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Old 10-29-2006, 02:04 PM   #1
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Deep frying a brined turkey

I'm going to do a deep fried turkey this year and would like to know if you can brine it before cookin

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Old 10-29-2006, 02:18 PM   #2
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Yes you sure can brine it before you deep fry it. Just be sure it is completely dry before putting it in the hot oil.
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Old 10-30-2006, 08:42 AM   #3
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Be sure to read the label of the turkey you are planning on fixing. Many are already basically "brined".
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Old 10-30-2006, 08:48 AM   #4
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Very good point Gretchen!
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My friend's dad and step mom invited me over for thanksgiving, to thank me for taking my friend in.
They made deep fried turkey.
It was very good.
I hope you enjoy that.

Also had sweet potatoes, yams, and squash for the first time there too.
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Old 10-30-2006, 11:14 AM   #6
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I would add that I'm not sure brining a turkey for frying is even necessary. Of course, this comes from one who does not like brined poultry at all and doesn't do it. ;o)
But I think the end result of a fried turkey is so different from a roast turkey that the added labor of brining might not be needed. And I think a fried turkey needs to be eaten IMMEDiately. At least ones I have had.
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Old 10-30-2006, 11:16 AM   #7
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I brine mine before deep frying them. Rinse it well, and dry it very well before frying.
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Old 10-31-2006, 02:16 AM   #8
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Yep - you can brine it first. As has been mentioned - rinse and dry it well before dunking into the hot oil to cook.

Brined or not - don't just plunge it into the hot oil - unless you like disasters. Lower it SLOWLY into the oil (about 1/4 of the way at a time - and wait a minute before proceeding) and be ready to pull it back up if the oil bubbles up too much (looks like it will "boil over").

Since the internal temp of a fried turkey should be the same as a roasted, baked or boiled turkey (otherwise it's not fully cooked) - I can't see why one would need to be eaten anymore immediately when cooked by one method than the others. But if Gretchen knows something I don't - I would love to be educated.
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Old 10-31-2006, 07:33 AM   #9
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I think deep fried turkey tends to dry out more than others. Just offering my opinion as others do. Personally, I think all turkey, fried or roasted, benefits from being served right away.
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Personally, I love turkey the next day as a cold sandwich. If the turkey was cooked right then I never find it to be drier than when it was first served.

Also if it is brined then there is a lot less chance of it being dry.
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