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2012-11-14 08:39:01 AM  
I'd love to try a deep fried turkey some day. I hear they're de-e-licious. I'd only ever try frying one myself though if I had a large yard to lower the risk of burning anything down.
 
2012-11-14 09:35:43 AM  
u a turkey
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2012-11-14 09:36:40 AM  
Darwin at his best...
 
2012-11-14 09:37:43 AM  
Frying a turkey is easy. You have to be a complete moron to start a fire doing it.

I'm frying one and my brother is smoking one next week for Thanksgiving. Can't wait.
 
2012-11-14 09:39:12 AM  
Spatchcocking is the way to go. 

Link
 
2012-11-14 09:39:25 AM  

"More and more people have tried it," he continued, "instead of just sticking it in the oven, maybe found it was more exciting to cook it outside."


I guess that's one way to describe it.
 
2012-11-14 09:39:41 AM  

Cythraul: I'd love to try a deep fried turkey some day. I hear they're de-e-licious. I'd only ever try frying one myself though if I had a large yard to lower the risk of burning anything down.


They are delicious.

You don't need a large yard, but you do need enough room that if the fryer starts to flame up, there is nothing around it to catch on fire. That means no garages, no decks, etc.
 
2012-11-14 09:39:43 AM  
Pfft, I hickory smoke mine.
 
2012-11-14 09:40:29 AM  
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2012-11-14 09:42:25 AM  
juliasmexicocity.typepad.com
 
2012-11-14 09:43:49 AM  

NASAM: Cythraul: I'd love to try a deep fried turkey some day. I hear they're de-e-licious. I'd only ever try frying one myself though if I had a large yard to lower the risk of burning anything down.

They are delicious.

You don't need a large yard, but you do need enough room that if the fryer starts to flame up, there is nothing around it to catch on fire. That means no garages, no decks, etc.


Exactly. Everyone on my friend's block fries one so they just close down the street in front of his house (rural area and it's easy to go around so the cops don't care), and there's generally half a dozen fryers setup. It makes for a fun community Thanksgiving if the weather is nice actually.

/and so delicious
 
2012-11-14 09:43:54 AM  
We have a deep frying turkey party after thanksgiving at a friends house where people bring the ones they get free at the super market from buying food. Usually we do about 6 or 7 of them way out in the middle of his back yard. A good deal of people show up for this feast.

/they are very tasty
 
2012-11-14 09:44:38 AM  

NASAM: Frying a turkey is easy. You have to be a complete moron to start a fire doing it.

I'm frying one and my brother is smoking one next week for Thanksgiving. Can't wait.


I smoked mine in apple wood after an apple cider brining last year.
I've been informed by the family that I'm not allowed to do it any other way from now on.
 
2012-11-14 09:44:47 AM  

Cythraul: I'd love to try a deep fried turkey some day. I hear they're de-e-licious. I'd only ever try frying one myself though if I had a large yard to lower the risk of burning anything down.


Its really the only way to cook a Turkey. But gallons of hot oil requires some sort of care which most people can't muster any time of the year let alone on Thanksgiving with people and alcohol flowing.

/didn't realize frying a Turkey was some sort of "trend"
//this year will be the first year in a decade I won't be doing it
 
2012-11-14 09:45:15 AM  
I tried deep fried turkey years ago, when it was all the redneck rage. I didn't think it was all that and certainly not worth the effort or the risk.
 
2012-11-14 09:45:38 AM  

NASAM: Frying a turkey is easy. You have to be a complete moron to start a fire doing it.

I'm frying one and my brother is smoking one next week for Thanksgiving. Can't wait.


Challenge accepted!

http://youtu.be/KHrSXLuEx3U
 
2012-11-14 09:47:54 AM  

NASAM: Cythraul: I'd love to try a deep fried turkey some day. I hear they're de-e-licious. I'd only ever try frying one myself though if I had a large yard to lower the risk of burning anything down.

They are delicious.

You don't need a large yard, but you do need enough room that if the fryer starts to flame up, there is nothing around it to catch on fire. That means no garages, no decks, etc.


Yup. A few big things that people don't do that make frying turkeys dangerous:

First off, defrost the turkey completely, and dry it as well as possible. Water makes oil pop and spray out, which can start fires.

Secondly, put the turkey in the empty pot (not cooking yet), and then fill it with water, leaving the turkey totally covered with water but as far away from the edge of the pot as you can. Take the turkey out, and the remaining water level is how high you want to fill it with oil. After you get used to the sizes of a turkey and the oil you can skip this step, but your first time, you better make sure you do it. Most fires are caused by people putting too much oil in, and not understanding the principle of displacement.

Then of course, make sure the pot is completely stable and level, lower the turkey in slowly (as well as removing it slowly and carefully), wear more than shorts and flip-flops, all the other things a normal, cautious person would do.

It can be more work than just roasting a turkey, but damn is it good.
 
2012-11-14 09:48:13 AM  
Displacement how does it work?

Here is a top tip if you are unsure how much oil to use, check you displacement with water and your turkey before you have a pot of hot oil, oh and don't fry inside your garage or on a wood deck as has been mentioned.
 
2012-11-14 09:49:45 AM  
gingerjet:

/didn't realize frying a Turkey was some sort of "trend"
//this year will be the first year in a decade I won't be doing it

So you're a hipster who's moving on to an un-trendy thing? ;-)
 
2012-11-14 09:50:29 AM  
That number is huge for such a sparely populated state. There must be like 0.42222222 fires in Wyoming.
 
2012-11-14 09:50:36 AM  
Pffft....I beer brine and smoke my turkey like a true Texan.
 
2012-11-14 09:51:43 AM  

Pitabred: NASAM: Cythraul: I'd love to try a deep fried turkey some day. I hear they're de-e-licious. I'd only ever try frying one myself though if I had a large yard to lower the risk of burning anything down.

They are delicious.

You don't need a large yard, but you do need enough room that if the fryer starts to flame up, there is nothing around it to catch on fire. That means no garages, no decks, etc.

Yup. A few big things that people don't do that make frying turkeys dangerous:

First off, defrost the turkey completely, and dry it as well as possible. Water makes oil pop and spray out, which can start fires.

Secondly, put the turkey in the empty pot (not cooking yet), and then fill it with water, leaving the turkey totally covered with water but as far away from the edge of the pot as you can. Take the turkey out, and the remaining water level is how high you want to fill it with oil. After you get used to the sizes of a turkey and the oil you can skip this step, but your first time, you better make sure you do it. Most fires are caused by people putting too much oil in, and not understanding the principle of displacement.

Then of course, make sure the pot is completely stable and level, lower the turkey in slowly (as well as removing it slowly and carefully), wear more than shorts and flip-flops, all the other things a normal, cautious person would do.

It can be more work than just roasting a turkey, but damn is it good.


Gotta dry it again after step 2, of course.
 
2012-11-14 09:52:35 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: So you're a hipster who's moving on to an un-trendy thing? ;-)


I'm a hipster who moved two thousand miles for a job and now lives in an apartment building - making it impractical. I was thinking of frying cornish hens this year. They will be all the rage in a year. :)
 
2012-11-14 09:52:54 AM  
Usually I balance about ten gallons of oil in a big spaghetti pot on the Weber knock-off grill, which I bring into the kitchen. Once the charcoal is hot enough, and the oil has started to smoke, I drop the frozen turkey into the oil from about five feet up (a safe distance). Any excess oil gets absorbed by the burning charcoal, and any that spills over onto the floor gets washed away by the fire hoses. Last year the landlord let us stay in his garage until we found a new apartment.
 
2012-11-14 09:53:57 AM  

arador: Pffft....I beer brine and smoke my turkey like a true Texan.


I'd be interested in hearing about a beer brine. I'm a homebrewer and love using my smoker for meat prep.

I smoked my first turkey this past weekend. We were supposed to host a Thanksgiving for friends and the event got canceled and we had a 18 pound bird that was going to go to waste.

It was way bigger than I wanted to do but it came out okay. Not great, but okay.
 
2012-11-14 09:53:58 AM  
I just fried one last night. Delish. We do about 4 between November and January, just because they are so cheap, and the oil will only last so long.

Here are my two pro-tips (I've been doing this for 10 years):
1. Get the oil to 400 before you put the turkey in, because the turkey will take the temp down 50 degrees instantly. That way you can cook at 350 without having to worry about it getting back up to the right temp.
2. TURN OFF THE BURNER WHEN YOU PUT THE TURKEY IN. Any oil overflow won't catch fire if there is no fire. When the turkey is in and settled, light the burner again. Easy-peasy.

/ I get turkey left-overs this week. Yay me.
 
2012-11-14 09:54:47 AM  

Pitabred: It can be more work than just roasting a turkey, but damn is it good.


Observing my brother's attempt to roast a turkey year after year - I would disput that.

/frying also makes for a more predictable dinner time
 
2012-11-14 09:55:47 AM  

JamesSirBensonMum: I just fried one last night. Delish. We do about 4 between November and January, just because they are so cheap, and the oil will only last so long.

Here are my two pro-tips (I've been doing this for 10 years):

2. TURN OFF THE BURNER WHEN YOU PUT THE TURKEY IN. Any oil overflow won't catch fire if there is no fire. When the turkey is in and settled, light the burner again. Easy-peasy.


I do this as well. Excellent tip.
 
2012-11-14 09:55:50 AM  

Skarekrough: arador: Pffft....I beer brine and smoke my turkey like a true Texan.

I'd be interested in hearing about a beer brine. I'm a homebrewer and love using my smoker for meat prep.

I smoked my first turkey this past weekend. We were supposed to host a Thanksgiving for friends and the event got canceled and we had a 18 pound bird that was going to go to waste.

It was way bigger than I wanted to do but it came out okay. Not great, but okay.


Sounds like it would use a lot of beer. But I'd be interested in the details too (I'm a home brewer also).
 
2012-11-14 09:57:33 AM  

Tom_Slick: Displacement how does it work?


s15.postimage.org

He knows...
 
2012-11-14 09:58:48 AM  
One thing i MIGHT actually miss when my divorce is final...my son in law's fried turkeys
 
2012-11-14 10:00:25 AM  
I've eaten these many times, they're great. And I don't typically care about turkey.

Notice the article says Texas is ahead of New York at second place.
 
2012-11-14 10:04:59 AM  
Deep frying the turkey was the best decision my family ever made...hence the large spot on our lawn where grass no longer grows.
 
2012-11-14 10:05:08 AM  
flaming turkey retard

Finally, my band has a name.
 
2012-11-14 10:19:23 AM  
Deep frying is the only way we prepare turkey now and it has been that way for about the last 7-8 years. I will never prepare a turkey by putting it in the oven ever again.
 
2012-11-14 10:21:28 AM  
I thought, after all the sanctimonious crap poured out on Fark regarding the retard who had help writing the letter to Anne Coulter, that all Farkers never ever ever used the word 'retard' because they would never ever be that insensitive.
 
2012-11-14 10:22:30 AM  

littleray42: I thought, after all the sanctimonious crap poured out on Fark regarding the retard who had help writing the letter to Anne Coulter, that all Farkers never ever ever used the word 'retard' because they would never ever be that insensitive.


You sound potato
 
2012-11-14 10:25:27 AM  

JamesSirBensonMum: littleray42: I thought, after all the sanctimonious crap poured out on Fark regarding the retard who had help writing the letter to Anne Coulter, that all Farkers never ever ever used the word 'retard' because they would never ever be that insensitive.

You sound potato


Don't make fun of the way I count.
 
2012-11-14 10:25:29 AM  

littleray42: I thought, after all the sanctimonious crap poured out on Fark regarding the retard who had help writing the letter to Anne Coulter, that all Farkers never ever ever used the word 'retard' because they would never ever be that insensitive.


There's no way that retard wrote that letter himself.
 
2012-11-14 10:27:33 AM  

m1ke: Deep frying is the only way we prepare turkey now and it has been that way for about the last 7-8 years. I will never prepare a turkey by putting it in the oven ever again.


Enjoy those cancer-causing free radicals that deep frying a turkey produces. I'll stick to roasting, which gives me far more options, produces a more tender bird, and is really much easier.
 
2012-11-14 10:29:01 AM  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t2dwPTnsyA&feature=g-all-bul
 
2012-11-14 10:29:16 AM  

Maud Dib: Spatchcocking is the way to go. 

Link


How about turkey under a really big brick??
 
2012-11-14 10:31:58 AM  

Maud Dib: Spatchcocking is the way to go. 

Link




Beat me to it. While frying is by far the best, I got tired of doing it and never using all that oil again. It finally dawned on me to cut the turkey into pieces, looked it up online, and found out I basically reinvented the wheel (not a huge cook, so I thought I was super clever).

Spatchcocking is a very close second place to frying. Whole-bird baking is almost never done correctly and a real pain in arse.
 
2012-11-14 10:32:21 AM  
Most people have grown up on dried out, overcooked, oven turkey, and deep fried is better than that, but it's not better than a well roasted bird.
 
2012-11-14 10:33:34 AM  

JackieRabbit: Enjoy those cancer-causing free radicals that deep frying a turkey produces. I'll stick to roasting, which gives me far more options, produces a more tender bird, and is really much easier.


I will, thanks. Cock.
 
2012-11-14 10:34:31 AM  
Tried it. didn't like it.

I mean, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't special enough to plan a holiday meal around. There are dozens of ways to roast a turkey, with plenty of different spices, stuffings, gravies, etc. Fried turkey, I imagine, is pretty much always fried turkey.
 
2012-11-14 10:35:20 AM  

Maud Dib: Spatchcocking is the way to go. 

Link


This sounds far more interesting....
 
2012-11-14 10:35:55 AM  

JackieRabbit: m1ke: Deep frying is the only way we prepare turkey now and it has been that way for about the last 7-8 years. I will never prepare a turkey by putting it in the oven ever again.

Enjoy those cancer-causing free radicals that deep frying a turkey produces. I'll stick to roasting, which gives me far more options, produces a more tender bird, and is really much easier.


This is why no one likes you.
 
2012-11-14 10:46:01 AM  

JackieRabbit: m1ke: Deep frying is the only way we prepare turkey now and it has been that way for about the last 7-8 years. I will never prepare a turkey by putting it in the oven ever again.

Enjoy those cancer-causing free radicals that deep frying a turkey produces. I'll stick to roasting, which gives me far more options, produces a more tender bird, and is really much easier.


Oh noes, free radicals.
 
2012-11-14 10:47:56 AM  
Anyone else simply not all that interested in turkey or ham, the holiday staples?

I'd rather have a nice rack of ribs, prime rib, etc. I could live without ever eating ham or turkey again.
 
2012-11-14 10:51:27 AM  
Oh, and the best way to fry is Alton Brown's ladder like the earlier poster mentioned via picture. Easy, since the ladder is in the back yard shed anyway, and if you mess up you don't catch your legs on fire.

/Of course we don't do the blinking lights and safety tape.
 
2012-11-14 10:56:10 AM  

JackieRabbit: Enjoy those cancer-causing free radicals that deep frying a turkey produces. I'll stick to roasting, which gives me far more options, produces a more tender bird, and is really much easier.


How exactly does roasting a turkey give you more options?

Step 1: Turn on stove
Step 2: Put turkey in stove
Step 3: Drink
Step 4: Take turkey out of stove

Options galore!

/and unless you are raising your own turkey in the sun galloping with unicorns and fairies - you are ingesting the same amount of 'toxins' as everyone else
 
2012-11-14 10:58:28 AM  
Better method is oil less fryer. (Uses infra red).

Durr....In Texas.
 
2012-11-14 10:58:29 AM  

fickenchucker: Oh, and the best way to fry is Alton Brown's ladder like the earlier poster mentioned via picture. Easy, since the ladder is in the back yard shed anyway, and if you mess up you don't catch your legs on fire.

/Of course we don't do the blinking lights and safety tape.


Jesus Christ, for real?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9mq29BaLLk

Link

I've seen turkeys fried before, I've never seen anyone get hurt. I like Alton Brown, but sometimes he reminds me of Phil Hartman's SNL character The Anal-Retentive Carpenter.

It's a minority of people who start fires with these things. It's very simple not to fark it up, without setting up some ladder / pulley system.
 
2012-11-14 10:59:27 AM  
We go with a nice pork loin and some ham for Thanksgiving dinner. But if someone insists on turkey, we gots to brine the bird!!!
 
2012-11-14 11:01:19 AM  
Been frying mine for about 10 years. While I agree it is delicious, I do not agree it is easier than oven roasting.

I can buy a disposable aluminum pan and toss my turkey in the oven and forget about it until the thermometer goes off. Clean up is throwing away the pan.

Frying requires cleaning and assembling the fryer, checking the propane tank, purchasing a lot of relatively expensive oil, and then cleaning up and disposing of all that oil. Not exactly easier, though I guess the actual amount of time spent cooking is less.

But despite the extra hassle my wife doesn't permit me to do it any other way now because fried turkey is delicious.

/roast turkey is great too, the skin will never be as good as a fried turkey though
//brine your turkeys people, it will never be dry unless you forget about it in the oven or something
///free radicals? L farking ol. You know what else causes cancer? Being alive, might as well enjoy some delicious fried turkey.
 
2012-11-14 11:04:29 AM  

topcon: Oh noes, free radicals.


Leave me out of this
 
2012-11-14 11:13:38 AM  

gingerjet: JackieRabbit: Enjoy those cancer-causing free radicals that deep frying a turkey produces. I'll stick to roasting, which gives me far more options, produces a more tender bird, and is really much easier.

How exactly does roasting a turkey give you more options?

Step 1: Turn on stove
Step 2: Put turkey in stove
Step 3: Drink
Step 4: Take turkey out of stove

Options galore!



I see you don't know how to cook.... Remind me not to eat at your place.
 
2012-11-14 11:15:07 AM  
Thanksgiving is for bbq ribs
 
2012-11-14 11:16:47 AM  

JackieRabbit: gingerjet: JackieRabbit: Enjoy those cancer-causing free radicals that deep frying a turkey produces. I'll stick to roasting, which gives me far more options, produces a more tender bird, and is really much easier.

How exactly does roasting a turkey give you more options?

Step 1: Turn on stove
Step 2: Put turkey in stove
Step 3: Drink
Step 4: Take turkey out of stove

Options galore!



I see you don't know how to cook.... Remind me not to eat at your place.


I don't think you're going to have to worry about too many dinner invites, Mr. Free Radicals.
 
2012-11-14 11:16:56 AM  
19 incidences over 4yrs when about 500,000 are doing it every year? I'll take those odds.
 
2012-11-14 11:18:55 AM  

jaybeezey: 19 incidences over 4yrs when about 500,000 are doing it every year? I'll take those odds.


No no...you should spend hours gathering materials and building a ladder and pulley system for your turkey.

http://www.altonbrown.com/pdfs/AB_turkey_derrick.pdf

Link
 
2012-11-14 11:19:27 AM  
I've used my turkey fryer for shrimp boils,fish frys & on camping trips with several people to make a big breakfast,put the potatos & bacon in together,mmmm good.

/Gonna fry the bird again this year.
//never had any trouble.
 
2012-11-14 11:28:01 AM  
Turkey's done!!

i1.sndcdn.com
 
2012-11-14 11:35:14 AM  
I use a simple recipe for my beer brine. Depending on the size of the turkey you are going to need 2-3 gallons of beer. I don't home brew so I get 40's of the cheep stuff from the store.

For every gallon of beer you are going to need 1/2 cup of salt. Take about a gallon and heat it up on the stove, dissolve ALL the salt you are going to use in it. Once it has dissolved, remove it from the heat and add the remainder of the beer to cool it down.

I use a clean/sanitized 5 gallon buck, I place the Turkey in the bucket and fill it to cover the turkey with the beer and let if soak for 24-48 hours depending on how you intense you want it.

Smoke the turkey at 250 degrees for ever how long you smoker says to do it and it turns out delicious.

You can add what ever seasoning or herbs you want to the brine, I like to keep it simple though.
 
2012-11-14 11:35:53 AM  
19 fires in 4 years in a state with 25.5 million people doesn't really sound like that much to me. Just another article about nothing.
 
2012-11-14 12:08:11 PM  
Try the oil-less infrared turkey fryer like the Char Broil Big Easy. The skin doesn't get as crispy as oil-fried but the rest is every bit as juicy. Takes longer to cook than oil but you don't have to wait for the oil to heat up, cool off, or worry about getting rid of the used (and expensivve) oil.

These things ROCK.

img3.targetimg3.com
 
2012-11-14 12:12:51 PM  
I deep fried a turkey last year:

i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-14 12:13:57 PM  

jaybeezey: 19 incidences over 4yrs when about 500,000 are doing it every year? I'll take those odds.


This!

I have three turkies waiting for our annual Fried Turkey Friday.

We invite our friends over that do not have family locally and have a huge social and eating fest. Can't wait.
 
2012-11-14 12:14:44 PM  

topcon: jaybeezey: 19 incidences over 4yrs when about 500,000 are doing it every year? I'll take those odds.

No no...you should spend hours gathering materials and building a ladder and pulley system for your turkey.

http://www.altonbrown.com/pdfs/AB_turkey_derrick.pdf

Link


I would hate for people to think they need all that before they can safely fry their turkey.

I have a 5 foot metal pole I got for about 5 bucks. I put the hanger in the middle, hook that to the turkey through (with the thing that comes with the fryer, looks like a fish hook) and two of us stand on either side of it and slowly lower the turkey in. No ladder, no pulley system, and no burns for a decade.
 
2012-11-14 12:28:45 PM  

KidneyStone: ...or worry about getting rid of the used (and expensivve) oil.


What DO you guys who deep-fry do with used oil? Just curious.
 
2012-11-14 12:31:15 PM  

UtileDysfunktion: KidneyStone: ...or worry about getting rid of the used (and expensivve) oil.


What DO you guys who deep-fry do with used oil? Just curious.


It's usually consumed during the fire.
 
2012-11-14 12:35:16 PM  

UtileDysfunktion: KidneyStone: ...or worry about getting rid of the used (and expensivve) oil.


What DO you guys who deep-fry do with used oil? Just curious.


Drain it back into the bottle and the trash guys take it, I assume to the oil recycling center.
 
2012-11-14 12:36:12 PM  

KidneyStone: Try the oil-less infrared turkey fryer like the Char Broil Big Easy. The skin doesn't get as crispy as oil-fried but the rest is every bit as juicy. Takes longer to cook than oil but you don't have to wait for the oil to heat up, cool off, or worry about getting rid of the used (and expensivve) oil.

These things ROCK.

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No oil, un-crispy skin, and longer cooking time: You've just described oven roasted turkey.
 
2012-11-14 12:36:32 PM  

js34603: UtileDysfunktion: KidneyStone: ...or worry about getting rid of the used (and expensivve) oil.


What DO you guys who deep-fry do with used oil? Just curious.

Drain it back into the bottle and the trash guys take it, I assume to the oil recycling center.


I should have said, YMMV, I don't know if all trash guys have to take it, just that mine do.

If they did not take it, I'd probably try an oil change place, they let you dump used motor oil there.
 
2012-11-14 12:39:53 PM  

UtileDysfunktion: KidneyStone: ...or worry about getting rid of the used (and expensivve) oil.


What DO you guys who deep-fry do with used oil? Just curious.


I use peanut oil and it's harmless, I usually just dump it in the mulch around the trees in the back yard.
 
2012-11-14 12:40:14 PM  

UtileDysfunktion: KidneyStone: ...or worry about getting rid of the used (and expensivve) oil.


What DO you guys who deep-fry do with used oil? Just curious.


This is why I cook about 4 birds between November and January (also because they are cheap this time of year). I reuse the oil for them, sometime throwing away the last bottle recovered from the frier (the last bottle drained always is the darkest and has little bits of stuff in it).
The oil is good for frying other stuff, but I wouldn't keep it around for more than a month or so.

Oh, and the oil is biodegradable, so you can pour it in the soil. I have a large tract of land, so I just dig a shallow grave for the oil and let it soak in. When I lived in the city, I just put it back in the bottles and dumped it in the regular trash.
 
2012-11-14 12:41:31 PM  

NASAM: UtileDysfunktion: KidneyStone: ...or worry about getting rid of the used (and expensivve) oil.

What DO you guys who deep-fry do with used oil? Just curious.
I use peanut oil and it's harmless, I usually just dump it in the mulch around the trees in the back yard.


I have to dump it in a place the dogs can't get to it. Otherwise they would dig up the trees and chew on the dirt all day.
 
2012-11-14 12:51:01 PM  
I use the Orion Cooker for my turkeys, hams, ribs, etc... $10 of charcoal instead of $50 worth of peanut oil and you're a lot less likely to burn down your house.

i-cdn.apartmenttherapy.com
 
2012-11-14 01:15:00 PM  

topcon: I've seen turkeys fried before, I've never seen anyone get hurt. I like Alton Brown, but sometimes he reminds me of Phil Hartman's SNL character The Anal-Retentive Carpenter.




I hear what your saying and agree. We did it because the kids were young and we liked watching the show together. It was more of a screwing-around project with the guys.

Now that they're older I'd probably go with the hook-in-the-middle-of-a-stick-and-2-people-lower-the-turkey method.

I'm comfortable enough to admit I don't want to tempt fate just standing next to the fryer. I would be that one guy you see on the news with my leg on fire.
 
2012-11-14 03:09:21 PM  
This year I am going to turn into an uber-fatty. My mom and I decided last night that we're going to order a smoked turkey from the BBQ place that catered my wedding and my dad is deep frying a turkey breast, since he's been talking about doing it for years. My grandparents can just starve if they're not down for trying something different.

/already planned out the uses for all the leftover turkey
//smoked turkey enchiladas, turkey stew, turkey noodle soup, mmmmmm.
 
2012-11-14 03:59:50 PM  
Turkey is nice and all but I'd really like to see a shift towards something like duck or goose.
 
2012-11-14 04:35:54 PM  

topcon: I've eaten these many times, they're great. And I don't typically care about turkey.

Notice the article says Texas is ahead of New York at second place.


NEW YORK CITY!



/Get a rope
 
2012-11-14 05:30:28 PM  
I've had a few deep fried turkeys, the crispy skin's pretty tasty, but I don't want to invest in the stuff to do it myself. A broiler pan costs $15 one time and should last for years. It takes longer, but costs less to do it the "traditional" way. I might see about getting something to inject the turkey with to make sure it stays juicy.
 
2012-11-14 06:53:13 PM  
Stupid question: isn't deep-frying going to add a lot of fat, making it unhealthy and kinda greasy?
 
2012-11-14 08:28:29 PM  

Jument: Stupid question: isn't deep-frying going to add a lot of fat, making it unhealthy and kinda greasy?


if you do it right,keep the oil hot and dont let the temps drop,theres little if any oil infiltration. ive done it many times,but with the cost of peanut oil way up,it just doesnt make any sense to me any more. you would have to have several turkeys to cook just to make the cost of the oil reasonable. i think the big jug of oil (probably 4 or 5 gallons)at sam's is costing 35 bucks or more nowadays. a 12 lb turkey is what? less then 15 bucks?
the turkey tastes good the day you cook it,not so much the next day. reckon im off the fried turkey bandwagon.
 
2012-11-15 01:55:45 AM  

Free Radical: laming turkey retard


Flaming Turkey Retard is the name of my Nelson cover band.
 
2012-11-15 10:00:49 AM  

Skarekrough: arador: Pffft....I beer brine and smoke my turkey like a true Texan.

I'd be interested in hearing about a beer brine. I'm a homebrewer and love using my smoker for meat prep.

I smoked my first turkey this past weekend. We were supposed to host a Thanksgiving for friends and the event got canceled and we had a 18 pound bird that was going to go to waste.

It was way bigger than I wanted to do but it came out okay. Not great, but okay.


At the risk of sounding like a douche, I dropped this blog entry a few days back with exact directions for how we smoke our turkeys. It's been a family recipe for a long time but I'm asked several time this time of year how to do it.

Just food for thought.

We fried a turkey once. Pops bought the whole setup for it and while the turkey did turn out okay, it was too small for our usual T-day gathering (we normally do a 20-22lb bird and the fryer struggles to hold a 15lb bird). I have the setup now and while I don't use it to fry turkeys, nothing beats it for doing a big seafood boil.
 
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