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#1 glassonion

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 04:46 AM

Didn't want to hijack George's thread. 

 

I like the way turkey in a fryer tastes. I think it's better / different than roasting them in the oven for hours. The only downside is what to do with the oil. Yes I am aware you can salvage it and maybe reuse it, etc...but the fact is you HAVE to do something with the used oil. 

 

I've had my eye on the Big Easy from Char-Broil. 

 

Anyone have any experience with these kind of turkey fryers? Will it still achieve the same result as a trad turkey fryer?

 

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#2 AspenLeif

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 04:57 AM

Excuse the ignorance here.  Isn't this just a convection oven with feet?  Does it need any oil at all?  Seems like it would still taste like an oven roasted meal, rather than a friend meal.  I am honestly asking, because I've only just heard about these 1 one time.  


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 07:09 AM

*watches thread*


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 08:15 AM

Get out of here with your voodoo science!!! Frying without oil?!? Bah!!!
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Posted 13 June 2018 - 02:23 PM

So hungry for friend meal.
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Posted 13 June 2018 - 04:54 PM

Excuse the ignorance here. Isn't this just a convection oven with feet? Does it need any oil at all? Seems like it would still taste like an oven roasted meal, rather than a friend meal. I am honestly asking, because I've only just heard about these 1 one time.


Yes, an air fried is a convection oven. I imagine this is similar but connects to a LP tank. Thermos probably keeps it around 400F.

Air fried fries taste like fries but less oil is absorbed. You coat the potatoes and baste them with oil periodically
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Posted 13 June 2018 - 04:59 PM

I seem to recall a good eats episode where he measured the oil before and after a French fry cook. And the amount absorbed was negligible. I would expect the same from a turkey

That said. My unhelpful input is that smoked turkey is my go to.
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Posted 13 June 2018 - 05:00 PM

Didn't want to hijack George's thread. 

 

I like the way turkey in a fryer tastes. I think it's better / different than roasting them in the oven for hours. The only downside is what to do with the oil. Yes I am aware you can salvage it and maybe reuse it, etc...but the fact is you HAVE to do something with the used oil. 

 

I've had my eye on the Big Easy from Char-Broil. 

 

Anyone have any experience with these kind of turkey fryers? Will it still achieve the same result as a trad turkey fryer?

 

 

 

We have a small air fryer which is a small convection oven with a drip tray on the bottom.  I think the crisp things a bit better than a traditional radiant oven.   But they cook faster than a regular oven.

 

It will not be the same as a deep fried anything though.  And that pic shows a heat setting with no temps - I need to know temps or I don't want it.  That's all I have


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 05:03 PM

I seem to recall a good eats episode where he measured the oil before and after a French fry cook. And the amount absorbed was negligible. I would expect the same from a turkey

That said. My unhelpful input is that smoked turkey is my go to.

 

I remember that one too.  I was very suprised how much was left over.  Temperature seems to be the key.

 

That episode was pretty funny to as I remember.  I think it was supposed to be his sister he was cooking for and she chowed down.  Alton did some good stuff


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 05:12 PM

I feel like it worked out to a tbsp or less for the batch
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Posted 13 June 2018 - 06:13 PM

Seems like a vertical rack in a kettle at 350 would give you the same thing.

Edited by Sidney Porter, 13 June 2018 - 06:13 PM.

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 07:11 PM

So hungry for friend meal.

you should go to George's during the apocalypse then

So hungry for friend meal.

you should go to George's during the apocalypse then
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Posted 14 June 2018 - 05:34 AM

Oil less turky fryer is just a turkey toaster.
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Posted 14 June 2018 - 06:25 AM

Ok so let me interject some page three shit here.

 

I have a good chance at a Big Easy for about half price. All the accessories and pieces parts are all there. Never been used. Given as a Christmas gift, didn't have a use for it, wants to get rid of it. It's out of the box, but like I said it's in brand new condition.

 

So, is it worth ####ing around with for $50? They are usually around $100 on Amazon.


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#15 Sidney Porter

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 07:54 AM

How often do you cook turkey? What current method do you have?

It is a good price, but I would not use it. I have a large nesco roaster, Weber kettle and a bullet smoker. All can handle a turkey. I make a whole turkey 1-3 times a year.
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Posted 14 June 2018 - 08:28 AM

Excuse the ignorance here.  Isn't this just a convection oven with feet?  Does it need any oil at all?  Seems like it would still taste like an oven roasted meal, rather than a friend meal.  I am honestly asking, because I've only just heard about these 1 one time.  

 

Frying heats up food quickly, because the heat transfer from oil to food is pretty high, like 100,000 watts per square meter.

 

A convection oven typically has fairly low air speeds, and air-to-solid heat transfer is typically pretty low, like 30 watts per square meter.

 

If you crank up the air flow with impingement jets, you can get heat transfer in the range of 1,000 watts per square meter.

 

That third case, with high speed forced convection, is usually what people talk about for air frying.  It's not quite the same rapid heating as boiling oil, but it's very different from conventional baking.


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