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Masterbuilt 23011114 Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer, XL
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- Stainless Steel Construction
- Thermostat Temperature control
- Cooking Basket with Drain Clip
- Drain Valve for Easy Cleaning
- Fry up to a 20lb Turkey or Boil Seafood and Steam Vegetables
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|Item Dimensions||18 x 21.5 x 18.5 inches|
|Item Weight||26.9 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||MAST23011114|
|Shipping Weight||26.9 pounds|
The Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer is a crowd favorite. No one disputes the delicious flavor of a deep-fried turkey, but stories of house fires and near misses can discourage even the biggest fried turkey fan. The Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer by Master built is so safe that it is certified to operate indoors, on your kitchen counter top to enjoy anytime. The Butterball features a one-of-a-kind design that is engineered to keep you safe. Not only does the stainless-steel fryer and porcelain-coated inner pot keep oil safely contained, but it also uses 33 percent less oil than conventional fryers. As a result, you can cook turkeys as large as 14 pounds safely and efficiently, without the threat of oil boiling over the sides. The XL edition can accommodate up to a 20 pound turkey. The Butterball collection includes not only fryers but marinades and spices, along with cooking accessories for use in frying the best-tasting turkey you've ever eaten.
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I primarily switched to the electric fryer as I was getting tired of spending hours out in the cold (sometimes rain) frying turkeys on Thanksgiving. The drawbacks of the propane method at the time were exposure to the weather, wind blowing out the flame, and having to use a large amount of peanut oil (5 gallons - Thanksgiving 2012 peanut oil hit $60 for almost 5 gallons), cleanup of equipment, and safety,
I decided to give the XL Masterbuilt Butterball fryer a try for Thanksgiving 2013 and cooked two turkeys in it Thanksgiving Day.
Here is what I liked about this electric fryer:
1) Safer (no open flame) and you use it indoors (out of the weather and wind).
2) Drain port makes it easy to clean up when you are finished.
3) Built in timer to let you know when to take the turkey out of the fryer (or at least check it).
4) Can cook the same size turkey with less oil.
5) Hot oil remains covered while turkey is frying so no spatter.
Here is what I did not like about this electric fryer compared to propane turkey frying:
1) Limited to 375 degrees. Propane can go up to 400 degrees. This is important as when adding a room temperature turkey to the fryer the oil temperature is reduced significantly.
2) The electrical cord is ridiculously short and since the cord must come from the front of the unit and proceed to an outlet you are limited on where you can use this fryer. Using an extension cord is not recommended as it will steal power away from the the heating element (and you cannot afford this with this fryer).
3) The heating element is not powerful enough to get the oil back up to 375 degrees after a 14 pound turkey is added. I also cooked wings and found this to be true as well.
4) You must extend the cooking time of the turkey. Do not use the standard formula of 3.5 minutes per pound at 375 degrees. I found that the turkey probably spent most of its cooking time at 250-270 degrees on average. There was no way to get the oil temperature back up to 375 once the meat was added. This was a bit frustrating.
5) If you like the turkey skin to be crisped (like it is in a propane fryer at 375 degrees) then this fryer will disappoint. I found the turkey skin could not crisp when the frying temperature was less than 300 degrees. However, I could not tell any difference in taste between one cooked on propane at the higher 375 degree temperature or the one fried at the lower electric fryer temperature.
The most annoying thing I found was the drop in oil temperature when the turkey was added. I will probably go to a smaller turkey (less than 14 pounds) in the hopes that it will not reduce the temperature of the hot oil as much. I found this quite frustrating because we had to start estimating cooking time extensions and take a lot more meat temperature measurements to make sure the meat was in the correct 165 degree range. Again, the taste was excellent and I have no complaints there.
Plan ahead and locate a container that can hold the used oil (for disposal). When using propane, since I was using all the oil in the container I just saved the empty container to hold the used oil. Since the electric fryer uses less oil you don't have the empty oil container available.
The longer electric cooking time still beats the oven cooking time so it isn't a big detractor.
I would recommend this fryer but it is not the same as cooking on propane at the higher temperature.
This fryer is nothing short of awesome! Filled it with 2 gallons of peanut oil and turned it on at noon Thanksgiving day. Put the turkey in at 1pm and, at promptly 1:40pm, we raised out of the oil a beautiful 'crispy brown on the outside - moist and juicy on the inside' turkey. The big bonus for me was that I never left the comfort of my kitchen and was fully able to work on finishing all of the trimmings while the turkey fried. No more running in and out of the back door, checking to make sure that the oil temp was just right or worrying that one of the children would slip away for a moment and get near the dangerous pot and flame!
The fryer is large, but really not nearly as big as I feared that it would be. I did have to use it on the bar area of the counter because my cabinets over the rest of the space did not allow the lid to open fully. It did take the better part of 50 minutes for the oil to heat, and it was at room temp prior to pouring it in the fryer. The temp recovered very quickly when the turkey was placed in the oil, and frying never slowed a bit for the cook time of 40 minutes. The spices that were sprinkled on the turkey prior to frying stayed on the bird. There was no oily smell in the house either before or after using the fryer.
The spigot to empty the oil made cleanup a breeze! The recovered oil was very clean and re-useable. There is no doubt that we will be having fried turkey several times a year now that we have this appliance. I will also be using it for fish fries when we have company and a lot of fish to cook. Unless you have an extremely large kitchen, you won't be leaving this out on the counter all of the time, and I will be storing it in the pantry.
ONE WARNING: Use the stainless steel hook-on handle extension provided when you lower the turkey into the hot oil. Unfortunately, I thought I could do it just by the handle on the basket, and my hands were splattered with hot oil because the oil agitates A LOT when you lower the bird. Nothing serious, just darned uncomfortable. You will be fine if you do it correctly ... I just got too big for my britches and did it wrong the first time.
High recommendation for this indoor turkey fryer. We are looking forward to Christmas dinner and another perfectly fried turkey! It's so easy now, maybe New Year's, Valentines Day ...