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From: Jeke
Date: 04-13-2006, 04:52 PM (1 of 10)
I plan on trying to do a turkey in our new turkey fryer for Easter dinner. I have read and read again the instructions. I have all the equipment for safety etc. My 28-year-old son will be helping. If any of you have done this, I would appreciate any suggestions, ideas, help etc.

TIA :nervous:
User: Jeke
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 04-13-2006, 05:22 PM (2 of 10)
I don't have a fryer but from people who do I have heard stories. First important thing is don't put too much oil in the fryer. It spills over & will start a fire. The other thing is never leave it unattended. MY ex BIL found these things out the hard way (almost lost a garage).
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From: GreenDragonLady
Date: 04-13-2006, 06:19 PM (3 of 10)
Eat the turkey right away! They taste really good, but not after they sit.
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From: Bama
Date: 04-13-2006, 10:23 PM (4 of 10)
My husband and his family have been deep frying turkeys for years (They're from Louisiana) Even before you could find the special injectors and marinades in the grocery stores. They made their own mixture with liquid garlic, liquid onion, tobasco, Tony's seasoning, etc... and used a cattle syringe to inject them.

DH always injects the turkeys at least a few hours or the night before frying them and rubs the outside with spices. He says you can fry up to 3 turkeys in the same batch of oil and he usually does since a large part of the cost of frying them is the oil. (It takes alot)
We freeze the left over ones (if we have any left :wink: ) and they're just as good to me re-heated. Makes great turkey sandwiches or a spicy turkey salad.
Be sure to use the thermometer that comes with your turkey fryer and have the oil the right temp before lowering the turkey into the oil. I've seen the oil flow over when it's too hot.
Hubby always puts the fryer outside away from the garage, just in case of a spill over.
And oh yes, when you're finished, keep an eye on the fryer until the oil cools to a safe temperature. My SIL told me of a friend of hers who left the hot oil unattended and her dog turned it over and was burned. :bluesad:
User: Bama
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 04-13-2006, 10:30 PM (5 of 10)
THAW the turkey....make sure it's DRY...DO NOT PUT A FROZEN TURKEY IN THE FRYER. Put the fryer IN THE YARD or Patio AWAY from your house.
Make sure the oil is not so full you splash it out. DO NOT DROP IT IN, lower it slowly. Make sure you cook it for the specified time. (use Peanut oil....).
Make sure the fryer is stable. (you don't want accidents...).

There has been more than one case of exploding turkies from people NOT keeping them dry and thawed. Not to mention, dropping them in the fryer.
User: Chrysantha
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From: DorothyL
Date: 04-14-2006, 09:29 AM (6 of 10)
Why do you use peanut oil? Isn't it really expensive or is there a cheaper grade than I buy in little bottles?
My husband is working and I'm probably going to make soup.
My oldest daughter might drop by for dinner but not being Christians we just use Easter to welcome spring -- except it is usually way to early for spring here and there is still snow on the ground. Not this year though.
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From: carman
Date: 04-14-2006, 11:23 AM (7 of 10)
peanut oil can burn hotter can it not? without smoking and smelling?
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From: Jeke
Date: 04-14-2006, 03:40 PM (8 of 10)
Thanks for all the helpful hints and ideas. The mention of the fire reminded me that I saw something on TV about that. But it was before we got ours so of course I didn't pay too much attention. The directions certainly mention safety a lot too. Guess I will go looking for an injector. That sounds so good.

Thanks again everyone - That is why I always like asking questions here. Everyone is always so helpful.

Happy Easter to all!

User: Jeke
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Total posts: 232
From: Sancin
Date: 04-14-2006, 04:32 PM (9 of 10)
From the discussion here I have learned a great deal. I had never heard of frying a turkey and I gather you do this whole. What size turkey's are we talking about? A BIG problem in my stores is finding a turkey that is smaller than a cocker spaniel. I can't imagine getting a pot big enough for the bird and would imagine the oil would cost more that the bird!
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
User: Sancin
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 04-14-2006, 09:29 PM (10 of 10)
They make special turkey fryers here...they run on propane and are about the size of a LARGE restaurant cooking pot. (with a stand). You can probably google for one and find LOTS of places that sell them. We can buy them anywhere here in the U.S. these days. Trouble is, not everyone knows what to do and in OR last yr someone near my sister, burned their house down. They dropped a frozen turkey in the fryer, that was on their garage floor. It exploded like frozen stuff does when it hits hot oil. Up went the house. It was a newly purchased house, and no insurance....moral of the story here is, make sure you know what you're doing, before you do it, READ the directions.
(and don' t deep fry the turkey in the house...)
User: Chrysantha
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