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New To The World Of Frying Turkeys? Your Questions Answered

How do Turkey Fryers work?

The oil needs to be heated for at least 30 minutes to reach the correct temperature before frying. You must use an oil with a high smoke point so that you can heat it to a high temperature without it breaking down (oil that breaks down can go rancid and ruin the flavour of your turkey or whatever you're frying). The most commonly used oils for turkey frying are peanut oil, canola oil, sunflower oil and safflower oil.

Once the oil has reached the optimum temperature the turkey needs to be lowered into the oil (the wire basket has a heatproof handle but it is still advisable to use oven gloves in case of splattering). The turkey should be completely submerged and most fryers, including the Butterball turkey fryer, won't fry a turkey bigger than 14lbs. Any bigger and it might lower the temperature of the oil too much resulting in slower cooking and substandard quality of the cooked food.

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Are Turkey Fryers safe?

Yes, as long as you use them properly. Remember to read the manual carefully though before you attempt to use your new appliance (don't worry, it's only a few pages long). The following are a few tips to remember:

  • Make sure you use it on a flat surface to avoid the possibility of it tipping over, or sliding off the surface.
  • Never leave the turkey fryer unattended.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer, even when not in use the oil can stay dangerously hot for many hours after cooking.
  • Do not overfill the fry with oil (or food) to avoid spillover.
  • Use gloves when lowering the food basket into the fryer to avoid splattering.
  • Make sure the turkey is thawed completely before frying it. The National Turkey Federation advises thawing the turkey in the refrigerator approximately 24 hours for every 5lbs in weight.
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher close at hand you should have one in your kitchen anyway, but it's particularly important when using a deep fryer of any kind. Water should never be used to extinguish a grease fire.

Butterball Turkey Fryer: Not just for Christmas!

In case you're worried about splashing out on a kitchen appliance that will only be used once or twice a year, don't be! Many people do purchase to fry a turkey at Thanksgiving or Christmas, but you'll find there are actually lots of other things you can fry in this too.

We regularly use the Butterball for frying chicken, fish, potato chips, shrimp and lots more. You can also fill it with water to boil or steam your favourite dish, and although I haven't tried this, you can also fry desserts such as apple turnovers, doughnuts and fried ice cream.

What do YOU Think?

Have you tried the Butterball Turkey Fryer? Did you get good results? I'd love to hear your feedback! Feel free to leave a reply to let others know what you think about this turkey fryer

Posted in Other Home Post Date 04/02/2017


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