A popular way to prepare holiday turkeys is to deep fry them. Tom purchased a deep fry kit from Bass Pro Shop for under $40. The kit came with a burner, stand, hose and regulator with a 20 minute timer, a large pot and lid and a hanger for the turkey. It is important to follow all directions that come with any deep fry kit.
It is best to use the fryer kit out of the wind. Tom set up frying operations inside the shop. Remember, frying indoors is not recommended, but Tom cleard a wide perimeter around the fryer. A study shop table was handy to hold all the necessary items including a fire extinguisher, marinades and seasonings. It is a great idea to fry up some mushrooms, cheese sticks and other battered hours’devous while you have your deep fryer out and ready to go.
Tom decided to cook two smaller turkeys that each weighed about ten pounds. Smaller turkeys are easeir to monitor during the frying process. An added bonus is that you can flavor each turkey with different seasonings. Tom ordered his marinade kit from Bass Pro Shop. The kit came with four different flavors as well as an injector.
Stainless steel welding wire works great when tying the turkey legs together. It is extremely important to start out with a clean, well thawed, dry turkey.
When the oil reaches temperature the turkeys can be submerged. A set of welding gloves helps protect Tom from any hot oil that may splatter. It is also important to slowly lower the turkey in the carfully measured oil. Most fryer fires occur when too much oil has been added to the pot. When the turkey is added, the oil level rises and spills over onto the fire below. It is also a good idea to be aware of pets who may be hanging around as well.
Frying a turkey can be a great way to share the holidays with family and friends. Several extra precautions should be observed for a successful fry.
1. Start with a clean, dry, well thawed turkey.
2. Fry out of the wind and away from other objects.
3. Follow directions on the fry kit.
4. You might want to fry two smaller turkeys, instead of one large one.
5. Welding gloves work for oil protection.
6. Use stainless steel welding wire to tie legs together.
7. Be aware of pets and children in the area.