I love family reunions and all those parties when I have a lot of guests, so I can cook for everybody and see the yard or the house filled with people. And one of my absolute pleasures in cooking is when I cook turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. I even got a Turkey fryer to help me with this task. However, I cannot cook a turkey every week, as I do not throw a party that often nor do I celebrate Thanksgiving more than once a year. So I asked myself: “What else can you cook in a turkey fryer?”
After some research on the Internet and some polls around my friends I realized there are actually a lot of other things you can cook in a turkey fryer, except for the turkey, of course. Here are some ideas:
You Can Fry Just About Anything
Since a turkey fryer is a kind of a big pot filled with hot oil, you can basically use it for frying anything that can be fried, starting with chicken wings (absolutely delicious), French fries, even a whole chicken. My special recommendation is to try frying fish, make sure the fish pieces are not too big. This way the fish will deep fry and become crisp and tasty. You could do this outdoors, since the smell of fish can linger in the house for days. You can also lightly batter shrimp and fry that as well, this is extra yummy with a sweet chilli dipping sauce. I even heard some unusual ideas that I did not have the courage to try, but some of my friends say the result is spectacular. I am speaking here of onion rings and string cheese. Just put the onion that is sliced in big rings in the hot oil and collect it with a spatula when the rings are brownish. Sound delicious and easy to make.
What About String Cheese?
As for string cheese the method goes like this: cut a bunch of pieces of string cheese in half, dip them in batter and throw them in the hot oil. You will get some delicious mozzarella sticks once you’ve taken the basket out and put them on a piece of absorbent paper or tissue that will remove the oil. Fried potatoes are also really tasty and easy to cook. Just wash the potatoes and let them dry, them throw them in the turkey fryer. You don’t have to slice them, as they will be perfect with a crisp crust on the outside and a yummy soft interior. Any way, if you prefer potato chips you can slice the potatoes into really thin pieces and after that fry them in the turkey fryer. The chips will be ready in no time. Just add the salt and grab a bottle of beer. Shrimps and crabs are also great when cooked this way.
Steaming As Well As Frying
Now the second idea for using the turkey fryer for something other than frying a turkey: use it with water instead of oil and steam the food inside or boil it. I mean the turkey fryer is normally used with oil, but if you want to use it for cooking some healthy food, you can simply remove the oil and use water instead. This way you can get really tasty steamed vegetables that will keep all their properties and vitamins if placed in the basket and steamed in the turkey fryer. Or maybe you can boil corn on the cob directly in the water and use it for a family party. Boiled potatoes are also great and so is seafood. Nothing better than a good old clam bake. Feel free to add any spices you consider appropriate according to your taste and you will be so happy that you can do this outdoors, even when camping.
Use It For Canning
The third idea for cooking different things in the turkey fryer is really appealing for me because I am a father of two and my kids are allergic to all the chemicals they put in the food we buy from the supermarket, so I have to prepare their food myself. That includes canned fruit and jam. So here is my personal use for the butterball turkey fryer: I use it for canning. It is big enough and also very useful, as it keeps the heat and the steam away from my house. I am happy and so are my kids, as I can prepare healthy and delicious recipes this way.
So Versatile-Even Makes Beer!
Last, but not least, I heard a guy saying that he used his turkey fryer for making beer. Well, I don’t know about that. It sounds interesting, but I don’t know if this is the best way to use this wonderful appliance and also I wonder if it is worth it. I personally find it a lot easier to buy a bottle of beer that is already prepared for me. But feel free to try and let me know about your experience.
As a conclusion things are not always as simple as they may seem at first sight. So you can use a turkey fryer for cooking a lot of other kinds of food than just a turkey. Use your imagination and you will be successful. And never get stuck in normality: feel free to experience new things, even beer made in a turkey fryer. It is a lot better than just being satisfied with doing whatever other people tell you to, for example use a turkey fryer just for frying turkey.