I was recently given the opportunity to review the Big Boss Oil-Less Fryer. You may have seen it on T.V. a time or two. You can fry food with little to no oil, no need to preheat, cooks 3x faster, and you can cook meals in just minutes with a combination of halogen convection, and infrared heating. I have seen this and other versions from different manufacturers on TV and have wanted to order time and time again but haven’t in fear of wasting my money. So, how did this experience pan out?
Well for starters, I am a person who LOVES fried food. Guilty as charged. You fry it and it becomes my secret heaven. My deep fryer recently hit the dust and I was so depressed to have to bake my french fries! It just wasn’t my cup of tea! But, I also know I need to start eating healthier so I was excited with the possibility of having my fries taste as if I had fried them, but not be soaked in oil! I opened the box and was pretty shocked by the size of the Big Boss Oil-Less Fryer. It is more than half the size of my toddler! This is one of those things you may want to think of a storage solution BEFORE buying it. (At this moment, it is sitting on top of my washer because it is too big to fit in any of my cabinets) It is pretty heavy duty though and doesn’t appear to be a cheap made product. You get the base, a huge glass cooking dish, 2 wire racks in different sizes, a mesh rack, the top with the heating element and timer, a set of tongs, an extender ring, an oil sprayer bottle, and a user manual as well as a recipe book. It is very simple to put together and ready to cook in no time.
So the first meal I cooked was a whole chicken and some fries. I looked through the recipe book and didn’t really see anything on cooking a whole chicken and apparently I didn’t read the instruction manual well enough (I missed the notes section!) I put my chicken in on the time and temperature required and went to clean house. I kept checking back to see it cook through. The smell in the house was amazing. But my issue was that it put off an insane amount of heat. I didn’t expect it to warm my entire kitchen like it did. Definitely not a plus in the summer months. When the timer beeped, I checked my chicken with a meat thermometer. The breast was 20 degrees higher than it should have been and the thighs were no where near done. The only option I had was to flip it and cook it more (which ended up at a total of 1.5 hours before it was done! Apparently this may have been user error as I was informed the manual states to start a whole chicken breast side down and flip halfway. Outside of that the chicken was delicious. There wasn’t a crispy skin though (I even tried to remove the extender ring to get the heat source closer to crisp it) it turned out more like a roasted chicken but still an easy meal and a very juicy chicken and I loved that all the fat and grease dripped off in cooking! Great healthy alternative.
The fries, well I just did my basic frozen fries and the cooking time on the package. Not sure why but that definitely wasn’t long enough. in fact I had to add 6 more minutes to the cooking time to have them cooked through. (definitely quicker in the oven) I have cooked fries in it multiple times and this is the case consistently. BUT they do come out crispier than baking in the oven so I can give a little to accomplish crispy fries without the grease!
The Big Boss Oil-Less Fryer overall is a decent product with good potential. I’m not sure I would call it a fryer in my opinion as most everything I have cooked tends to be more of a baked consistency other than the fries. You can’t really cook fried chicken unless you follow their recipe (corn flakes as a batter, which is the baked version of fried chicken momma always made growing up so again.. more baking than frying) **note to self, do NOT try to make a flour based batter as you may do for frying chicken… that will be a failure!*** There is a learning curve on the timing and temperature setting but once figured out it isn’t to bad. I can’t say this is something I will use on a regular basis but it will be great to have around during the holidays or any time I need extra oven space to cook multiple parts of a meal at once.
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