How to Deep Fry a Turkey
If you're tired of cooking your turkey the same way each Thanksgiving, then it's time you made a change. Deep-frying a turkey can quickly create a juicy, crispy, and flavorful meal that your guests are sure to enjoy. When deep-frying, it’s necessary to use extreme caution at each step as boil overs and fires can easily occur. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, each year from 2011-2013 about 2,100 fires occurred on Thanksgiving alone, causing an average of 10 deaths, 50 injuries, and $28 million in property damage. So whether it's your first time or you're looking for more detailed instructions to perfect your process, following the steps below will help you safely fry your turkey.
How to Prepare for Frying
While there are many oils that you can use for deep-frying, peanut oil is the best choice because it has a high flash point, making it less likely to catch fire. Peanut oil also has a higher smoke point, meaning that it can be reused multiple times before it needs to be disposed of. Since this oil doesn't have any cholesterol, it's also a great choice for creating a healthier deep-fried turkey.
In order to figure out how much oil you should be frying with, first place your thawed turkey in the fryer pot that came with your turkey fryer kit. Next, pour enough water that the top of the turkey is covered. Remove the turkey and make a note to where the water comes up to, as this will show you how much oil you need for deep-frying.
At all stages of the process, it's important that you're a safe distance from any buildings, trees, and other flammable objects. When it's time for you to place the turkey in the fryer, the oil will boil more rapidly than it normally does, so protect yourself with long-sleeved clothing, gloves, and goggles. If a fire does start, turn off the heat and cover it with a lid immediately. Should the fire continue, use a fire extinguisher or baking soda. Call 911 for assistance if the fire seems to be getting out of control.
How to Deep Fry a Turkey
Once the pot is filled with oil, place it on top of the burner.
Attach an oil thermometer to the side of the pot and preheat the oil between 325-350 degrees Fahrenheit. The tip of the thermometer needs to be submerged in oil and not touching the side of the pot.
- Make sure your turkey is completely thawed before frying or it will cause a boil over, which can lead to a fire.
Pat down the turkey to remove excess moisture.
Remove excess fat and cut slits in front of each leg.
Place your turkey on the lifter and attach the hook.
- Remove the thermometer from the fryer before lowering the turkey into the pot. Re-attach it to the pot once your bird is in.
Slowly lower your turkey into the fryer pot. This process should take about a minute.
Let the turkey cook for about 3 ½ - 4 minutes per pound.
Slowly remove your turkey from the fryer, so the extra oil can run off.
Check the temperature of the turkey using a probe thermometer. It's internal temperature should be at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
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