I just read Caron's question about deep fried turkey on the Good Morning post & thought I'd throw out my gblets on the subject.
I'm a traditionalist & prefer the roasted turkey overall but fried is good IF its seasoned right & not overcooked.
You need a turkey fryer to start with These are sold wherever they sell gas grills. This is not an inside on the stove job.
The way I fry mine is to inject the spices which I use garlic, salt, pepper & apple & cranberry juice & let set for 24hrs.
Now the fun part: fill the big pot w/ peanut oil (vegtable oil does something to the taste)
put it on the fire; when the oil heats up (starts to boil) put the turkey on the skewer; place a cooking thermometer in the breast of the bird & put in the boiling oil. It'll start to fry.
Be careful that oil will burn.
You cook by temp & not time. When the temp reachs 160F- 175F; usually about an hour, the turkey is ready.
Remove & let drain on some paper bags.
Then serve, its great.
I'm glad this came up - leave it to the chit-chat board!!
My stepson (just moved back in.....) wants to buy a turkey fryer so we can "fry" for Thanksgiving. These tips are helpful.
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If you are planning on frying you turkey a few things to remember are:
Make sure your oil is at the right temperature: 350 F: Buy a thermometer and use it. If you see the oil smoking: Turn down the fire
Dry the bird: Use paper towels to remove excess moisture before you put it in the fryer. This is the major cause for fires.
Don't leave the bird unattended and keep children away from the oil especially after you take the bird out of the fryer. The oil is still very hot. Don't let the excitement of the bird make you forget about the pot of hot oil sitting on the deck or driveway.
Most of all: Don't even think of doing it in the house.
A fried turkey is my favorite way to prepare the turkey and produces a juicy and appealing bird. It isn't a preparation method that should be done after the sixth beer. If you know what I mean.
Mike(Who's seen a few fried turkeys try to fry a turkey)
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THe BIGGEST TIP OF ALL....VERRRRY IMPORTANT...put the turkey in the frying pot and then fill it with water to just above the turkey..re,move the turkey and drain the water from the turkey into the pot..NOTE the water line on the side of the pot..THAT is where you want to fill it with oil..any more oil than that will cause the oil to boil over the pot and THAT IS the major cause of the fires.