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Horrible, horrible turkey fryer
on November 18, 2011
I have a 6 year old turkey fryer that I was using to cook turkeys at work with. This year we were frying more turkeys than ever so we bought a second fryer to get them done in half the time.
Problem 1: I read several reviews that the tabs holding the element to the base were broken upon opening the box. I chalked this up to bad luck, but I should have been smarter, as these tabs were broken on OUR unit as well. With hungry employees and no time to return it, I was forced to tape the button down to get it to turn on (that should happen automatically when it's slotted in correctly.)
Problem 2: LCD readout was very hard to read in the daylight.
Problem 3:... and this is the biggie... the oil just could NEVER get back up to 350 degrees after putting a turkey in. The element was on the whole time struggling to keep the oil at 270 degrees according to the LCD (that I could barely make out). The end result was that the turkeys cooked in my old fryer were a deep brown color, whereas these turkeys looked undercooked (a meat thermometer did show they were 185 degrees, took about 10 minutes longer than usual to get there though.)
If I didn't have another fryer cooking simultaneously with this one problem 3 might never have become apparent, and if not for the broken tabs I might have given this a favorable review, as it stands, I recommend looking elsewhere for your turkey fryer.