Turkey Fryers Safer and Faster

FRESNO, Calif.

Butterball has come out with a new electric fryer that promises "the best turkey you've ever tasted." consumer reports tests just in time for the holidays.

Fried turkey is a specialty at Aricka Westbrook's restaurant, and her customers rave about it. "Fried turkey is nothing like roasted turkey. It's very juicy and moist.

But frying a turkey can be potentially dangerous at home.

This video from Underwriter's Laboratories shows the danger of gas fryers. If the oil spills over, it can ignite.

Consumer reports' Bernie Deitrick says electric turkey fryers are much safer. He tested a new one from butterball that costs $117. You can use it right on your countertop.

To test, consumer reports fried about a 12-pound turkey. Forty-eight minutes later, out came a nicely browned, juicy turkey.

"It's definitely faster than roasting. The turkey was great. The thighs were a little bit oily, but other than that it was delicious," Deitrick said.

And cleanup was a breeze, too. A lid helps prevent spattered oil. And this drain makes it easy to empty out the oil.

Electric fryers, like the Butterball, also come with features that make them safer to use. There's an oil "fill line" so you don't end up spilling a lot of hot oil when you put the turkey in. And a thermostat prevents oil from overheating.

Consumer reports' take - the Butterball turkey fryer serves up a great tasting turkey quickly and safely.

Consumer reports says there are limits to the Butterball turkey fryer. It will only accommodate a turkey up to 14 pounds, which won't serve a huge crowd. So you may need to trim the guest list before you trim the turkey.

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