Every year there are over 4,300 house fires on Thanksgiving. These fires claim 15 lives and cause $21,000,000 in damage. According to the U.S. Fire Administration many of those fires are caused by people frying turkeys. The old school method of frying turkeys with 3 gallons of oil and an open flame has always been ripe for a dangerous ending. This Thanksgiving Masterbuilt has introduced a new product that should take most of the danger out of frying a turkey.
The fryer is housed in a stainless steel and measures 16-2/7 by 14-4/5 by 14-3/5 inches so although it’s a little large for kitchen counter use it is designed to be an indoor fryer.
The self-contained, electric fryer can handle up to a 14 pound turkey and uses only 2 gallons of oil. At $12.00+ a gallon for the recommended peanut oil this is a significant savings advantage.
The control panel is user friendly with a thermostat up to 375 degrees, a red power light and a green “ready” light. The digital counter counts down and is easy to read and most importantly is easy to set.
Although the fryer specifications state a turkey up to 14 pounds can be cooked, the 12 pound turkey I used was a very tight fit in the fryer basket and I can’t see how another 2 pounds of turkey could fit in the basket.
I started by injecting the Butterball turkey in an attempt to get as much moisture into the bird as possible. At this stage it is time to make sure the turkey is 100% thawed out. It is imperative you don’t attempt to fry a frozen turkey or one with ice crystals in the cavity. (Thaw your turkey in the refrigerator allowing 4 hours for each pound)
Turkey Injection Recipe
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Plowboy’s Yardbird rub
Heat all ingredients until the rub is dissolved and the butter is melted. Allow ample time for the injection to cool and for the bird to be injection a couple of hours before cooking.
The oil takes 35 to 40 minutes to heat to 375 degrees. Using the open flame method most house fires are caused during the heating of the oil. Having a self contained unit without an open flame takes this danger out of frying your turkey. The unit also comes with a magnetized power cord that will release with even the slightest amount of pressure. This safety feature makes it even safter to use in the home. If by some chance you were to snag something on the cord you run little to no risk of pulling the unit off your kitchen counter.
The turkey is then dried inside and outside and placed in the frying basket. It’s important to make sure all moisture is removed from inside the cavity. The second most dangerous time of a traditional turkey frying process is when the turkey is placed in the hot oil. The bird must be dry.
Using a “hanger” along with the handles on the fryer basket the turkey is lowered into the hot oil
If your turkey is completely thawed and dry you can lower the turkey into the oil without any splatter. It is an extremely safe process if you follow the instructions.
A turkey takes 31/2 to 4 minutes per pound to cook. Set your timer and start preparing your side dishes. Remember to allow 30 minutes of resting time before carving the bird.
After the turkey is cooked I removed it from the oil using the hanger. There is a hook for hanging the fryer basket in the fryer while it drains. One problem I noticed is when you hang the basket the bottom of the turkey still rests in the oil slightly. This made my turkey skin on the bottom just a little soggy. It would have been nicer to be able to rest the turkey there, but it’s not possible.
The turkey came out a perfect golden brown color. Having the ability to cook a 12 pound turkey in 45 minutes gives everyone the chance to have a turkey dinner anytime they want.
Dinner consisted of fried turkey, mash potatoes and grilled acorn squash. It was a fantastic meal in about 90 minutes.
Next up after eating out dinner was clean-up. This was the part of the whole meal that I was dreading. It seems that no matter how great an appliance is or how easy it makes preparing the meal the clean-up makes it so I don’t want to even get it out of the pantry. The prospect of cleaning up an electric fryer that contains 2 gallons of oil is not something I wanted to think about. But…
The clean-up of the Masterbuilt Butterball Indoor Turkey Fryer was a breeze. I couldn’t believe how easy it was. The turkey fryer has an easy to use drain tube that enables you to drain the oil in a couple of minutes.
The whole unit comes apart and can be wiped down with a damp cloth and a mild soap. Some of the pieces are even dishwasher safe.