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"Deep-fry" your turkey without oil

Consumer Reports News: November 21, 2008 12:09 AM

Deep-frying turkeys has become more popular in recent years. Unfortunately, the delectable results deep-frying your holiday bird can produce come with some significant risks, as we reported in "A Safer Way to Fry a Turkey." Watch our video (above) for more information on deep-frying turkeys if you're planning to make this cooking method part of your Thanksgiving tradition.

Having seen the rising sales of gas-fueled turkey fryers, manufacturers are introducing electric models as well as appliances that cook turkeys without all that oil. As part of our June 2008 report on gas grills, we tested the Orion Cooker, $139, and the Char-Broil Big Easy Infrared Turkey Fryer, $129, which allow you to cook whole turkeys, chickens, and roasts.

The charcoal-fueled Orion cooks using a combination of convection and steam; you can also smoke food. The Char-Broil is powered by propane and cooks using infrared heat. Read our latest review of gas grills for more details on these cookers.

Essential information: Read "Tip of the Day: Time- and Money-Saving Steps for a Better Thanksgiving" for expert advice on making November 27 a hassle-free holiday.


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