While an air fryer cooks food quickly to a deep fried texture with very little oil, the Big Boss 1300-Watt Oil-Less fryer does the same job, using no oil at all. Its cooking sources are Halogen, convection currents and infra-red heat. Is it as good as an air fryer, or is it better? Reading through some reviews will help us to find out the answer.
The Big Boss is big – its dimensions are 16” X 13.5” X 12” and it weighs in at 14.7 lbs. It has been designed to cook two meals or two types of food at once, so there are two trays. The cooking controls are placed on a large dial on top of the lid, so they are easy to see and read. The cooking pot is shaped like a large casserole pot with large black handles on either side of the glass bowl. A set of tongs, an oil sprayer and a recipe book are included.
The Big Boss Oil-Less Fryer cooks a meal from when the food is still frozen to the point where it is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, without a need for prior thawing or defrosting.
The three sources of power work in unison as Halogen browns the food’s surface, convection circulates the heated air for a speedier cooking time and infra-red cooks the inside of the food and seals in the juices. All of this can be done on a tabletop in a short amount of time.
You can watch the food cooking as you prepare a variety of dishes from meatballs, meatloaf, chicken, steak, French fries and a roast dinner to roast vegetables with herbs.
You can cook a whole chicken in the Big Boss and with the metal extension ring you can even cook a whole turkey. This fryer uses up less electrical power because of the other sources of power that it makes use of. It only takes seven minutes to cook perfect onion rings in this oil-less appliance. All of the meals cooked in the Big Boss Oil-Less Fryer are healthy for the heart as well as the arteries and saturated fat levels are low to non-existent. Baked Apples, small- sized pizzas and popcorn can also be cooked in the Big Boss.
1. What is the basket made of?
Answer: The basket and racks are made of chromed steel.
2. How do you clean up this appliance? Is it dishwasher safe?
Answer: The racks get cleaner if you wash them by hand and as for the big glass bowl… I wash that by hand, too.
3. What does this do to your power bill?
Answer: I use it several times a week and I have not noticed any increase in my power bill. I think it uses about the same amount of power as a microwave oven.
4. Has anyone tried jumbo shrimp?
Answer: Yes, I’ve made regular Tiger and Jumbo shrimp, Cajun style. It’s cooked to perfection! It comes out tender, plump and juicy.
5. Does anyone know of concerns using Halogen and infra-red in cooking; changes in the food other than being cooked? What are they?
Answer: The Halogen light is very bright and the infra-red heat tended to dry out the food. I tried a number of foods at different temps and still found that to be true.
The Big Boss 1300-Watt Oil-Less Fryer is a good product in that it cooks healthy meals more quickly than the oven and no oil, or very little oil is needed. It’s a little bit too small for cooking a roast dinner for 4 people, but kids will love the snacks that the Big Boss produces, especially the spicy potato wedges. Some people seemed to really enjoy the Big Boss Fryer and others not so much – its rating was 4 Stars out of five on Amazon, where it received some nice reviews such as “Good Cooker.” “Highly Recommended” and “It brings out the cook in you!”
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