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    Default Deep fried turkey?

    Okay i know it's pretty early top be thinking about Thanksgiving, but this is the first year I will be hosting and I'm thinking about trying the deep fried turkey thing. The goal is to have one baked bird and one fried and I'm hoping to really show off some cooking skills and serve something my family hasnt has before.

    Has anyone deep fried a bird before? If so, please tell me whether the flavor is worth the effort. Since I don't own a deep fryer I'd have to buy one, learn how to fry it ect. and I'm wondering if it's worth the effort.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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    Sorry for the embarrassing spelling in my thread! please don't let it stop you from sharing some fried bird tales!

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    I can't say that I've tried this, all I know is don't try and deep fry a frozen bird. There's been many injuries caused by people dunking frozen turkeys into hot oil.

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    I have had it.. my inlaws are big on deep fried turkey. It was very moist and tasty but you have to make sure you time it properly or temp the meat before you serve it to make sure it's fully cooked. Our nephew's wife told me a story of the Thanksgiving that her cousin cooked the turkey and it was half raw.. not good for sure! It does have some plusses.. it takes a fraction of the time to deep fry a turkey as it does to roast it and it doesn't heat up your kitchen.
    If you do it properly (and Noodles is right never ever fry a frozen bird.. bad bad bad move) you will have a moist, tender very tasty bird that will wow your guests. You might want to consider getting a flavour injector (you can get them at most restaurant supply shops) and injecting your bird with some herbs and a little butter or evoo for even more taste.
    Hope this helps

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    I would brine my turkey for at least 24 hours before frying. but like leeniek said they are very moist. and the brine would flavor the turkey well. I like that you will have the traditional roasted turkey too, as I always want the stuffing and Gravy that you can't get with the fried bird.
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    I miss the smell of the turkey roasting when my inlaws fry it and like GoodCook I want the stuffing and gravy too.

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    You don't neccesarily have to wait until Thanksgiving to have a deep fried turkey.

    You can do it anytime of the year, depending on where you live! My dearly departed brother turned me on to this super-fast way of cooking a whole turkey.

    He did it when I first went to visit him in Columbia, NC in '03. He had me try some of it, and I've been hooked on it since.

    There's only one problem with this though. The oil used MUST be peanut oil because it has a very high tolerence to heat. It is also extremely expensive! But the turkey is fantastic!! You may never go back to roasting one, which takes several hours to do!

    The whole process takes about 45 - 60 minutes, depending on the size of the bird. It is first injected with a liquid seasoning though for flavor
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    OMG.. I smell the turkey on my keyboard. Sounds YUMMY . Well you it really depends on how you cook it. And I would agree with Big, yet peanut oil way too expensive.

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