The last 2 Thanksgivings I have used the standard basket that came with the "Big Easy". We usually feed a large number of people and therefore we buy a 17-19 lb bird. It was very difficult to get the turkey in and out of the original basket. We would end up tearing up the bird in order to get it out. Now with the new Hinged basket it is super easy to load and unload the turkey. You do have to be a little more careful when handling the basket that the latches don't come undone until you mean for
... read more them too but that was simple enough. I can now get a over sized bird out of the basket without tearing up the meat or getting frustrated and burning my hands/fingers. I highly recommend this hinged basket if you find yourself cooking birds on the high end of the recommended size 17lbs or more. This will make your process so much faster and with less frustration.
1 year ago
The basket that came with my Big Easy worked well but sometimes it made removing the bird difficult to come out intact. This hinged basket model really made it a lot easier to extract the bird without losing any of it's exterior making a wonderful presentation at the table.
1 year ago
I like it.
Bought this to replace the original basket, which had started to fall apart at the joints. The hinged opening makes it far easier to remove a large bird from the basket, and also makes it easier to clean. The basket has not yet come open when I didn't want it to, but this definitely seems a possibility- the little hooks that hold the basket shut are quite short.