Consumer Reports' says electric turkey fryers are much safer. It tested a new one from Butterball that costs $117. You can use it right on your countertop and it promises "the best turkey you've ever tasted."
To test, Consumer Reports fried about a 12-pound turkey. Forty-eight minutes later out came a nicely browned, juicy turkey. It was definitely faster than roasting. The thighs were a little oily but other than that it was delicious.
And cleanup was a breeze, too. A lid helps prevent spattered oil. And a 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 on the Butterball Turkey Fryer; it serves up a great tasting turkey quickly andsafely.
But 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.