It is just a matter of weeks now to Thanksgiving, and along with it the smells of oranges, cinnamon and pumpkin. Not to mention sizzling turkey roasts dripping with sweet cranberry sauce and the warm smell of sage and onion stuffing.
Turkey Day is a time for family and friends to gather. A time to test culinary skills… a time to heat up the fat fryers and grease the steel baskets for use. At Thanksgiving it is tradition to roast turkeys, but deep-frying turkeys is now growing in popularity. But which are the best turkey fryers to use?
Cuisinart CDF-100 Compact 1.1-Liter Deep Fryer
For a mere $49.95 you can own this compact kitchen unit that fries items of up to ¾ pound. It comes with ultra-safe features of a short magnetic cord so that if you pull it towards you, it detaches itself from the base and keeps the unit from pivoting on your fingers and dumping hot oil on you. The oil heats up in 3 – 4 minutes and the cooking time varies according to the menu.
This well-designed, solidly constructed piece of equipment is an enjoyable addition to many kitchens.
One reviewer said, “We still use this fryer. It still works after all this time. Some of the non-stick material in the bottom has rubbed off, but that doesn’t change how well this works.
No question, this is for 1 or 2 servings of food. When I need to make more food, I simply turn on the oven to keep warm and fry in small batches. Pretty simple to do. Wouldn’t change a thing with this fryer after almost 4 years.”
Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-less Turkey Fryer
This outside unit prepares perfect turkeys (up to 16lbs) and comes with basket, lifter and meat thermometer. As cooking is done inside a cylindrical chamber by its infrared heating technology, there is no oil to buy, pre-heat or dispose of, but best of all no hot oil to spill and burn.
This safe, healthier option turns out to be the delicious option too, as the juices aren’t lost in the oil, but get caught in a removable drip pan for further use. Despite all the good points of this unit, some reviewers have complained that the craftsmanship isn’t A Grade. This turkey fryer is also meant for outdoors use only and requires a propane tank. However, this is reasonably priced at under $100
One happy reviewer said, “We were shocked! It was easy to use and there is hardly anything to clean up. If you follow the directions, you will not go wrong.”
Waring Pro TF200 Professional Rotisserie Turkey Fryer/Steamer
This professional piece of kit is priced at $219.00. In about an hour you can cook an eighteen pound turkey. Inside, there is a rotisserie function that rotates (if you have followed the sellers instruction to truss your turkey well) so that the bird is cooked evenly throughout. Due to its inner cylindrical design it uses a third less oil than many other fryers. Along with its many well thought out features like safe break away cord it is no wonder that this turkey fryer has received 5 stars from many chefs.
“I fried a 17lb turkey in my kitchen without making a mess. Further, the turkey came out delicious! It finished the frying process in 59 minutes and it was fried to perfection. By the way, that was for our Christmas dinner, and everybody couldn’t believe that it was deep fried, or to be specific rotissed. Every detail of the fryer was methodically thought out right down to removing the oil after the operation was done. It was so EASY frying that turkey that we intend to fry a lot more turkeys throughout the year. Thanks Waring.”
While we love the Cuisinart CDF-100 Compact 1.1-Liter Deep Fryer for its compact design, it simply cannot handle the weight of a turkey for Turkey Day. Also, Char-Broil, The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-less Turkey Fryer was a strong contender with its delicious, safe and easy design. However, this is a unit for outdoors and has not satisfied all of the reviewers. The winner has to be the well-designed 5-star Waring Pro TF200 Professional Rotisserie Turkey Fryer/Steamer.