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Old 11-15-2011, 02:59 PM   #1
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Who's deep frying their bird this year?

any tips for newbies?

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Old 11-15-2011, 03:19 PM   #2
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I like to use smaller turkeys 8 to 10 Lbs.

But most important is the safety part, some good tips here. Safety tips for deep frying a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner | Kent Regional Fire Authority - Covington & Maple Valley Reporter
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Old 11-15-2011, 03:54 PM   #3
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We fry a 10-12 pound bird and I bake a breast. Be careful is the best advice! :)
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:09 PM   #4
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thanks, you two. I will check out that link,powerplanttop.
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:20 PM   #5
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Two tips for you Mudbug. First, to figure out the correct amount of oil to use, put the turkey in the pot then cover with water. Then take the turkey out and mark the water level on the side of the pot. That way you will know exactly how much oil to pour in without risking using too much which could cause an overflow and a fire.

My next tip is based on my experience the first time we deep fried a turkey. The bird will cook super fast compared to doing it in the oven. Do not forget to take into account how long it will take the oil to come up to temp though. We had neglected to think about that and it took a lot longer for the oil to reach cooking temp than we though. We ate much later that night than usual.
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:53 PM   #6
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Check, and then double check your home owners policy.
It might not cover turkey.
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:07 AM   #7
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Nice flat, stable, non-flammable surface outdoors. No sense in setting the garage on fire.
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:32 AM   #8
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Someone I know deep fried a turkey last year in one of those countertop deep fryers you see advertised on TV all the time now. He loved it. He said he'll never go back to cooking it in the oven. I imagine they are as safe as deep frying anything indoors.
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:15 AM   #9
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thanks, everyone! All tips duly noted. Geebs, HH had already mentioned doing your tip about the water - good idea.
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Oh and don't forget some good tunes to listen to while you are frying. Wait a sec, I forgot who I was talking to for a second
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