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I am about to purchase a Turbocooker that looks as tho it has never been used. It didn't come in a box at all but does have 2 sheets of paper in it saying what it is and giving the website address, phone numbers, etc. I remember seeing them advertised on TV & thinking I would like to have one so I went to the website. So I know what the new price is for one.
Does anyone have any experience with one or know someone who does? I'm eager to hear about them. I am sure it is just what I want/need to help me cook healthy food without using 2 or 3 appliances. I cook with gas and the TurboCooker will work with that.
turbo cooker is similar to a convection oven. i have turbo cooker, i bought in the Philippines several yrs ago. i love using the turbo cooker; any meat cook in it is almost grease free, the skin of chicken or pork is always crunchy. i have two turbo cooker; one i use in a deep stock pot as the cooking vessel, i never bought the glass container u normally see being advertised. i roast a chicken or a turkey in the deep stock pot. the other one i have. i had to buy a special big low container, exclusively use to cook fish in. the low big container is like a two huge oversize basin, with one basin, having an opening at the top. the opening is just right to fit the turbo head [the cooker in itself]. the lower basin is where the object being cook is place for cooking. i have this cooker in the store room, i will get it out one of these days, so i can take a photo for u to see.
i love using my turbo cooker cuz i find it the food i cook in there are almost grease or fat free. it does not consume a lot of energy, since the cooking is focus on the object being cook, and not on empty spaces in the cooking vessel. i am sure u will enjoy it too. hope this help.
Thank you so much for the good report. I was certain when I first saw it I knew what it was. This one has no instructions so I'll have to buy the video or see if I can borrow one from someone local. I'll advertise on the local radio station. EBay has one right now for $10 last time I looked.
u don't need any instruction to use it. all u do is plug it in. just be sure the current running on the turbo is 110. use it like u are baking/roasting on the oven but on less time or temp. i.e. when i roast a chicken, i set turbo temp to 400 for 15 mins., lower temp to 325 for another 25 mins. or until i see juice exuding is clear.
when i pick up my turbo from the storage place, i will also get the instruction and scan it for u when/if i find it. i know i have it somewhere, including extra filters i bought way back then.
btw, similar to convection oven, it does not heat the kitchen, one feature i love the most. i can use the turbo any time of the year. i had mine for nearly 45 yrs. w/out any problem, they are my work horse in the kitchen. i prefer to use it over my Viking convection oven ... easy clean up for smaller space.
MaMieRose, this one isn't electric. It just sits on a burner on the stove. I've looked it over well as well as the ones online and on ebay and there is one that is electric and one that is not electric. I'm getting the one that isn't. But I don't see that there can be much to be put into an instruction manuel. Tho there is a video on ebay to learn to use it. Probably a taping of the infommercial from TV. lol
mine are both electric too. i do not anything about the turbo u saw on ebay. 1st time for me to hear about this one. the turbo i know was based on Japanese technology, mass produced in the Philippines. sorry, i am only familiar with electric turbo.
I can't see that the source of power/heat will make any difference. Unless I leave it on the burner too long, of course. lol. But you can do that with the electric one too. The one I'm getting has a timer on it that I can take off and carry with me if I want too. I doubt I will because I have other timers I can take to the other room or outside with me.
TLC, I don't know how to use the digital camera/computer and have no one to teach me. It looks just like the one on the home website tho. If you go to www. Turbo Cooker. com it will come up that there is no such site. However down several lines on the page it will like places you can click on & there it is listed. Click on that and it will take you to the site. I think the top 3 on the page are the nonelectric ones. I don't want to be dependent on electricity for everything. Prefer a gas range in the kitchen.
I used it tonight to cook my supper and was well pleased. I had a Yukon Gold potato cut in half, some raw baby carrots, unskinned garlic cloves, and a frozen previously cooked brautwurst in it. As advertised, there was no mingleing of flavors, the potato had the texture and taste of a baked one, the baby carrots were tender and bright orange, the bratwurst was heated thru nicely but wasn't too hot, & the garlic was nice and soft. In a nutshell, at this point I am very satisfied. Oh yes, I had about a cup of water in the very bottom of the pan and used the fine mesh "tray" because of the garlic and baby carrots. I did the cooking in about 20 min or so and may have been about to cut that time off by 5 min. or so. I used no containers for the individual foods. Most if not all of the water is still in the bottom pan. I have no idea how to turn on the pressure part of it. I don't know the timer would do when it ran out of time.
If those of you who have them would give me some time frames for common foods to cook I would appreciate it. Also how to turn the pressure switch on. All you can do is tip a rocker switch so I can just practice. The lid comes off easily either way as near as I can tell.
One of the websites talks about a small amount of pressure if you close the vent. I don't think there is more than a couple or three pounds of pressure at the most. Mostly it is a steam cooker. And I really like being able to cook an entire meal in one pan. No microwave, counter top oven, 2 pans, etc. I know there will be some foods that I can't cook in it because of the food needing to absorb the water. Like pasta and rice. And I doubt you can really fry foods in it like it sort of hints at in the ads. It must be a LOT different from your electric ones.
I've never see on at WM. I went to a website and I think maybe Target carries them. Look online. That is where I found all the info on mine. It came into the thrift store and I grabbed it. I had seen it advertised on TV some time ago.
It appears that there are two items that are known as a "Turbo Cooker": one is a stove-top pan with high lid (shown in the first photo above) and the second is a free-standing table-top unit that plugs into an outlet and has a heating element/fan and is more-or-less a portable convection oven.
Here is a site that sells three different models of the table-top turbo cooker (portable convection oven type) that plugs into an outlet:
Not mine. I have cooked whole meals, baked in it, etc. and have not found any hot spots yet. However I will admit I have used it only about 8 or 10 times since I tend to cook 2 or 3 meals at a time. I also microwave a lot of my foods. So maybe I just haven't had time to learn about it. But I can see where hot spots could be used to your advantage if you can figure out just where they are. Put food that takes the longest or needs the highest heat over those spots. Hope this helps. By the way, I have the kind that sits on top of a burner and is just a large pan.
my table model does not have hot spots; that is the purpose of the fan (convection); it keeps the air moving and it can't develop a hot spot.
One recipe that came with the oven is bacon and sausage on the bottom, a square of hash browns, eggs in the shell (it hard cooks them) and the cinnamon rolls that come in the tube. Everything cooks correctly and the flavors don't intermingle.
I ordered it many years ago off a TV promo so I don't know where it came from. The a friend of mine was helping her sister with a garage sale-her sister had bought it and never used it - so I picked that one up too for little or nothing. The recipe book came with the cooker.
The only recipe I used out of it was the breakfast one . . we did it several times for fun. I just use my crockpot recipes with it and change the timing.
My table model came with a 10 inch blade. The Turbo Shaft spins it at high rpm in order to slice completely through hard cuts of meat. The defrost cycle means you can go out in the yard and walk around. Hooray!
Smallplot, this one is a steamer with a high domed lid and 2 levels of cooking. No blades for slicing. Mine is stovetop, everyone else seems to have an electric one. I wouldn't have bought an electric one.