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If you have taken apart your greaseless turkey fryer, you might be thinking to yourself “What is the big deal? Why is this piece of turkey cooking equipment so awesome? What accounts for its ability to deliver the ever-so-elusive combination of amazing, crunchy and crispy exterior with a succulent and juicy interior?” Well, the answer is really a combination of things. You have to look at the inner chamber of your greaseless turkey fryer.
This is where the action takes place. You see, when you turn on this kitchen appliance, heat radiates from the bottom and that heat bounces off the walls of the inner cooking chamber. This heat is intended to target the central part of the chamber where the bird sits. If you put a nice 5-pound or 8-pound turkey there, it is only a matter of time until it starts to sweat fat and cook in its natural juices. No need to dunk the bird in gallons of oil. No need to add oil to the exterior of your bird. Believe it or not, a the best oil less turkey fryer is greaseless precisely because the fowl itself provides the grease.
This is the secret to effective turkey preparation. You do not get this mix of heat coming in and heat radiating from the bottom when you use a conventional oven. It is no surprise that when you use a traditional oven, chances are quite good the turkey that you get would be somewhat substandard. I think you know what I am talking about. How many times have you carved into turkey that has rubbery skin? How many times have you carved deep into your turkey only to be disgusted by red juices or even pink slices of flesh? Not good.
Well, you can say goodbye to all of that thanks to the greaseless turkey fryer because of its amazing heating chamber as well as the way this kitchen appliance distributes and bounces heat within the chamber. With that said, you have to make sure that you take good care of the most important part of this kitchen appliance. I am, of course, talking about the heating element.
If something goes wrong with the heating element, then you basically would just need to get a new greaseless turkey fryer. There are really no two ways around it unless, obviously, the unit is still covered by warranty. In that situation, the warranty company would probably ship you a new heating element.
This is extremely important to note because a greaseless turkey fryer is very modular. It has to be because you have to clean it. As awesome as it is, for it to continue performing at peak levels, you have to disassemble it and clean the parts that can be washed. It is really important to make sure that the heating element is shielded or kept away from moisture.
Indeed, if you are sure that the device might be at risk of being subjected to moisture or exposed to any kind of water, it’s a good idea to take off the cord, the heating element, and the heat setting or control unit connected to the cord. Store these away somewhere dark and dry.
It shouldn’t matter whether you are using your fryer all the time or every once in a blue moon or exactly at Thanksgiving only. You owe it to yourself to make sure you protect every red penny’s investment you put into your turkey cooking appliance by making sure its most sensitive parts are stored away the right way. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In your case, a little time and effort spent on making sure your stuff is squared away can spare you from the unnecessary expense of having to replace your greaseless turkey fryer.
Again, the heating element is the most important component of your kitchen appliance. Do not let it come into contact with water under any circumstance. Instead, wipe down the inner chamber; clean up the top part of the turkey fryer. For everything else, leave it alone. This is very important if you want to make sure that you continue to get solid performance from this amazing piece of chicken equipment.
The worst thing that could happen is if Thanksgiving rolls around, and you wait until Turkey Day itself to whip out your appliance only to find out that it is not working right. Talk about a bummer! Don’t let this happen by making sure you take good care of your appliance.