Last year I virtually ruined our Thanksgiving dinner. My family sat around the dining room table with mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, homemade rolls, pumpkin pie and a very sad and dry looking turkey. Let’s backtrack a couple days before the big day…I had this grand idea to fry our turkey. My wife tried to talk me out of it saying I didn’t know what I was doing. Well, she was right. I made a makeshift turkey fryer in my backyard and loaded it with oil — big mistake. Long story short, we had a dry and unappetizing turkey on the table that year. Needing to redeem myself, I researched how to properly fry a turkey. I wanted this next turkey experience to be quick, easy and safe. After watching an infomercial and doing a bit of research myself, I brought home the Butterball Electric Turkey Fryer. I think everyone is going to want to come to my house for Thanksgiving this year!
What Is The Butterball Fryer?
This indoor turkey fryer has the capability to fry a 14-pound turkey. This should feed 8 people with some leftover meat for turkey sandwiches. The inner pot is porcelain coated and the outside is stainless steel, so it looks nice on the counter top. An adjustable thermostat is provided for perfect temperature control. Use the digital timer while your food cooks with 1650 watts of pure power. A built in drain and drain clip are conveniently part of the fryer’s design. Being able to easily dispose of the oil is a real nifty feature. There is also a storage compartment to hide away the short cord. The Butterball fryer simply sits on top of your kitchen counter while cooking. Although bare in mind it is a little on the large size, so you will need some space to accommodate it. When assembled the size is 18.5 x 15.6 x 15.2.
My wife was hesitant to let me buy a fryer because she thought it would only have one use…to fry turkeys. Well that’s not strictly true. You can also fry French fries, chicken, mushrooms, fish fillets, hot wings and more. Since our family is trying to eat healthier when she learnt that this fryer is also a steamer, she was virtually sold. You can steam or boil crab legs, lobster, squash, pasta shells, red potatoes or any vegetable, something for everyone and believe me our family are the pickiest of eaters.
How To Use The Electric Turkey Fryer
Assembly for this unit is laid out in six easy steps in the Turkey Fryer manual. All the parts are provided and tools are not needed to put this together. Simply put the puzzle together. It was easy, even for someone like me.
Operating the fryer is just as simple. Make sure the control panel and heating element is mounted and add oil or water to the appropriate line depending on what you’re cooking. Attach the power cord and plug it in. You will see a light signalling the element is on. Next, set your temperature and once the oil or water has reached your desired temperature, the ready light will light up. Gently put in your food and set the digital timer. One word of advice here, hot oil and water do not mix. So make sure your turkey or other food is completely dry before placing it into the oil. When the timer ends, unplug power cord and let turkey sit in the basket clip for 20 minutes. This will help drain extra oil. The empty the remaining oil back into original container using the drain valve. Do not throw away oil!
What Do Real People Think?
Many people, like me are very satisfied with their Butterball Electric Turkey Fryer. On Amazon it receives 4.5 stars with nearly 1000 reviews. This is just a snippet of what other people have to say.
S. Pettway from Michigan was pleased that his dinner guests were so impressed.
“This item is awesome!! This was my first time frying a turkey and it was amazing. Our guests were very impressed and called me the next day to thank me for their dinner (left-over’s) the next day!!! A great price as well. I would recommend this fryer. You can cook other things in it as well.”
Brenda Cejka from Texas liked the fact that using the butterball turkey fryer left her oven free for other things.
“I purchased this Turkey Fryer thinking that it would be so handy at Thanksgiving. I only have one oven and baking a Turkey really ties my oven up. I have always liked Fried Turkey but my husband never wanted to bother with doing it outside because it takes so much oil, time, etc.
Shortly after receiving it I opened the box and was very impressed with the quality of the machine. I purchased an 8 pound turkey breast and injected it and fried it. It was soooo good. I followed the directions and found that I could have actually cooked it a couple of minutes less. There are so many things that you can do with this machine. I can’t wait to have the opportunity to do so. I used mine in the kitchen and it performed beautifully and was very easy to clean up.”
This fryer uses 1/3 less oil than conventional turkey fryers. After you’ve cooked your food, simply attach the drain valve and easily empty the oil back into the oil container. The drain valve helped keep my cooking area clean. Having to deal with the oil after frying foods can be a pain in the rear. With this awesome design, I was able to empty the oil and put it straight into a container to use again.
The Butterball Turkey Fryer has a thermostat temperature control to prevent overheating. Your oil or water will reach your preferred temperature and maintain its heat. As your turkey is flash fried, its meat should become juicy and moist while the skin becomes crispy and simply delicious. No more dried out tasteless turkeys on your dinner table.
Cleaning the element was a no brainer. Because I put the fryer together, I knew exactly how to take it apart to properly clean it. The filter, lid, inner pot, valve spout, basket and lifting hook can all be placed in the dishwasher. As for the outer shell, cord, control panel and heating element, clean with a damp cloth. The parts not meant for the dishwasher don’t usually get too dirty so, wiping them down is quick and easy.
On my first attempt to use a fryer again, my wife insisted I stay out of her kitchen. The Butterball fryer is not recommended for outdoor use so I was banished to the garage. Remember, this is an electric machine…the risk of sprinklers, rain or any type of water can be dangerous. Following a huge success on using the Butterball, I am now proud to announce that I am allowed in the kitchen to fry anything I want…well, almost anything!
Trying to use the fryer in the garage was a slight challenge because of my lack of electrical outlets. Using an extension cord is a No-No. The element can lose its electric current which can result in increased cooking time and decreased performance. This is why a kitchen counter is preferred.
What Else You Should Know
A 14 pound turkey is quite heavy and care should be taken to lower the bird gently into the oil. This is definitely a job for the man of the house. Some people have complained that they have had trouble fitting a 14 pound turkey into the fryer. I too found this to be a problem on one occasion. I recommend the first time you use your fryer get a Butterball Turkey. It’s easy from then on because you get a good feel for what sized turkey will fit.
There have been some complaints about this appliance not working properly. However, for me and for many others the Turkey Fryer worked perfectly from day one. Of course like most things these day’s there is always a chance that something might be wrong. With this in mind the company seems very helpful and offers a 30-day money back guarantee. My advice is to use your fryer at least once during this period just to make sure.
Overall, this fryer was quick, easy and safe to use. Thanksgiving this year should be less of an embarrassment. I should be able to cook our turkey in less than an hour and have loads of time to spend with my family and hopefully catch the big game.
If you are considering this turkey fryer I would recommend you go to Amazon. The price is good and they often offer a discount voucher for your first butterball turkey purchase.