From the Columbus Dispatch:
\Butterball Turkey Fryer ($119 at Lowe’s)
Frying a turkey indoors, cooking and safety experts say, is a bad idea. The hot oil can spill, causing damage or serious injury. Even frying outdoors with the right equipment poses risks.
So the Butterball Turkey Fryer by Masterbuilt intrigued me.
The enclosed standalone fryer plugs into an electrical outlet. You heat oil in the main compartment, lower the whole turkey, close the lid and fry away.
The fryer isn’t cheap: about $120. Add to that the costs of a turkey ($20 or more) and the oil ($30), and you have an expensive meal from the start.
The fryer is also limiting. The instructions say it can hold a 14-pound turkey, but I’m doubtful. The 12-pounder I chose fit tightly in the fry basket.
It does have many positives, though. Fried turkey tastes sublime, with its crispy skin and moist interior. And it cooks in a fraction of the time of a roasted turkey — about 4 minutes a pound, or less than an hour for my 12-pounder.
The fryer works well, reducing many of the risks. It can also be used to fry other foods (fish, for example) and as a steamer (just replace the oil with water).