French Fries and Other Foods to Make in the Indoor Turkey Fryer
I was planning to buy a turkey fryer and, as is my wont, I searched the internet for one that would give me the best value for my money. Making my own judgment and basing on the reviews from forums and communities, I purchased the indoor Butterball turkey fryer. I haven’t regretted my decision since.
My turkey fryer isn’t just for frying turkeys. I have cooked other foods in it and they all turned out fine – non-greasy french fries, delectable doughnuts, savory onion rings and scrumptious chicken wings and breasts. Other foods I’ve read about that were fried in a turkey fryer included fish, brussel sprouts, egg rolls, spring rolls, munchies and even ravioli. Here are a few basic pointers I always stick to when deep-frying other foods in my turkey fryer:
- I use oil with a high smoke point – peanut, canola, safflower, or any vegetable oil
- I make sure the food I am going to fry is dry. I pat potato fries and onion rings with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
- I pour the cooking oil into the fryer without going over the fill line.
- I heat to the desired temperature, or as instructed in the package.
- I place the food into the basket and fry until golden brown.
- When done, I lift the basket and let it rest atop the fryer to drain the oil.
The Butterball turkey fryer can also be used to boil food, such as corn, lobster, crabs, clams, oysters and mussels. I also tried a low country boil with success. To measure the right amount of water, put the food in the fryer and fill with water up to three inches below the top of the food without going over the line. Then take out the food and turn the fryer on. When the water boils, put the food inside and cook until done. We’ve done this on a camping trip and my fryer hasn’t failed me once.
Since we live in an urban area without much outdoor space, my indoor turkey fryer has been a big help in preparing our meals. There is no spattering of oil to stain the walls and not much of a greasy smell as frying in a propane gas stove would leave. The fryer is compact and stores easily. Its versatility in other cooking methods and food makes it worth having. So, for all the moms and dads out there, if you’re looking to buy a turkey fryer, go ahead. And if I had to buy one again, I’ll stick to my proven and reliable indoor Butterball turkey fryer.