adding wet food will cause the oil to bubble and spout.

OChef put it this way..."The instructions advise you to wear oven mitts as you slowly lower the turkey into the fryer, and that is absolutely correct. The lowering process was a little scary and it took us about a minute to submerge the turkey in the oil. The moisture in the turkey causes the oil to bubble and we had to lower it slowly to keep the oil from splashing out of the fryer. If you're also standing there in bare feet, you'll have nearly 60 seconds to curse your stupidity as you wonder if scalding oil will spatter out on the tops of your feet (it will not, if you're careful. You may be wistfully thinking of an apron at this point, too.)" It's a great point.

One other thing to think about. This is a large appliance Lowering and removing a turkey into the fryer takes some room. On my counter top I found that the overhead cabinets got in the way. Next time I use this I'll do it on the kitchen table.

You'll have to trust me on this folks, as my camera crapped out taking the pictures, but this appliance made and incredible moist and tasty bird and some really outstanding french fries. The cover kept the bubbling oil inside the machine and kept the counter and surrounding areas nice and clean. It also reduced the smell significantly. This puppy works as advertised.

So what's the bottom line? The Butterball Indoor Turkey Fryer is a great new addition to your kitchen appliances. I know I'll be using it for more than just turkeys. Doughnuts anyone?

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At 2:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about fried oil odor??? You didn't address that...

At 9:22 PM, Blogger Chilebrown said...

If you are naked and using this machine, should you use protection? I mean should you use oven mitts to prevent burns?
Does this machine have a trailer hitch like the Bubba Keg>

At 8:42 AM, Blogger WhiteTrashBBQ said...

Anonymous - The oils smell was very faint compared to when I fry in an open pot. The fryer has a lid that is kept closed during its operation.

Chilebrown - if your naked why would you be using the fryer? Wait a minute, I don't think I want to know!

At 6:21 PM, Blogger redhotchilly12 said...

Wow! newly found this Indoor turkey fryer. This is really good upon using inside the house. Hope this safe to use just like bayou classic 3066a 30 quart outdoor turkey fryer kit. Thanks for sharing this.

At 2:18 PM, Blogger A Year on the Grill said...

hey, great review, and glad you found me... I love your site, and have been surfing around for a few minutes...

I love the restaurant serving turducken idea, nothing like that around here, but I really like this item. I have a neighbor that owns the equipment to fry one, and I have done it a couple times. i have been looking at this for awhile.

Would you mind passing me your contact at butterball, I have a few questions first (one of which, without brining first, does this work well with a butterball???)

drop me a note at


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