Doctor Biggles, who is famous on the internet, let me play with his 'Butterball Turkey Deep Fryer". This contraption is pretty slick. It is powered by electricity and is safe to use inside your abode. It is possible to cook a 10 pound turkey in 40 minutes. The skin will be crispy and the interior moist and juicy. We shall see.
The first step is to purchase 2 gallons of oil and a turkey. We went to the local Mega-Wally-Mart and found appropriately a 'Butterball' turkey and some cheap 16 dollar oil. The oil seemed like a big expense. Sure you can strain the oil and store and save it in your ice cave but who wants to have 2 gallons of oil taking up valuable real estate in your food locker. Once home we defrosted our bird. This bird was getting an overnight bath in a simple brine. We set up a cooking station in our outdoor patio. This unit was made for indoor use but our patio is covered and I wanted to take no chances with hot bubbling oil. This fryer is simple to use. Plug it in and turn it on. Set your temperature to 375. and wait for the go ahead light. Forty minutes later our bird was done. The only problem is, where is the gravy?
Luckily 'Butterball turkeys come with a gravy packet. This is a godsend for the gravy challenged or people that deep fry their bird. The gravy actually turned out very decent. The turkey was one of the most moist and juicy bird that we have ever eaten. The skin was crispy and not oily. There was one problem. The meat was not exciting, bland and basically a texture of protein. Ms. Goofy and I both agreed we missed the added flavor of roasting.
The Butterball Electric Turkey Fryer is a nice unit. The electrical cord which is held by magnets seemed a little over cautious and was a minor nuisance. Except for this, the Fryer does everything as advertised. If we fried frequently this would be a welcome addition to the kitchen. We think we will stick with roasting our bird on the Weber.
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