Posted May 13, 2013
My review of the Butterball Turkey Fryer:
Do you want to know how to give your family a heart attack? First, you invite them to your new home so that you can throw your very first Thanksgiving. Then you tell them that you are going to make 2 turkeys. Then you tell them that you are going to roast one and fry the other. Then for the grand finale you tell them that you are going to fry the other one….inside. Oh man I cannot tell you how many times I heard “no you need to do that outside.” I just nodded and smiled. I had it under control. Or I should say Masterbuilt did.
Let me give you a little back story here. I have always, always, always wanted to fry a turkey. But truth be told all of the warnings from that president from 24 turned Allstate ad man made me a little apprehensive to try it at home. However, when someone from Masterbuilt contacted me and told me that they wanted to give me an indoor one to test out I jumped all over the idea. And figured why not try it for my very first Thanksgiving? What can I say, I’m a bit of a rebel.
To tell you the truth when it came down to it, I was a little nervous to rely solely on a fried turkey for my first Thanksgiving. I mean what if it didn’t turn out. I did not want to spend Thanksgiving in the drive-thru. So I decided that I would make 2 turkeys. I would roast one and fry the other.
I put my roasted turkey in about 3 hours before dinner. I basted it every 20 minutes. The skin was crispy, the meat tender and flavorful. It was the perfect Thanksgiving turkey.
On the other hand, about 1 hour before dinner, after making sure it was completely dry, Ryan lowered the Cajun seasoned turkey into the peanut oil and closed the lid. 45 minutes later Ryan pulled the turkey out of the oil. The skin was crispy, the meat tender and flavorful. It was the perfect Thanksgiving turkey…in less than an hour. Genius.
In the spirit of complete and total honesty, the only problem that I did notice about the fryer was that after Ryan placed the turkey in the fryer a small drop of oil got on the digital timer and then it wouldn’t work. This wasn’t too big of an issue as we just timed it ourselves. But timer aside, the fryer worked pretty well.
The Butterball Turkey Fryer from Masterbuilt has the following features:
• The fryer is retailed at $159.96
• Adjustable thermostat temperature control
• Stainless steel construction
• Porcelain-coated inner pot
• Digital timer
• Folding lid with window and filter
• Cooking basket with drain clip
• Drain Valve for easy cleaning
• Saves on oil – uses 1/3 less than conventional turkey fryers
• It can feed up to 8 people when frying a 14 lb turkey