We’ve seen the commercials. We’ve seen the guy flaunting his high-grade deep-frying acrobatics at tailgating events. We’d had the thoughts: Should I deep-fry my turkey this Thanksgiving?
The answer, my salivating friends, is that if you’ve had the same baked turkey for the past ten years, your taste buds might be in the mood for something “especial.” What better way to celebrate an American tradition than by dunking a giant bird into a vat of boiling grease?
Take caution, though: this deep-frying feat is not for the culinary faint-of-heart! You’ll be working with products that can become extremely flammable if handled improperly. It almost goes without saying that you may want to have a care.
Rule #1, DEEP-FRY YOUR TURKEY OUTSIDE. If you try this inside your own home, let’s just hope you live next-door to a fire station.
Rule #2, DEEP-FRY ON FLAT SURFACES. The last thing you want is a searing-hot greasefire(and your prized bird) spilling out onto the ground!
Rule #3, MAKE SURE YOUR TURKEY IS THAWED. The water could cause the oils to spillover and a frozen bird is extremely hard to inject seasoning into!
Rule #4, KEEP A FIRE EXTINGUISHER NEARBY. You can never be TOO careful!
Here are some more Turkey Deep-Frying Safety Tips!
There’s an obvious appeal to the aesthetics of deep-frying: you have a gathering of family, huddled together outside in the brisk November air, laughing it up, sharing an awesome experience as a family, the way Thanksgivings are meant to be spent! One of our resident deep-fry gourmets reports that the turkey “wasn’t dry, and had a nice, juicy taste.” He recommends deep-frying two turkeys and preparing several injections of seasonings(many places sell the injectors with premade seasoning packs – Cajun works well!). He suggests injecting all over the turkey to get a great basting! Make sure to inject deep and not under the surface of the skin(this could cause the flesh to bubble out and pop). There are tons of recipes out there for all your deep-frying flavors, but we recommend this one for that authentic, Louisiana Cajun Style Deep Fry, courtesy of www.RealCajunRecipies.com !-Have fun deep frying this Thanksgiving season and don’t forget the cranberry sauce!