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Oct 29, 2006 11:57 PM

deep fried turkey

thinking of deep frying a turkey this thanksgiving. people rave about it, but i've always been worried about the safety issues. found a great blog post about the topic...

think i'll give it a try this year. any other tips out there?

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  1. I'll just say, like I say every year "Be extremely Careful" and "Have A fire extinguisher nearby". I've never tried it myself as I have an extremely active toddler and minimal space but would love to.

    1. It is SO delicious!!!
      The peanut oil ends up costing more than the turkey so do make plans to strain and store it for another turkey fry.
      One of my neighbors will invite others to fry up a turkey in his pot when he does his so sometimes it's been a group party. And then we all carry the turkeys to our own homes for lunch or dinner.

      Be careful on a wood, slate, brick or other surface that will absorb grease. It can get messy if you splatter.
      Keep kids well away.
      As well as anybody who's had a few to drink.
      That turkey is awkward when you pull it out of the hot grease and it's easy to let it splash if you aren't careful.

      1. The article sounds spot on to me. The only other thing I'd recommend is placing the deep fryer away from your house. I do mine in the driveway, in case something goes wrong I don't burn down my house!

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        1. re: altond

          has anyone used the electric fryer described in the article? sounds safer...

          1. re: hungry_bear

            Don't be scared of the gas, Hungry bear. I've got a friend that deep fries 2-3 turkeys a year and is usually 6-7 beers in before he starts. He hasn't had a fire incident yet. Although, he may just be extremely lucky.

            1. re: altond

              Just goes to prove dumb luck, the beer won't be a problem if everything goes well. I wouldn't want to have my judgement that impaired if something went wrong.

            2. re: hungry_bear

              I have used both an electric fryer and gas fryer. We actually have used the electric fryer indoors in the kitchen. I feel safer with the electric fryer but you are still dealing with a large quantity of hot oil.

              I would have no issues using the gas fryer again. But you definitely need to be more cautious with the gas fryer. If you plan on using the electric fryer on a regular basis, then it may be worth the extra money.

          2. My brother always rigged a pulley system from which to suspend the bird. It made the descent into and ascent from the oil much, much safer, since hands and body were off to the side and my brother could halt the pulley and tie the cord at any point in the process (very handy for the exit, when it takes some time for the oil in the gut of the bird to exit through the neck cavity). I would not consider doing this without that kind of system, as my brother explained all the things that can go wrong without it.

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            1. re: Karl S

              Until the pulley system breaks :)

              OP: no system is foolproof, but care and attention will minimize the chances of any major disasters from occuring. I will second/third the idea of keeping it away from the house (we usually do it in a sand pit well away from the home), which of course, necessitates gas. Otherwise, that article is pretty accurate.

              1. re: Karl S

                Pulley system sounds great. If the bird is wet when you lower it into the hot oil, it will "boil over." It would be nice to not have to be right next ot it if that happens.

              2. Smart and Final carries peanut oil in large quantities so that it won't break the bank. If you purchase that much in a regular grocery store, the oil will cost more than the turkey!