Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Easy Meals With the Butterball Turkey Fryer and Chef Basket

The Butterball Indoor Turkey Fryer

I had always heard that frying a turkey was risky business.  Our son had one of these old fashioned turkey fryers that used boiling oil over an open flame.  Of course, he set the fryer in the middle of the back yard so that if there was an explosion or fireball, he wouldn’t burn down the neighborhood.  He did get scalded though.  When he lowered the turkey into the boiling peanut oil, he hadn’t thoroughly dried it off, so he got splattered with boiling oil.  After that, it was just a long process.  The finished turkey wasn’t really tasty as it was somewhat greasy.  When he said he was going to do it every Thanksgiving, I began to look for other alternatives to avoid the risks involved.

The Butterball Turkey Fryer has been advertised all over this year, especially on the As Seen On TV Commercials.  If you haven’t heard about it, it’s a flame-less, indoor countertop appliance that won’t help you celebrate the holidays by burning down your house.  Because it uses less oil (two gallons instead of three), it’s far healthier as well as safer than the original open flamed outdoor turkey fryer.  Also, the temperature is controlled by a digital timer and thermostat so that you’re able to control the cooking time and get a perfectly fried turkey every time...crispy on the outside and moist on the inside.  It will fry up to a 14 pound turkey with predictable, delicious results every time.  I know because I ordered one for my son, and he did this year’s Thanksgiving turkey with it in about 45 minutes cooking time.  The Butterball Indoor Turkey Fryer is a great way to get a moist, perfectly cooked turkey every time.

Using The Chef Basket

As Seen On TV has some really useful and unique items.  My wife first saw the Chef Basket advertised on one of their commercials.  This is a really versatile cooking aide that’s really handy to have in the kitchen.  It’s really and ingenious colander type basket that’s collapsable, reversible and folds flat when not in use.  When you want to use it, just flip it open to the appropriate side and use for frying, steaming, boiling or par-boiling.  What makes this basket so unique is that the handles stay cool to the touch  while the basket’s in use.  So, you can take the Chef Basket full of pasta right out of the boiling water, rinse, and then pour directly into the serving dish without having to use a strainer or oven mitts.

For Thanksgiving, my wife used the Chef basket to make sweet potato fries to go with the fried Thanksgiving turkey.  Boy, were they great.  She just set the Chef Basket in the pot of boiling oil, dumped in the sweet potatoes, and fried them to a crisp golden brown.  Makes your mouth water, doesn’t it!

So, these are two of the newest and best gizmos to have if you’re looking to make your life in the kitchen easier.  They sure made our Thanksgiving dinner a treat to remember and look forward to next year!

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