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Hmmm, according to the box, it would cook other foods as well. Ham, vegetables, etc. Why not give it a try? Based on the weight of the box (Heavy!!) the build quality should be pretty decent. So, I bought one and brought it home.
The basket is funnel shaped at its bottom as is the bottom of the oil-less fryer. A large dripping pot with handle sits under the outlet and really does catch all the fat and grease that drips out. The instruction manual says 10 minutes per 1 pound of bird (up to 19 lbs.), so this one was 150 minutes. I checked with a non-contact thermometer, the oil-less fryer gets up to around 450 degrees Fahrenheit when it's ready to cook. A simple orange light shuts off when it's ready to go. It draws about 15 Amps (120V) when the heating element is on.
150 minutes later I had a REALLY crispy (on the outside) succulent, moist and perfectly cooked turkey with VERY little mess. I used the supplied handle to lift everything out of the oil-less fryer and let it set (per the directions) for 15 minutes. Then I disassembled the turkey. Wow! It was perfect. Since I STILL haven't eaten a piece of deep fried turkey, I may be missing out on something..... but this tasted really good, I will be trying it with some other recipes. I will DEFINITELY use the wood chip smoker box next time...will really increase the flavor. And I will try and have the patience to brine the bird before-hand. Maybe...
While this device does take up a LOT of valuable space, if you have a lot of people to feed, or you want leftover recipes for a long while, it makes sense to have. If it works as well for other foods....bonus! I may just take it along for special occasions.
Be Seeing You...Down The Road,
Rich "The Wanderman"
[Editor: Check out several oil-less turkey fryers at Amazon.]