Deep Frying a Turkey: An Easy Guide

Something that’s been gaining in popularity recently is deep frying an entire turkey. Although this may sound strange, it’s actually quite delicious. The meat comes out tender and moist, and rarely has that greasy feel that you’d associate with deep frying.

Before attempting to deep fry a turkey for the first time, you’ll want to make sure to read this guide, as deep frying a turkey is easy but can be very dangerous if you’re not careful. Follow these step by step instructions, and you’ll find yourself with one of the best turkey dinners you’ve ever had.

1) First off, you need to prepare the bird a bit. Make sure to remove any pieces you don’t really plan on eating, such as the neck and organs. These are usually kept inside the main cavity. Give the turkey a quick rinse as well. The neck and organs can be cookedseperated (which is what I do, since my dog really loves getting all the organ meats we don’t want to eat!)

2) You’ll need to figure out how much oil you need. Place the turkey in the fryer and add water until it’s completely submerged. You’ll want to make sure that the water reaches several inches about the bird. Now you can remove the turkey and the remaining water is how much oil you will need.

3) This is an important step, you want to dry the turkey very well. Pat it down with paper towels and try to absorb as much of the moisture as you can.

4) Heat your oil to about 325°F. This will take quite a while, around 20 minutes or so. Once the oil is hot enough, put the turkey onto the hanger and lower it slowly into the pot. Make absolutely sure that the turkey is fully submerged in the oil.

5) You can estimate the cooking time giving at least 3 minutes per pound. Periodically remove the turkey so that you can check the temperature using a meat thermometer. You should reach about 170° F. – 180° F.

6) Once the turkey has cooked and is a nice golden brown, remove the turkey from the oil and drain it. Give it 15-20 minutes to cool and enjoy!

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