How To Deep Fry A Turkey (Without Setting Stuff On Fire)!

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Image Credit: Motorcycle Bagger

So it’s pretty safe to say we know you guys and gals pretty well, right? We know that you don’t conform to the ideals and traditions of society, well, for the most part. So we know that spending hours upon hours slaving away over a turkey in the oven that’s just taking too long isn’t something that sounds like fun to you. You like motorcycles – which means also liking speed, and taking part in the more dangerous side of life – and while that’s more than ok with us, we also know that many of you will be tapping that inner speed demon this Thanksgiving, and deep frying your turkey. So today, we’re giving you tips on how to deep fry that delicious beast, without setting your garages or homes on fire, because after all, that’s where your Harley babies (and real babies) live. Turkey Day is less than a week away – so lets get to it!

How To Deep Fry A Turkey (Without Setting Stuff On Fire)!

Tips Straight from Butterball – the primary turkey brand of Thanksgiving!

Deep Frying Indoors:

Using an electric fryer indoors is a great way to get that crispy texture and delicious flavor without having to brave the elements. Given the high temperatures and dangers, be sure to follow these simple instructions:

  • Completely thaw your turkey, or use a fresh turkey.
  • Take the wrapper off of the turkey, and remove and discard the neck and giblets.
  • Add oil to the fryer, but do not exceed the maximum fill line. Preheat oil in the fryer to 400° F.
  • While the oil is heating, pat the turkey dry with paper towels and prepare your turkey with any seasonings, marinades, or injected flavors.
  • Once the oil is heated, slowly lower the turkey into the fryer. The turkey may not be totally immersed in the oil. This may cause the top part of the breast to remain white even though it is cooked to the proper end temperature.
  • Set the timer and cook the turkey about 3 to 4 minutes per pound.
  • Cook all dark meat to an internal temperature of 175° F to 180° F, and all white meat to an internal temperature of 165° F to 170° F.
  • When the turkey is done, slowly lift it from the pot and place it in a pan or on paper towels to drain.
  • Let the turkey stand for 20 minutes before removing it from the rack or basket to carve.
 Deep Frying Outdoors:

 

Although you’re outdoors, using a propane deep fryer can be very dangerous. Never leave your deep fryer unattended and be sure to carefully follow these instructions:

  • To start, take the wrapper off of the turkey, and remove and discard the neck and giblets.
  • Deep-fry your turkey outside on a flat surface, far away from homes, garages, wooden decks, etc.
  • To determine how much oil is needed for frying, place the thawed turkey in the fryer basket and place it in the fryer. Add water until the top of the turkey is barely covered. Remove the turkey, allowing the water to drain from the turkey back into the fryer. Measure and mark the water line, and use that line as a guide when adding oil to the propane fryer.
  • Pat the turkey dry with paper towels.
  • Add oil to the fryer (based on the water line).
  • Preheat oil in the fryer to 375° F.
  • While the oil is heating, prepare your turkey with any seasonings, marinades, or injected flavor that you desire.
  • When the oil is hot, turn the burner off and slowly lower the turkey into the hot oil. Slowly lowering the basket helps prevent the oil from bubbling over. Turn the burner back on.
  • Cook the turkey about 3 to 4 minutes per pound.
  • The turkey is done when the dark meat is at an internal temperature of 175° F to 180° F and all white meat is at an internal temperature of 165° F to 170° F.
  • When the turkey is done, slowly lift it from the pot and place it in a pan or on paper towels to drain. Let the turkey stand for 20 minutes before removing it from the rack or basket.

NOTE

If you’re more of a visual learner, check out this awesome tutorial from Tasty below! Tell us in the comments how you’ll be cooking your bird this Thanksgiving!

Tasty – Deep-Fried Turkey | Facebook

Deep-Fried Turkey

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