November 22, 2001
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Are you going to deep fry a turkey today? After searching google for deep fried pics to post on fark [filepile is down and andre got a game cube so I had to join fark], I discovered that accidents happen. Happy Thanksgiving and, hey, be careful out there.
posted by roboto (14 comments total)
It's an old-fashioned turkey fry in Seattle! Post-Intelligencer story by reporter and turkey aficionado Phuong Cat Le.
posted by Carol Anne at 6:42 AM on November 22, 2001

The Wall Street Journal had a story on this cooking technique last year (I think). The best was when this guy nearly burned down his apartment building by attemtping this method in -- you guessed it -- his 14th floor apartment. He had the safety goggles and everything; it somehow just didn't occur to him, hmm, maybe this is better if you can do it outside....
posted by mattpfeff at 8:19 AM on November 22, 2001

Some friends and I deep-fried a turkey for a party a few months ago. It was the best damn turkey I've ever had. Deep fryers are relatively cheap ($50), and while the cost of the oil can be a bit high (we spent $35 on vegetable oil), you can cook a 15 pound bird in less than an hour. Dang spiffy if you ask me.
posted by mrbula at 8:22 AM on November 22, 2001

This is new to me. Is it real greasy? I mean, you're putting all that bird in all that grease...

At the department store yesterday, people were buying these things like they were giving away free cameras with the purchase of a camera bag.
posted by jerseygirl at 8:26 AM on November 22, 2001

I'm doing it this year. I'm a bit nervous, but I know what to expect and have done lesser foul in similar fashions.

It's not greasy at all as you would imagine. The oil instantly seals the natural juices in the bird and the cooking process is so fast that nothing ever really escapes.

What you end up with is not quite unlike an extremely large piece of fried chicken! Most people, who have never had a turkey cooked this way are wary at first but, most all say it was the best turkey they can remember.
posted by Dean_Paxton at 8:44 AM on November 22, 2001

Almost noon on Thanksgiving, and we're about to heat up the oil. We brine and roast two turkeys (another very good idea, brining) and fry two. The keys to frying, as have been stated before:

Proper equipment.

Doing it OUTSIDE (but hey, it's 70 here today on the South Carolina coast, no complaints)

Add flavor. You can't put any on the outside of the turkey, so I melt butter with rosemary, sage, garlic, salt, pepper, a bit of sherry, hot pepper sauce and/or Cajun seasoning - let that sit in the fridge overnight, warm it back up, strain it and inject the turkey.

Make sure the turkey's at room temp and oil is hot.

Oink. :)
posted by ebarker at 9:04 AM on November 22, 2001

This is our 6th year frying the bird(s), greatest thing ever. jerseygirl, it's not greasy, it's moist and tender...and oh so good
posted by Mick at 9:17 AM on November 22, 2001

It's the talk of the town!
posted by Mapes at 9:29 AM on November 22, 2001

"You've never had one?" he said. "It's like sitting down and having a meal with Jesus."
posted by waxpancake at 10:02 AM on November 22, 2001

I've never heard of such a thing. You'll be dipping them in batter next.
posted by Summer at 10:32 AM on November 22, 2001

my mouth is watering.. i usually abhor turkey, but i never thought of it cooked that way. someone needs to cook me one.
posted by lotsofno at 10:51 AM on November 22, 2001

Not this year, nor will I be making White Castle Stuffing. I've never tried either. The deep fried turkey sounds much more appealing, though--like fried chicken!
posted by thc at 10:54 AM on November 22, 2001

If you're going to go for Cajun food, why not buy a turducken instead? ;)
posted by valerie at 11:49 AM on November 22, 2001

Well, I'm happy to report the paxtonland turkey turned out beautifully. No fires, no explosions, everyone was immensely happy with the outcome. How can you beat cooking a 15.5 lb. turkey in 55 minutes? Fed all six kids, plus 5 adults, with leftovers in the fridge. mmmmmmm.
posted by Dean_Paxton at 7:07 PM on November 22, 2001

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