Thursday, November 11, 2010

Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer Review

Fried turkey. Inside. In my own kitchen. If I had not done it with my own two hands, I would never have believed it.

Ever had a fried turkey? Well, let me tell you, y'all know how we are with our frying Down South, and believe me, we are fully endeared to our fried turkeys around the holidays. Once you try it, I think you'll be hooked. It gives you a nice, juicy and tender turkey in flat out no time hardly at all.

Frankly, you hear so many stories about turkey fryer disasters, that I was always scared to even try to fry a turkey at home. I settled for putting an order in with one of the many people in my area who fry up massive batches of turkeys to sell to other people over the holidays.

When I was contacted by the folks at Masterbuilt to test drive their Butterball indoor electric turkey fryer, I wondered if I'd heard right. Indoor?  Electric? Turkey fryer? You mean ... like my beloved deep fryer? Well, gotta say, I was intrigued.

So I set out, bought a turkey - it will fry one up to 14 pounds - some peanut oil, and waited for the delivery of the fryer. When the Fedex fella rang the bell, I was excited to see that not only was this a turkey fryer, but it could also act as a steamer and boiler. Woohoo!! We like our seafood boils down here too ya know!

Most conventional turkey fryers take a lot of oil - this Butterball turkey fryer from Masterbuilt actually uses 1/3 of the oil of those conventional fryers, only about 2 gallons. With a built-in drain valve and tap, it's super easy to drain and preserve your oil, and a snap to clean. For smaller jobs, you can also use the fryer with only one gallon of oil.

Now for the stats. The unit uses a porcelain coated inner pot, containing a cooking basket, complete with a handy drain clip, that makes it possible to fry up a variety of other favorite foods too - like doughnuts, French fries, onion rings, and more. The control panel is user-friendly and consists of a digital timer, a red "power" light, a green "ready" light, and a simple control knob for adjusting the thermostat up to 375 degrees F.  There's a fold-away lid with a viewing window, a removable filter, helping to reduce cooking odors, and a pop off storage door for cord and spigot storage.

Check it out yourself!

I decided to fry this first turkey "naked" so to speak, so that I could see exactly how it would turn out without any enhancements.  Well, it was delicious - moist, tender and juicy just like a turkey ought to be - but next turkey up, I am so going for the Cajun Injector to introduce some of that spicy goodness into the turkey.

Yes. I admit it. I was nervous. But this was so easy to use that was very short-lived.

The one important thing you need to do after you thaw the turkey, is to rinse it off with warm water to release any ice crystals. Then let the turkey drain well, and use paper towels to pat it very dry, both inside and out. Once the unit heated up - about 25 minutes or so - and I got that basket carefully eased down into the hot oil and the lid closed, any nervousness subsided. It really was a breeze.

But you really want to see the star don't you?

Can you believe that this 13+ pound turkey only took about 46 minutes to fry?

There is a lifting hook to use to very slowly lower and lift the basket from the oil, and the fryer basket has built-in drain clips allowing you to clip it onto the fryer unit to drain. Once it drained, I transfered the basket to a baking sheet, atop a cooling rack, and just let the turkey cool right in the basket. This turkey was pretty close to the max size for the fryer, so I had to work a butter knife around the edges to work it out, but as you see, it still came out looking pretty good!

I removed both of the breasts and sliced them thick. 

Just look how gorgeous and juicy this white meat is!

Then I deboned the thighs and put them with the turkey legs on a separate platter. Scrumptious!

So, there you are.

Whether gathering the family for a holiday dinner or making a variety of meals to freeze for later, this indoor electric turkey fryer delivers foolproof operation and delicious results - and it can be safely used indoors, right from the convenience of the kitchen counter.  You are just gonna love it.

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED! Wish I had a couple hundred of these to give away but there is only one - Congratulations to ALICIA! Thanks to the sponsor for providing such a great giveaway and to each of you for such a great level of participation. I appreciate you all for being a part of Deep South Dish!! Keep reading for more fun giveaways.

ONE reader will get their very own Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer from Masterbuilt!

Plus this "DADGUM That's Good" cookbook, written specifically for the line of Masterbuilt products by John McLemore - that fella up in the video there and co-owner & CEO of the Masterbuilt family business.

The cookbook, intended for use with the Masterbuilt products, includes a foreword by none other than The Queen Paula Deen, who owns and uses several of the Masterbuilt products herself.  It includes recipes like Pork Dumplings, Shrimp Boil, Beignets, Twice Fried Fries, Deep Fried Oreos and Southern Fried Chicken, to name a few.

But... that's not all y'all!

You'll also receive a coupon good toward the purchase of a Butterball turkey!

A fryer, a cookbook and a turkey. Now ya can't beat that with a stick!

Just leave a comment here letting me know how having this turkey fryer will help you out this holiday season. That's it!

Anonymous comments are temporarily on, so while it's okay to comment anonymously to enter, be sure to at least leave me your first name in the comment, and some way to contact you should you be the lucky winner.


The Rules & Legal Stuff:

➮Giveaway closes on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 12:00 noon CST.
➮Open to residents of the United States only please. Must be 18 years of age or older.
➮You must leave an email address in your comment, be linked to a public profile containing your email address, or provide some way for me to contact you, in case you win.
➮You may send me an email if you don't want to post your email address publicly. Please put "Turkey Fryer Giveaway" in the Subject line.
➮The winner will be announced in this post and notified by email and will have 48 hours from the time of that email to reply and claim their win before an alternate winner will be selected. The sooner  you reply, the sooner this turkey fryer can be in your hands!

Good luck!!

Disclosure:  Prize packs and information were all provided to me from Masterbuilt.


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