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Oct 3, 2010 09:19 AM

Deep Fried Turkey Question

Has anyone ever done a deep fried turkey in Park Slope? How did you dispose of the grease? I want to do one for Thanksgiving but I have no idea what to do with all that leftover cooking oil?

Any ideas?


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  1. If you are going to use peanut oil, I hope you will use it at least more than once. You can definitely filter any type of oil through cheese cloth, or not, after it is cooled. If you do not have cheese cloth, you can pour off the oil and try not to get any food particle into another vessel. Unless you burn the oil, you can use it until it becomes too dark....and it can be saved for a short time.

    As for disposal, put it into the original container and you can drop it off at most restaurants, as they have collection agreements with companies that specialize in reclaiming oil. You can also search for companies that collect oil for bio-diesel purposes.

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    1. re: fourunder

      As fourunder stated put back in the original container and see if some restaurant will take it. My husband has done this for about fifteen years and he injects the turkeys. Definitely reuse the oil, otherwise it can get expensive. We use canola oil as a lot of people are alergic to nuts.
      They are really good, we even did a prime rib once and it was delicious. Good luck.

    2. Just buy one. There is a place in Brooklyn that does them great. Jive Turkey.

      Jive Turkey
      441 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

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      1. re: sushiman

        Jive Turkey has had tons of complaints on here every year for ruining many 'hounds Thanksgiving.

        Jive Turkey
        441 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

        1. re: JMF

          Do a test run. Thanksgiving is a crush for them. If you do not pre-order, you can wait tow hours on line. My turkey was fine. I know that they get mixed reviews.

          1. re: JMF

            I can not speak for their thanksgiving but, their every day cooking is fairly poor.

        2. I always wondered why you can't just fry the turkey in pieces in a normal kitchen deep fat fryer? It seems masochistic (and maybe even irresponsible) to drop the whole thing into a giant vat of boiling oil. Ask the Chip Shop if they can do a special request for you. Actually I am surprised Chip Shop does not have a thanks giving menu. I wonder if Micheal's on Vanderbilt wouldn't fry up a Turkey for you, I ate there a few times and the fired chicken was both homemade and good. .

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          1. re: Geo8rge

            There is no reason one could not deep fry turkey parts, just like chicken, except that i think many people want the rockwell-esque thanksgiving table look which were conditioned to think requires a massive, intact turkey.

            1. re: tex.s.toast

              A few years ago I had a friend butcher my turkey into parts. I soaked them in apple juice for a week and deep fried them in a huge pot on my stove. It worked out pretty well. I forgot what I did with the left over grease.