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Nov 27, 2002 08:51 PM

Mixing oils in turkey deep fry

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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!

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    JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

    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.


    1. 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...