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    Default Deep Fried Turkey

    I have been wanting to try doing this for some time but I have heard it is not easy and can be dangerous. Has anyone here tried it, thoughts? experiences? Any suggestions about fryers, recipes etc.


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    Don't drink alcohol nor do drugs before starting. Watched a relative, (by marriage), loose most of his garage and part of a tree once by starting the day with orange juice and champagne early in the day.

    The birds come out ok, but, dealing with the oil and clean up can be a pain in the butt.
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    didn't Hatter fry his turkeys a couple of years ago... and nearly have an accident?

    he's probably the resident expert on both tasty and safety
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    This is the only way to cook a turkey if you ask me. There are some very important precautions to take though:

    - first (should go without saying), make SURE the turkey is completely thawed. Any frozen part will explode, and exploding things in hot oil never ends well.
    - second, make sure that the oil level WITH THE TURKEY IN IT is more than a few inches from the top of the pot (use water to figure out the correct fill line before starting). If it overflows, the oil will get to the flame and bad things happen.
    - lower it SLOWLY. A steady hand (and long sleaves) go a long way here. I also highly recommend shoes over flip-flops (needed a couple scars to teach me this one).

    If you can pull iit off, this is by far the fastest, easiest (assuming you don't kill yourself), and most importantly best tasting way of cooking turkey. Good luck.

    PROTIP - when you're done with the turkey, mix up some pancake batter and start dipping and frying anything you can find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieAvsDie View Post
    This is the only way to cook a turkey if you ask me. There are some very important precautions to take though:

    - first (should go without saying), make SURE the turkey is completely thawed. Any frozen part will explode, and exploding things in hot oil never ends well.
    - second, make sure that the oil level WITH THE TURKEY IN IT is more than a few inches from the top of the pot (use water to figure out the correct fill line before starting). If it overflows, the oil will get to the flame and bad things happen.
    - lower it SLOWLY. A steady hand (and long sleaves) go a long way here. I also highly recommend shoes over flip-flops (needed a couple scars to teach me this one).

    If you can pull iit off, this is by far the fastest, easiest (assuming you don't kill yourself), and most importantly best tasting way of cooking turkey. Good luck.

    PROTIP - when you're done with the turkey, mix up some pancake batter and start dipping and frying anything you can find.
    ^ This

    And, don't skimp on using a quality oil
    Don't go to smart and final, get the cheapest 5 gal bucket of veggie oil you can find. It will make a difference.
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    2nd DieAvsDie. Read up on how to do it, and use some common sense (like, absolutely no children around a scalding pot of fat!), and you'll be rewarded. Deep fried turkey is most awesome. Crispy and tasty yet still moist and juicy inside! MMMMMMMM!!!

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    I have done this a few times (maybe 4?) I would say that half the time the individuals like myself were sober, the other half, well... you know...

    A little advice:

    1) If you are planning on doing this in an apartment complex: forget about it. It's a serious fire hazard. You don't want to end up on the news that badly, do you? (This also applies to those wanting to do this in areas susceptible to wildfire, or dry areas.

    If that is not the case, then just make sure you have a full tank of propane (i always keep two...) and that THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE PROPANE TANK AND FRYER IS COMPLETELY SECURE. Some might consider it a buzzkill if they see a hose flying around spewing fire from the end of it. (I think there's a joke in there somewhere...)

    Other than that, use peanut oil and follow the directions in previous posts for figuring out how much oil to use and to not fry a frozen bird.

    They really do taste good, enjoy it if you end up doing it.

    One last caveat: Don't wait until the last second to buy the peanut oil. My brother did that and ended up spending a fortune on little bottles of peanut oil to fill the fryer. We definitely teased him about his $200 turkey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gescom View Post
    didn't Hatter fry his turkeys a couple of years ago... and nearly have an accident?

    he's probably the resident expert on both tasty and safety
    Well, he ran over his deep fryer with a truck, so if you can avoid doing that, you're off to a better start. Still was able to make a hell of a bird, though!

    Still, make sure you get a good read on the oil temperature, don't do it anywhere too close to anything that could catch fire, and make sure the turkey is DRY dry dry dry dry before putting it in the oil.

    Water + boiling oil = oil explosion.

    Here's a more detailed set of tips, though. Good luck and enjoy!


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    Never done it myself, but my brother in law cooked one up once. It was the BEST turkey I've ever had!

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    Peanut oil - only way to go, but expensive.


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