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Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?  
User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7444 posts, RR: 62
Posted (11 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2311 times:
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I heard that this was a new craze last year but I never had one.

What is the deal with these?




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User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2301 times:

They are good, pretty popular in the South, but I guess they are getting to be well-known nationwide as my friend in BOS in frying one for his family....complete with cajun spices.

It can be as plain or as "kicked up" as you want it to be, but there's never such thing as too much spice as far as i'm concerned.



Stephen in New Orleans


User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2286 times:

I was at this eskimo's house, and I had one. The eskimo knew how to cook it, it was perfect. Did I mention I was on this flight and this eskimo got upset because there was gum on the seat?

It was very important to tell you what dscent these people were.  Big grin

[Edited 2003-11-24 05:05:26]

User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2283 times:

Amazing you bring that up. Watching the Browns embarrass themselves today (for another time) my brother mentioned that a friend at work said that deep frying a turkey in peanut oil is the best way to cook a turkey. It takes about 3 minutes per pound to deep fry a turkey.

We don't have a fryer, so my wife will slow cook it beginning the night before, in one of those flavor bags. It's always great when she cooks it like that.  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineRoadrunner165 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 876 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2275 times:

America Really Knows How to Eat Healthy.....  Yeah sure


Save the turkey, eat a salad... Laugh out loud


Adam
AS ROCKS!!!  Smile  Smile  Smile


User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2275 times:

Was Ohio St. Fried Turkey or Cold Turkey yesterday?

User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3395 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2270 times:

Is there anything that americans dont like to cook in fat? oh well cant complain, alot of frying goes on in these parts... say 'cook' and we go str8 for the fry pans...


CanadianNorth



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User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2265 times:

Canadian- Nice generalizations... Do all Canadians ski, eh?
--

I haven't had a fried turkey, I heard it is good, I personally am not a huge fried food fan, but who knows!



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29813 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2259 times:

Is there anything that americans dont like to cook in fat?

And this coming from somebody who lives where they put gravy on Freedom Fries?

I am surprised that there aren't more people that weigh 300 lbs up there because of that.



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User currently offlineRockyRacoon From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 981 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2250 times:

My aunt has been making them for the past few years along side a traditional roasted style turkey. I like the deep fried version better. It's more like chicken i suppose. You gotta love taking a few days off your life by eating that crispy fried skin.  Smile


Tim


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5520 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2249 times:

The neighbors down the street do it every year! It sounds SO gooD! I think I may try it someday.

co


User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1925 posts, RR: 32
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2233 times:

When I lived in Armenia, there was this Peace Corps guy who deep fried one for Thanksgiving. We were shocked at first but it tasted good.

By the way, he was from the South.


User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2205 times:

And for dessert, you can have a deep fried Snickers bar! Those are big down South, or so I saw on TV.


FSP
(Go Blue!)


User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 22
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2181 times:

I had one yesterday.. My step-bro has a turkey fryer, and he usually cooks one for the family get togethers on christmas, t-giving, whatever.. they are G O O D!!!

Chris



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User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2180 times:

Help help, I'm not getting blood.
Signed,
Your clogged arteries
 Big grin



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User currently offlineNKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2167 times:

"Is there anything that americans dont like to cook in fat? oh well cant complain, alot of frying goes on in these parts... say 'cook' and we go str8 for the fry pans..."

You couldn't be more incorrect about "fried food" as it applies to a turkey. Being a native northeasterner I've never tried it till a few years ago and I was amazed at how good it was. Not at all like a "Kentucky Fried Turkey" that my mind conjured up. It's not the least bit fatty or oily, yet very moist and tender. It's not at all like you're thinking...like fast-food fried chicken. The oil must be kept an exact temperature and the turkey is immersed in it for a time vs weight ratio. The oil cooks it and seals in the juices without soaking into the bird. Don't know how...but it does. It's even better if you inject a marinade into the bird with a syringe.

Oven roast just isn't the same anymore.......


User currently offlineNKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (11 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2153 times:

Mirrodie: "I heard that this was a new craze last year but I never had one.

What is the deal with these?"

After refuting misconceptions I forgot to answer the damn question....

An often marinated bird is immersed in peanut oil @ about 375F IIRC, the time to cook is a specific ratio per pound. From what I hear it's fairly accurate as long as the temp is monitored and maintained. Those of us who have to be at work on Thanksgiving usually do one there, as the day is usually slow anyway.. Takes a bit out of the disapointment of having to be at work on a holiday, and is better than any turkey prepared any other way.

The bird is not breaded, nor covered in batter of any sort before frying. Inside will be moist and not the least bit greasy. The outer appearance will be much darker umber color than the golden-brown look of the traditional roasted sort you see in Norman Rockwell paintings of Thanksgiving spreads, with the skin slightly crispy.

Best way to do this is outdoors on whatever heating device that can bear the load of the frying pot. Be VERY carelful as 375 degree hot oil may as well be pahoehoe lava or molten metal for how it will feel if it contacts your skin.


User currently offlineFokker lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2154 times:

I've deep fried alot of turkeys in peanut oil at 375 F. 3 1/2 minutes per pound. A cajun/butter rub under the skin the night before works pretty good. As NKP S2 said above, none of the oil is absorbed in to the meat. With that said, I have to tell you, I don't really care for it. You just can't beat a rotisseried turkey cooked on a real wood fire. I start the day before with an apple juice brine. The spices and water are carried into the individual meat cells through osmosis. This makes the juiciest, tastiest bird you ever ate.

User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5423 posts, RR: 52
Reply 18, posted (11 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2144 times:

Deep-fried turkey is damned good eating. Much better than a dry as sawdust roasted turkey. With a side of garlic mashed potatoes, Thanksgiving takes on a whole new character  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

FSP - Fried Snickers bars? First I've heard of them, must be popular in a different part of the South. Gotta watch generalizing Southern cuisine, as here in South Carolina alone there's 3 different "barbeque belts" based on what type of sauce is utilized (Tomato-based sauce in the Upstate, Mustard-based sauce here in the Midlands, and Pepper and Vinegar-based in the Low Country). Strangest thing I've seen fried are pickles (or frickles as connoisseurs refer to them). It does remind me though of the time one of my residents set off our smoke detector trying to make *gag* deep fried popcorn.



South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2151 times:

Actually, the deep fried Snickers bar originated out of a fish and chips shop up in Scotland.

As for the deep fried turkey, I tried it a couple years back when I was at work one Thanksgiving (the company provided a catered Thanksgiving dinner from Popeye's). Pretty good eating. I have wanted to do one for a few years, but it's just expensive to do. Those fryer kits run about $40 (the big stock pot is the main expense), and the 3 gallons of peanut oil will run you about $20-30. To me, the best way to prepare a turkey is to roast it over some hot coals. We used to do this back in my Scouting days (our troop usually went camping the weekend before Thanksgiving, and we always had roasted turkey).


User currently offlineCoRocks From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2137 times:

As a matter of fact I fried one yesterday. It was great as usual. I have been doing it for about 6 years and have been amazed at how much it has caught on.

To NKP S2's point, it truly does not come out like you would image from Kentucky Fried Chicken. The meat is not greasy or fried, just moist and tender.

I do not like the off the shelf marinade that you can buy. I maka a dry-rub that goes on the inside and outside - plus a liquid that gets injected into the turkey. I do all this the night before. All in all it has about 12 ingredients (including beer).


User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7444 posts, RR: 62
Reply 21, posted (11 years 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2085 times:
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So how were your turkeys?
We had turk, sutffing, cranberry, Cornbread pudding, some stringbean casserole, potatoes.....damn, BRB, gonna hit the fridge one last time tonight!


We had a normal one, but one day, I WILL have the deep fried type!

Thanks for telling me about it. Sounds too yummy!



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User currently offlineApathoid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2080 times:

Just got done eating one 10 minutes ago! and it was awesome...

I do a salt rub 24 hours before on a fresh, never frozen bird. Then, I do an under the skin marinade injection about 4 hours before I'm ready to cook. Oil at 350, 3.5 minutes per pound plus 5 minutes for good measure. And it was awesome...

But, I'm too full to type anymore. Happy Thanksgiving all...


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29813 posts, RR: 58
Reply 23, posted (11 years 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2079 times:

Best way to do this is outdoors on whatever heating device that can bear the load of the frying pot. Be VERY carelful as 375 degree hot oil may as well be pahoehoe lava or molten metal for how it will feel if it contacts your skin.

Actually another piece of advice along that line.

Don't run the fryer on your porch.

More then one house has burned down from burning old splattering on something.

Go out in the yard a little ways.



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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 24, posted (11 years 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2077 times:

That exact thing happend two years ago up the street from me. Guy got carried away watching football and the whole back porch caught on fire. Half the house burned away....

Never heard how the turkey came out.


25 Av8rphx : Our Engine Company fried a turkey today,first time I have had turkey that way. It was very good. Speaking of fires from fryers, we ran on one house fi
26 Nwcoflyer : My cousin who made our meal this evening made a great fried Turkey. Personally, I think it was one of the best turkeys I have ever had. Damn did it co
27 Post contains images Iamcanadian : This reminds me of something on this show called something like "Men who do Stupid Things" or something (it was on Spike TV), and they had this segmen
28 Post contains links Photopilot : Yup.... this be how it's done right I guess!! http://turkey-fryer.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/page1.html S.
29 Dragon-wings : On the local news here (Long Island NY) there was someone who tried to deep fry a turkey and they used the wrong kind of pot. (I forgot the exact reas
30 Mirrodie : was that in Newsday Dragon-wings? I missed it on the news. Hope the guy was all right. Still got to get me some. They should offer the stuff at restau
31 Dragon-wings : Mirrodie.......... I heard about it on News 12, it might be in newsday also but I haven't looked.
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