mirrodie
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Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Mon Nov 24, 2003 12:34 pm

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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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Mon Nov 24, 2003 12:42 pm

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.



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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Mon Nov 24, 2003 1:01 pm

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

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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Mon Nov 24, 2003 1:07 pm

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
 
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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Mon Nov 24, 2003 1:17 pm

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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Mon Nov 24, 2003 1:18 pm

Was Ohio St. Fried Turkey or Cold Turkey yesterday?
 
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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Mon Nov 24, 2003 1:22 pm

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...


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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Mon Nov 24, 2003 1:27 pm

Canadian- Nice generalizations... Do all Canadians ski, eh?
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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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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Mon Nov 24, 2003 1:39 pm

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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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Mon Nov 24, 2003 2:14 pm

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


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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Mon Nov 24, 2003 2:15 pm

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

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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Mon Nov 24, 2003 6:19 pm

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.
 
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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Tue Nov 25, 2003 1:13 am

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


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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Tue Nov 25, 2003 5:53 am

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!!!

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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Tue Nov 25, 2003 5:57 am

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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Tue Nov 25, 2003 6:49 am

"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.

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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Tue Nov 25, 2003 7:50 am

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.
 
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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Tue Nov 25, 2003 7:54 am

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.
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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Tue Nov 25, 2003 8:43 am

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.
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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Tue Nov 25, 2003 8:52 am

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).
 
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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Tue Nov 25, 2003 9:06 am

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).
 
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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Fri Nov 28, 2003 2:10 pm

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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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Fri Nov 28, 2003 2:16 pm

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...
 
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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Fri Nov 28, 2003 2:16 pm

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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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Fri Nov 28, 2003 2:19 pm

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.
 
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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Fri Nov 28, 2003 2:27 pm

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 fire that was related to a fryer today.
 
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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Fri Nov 28, 2003 2:40 pm

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 cook fast to. I think we timed it at 52 minutes for a 13 lb. turkey!
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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Sat Nov 29, 2003 7:30 am

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 segment on this guy who tried doing a deep-fried turkey. So he's going along frying it, and then he leaves it (get ready for it) to cook, and surprise surprise, the oil boils over and it starts a fire that quickly spreads through the outer portion of the house, backyard, and deck. So the firefighters came and put out the fire and all. But obviously, he didn't learn his lesson, and he tried it again the VERY SAME DAY! And it was pretty predictable what happened...LOL. But anyway, I am very interested in trying one, sounds pretty good!  Big thumbs up
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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Sat Nov 29, 2003 9:27 am

Yup.... this be how it's done right I guess!!

http://turkey-fryer.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/page1.html

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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Sat Nov 29, 2003 9:42 am

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 reason) but he got 2nd degree burns from it.
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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Sat Nov 29, 2003 11:59 am

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 restaurants!

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RE: Ever Eat A Deep Fried Turkey?

Sun Nov 30, 2003 5:41 am

Mirrodie.......... I heard about it on News 12, it might be in newsday also but I haven't looked.
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