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March of the Turkey Fryer spins anew

The Waring Digital Rotisserie Turkey Fryer does more than just talk turkey. The spacious countertop appliance can also be used as a steamer.

What goes around comes around with the Waring Digital Rotisserie Turkey Fryer.
What goes around comes around with the Waring Digital Rotisserie Turkey Fryer.

Just as the seasons turn, so do our palates. Big, warming food becomes popular again, and appetites dream of what's to come. Always on the horizon, of course, is the big food day of the year. No, not Halloween -- contrary to popular belief, candy does not constitute a meal -- but rather that other food holiday: Thanksgiving. And while tradition dictates much of the menu, every once in a while, something new sneaks in. Or at least a new preparation.

The Waring Digital Rotisserie Turkey Fryer ($279.95) has a sleeker design compared with last year's model. Not content to sit on the sidelines, the streamlined control panel is designed to appeal to those that might have missed this turkey fryer the first time around. Lucky for them, this turkey fryer is a rotisserie.

Included with the countertop appliance is a rotisserie with spits as well as an aluminum frying basket. More than just a fryer, the device doubles as a steamer as well, so the fry basket can be used to hold other items such as seafood or veggies. But of course, just like for Thanksgiving dinner, the turkey is the star of the show here.

Capable of handling an 18-pound bird, the indoor turkey fryer rotates a whole turkey in and out of hot oil, cooking it at about 3.5 minutes per pound. With a 2.5-gallon stainless-steel reservoir (it has a front-mounted drain spout) the innovative machine is large enough to feed a crowd -- a crowd that will be sure to come around again, same time, next year.