DOES ANYBODY HAVE AN OUTDOOR TURKEY/LOBSTER COOKER FROM COSTCO?THE COOKER IS MADE BY VIRO,THE BTU IS 110000.IT COST $79.99.IS IT WORTH THE MONEY ?
Are you sure about the BTU's? It sounds like a blowtorch!
I've seen that one, I think it's made by Virco.
Generally speaking, those big turkey fryers scare me. I wonder what happens when someone accidentally knocks over a top heavy contraption full of boiling oil. Plus the oil is not cheap, and it gets rancid in storage, and fried foods are not that healthy to begin with. Oh well. The Virco fryer looks like it's good quality, though, if that's what you want.
My understanding is that the Oil can indeed be re-used, you just strain it good before storage.
I suspect that a turkey cooked in oil is every bit as healthy as one that might be cooked on a grill. One in a oven might somehow be slightly more healthy, but I'm not even sure that's true.
Deep frying a turkey is almost certianly the quickest and possibly the easiest way to cook a turkey.
I still prefer smoking my turkeys however... not all that healthy but it sure does taste great.
One heated, a liquid vegetable oil will start to oxidize and turn rancid quicker. If strained and stored, it should be kept refrigerated. This might be impractical if the amounts of oil are large. I would think a turkey fryer would work best for a very large family or restaurant that uses the oil often, perhaps on a daily basis.
Deep frying is not particularly healthy, due to the formation of polyacrylates and of course the increased fat content. But it probably is quick and tasty, I'll warrant that.