How to Clean an Oil Less Turkey Fryer


If you have bought yourself an oil-less turkey fryer, pat yourself on the back. You have gone a long way in solving one of the oldest problems turkey bakers have faced since the domestication of turkeys. I am, of course, talking about the all-too-common problem of rubbery exteriors and less-than-fully-cooked interiors. Imagine the horror on people’s faces when they carve through the turkey and out comes a little blood or, worse yet, pink slabs of meat. Talk about killing people’s appetite. Talk about a joy kill.

It happens quite a bit. If it has happened to you, you are hardly alone because when people gather for a Thanksgiving feast and if the person in charge of the turkey did not put it in the oven long enough, the results are all too predictable. The worst part to all of this is that even if you were to put the bird back in the oven, when you get it back out, the skin is not that good. In many cases, if you cook it the wrong way, it might even come out clammy or rubbery. Talk about a turnoff.

Thankfully, the oil-less turkey fryer has made such sorry turkey preparation experiences a thing of the past. It really has. Why? Thanks to turbo roasting technology, you are assured that the exterior of your bird will be nice and crispy. When you bite into it, you are treated to a perfect crunch. You have to remember when it comes to food quality, texture counts for a lot. While taste is always the name of the game, texture comes in a close second. In fact, you have to insist on great taste as well as texture.

Unfortunately, the way a turkey is traditionally prepared, you are basically left with a choice. Either you are looking for amazing texture and an undercooked interior, or you are looking for a nice thoroughly cooked bird, but its skin might be burned to a crisp. Thankfully, you do not have to make such tough choices with the oil-less turkey fryer. It can deliver consistently a great exterior texture paired with amazing taste in terms of interior meat.

With that said, at some point, you have to clean your turkey fryer. Now, a lot of people would rather not do this. A lot of people think that this is a hassle. A lot of people would rather do other things. Believe me; I understand where you are coming from. If you are like a typical busy American, you probably would rather be in a million other places doing other things.

However, the good news is if you buy the right brand and model of an oil-less turkey fryer, cleanup does not have to be a hassle. It does not have to be like pulling teeth. Seriously. A lot of the models out there are very modular. You just need to take out a couple of pieces, soak them in soapy water, wipe them down, and then pass them under the cold running water of your faucet.

That is it. That is all you need to do. No need to rinse and repeat. It is usually a one-shot deal. So, do yourself a big favor, make sure you buy an easy to disassemble oil-less turkey fryer. The more modular the appliance that you buy, the better.

You just need to do the following steps. Step number one, disassemble it. Thankfully, most turkey fryer models are very easy to take apart. In fact, most are so intuitive you don’t have to read the instruction manual. While you should still read the manual to make sure you don’t skip a step and are fully aware of all the care requirements of your appliance, it does bring quite a bit of assurance to be dealing with a device that is so easy to figure out.


Step number two, soak the parts that need to be cleaned. This part is easy enough but make sure you give the parts enough time to soak. Dried up grease can be a bear to remove with a sponge and elbow grease. Soak it for long enough and you’ll be good to go.

Step number three, after you have soaked the items, wipe them down. Step number four, rinse them under cold running water from your faucet, and you are done. That is it. Just make sure that you leave them to dry in a place that is an open area where air can dry up the pieces very quickly.

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