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Old 11-15-2013, 10:26 AM   #41
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I've fried a few turkeys in my time. Done right, they are fantastic. You can't stuff it but you can do the stuffing in the oven. That's what I do every year for a roast turkey.

I'd recommend frying outdoors. There's a lot of steam and grease in the air. Cover the fryer and leave it on your deck or yard to cool. It takes a long time for that large quantity of oil to cool down so it can be handled safely. It can stay there overnight if you want.

I will probably do that one of these days, but I will also cook a traditional turkey in the oven. I know some in my family would like to have it deep fried. My son-in-law is Fire Chief, so I will wait until he arrives to drop the turkey down...he can be in charge of watching it. LOL My deck is not covered, so it will have to be on a day when there's no rain or snow.
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:29 AM   #42
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I will probably do that one of these days, but I will also cook a traditional turkey in the oven. I know some in my family would like to have it deep fried. My son-in-law is Fire Chief, so I will wait until he arrives to drop the turkey down...he can be in charge of watching it. LOL My deck is not covered, so it will have to be on a day when there's no rain or snow.
A lot of people do a practice run, or two, with a chicken, to get used to the process.
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:34 AM   #43
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The real WOW factor aside from the crispy skin and the moist breast meat is the fact that a 12-13 pound turkey cooks in about 45 minutes.
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:52 AM   #44
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Just found this old, old thread with great information on deep-frying a turkey: The Ten Commandments of Frying Turkeys
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Old 11-15-2013, 11:42 AM   #45
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That post may be old but the advice is still top notch.
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:19 PM   #46
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2013 Thanksgiving Menu

Appetizers/Soup
Stuffed Mushrooms
Pigs in blankets or Green olive poppers

Entrée
Roasted Turkey
Stuffing
Easy candied Yams
Broccoli, Cauliflower & Carrots
Brussels sprouts
Sautéed Mushrooms
Mashed potatoes
Turkey Gravy
Cranberry/Tangerine Relish
Cranberry sauce

Dessert
Apple pie
Pumpkin pie
Homemade Whipped cream

Beverages
Assorted soda
Sparkling cranberry apple cider
Coffee
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:55 PM   #47
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For Sale: One electric turkey fryer. New, still in box. Cheap.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:50 PM   #48
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A few years ago my sister and her husband brought their turkey and fryer and fried it here, it was good. I had to roast a turkey breast because I can't imagine Thanksgiving without the smell of turkey roasting in the oven. I also had drippings for gravy which you won't get with a fried turkey and there is no way that I'm eating gravy from a jar or packet on thanksgiving!
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A few years ago my sister and her husband brought their turkey and fryer and fried it here, it was good. I had to roast a turkey breast because I can't imagine Thanksgiving without the smell of turkey roasting in the oven. I also had drippings for gravy which you won't get with a fried turkey and there is no way that I'm eating gravy from a jar or packet on thanksgiving!

That's when you buy some turkey parts and roast them. Roasted parts make some stock and the drippings go into the gravy. Add a little roux and seasonings and you're done.
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That's when you buy some turkey parts and roast them. Roasted parts make some stock and the drippings go into the gravy. Add a little roux and seasonings and you're done.
I actually prefer a roasted turkey anyway, Alton Brown's brine makes the perfect turkey and it is much less cleanup than a turkey fryer!
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