Have you wanted to try deep frying your Turkey but haven’t had the nerve to? We here at Luxury Landscape Supply will admit that we’ve had people come for patio paving supplies because of deep-fried turkey mishaps. The key is to do this safely. If you follow safety protocol, you can have a juicy deep-fried turkey for Thanksgiving. Here’s how to deep fry a Thanksgiving turkey.
Turkey fryers are meant to be used outside only, so this is your first safety tip: Never use the fryer indoors. You must also make sure the turkey is completely thawed – completely thawed – before placing it into the hot oil. Other safety tips include:
- Place the fryer on a flat outdoor space
- Make sure the space is uncovered and 10 feet from your home
- Keep a fire extinguisher close by in case you need it
- Don’t let kids or pets near the fryer at any time
- Don’t drink while using the fryer
- Don’t leave the fryer unattended at all – at all
- Avoid walking between the fryer and propane tank
Stay with the turkey while it’s frying, so have an outdoor TV set up so you can watch the football game. Better yet, set out hor d’oeuvres and have your family and friends outside with you for some quality time while the turkey fries. Just keep in mind that, again, kids and pets should be kept from the fryer.
Prep the Turkey
Buy a turkey that fits your fryer’s capacity and thaw it completely. Clean it thoroughly. Check for hidden ice and remove all excess fat. Dry the turkey completely to avoid oil splatter. Inject seasoning or marinade inside the turkey. Cut slits along the neck, legs, and wings. Do not stuff the turkey.
Fry the Turkey
Pull the fry basket out of the fryer and set it aside. Fill the fryer with the correct oil amount per the instructions for the turkey size you bought and let it preheat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the oil has reached 375 degrees, turn it off and put the empty fryer basket into the oil for 30 seconds to preheat it.
Dry the turkey inside and out once more and put it in the basket. Make sure the turkey is at room temperature. Place the turkey and basket carefully into the fryer and turn it back on. Beware of splattering. Don’t drop the turkey into the fryer. You will splash hot oil all over yourself and your patio.
Fry the turkey four-to-five minutes for each pound. Assume you bought a 15-pound turkey. It should deep fry for an hour to an hour and 25 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to confirm the dark meat is at least 175 degrees and the white meat is at least 170 degrees. Turn the fryer off once the turkey is done.
Carefully lift the turkey out of the fryer and place it on a rack to drain. Let the turkey rest on the rack for 20 minutes and then move it to the cutting board to carve it. Do not clean the fryer until the oil has cooled completely and make sure to dispose of the oil properly. Enjoy your deep-fried bird.
Even if you were super careful and you still ended up with oil splattered all over your patio, don’t panic. Call Luxury Landscape Supply in Lawrenceville, GA, to order patio pavers to replace the dirty ones.