Mixing oils in turkey deep fry
- Fritz Nov 27, 2002 08:51 PM
I am going to deep fry a turkey (actually two turkeys, one at a time) using the turkey fryer my dad gave me last Christmas. I haven't used it before, but it looks like the 2.3 gallon jug of peanut oil that came with the fryer won't be enough for these 10 lb turkeys. I might need another 2 gallons of oil, but I couldn't find any bulk peanut oil on sale where I live, so I bought 2.5 gallons of regular vegetable oil. So my question is: if I mix the peanut and vegetable oil, will that make much difference in the final product? Will it be okay?? Thanks for any suggestions!
It should be fine. Fair warning on the turkey fryers- they are EXTREMELY dangerous! Overfilling it even a little bit can result in a 15-foot column of flame on your driveway, with the turkey in the very middle of it. Be very, very careful with the fryer- PLEASE.
Be careful of smoking (burning) point - "vegetable oil" usually is predominantly soybean, which smokes at a lower temp than peanut. I've never done a turkey, but I definitely see a difference when using my element-in-oil deep fryer (which can get hotter than most home fryers). Soybean, canola, and corn all smoke at a lower temp than peanut. I have no idea what the impact is on Turkey - if you drop from 375 to 365 maybe it will add a minute/pound? You should check the internal temp anyway to know that it's done - but I wonder if there's a danger in poking the bird with a thermometer and letting the juices run out and then dropping it back in the oil... I would be real careful...